Notable Films Shot in Michigan during 2011

Below is a list of select films made in Michigan in 2011. The Michigan Film Board reported on 46 productions taking place in Michigan in 2010-2011.

Oz Great and Powerful

A small-time magician with questionable ethics arrives in a magical land and must choose between becoming a good man or a great one.


Set in the 1960s, three sisters form a girl group and soon become local sensations with major label interest, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart.

Spy Kids All the Time in the World 4D

A retired spy is called back into action, and to bond with her new step-children, she invites them along for the adventure to stop the evil Timekeeper from taking over the world.

Margarine Wars 

1960’s Psychedelic Counterculture clash during the “Summer of Love,” when an aspiring hippie Afro-Jew from New York dupes the son of a Swedish dairy farmer into smuggling illegal margarine into butter rich Wisconsin.


Hanklin Purvis enjoys the outdoors, and he loves to hunt. He and his wife, Dorothy, live on a farm in the rural mid-west. For some reason, during the season before autumn, things start to get weird. 

The Ides of March

This is a political drama film directed by George Clooney. An adaptation of  Beau Willimon’s 2008 play Farragut North. During the desperate last days before a massively challenged Ohio presidential primary, an aggressive campaign press secretary finds himself embroiled in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency.
 It stars Clooney alongside Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti, and Jeffrey Wright. The film was primarily shot in Detroit and Ann Arbor. 1,000 extras were needed during filming at the University of Michigan.

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