The abandoned Lansing Mall Cinema has become Greenwood District Studios, Michigan’s first black-owned film studio.
The project is still under construction but there is a lot of progress to be made, and the organizers hope to be fully open by the end of 2022. The renovations are taking a long time as the theater has been abandoned since it closed in 2014 .
Michigan has seen a boom in major film projects shot here thanks to a tax break given to studios. The problem is, Michigan only served as a home for part of the filmmaking process. Greenwood District Studios will be a place where everything about making a movie can be done in one place. They explain what the difference is on their website;
Greenwood District Studios will be Michigan’s first black-owned movie studio with certified sound stages. This means that industry films can be shot in their entirety in one place.
They did a great job documenting the transformation on their Tik Tok account. The videos have helped gain a lot of popularity for the project, and they show how well the job gets done.
Before you think that this is just another project that is just work and might never come to fruition, you should know that there are parts of the studio that are already open.
The founder is a man named Amaru, and among many other things, he is a stand-up comedian. So it makes sense that studios have a dedicated live performance space to get up to right now. The Funny is Funny Comedy Club is now open and helping even more people discover Greenwood District studios.
If the name sounds familiar to you, it should.
Greenwood District Studios takes its name from the Tulsa area which was the center of the 1921 massacre. The street known as Black Wallstreet was completely destroyed, and it was in the Greenwood District. On their website, the organizers make it clear that the studio’s name is a tribute and a way to ensure that history cannot erase the tragic display of horrific racism.
Amaru also took to social media to ask for support from black members of Hollywood with a tweet that begins with “Dear Black Celebrities.”
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