The feature film “Trust”, starring Clive Owen and directed by David Schwimmer, will begin production at the University of Michigan’s new North Campus Research Complex in November.
U-M purchased the complex in June, about 18 months after pharmaceutical giant Pfizer vacated the 30-building campus on Ann Arbor’s north side. The research and development facilities currently are vacant as U-M plans to turn it into a center for innovative research and education. The site is not open to the public.
The script for the film, co-written by Schwimmer and Andy Bellin is a suspense-drama that sensitively addresses the topics of cyber stalking, rape and a father’s rage over his daughter’s trauma.
“Of all the scripts I’ve read in reviewing proposals for use of campus space for films, “Trust” is the most meaningful and important,” said Lee Doyle, director of the University of Michigan Film Office. “We are delighted to be able to accommodate the project and are eager for the opportunity it presents for our students and to stimulate the economy of our state.”
U-M opened its film office in 2008 to address the steady number of requests to use University locations that have arisen since the State of Michigan passed its tax incentive program for filmmakers.
The crew of Trust expects to hire students as both production assistants and extras. Directors are very interested in providing educational opportunities to U-M students.
Schwimmer, who is an active member of the Board of Directors of the Rape Foundation of Santa Monica California, says TRUST is a project of great personal significance.
In the film, Owen and Catherine Keener play the parents of a 14-year-old girl who are stunned to discover she has been vicitimized by an adult who gained her trust posing as a teenager on a chat room. Viola Davis plays a sexual assault counselor.
“I have heard countless stories and met many victims of rape and sexual assault ( men, women and children ), and know well the devastation of this trauma—to both the victim and his or her loved ones,” Schwimmer wrote about the project. [Read more…] about Clive Owen movie to be filmed at U-M’s North Campus Research Complex