Detroit based One of Us Films is producing a documentary film that will turn the lens on the possibilities of urban cities around the world. Using the thesis laid out in Detroit Free Press writer John Gallagher’s Reimagining Detroit, the documentary will look to Detroit’s future, and, by extension, to the future of cities everywhere.
For while Detroit may be the nation’s poster city for urban dystopia, it shares its predicament to a greater or lesser degree with dozens of cities. Population loss and industrial collapse scar cities around the globe, not just a handful of towns surrounding the Great Lakes.
Inspiration for the future using regional and international images will showcase the possibilities of urban change that include positive city shrinkage, urban agriculture, and daylighting streams. Interviews directly with urban heroes about the work they do will talk about what has been accomplished and what the future can look like.
Interviews, in order of appearance:
Roberta Urbani environmental planner in the Environmental Initiatives Department, DTE
Robin Boyle, Chair, Urban Studies and Planning, Wayne State University
Gordon Wean, Wean Foundation, Youngstown, Ohio
Nickolas Hoffman, Proprietor, Flint Antiques, Flint, Michigan
Malik Yakini, Founder, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network photographed at Dtown Garden
Bob Grossman, Philadelphia Green
Riet Schumack, Co-Director , Brightmoor Youth Garden, Detroit, MI
Jenenne Whitfield, Executive Director, Heidelberg Project, Detroit, MI
Chazz Miller, Resident Artist, Artist's Village Detroit
Jane Golden, Executive Director, Philadelphia Mural Arts Project
Scott Whipple, Developer, Uptown Developments
Jessica Williams, Lead Coordinator, Young Association of Heidelberg
Lydia Gutierrez, President, Hacienda Mexican Foods, Detroit
Joanna Myers, Detroiter, originally from Iowa photographed @ Avalon Bakery
This project is made possible in part by a grant from Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.