In early 2010, Mancelona Chamber of Commerce received an exciting phone call from a movie production company. Filming of the movie The Frontier Boys was about to take place, partly in Mancelona, and mostly in Charlevoix. The Frontier Boys is the story of four high school boys whose undefeated basketball season and friendship are threatened after a drive-by shooting leaves one of them in a coma, and one of them with a secret. They are unbeaten on the court and inseparable off it until Brent gets caught up in his older brothers mixed up life. The consequences of Brents choice leave T.J. in the hospital, and Brents soul in turmoil.
A portion of the movie was filmed inside Mancelona True Value Hardware, and along State Street downtown. Several Mancelona residents gathered alongside the road to watch the production company work. The movie is still available for purchase on Amazon, and also to watch in full on YouTube. Some of Mancelona's businesses and individuals were recognized in the credit roll at the end of the film.