Boxed In premiere draws huge crowd

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - It was standing room only Wednesday for the premier of a documentary made locally about the dark stores issue. It's called Boxed In and by all accounts Wednesday, it was a hit.

NMU Professor Dwight Brady and 14 of his students took on the task of condensing the complex issue into a 30 minute documentary.

The screening was held in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library, a building that's been directly impacted by the Michigan Tax Tribunal's rulings surrounding the dark stores issue.

Boxed In is a look at the controversial dark stores issue that's seen big box retail stores taking advantage of a tax loophole across the state including in Marquette and Marquette Township. Members of the group, Marquette County Citizens for Fair Share say it's important to keep active on this issue.

"We appreciate the wide community support and the deep community support and the interest that we've seen on this issue, lets see what we can do to address this problem," said Fred Kotler, Co-Chair for MCCFFS. "We have a responsibility to act locally, we support the legislation, we support our legislators but we also have a responsibility to act locally."

Another screening of the film will be held Wednesday, August 31, at Bay De Noc Community College in the Besse Theater. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.