BEAUTY AND RUIN follows the fight over the artwork in the Detroit Institute of Art as Detroit faces bankruptcy. The bankruptcy means the city retirees face losing their pensions. The creditors who are owed money by Detroit want the art “cashed in” and sold. The museum wants to keep this important cultural treasure safe for future generations. So what is the price of culture?
BEAUTY AND RUIN explores the universal role of art in human lives and communities using three interlocking narrative threads: the political and legal battles of the DIA, the people of Detroit and their relationship with the museum, and the art itself, powerful pawns in a cultural war.
Producers Jeanette Loakman, Sally Blake, Marc DeGuerre
Director Marc DeGuerre
Director of Photography Alan Poon
Editor Sally Blake
The film will premiere on Super Channel on 22 May 2017 at 8pm