SAUGATUCK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hollywood is a little closer to home this weekend for one lakeshore community. Crews are wrapping up the feature film, 'Saugatuck Cures,' in the Saugatuck-Douglas area.
As they leave, the filmmakers are taking home a big paycheck from the state.
Uncommon Ground in Saugatuck is where most people go to meet for coffee or share a conversation, but for Jay Paul Deratany another idea was brewing.
"In that coffee shop you have the left and the right, religious or not so religious, gay or straight," says Deratany, writer and executive director of Saugatuck Cures. "I thought this is a beautiful place to film a movie."
Fast forward five years later, where real places like the Kirby House Bed and Breakfast are turned into movie magic. WZZM 13 was given a sneak peak at Saugatuck Cures.
"This is a story about a bed and breakfast owner, Maggie Callahan, who has two kids who are at each others throats; one a gay son, one is a religious right wing conservative," says Deratany. "Maggie has cancer and she wants to bring her kids together and get along."
"Once you film a movie in a community, the community becomes part of it, people want to visit the restaurant or the bar or hotel," says Joseph Scott Anthony, the producer for Saugatuck Cures.
The movie includes 45 cast and 25 crew members. The film's producer says only a handful are from outside Michigan.
In addition to manpower, this week the film also got financial help from the state, $42,608 in tax rebates.
"Film is alive and well in this state," says Anthony.
"If I were in L.A. or New York I'd probably have 10 pages of paperwork for every location, people here just said come on in," says Deratany.
Saugatuck Cures is expected to be completed in April or May. The film's executive director plans to have a premier in the Saugatuck Douglas area.