Saturday, August 7, 2010

Mich Film Office appointment raises questions

That is rather strange about Carrie Jones being appointed the new commissioner of the Michigan Film Office. She replaces Janet Lockwood who served 18 years....The Free Press carried a story today about her appointment.....There is nothing posted on the Film Office’s web site about the appointment which took effect July 26, or her background.....Jones started working at the film office last February as deputy director, no doubt being groomed for the top job. As the Freep reports, “Though she has no movie industry experience, the East Lansing resident has spent the last few months learning all she can about one of Michigan’s fastest ¬growing new industries”.....What’s strange about this is that Jones has absolutely no background in film. Instead she seems a purely patronage (as we call it in Canada, aka “political”) appointment. In other words Jones was a dutiful operative in the Granholm Democrat machine.....The Free Press makes this clear for all to see, calling her a “former fund-raiser” for the guv. Other previous experience: she grew up in Fenton and since 2007 was executive director of the Granholm Leadership Fund. She was also finance director for Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s 2006 re-election campaign and previously worked for U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin....In other words Jones has been justly awarded with this state government plum.....Even her taste in films gives slight pause. Her favourites are Grease II, American Beauty, and Milk.

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