Milwaukee has done a lot to attract different water-related industries to the region to take advantage of the Great Lakes.

Lake Michigan plays a crucial role in an upcoming film.
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Scientists, fresh water equipment companies, and even water law experts all are doing business here.

But one area that hasn’t been part of the equation has been the film industry – until now.  Milwaukee and Lake Michigan will play key roles in a major motion picture that will begin filming here later this month.

“The Surface” is written and produced by Milwaukee’s Jeff Gendelman, a veteran of television and film work.  It’s directed by Gil Cates, Jr. – who is co-producer of the Steve Jobs movie due out nationally in August.

Gendelman developed the story for “The Surface” about 18 years ago, based on his childhood query, “What’s out there?”


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