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Cedar Rapids mayor headed to movie premiere in Michigan

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- You may have already seen the previews for a new movie titled "Cedar Rapids." The film premieres in Michigan before its nationwide release in a couple weeks. 

The movie is set in Cedar Rapids and was even supposed to be filmed in eastern Iowa, but crews moved production to Michigan after the problems with Iowa's film tax credit program.

Cedar Rapids will still be represented at the debut.  Mayor Ron Corbett and City Manager Jeff Pomeranz will fly out Friday to meet city leaders from Ann Arbor for dinner and the movie.   The two local leaders are paying for their own trip.  They say even though it wasn't shot in Cedar Rapids, it will still do positive things for the community.

Tony Morse lives and works in Cedar Rapids and has been following the buzz about the movie.  Morse says, "It would have been nice if it had been filmed here in Cedar Rapids, but I think its good for the community.  It's good name recognition."

Marilee Fowler of the Convention and Visitors Bureau agrees.  She says usually any promotion is good promotion.  Fowler says, "The thing that's exciting is that when this film opens, it will open all over the country and on these marquees of theaters it'll just say Cedar Rapids. We can't begin to buy that kind of publicity!"

The film might help the local economy if people head out to see it in Cedar Rapids. It hits Midwestern theaters February 18th.  Tony Morse plans to make it a date night.  "I think I'll take my wife, Suzanne.  I'm excited to see it."

 To view the film's trailer or to learn more about production click below:

http://www.foxsearchlight.com/cedarrapids/

 

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