Sunday, January 29, 2012

Detropia revisited

Over on DetHuffPo, Erik Proulx has a more in depth look at Detropia. He posts a link to an interesting interview with the documentary's directors Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing.

Here's my favorite quote, from Rachel Grady:

Initially when we went there, we were just looking for this Phoenix story. We were hoping there were people on the ground there that were really gonna just fix the place. But after spending a couple of years filming there and spending time with our characters we realized that was just a very dishonest story.
Really?!? I know that documentaries are kind of like essays and the film makers here are presenting a story. But saying the story of people on the ground in Detroit working to turn things around is a "dishonest story." Ugh. Here's an antidote of sorts:

9 Businesses from 4exit4 on Vimeo.

As Erik Proulx points out, Johnny Knoxville's 30 minute long commercial for Palladium Boots, Detroit Lives, paints a more accurate picture of both the decay and hope in Detroit. Shit.

Hat tip @briancors for the link to Detroit: 9 Businesses


Ruin porn: Dismantling Detroit

1 comment:

  1. I think a big part of the problem is that Detroit isn't going to rise within 2 years. I'm thinking it is going to be more like 5 or 10 years. Also, it is never going to be like it was back in its hay day. There are a myriad reasons for the rot underneath but there are signs of hope.

    Speaking of which, they are going to be opening the Belle Isle Aquarium on the 4th. I think if this proves successful they may look at opening it more often. I wish I could go but I already have previous engagements.