Lansing Filmmaker Had Just One Special Wish For His Birthday

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DETROIT (WWJ) - When's the last time you watched a movie produced by an independent filmmaker?  WWJ film critic Terri Lee spoke with one Michigan filmmaker who's hoping that if you haven't done so in awhile, you'll take the time to check out some of his projects.

He's Lansing-based actor and filmmaker Michael McCallum, who just celebrated his birthday.  But, instead of a cake with candles, a special dinner and a champagne toast to recognize his special day, he had just one simple wish.  And, it was one that caught Lee's attention.

Independent Filmmaker Michael McCallum

"Having festivals like the I See You Awards and Detroit Trinity International Film Festival, these are really important things not just in the Detroit area and in Michigan, but for filmmakers nationwide and internationally, to submit their films once they're finished, because from an actor's standpoint, nothing is worse than working on a project and the filmmaker, for whatever reason, doesn't send it out," McCallum said.  "It's like rehearsing for a play and there's no audience."

And McCallum's 30-plus projects are certainly deserving of an audience.  All are available on his website, which you can visit by clicking here.

"There's an online rental section, which has four feature films, multi-award winning, and a plethora of short films, as well as music videos that, humbly, these are all projects that have won awards, multiple nominations, played statewide nationally, internationally, and really involves and helps shine some light on Michigan businesses, Michigan talent, Michigan music."

As Terri likes to say, "Support indie film!"

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