"A genuine view of Detroit nightlife, Motor City Flows dives deep into the city’s underground and brings some of its best-kept talents to the surface. From dusty lofts to techno landmarks to rock ‘n’ roll hotspots, the short documentary manages to uncover the core of Detroit’s diverse music culture in just under 15 minutes, which is all it takes for viewers to identify and recognize the creative life-force flowing through the city.
Motor City Flows highlights Detroit’s unbridled and open environment, painting it as a place where individuals can discover their identities and find a sense of belonging, a place where—literally—anything is possible. Take Joshua Guerin, for example, manager of dance music mecca TV Lounge. “I’m from a small city where it wasn’t open-minded at all,” he says in the film, “so finding Detroit was like finding home.”
The video offers a glimpse into the lifestyles of other creative persons who also call Detroit home, such as Touch of North America band mates Jeremy Damaske, Shayne O’Keefe and Matt Conzett, one of many groups keeping Detroit’s rock ‘n’ roll chronicle alive. Joey Krueger and Ernie “Erno the Inferno” Guerra’s passion for Detroit is visualized in Motor City Flows, two DJs whose talents contribute to the constant development of the city’s renowned dance music culture.
“The city offers a ton for people who are into art or music,” says Guerra, who runs a weekly series called Slow Jams at Woodbridge Pub, one of many nightlife hubs featured in the film alongside Northern Lights, North End Studios, The Crofoot and more. The final party at techno staple 1217 Griswold is also remembered, where Gustav Brovold and others spun the historic loft’s final sets.
Motor City Flows captures the essence of Detroit and what lies beneath the political ruin and urban decay: an imaginative and inspirational playground where creativity flourishes. It shows the true heart of the city and those who keep it beating strong." - Ashley Zlatapolsky