Movies, T.V. shows tell the story of Michigan’s brighter future

Categories: Blog Features,Comeback State,Pure Michigan,Reinventing MI

ASAT3People around the country are getting a chance to experience our Great Lake State for themselves, thanks to a number of T.V. shows and movies hitting the big and small screens alike. In recent years, Michigan’s budding film and T.V. industry has grown, and television and feature film production are up.

Everyone knows about the blockbusters that are being filmed in Michigan — like Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice — but what’s most exciting are all the television shows currently being filmed throughout the state.

Two of T.V.’s newest shows gives the rest of the country a chance to see the entrepreneurial spirit that is fueling Michigan’s comeback. American Muscle, currently airing on the Discovery Channel, and Dark Horse Nation — which will premiere next week on the History Channel — highlight thriving Michigan businesses.

Dark Horse Nation will tap into the day-to-day operations of Dark Horse Brewing, which was recently ranked as the third-best brewery in the state according to one report.

American Muscle chronicles the life of pro-athletes who hone their skills at one of the top training centers in the country.  The show’s star and gym owner, Mike Barwis, is a former University of Michigan strength and conditioning coach for a number of varsity programs.

In addition to the two new series, another half-dozen shows are being filmed or were filmed within the state since 2012. What’s more, another five feature films are already filming or soon to start filming.

What’s the greatest storyline in Michigan’s revived entertainment industry? It’s not just the fact that we have a little bit of Hollywood in our own backyards; it’s the people and inspiring stories leading the way. The continued growth in the film and television industry — and the successful local businesses being highlighted by it — is another shining star in Michigan’s brighter future.