DETROIT LIVES (3 episodes)
DETROIT: MAKING IT BETTER FOR YOU
Thalia Mavros, Brendan Fitzgerald, 2010 (31min)
Kyong Park, 2000 (10min)
Once the fourth-largest metropolis in America—some have called it the Death of the American Dream. Today, the young people of the Motor City are making it their own DIY paradise where rules are second to passion and creativity. They are creating the new Detroit on their own terms, against real adversity. We put our boots on and went exploring.
A gritty tapestry of images on the destruction of Detroit, a city struggling to sustain its communities in the face of global economic greed. The video’s “drive-by-shooting” style is emblematic of the mythology of Detroit as both the “Motor City” and the “Murder City.” It offers street-level views of the urban clashes between inner-city realities and suburban myths.
09/21 @ 09:31PM
DETROIT RUIN OF A CITY
09/22 @ 03:48AM [pending permission]
09/22 @ 02:11PM
the Atlantic Cities production, 2012
Michael Chanan & George Steinmetz, 2005 (92min)
episode 01: How Detroit is Rising (2min) episode 02: Detroit’s Creative Potential (5min) episode 03: The Faces Behind Detroit’s Rebirth (4min) episode 04: The Businesses That Will Lead Detroit (4min) episode 05: The Future of Detroit (5min)
With the participation of Detroit artist Tyree Guyton, French sociologist Loïc Wacquant, Detroit-born writer Dan Georgakas, Detroit photographer Lowell Boileau, and local residents, the film looks back over the history of the city in the twentieth century: over the rise and fall of the social system identified by social theorists as ‘Fordism’; the way the city was shaped by the automobile; and its decline following the deindustrialisation which began in the 1950s, leaving it ill-adapted to the postFordist society of the epoch of globalisation...
You’ve heard the story of the city’s downfall. This is the story of its comeback.
Published on Sep 15, 2012