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Detropia -- A documentary on the city of Detroit and its woes, which are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base.

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A documentary on the city of Detroit and its woes, which are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Noah Stewart ... Singer: Featured Tenor
Rachele Gilmnore ... Singer: Also Featired at the Detroit Opera Gouyse
Michael Wanko ... Singer: Also Featured at the Detroit Opera House
Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra ... Musicians: Detroit Opera Goyse
The Nyce Band ... Performers: The Raven Lounge
94 East ... Performers: The Raven Lounge
Luann French ... Additional Musician: Violin Sample
Schuyler Campbell ... Additional Musician: Keys
Todd Cochell ... Additional Musician: Keys
Dave Graw ... Additional Musician: Vibes
Crystal Starr ... Herself
George McGregor ... Himself
Tommy Stephens ... Himself
David Dichiera ... Himself
Dave Bing ... Himself (archive footage)
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Directed by
Heidi Ewing 
Rachel Grady 
 
Produced by
Craig Atkinson .... producer
Dan Cogan .... executive producer
Heidi Ewing .... producer
Sally Jo Fifer .... executive producer: ITVS
Rachel Grady .... producer
David Menschel .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Dial 81 
Blair French (music written and performed by)
 
Cinematography by
Craig Atkinson 
Tony Hardmon 
 
Film Editing by
Enat Sidi 
 
Production Management
Christina Gonzalez .... post-production manager
Christina Gonzalez .... production manager
 
Art Department
Rob Jones .... poster art: AnimalRummy
 
Sound Department
Paul Bercovitch .... supervising sound editor
Steve Giammaria .... assistant sound re-recording mixer (as Steve 'Major' Giammaria)
Steven Kowalski .... sound recordist (as Steve 'Stash' Kowalski)
Michael Lapp .... additional sound recordist
John Moros .... sound effects editor
Clayton Perry .... additional sound recordist
Tony Volante .... sound re-recording mixer
Ryan M. Price .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Daniel Timmons .... assistant re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Drew Dawson .... additional camera
Wolfgang Held .... additional cinematographer
Chris Hersey .... additional camera (as Christopher Hersey)
Eric Kmetz .... additional camera
 
Editorial Department
Erin Casper .... associate editor
Will Cox .... digital intermediate colorist
Owen Rucker .... on-line editor
Caitlin Tartaro .... digital intermediate producer
 
Other crew
Rob Brownking .... studio coordinator
Victoria S. Cook .... legal: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Rachel Crane .... production assistant: New York
Drew Dawson .... production assistant: Detroit
Asia M. Evans .... production intern (as Asia Evans)
Nolan Finley .... consultant
Stephanie Marie Flaemig .... production intern (as Stephanie Flaemig)
Robie Flores .... production assistant: New York
Robie Flores .... production intern
Caleb Ford .... translator: Chinese
Matt Gleason .... production intern
Heather Hale .... production intern
Laura Hartrick .... production assistant: Detroit
Daniel Hymanson .... production intern
Rachel Kahn Taylor .... production intern (as Rachel Kahn-Taylor)
Steven Kowalski .... production assistant: Detroit (as Steven R. Kowalski)
Justin Kremer .... production intern
Lea Mathiesen .... production intern
Menemsha Milnor .... production intern
Jack Mintz .... production intern
Claire Molloy .... production intern
Mandy Moran .... production assistant: Detroit
Nuncle .... title designer
Ashley Portal .... production intern
Sekou Sangare .... production intern
Jenny Tolan .... production intern
Maria F. Leon .... production coordinator: ITVS (uncredited)
 
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Eileen Ewing .... in memory of
 

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90 min
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30 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Not going to negotiate ... what?, 2 December 2012
Author: David Ferguson (fergusontx@gmail.com) from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. Admittedly, I am tough on documentaries. My expectations are quite high. Reason being, documentary filmmakers need not be burdened with fluffy entertainment requirements. Instead, they can tell a story, debate an issue, or expose a wrong. Wasted opportunities annoy me.

Have you heard anything about the economic hardships in the city of Detroit? Of course you have. It's been a story for more than two decades. So a documentary "exposing" the hardships in Detroit should at least offer a different perspective, debate options, or discuss the challenges of progress. Otherwise, it's a wasted opportunity, which is what we have here.

The film is beautifully photographed and very well put together. It's just missing a reason to exist. It's a clump of different pieces that don't fit and provide little insight. We get a clueless local union president who is clinging to the past and offering no help to his constituents. We get some obscure video blogger whose main credentials seem to be that she lives in Detroit and has her own camera. We get a couple of guys sitting on a front porch making fun of any efforts by local officials to develop solutions.

There seems to have been a very narrow focus on choosing who to interview. At least Tommy Stevens, a local bar owner, is an interesting guy to follow around. He holds out hope that GM will open a Chevy Volt plant and spur business at his club, so he can re-hire his cook. His hopes are dashed when he attends a local auto show and finds out that China has an electric car that at a significantly lower price than Chevy. He recalls the days that stubborn US automakers refused to acknowledge upstart Honda in the US.

We are offered brief glimpses into some type of town hall meeting and the absolute rejection by the union of the "last" offer from American Axle. We are shown a few clips from inside the Detroit Opera, which the Big 3 automakers continue to finance. Lastly, we are introduced to a couple of young artists, who are part of a growing trend of relocations to inner city Detroit to take advantage of the low rents and low housing costs.

All of the above are interesting enough, but again, it's been two decades and we only get one angry lady spouting off about Mayor Dave Bing's seemingly appropriately creative idea of consolidating the outlying areas into a smaller geographic area, so the city can provide services for its citizens and start the process of healing and growing.

There seem to be two real issues worth analyzing. First is the unwillingness of so many to accept that change has already occurred ... so fighting change is a lost cause. Your city is broke. No need to make things worse. Secondly, looking into the true cause of the downturn could lead to interesting discussions of greed. Corporate greed as well as the greed of the people. The Chinese can make a car (and TV's, washing machines, etc) so much cheaper because they are not holding on to our standard of living. Detroit has been called the birthplace of the middle class, but just what is that definition today? These are some of the discussions that need to be had. Just one more look at houses being torn down and empty hotels ... all with the shiny GM towers in the background ... is just a re-hash of what we already know. So yes, the wasted opportunity has me annoyed.

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Nice attempt at a documentary, but michael_k_powell
The problem with detroit is spelled out in this book AlienAutopsy
Dedicated to Detroiters? Well gee... thanks a lot! rufurious
Looked great, I wish it said more ghtx
25-minute video interview with director Rachel Grady pm85
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