Michigan Film Office okays incentives for b-ball flick

A new project featuring Michigan State basketball pin-up Delvon Roe was awarded an incentive of $498,868 and is expected to create jobs for 59 Michigan workers. Southfield-based production house Kinetic Post will be used to finish the feature-length film, titled “Gametime.”

The movie, which follows two college basketball players, will be shot around metro Detroit, Ann Arbor and East Lansing.  In addition to Roe, actor Beau Mirchoff will assume the role of the other basketball star. Former collegiate and professional basketball players and coaches from Michigan universities will also pop in for cameos.

Michigan talent will be used behind the camera, as well. “The Gametime” script was authored by University of Michigan graduates; the film’s music supervisor is local musician Denaun Porter; Larry August, founder of the Royal Oak-based film company Avalon Films, will direct the production.

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 “Through its main characters, and cameo appearances, the film explores the controversy and struggle surrounding player compensation in high profile collegiate sports,” the film office said in announcing its approval.

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