MOTOR CITY IS BURNING
MOTOR CITY PRIDE
Ben Whalley with BBC Four production, 2008 (60min)
4exit4 production, 2011 (8min)
Documentary looking at how Detroit became home to a musical revolution that captured the sound of a nation in upheaval. In the early 60s, Motown transcended Detroit’s inner city to take black music to a white audience, whilst in the late 60s suburban kids like the MC5 and the Stooges descended into the black inner city to create revolutionary rock expressing the rage of young white America. Extensive archive footage and contributions from top names of the time. Cultural production juxtaposed with the rise and fall of the auto industry. A lot of driving through city. “In the 60s Detroit had it’s moment.” Iggy Pop? “This was the manufacturing center of America and thus the World. And if you wanted it built, we built it in Detroit.” Wayne Kramer “Detroit, Michigan. A Midwestern Blue-Collar City”-Narrator “You ride down the streets here. It looks like Lebanon or something.” With contributions from Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, George Clinton, Martha Reeves, John Sinclair and the MC5.
“Detroit is a city that truly appreciates your contributions and having you here”. For members of Detroit’s GLBTQ community, that appreciation is manifest. Whether through activism, business ownership, historic preservation, or as cultural curators, the gay community is changing the landscape of the city. Here are just a few of the faces of Detroit’s vibrant GLBT community.
09/21 @ 09:23PM
PEOPLE MOVER 09/21 @ 09:41PM
4exit4 production, 2011 (18min) A short film capturing 24 local artists, cooks, thinkers and musicians as they came together to showcase Detroit’s spirit, performing inside the train one day in April.
Published on Sep 15, 2012