Posted by: Kath Usitalo | December 21, 2012

FILMichigan: Yoopera!

Yoopera!_cover_20111117 2In FILMichigan I usually talk about a Hollywood movie that’s already hit the big screen, but today I’m making an exception to tell you about a documentary in final stages of production—and how you can help fund a made-in-Michigan project for a tax deduction and the satisfaction of helping to tell a great story.

Yoopera! is about the making of an opera in the Upper Peninsula and the companion Story Line Project, which was conceived by Michigan artist Mary Wright to promote the opera and raise awareness of local history and heritage.

“Rockland the Opera,” written and produced by a team of American and Finnish talent, is about two miners who were killed during a 1906 in the Western U.P. The stage production premiered in Finland and at the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Houghton in 2011.

I know Suzanne Jurva, producer and director of Yoopera!, from our roots in Redford and ties to Copper Country—our parents were friends. She attended Michigan Tech University in Houghton and worked in Los Angeles for DreamWorks-SKG before becoming an independent filmmaker. From the looks of her Yoopera! trailer, she does beautiful work. Check it out here:

Suzanne is looking for funds to help her wrap up production so that she can screen the hour-long film at FinnFestUSA in Copper Country in June 2013.

She provided the info below on Yoopera! and how to donate before the end of the year (though I’m sure she’ll accept your check in 2013, as well).



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