‘ISRA 88’ approved for Michigan film incentive

The Michigan Film Office announced the feature film ISRA 88 has been approved for a film incentive from the state. The project will film in Oxford and Romeo, Michigan and is a sci-fi thriller that reaches to the ends of the universe.

ISRA 88 will showcase Michigan locations, while harnessing technology that producer Larry Zellen first encountered working in the automotive industry,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. “This project is also tapping into studio space here in Michigan and is committed to hiring the talent we have here in the state.”

ISRA 88 was awarded an incentive of $110,357 on $392,971 of projected in-state expenditures. The project is expected to hire 49 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of four jobs.

The film follows scientist Abe Anderson after he volunteers for a high profile mission aboard the ISRA-88 to reach the end of the universe. After leaving behind his family and his responsibilities to pursue fame and glory, Abe’s journey becomes seemingly endless, taking a toll on his belief in the mission itself. When the ship crashes through the end of the universe, Abe is forced to perpetually relive his 13 year mission. Carrying only a subconscious memory of his past travels, Abe must find a way to stop the cycle and return home.

The project will be directed by Thomas Zellen, and co-produced by Lawrence Zellen and Thomas Zellen.

“Even early in the writing process, co-writer Jordan Champine and I really wanted to capitalize on what Michigan has to offer,” said Thomas Zellen.  “The movie was scripted around who is available right here in Detroit. We have the ability to make amazing films in fantastic worlds, that’s why all these big Hollywood films come back to Michigan year in and year out.”

In Fiscal Year 2014, nine projects have been awarded $43,307,528 on $162,389,029 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 1,017 hires with a full time equivalent of 825 jobs.

The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 to assist and attract incoming production companies and promote the growth of Michigan’s own film industry. The Film Office also administers the incentive program for film, television and other digitial media production in Michigan. For more on the Michigan Film Office, visit: MichiganFilmOffice.org