DETROPIA: Opening September 14
Opening September 14: DETROPIA
- Royal Oak: Main Art (filmmakers in person 9/14 & 9/15)
- Detroit: Ren Cen 4 (filmmakers in person 9/15 & 9/16)
- Ann Arbor: Michigan Theater (filmmakers in person 9/16)
Detroit’s story has encapsulated an iconic narrative over the last century—the rise of manufacturing and the middle class and the promise of a utopian dream. Today the city is emblematic of the collapse of the American economy and the need to radically change to forge ahead. Despite the crisis they face, the film’s vibrant, gutsy characters glow and erupt like flames from the ashes. These soulful pragmatists strive to make ends meet and make sense of it all, refusing to abandon hope. Their grit embodies the spirit of the Motor City as it struggles to survive a postindustrial United States that faces a new identity. This new and exciting film is created by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (the makers of Jesus Camp).
View trailer here: http://detropiathefilm.com/video_trailer.html
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About the Director: Heidi Ewing was born and raised in the Detroit area around a family manufacturing business. Detropia is her fourth feature length documentary film and is close to her heart. She and her directing partner Rachel Grady are best known for directing Jesus Camp, a searing look at the Christian right through the eyes of children. The film was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. The duo made their feature documentary debut with The Boys of Baraka in 2005, a touching movie that follows inner city boys to a boarding school in rural Kenya. The film was nominated for an Emmy. The directing team recently collaborated with other high profile nonfiction filmmakers for the 2009 omnibus documentary film Freakonomics: The Movie, based on the best-selling book. Their controversial 12th & Delaware, a searing portrait of the battle between a crisis pregnancy center and an abortion clinic, debuted at Sundance in 2010 and won a Peabody Award.
*The University of Michigan recommends, but has no affiliation or financial investment with/in this film.