When the 2011 Hollywood feature A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas debuts, look closely and you may see signs of TechTown.
Well, the cameo actually belongs to the building soon to be known as TechTwo.
Harold, Kumar and their crew filmed at TechTown’s TechTwo facility, formerly the Dalgleish Cadillac dealership, and worked around the clock to transform the empty facility into a “New York City tree lot.” A 30-foot inflatable Santa Claus stood on the corner, colored lights hung from the building and a large “Xmas Tree Brothaz” sign covered the iconic Dalgleish name. About 130 members of the production crew worked during the night for several days, and the action closed off neighboring streets as well during the filming (even the signs pointing to I-94 were changed to I-78!). Learn more about the Harold & Kumar series here and here.
The film’s production team also shot a few other scenes in locations across the Metro Detroit area.
Harold and Kumar’s Christmas romp is one of many Hollywood productions that have turned to Michigan in search of low-cost, high quality environments. Sparked by the Michigan Film Incentive, the country’s premier film incentive program, and Michigan-based film facilities, filmmakers across the country are seeing the unequaled benefits of being made in Michigan. Henry Argasinski, TechTown’s real estate and facilities director, says Detroit’s largest small business incubator reaped a pretty important benefit as well.
“After a diligent sweep of the broom and a can of paint following the filming, our parking lot was left in better shape than before,” Argasinski said. “Talk about a Christmas in July! While we can’t discuss details, the movie’s funniest moment takes place here at TechTown.”