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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

  (in credits order)
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)

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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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Beauty in the Wasteland, 25 April 2013
Author: flinched from Chicago, IL

An opera singer calmly walks thru a large room inside a beautiful piece of architecture, a deserted and dilapidated building being devoured by nature. His beautiful song bounces off walls littered with graffiti. Broken windows, piles of rubble, lost jobs, a city in decay, nowhere to go but up, welcome to Detropia.

This movie briefly takes us around Detroit and into the hearts & minds of its sparse population. We see that the only thing surviving and thriving is the indomitable spirit of its citizens. Most documentaries take the approach of inundating us with information. Don't expect to talk to economic experts or politicians, we talk to the ordinary citizen. We watch them live with their difficult day to day existence as they watch the city decay around them, all the while trying to understand complex causes to a complex problem. Solutions seems so distant all they can hope for is a miracle.

Detropia shows the viewer a microcosm of the human condition through conversations with ordinary folks amidst a sea of ruins. The lovely cinematography continuously compares and contrasts beauty with ugliness, despair with hope. We see small flowers growing among the rubble, a bird rests upon a heap of garbage, people smiling and clinging to what little joy they have as they struggle to make ends meet.

This is a wonderful and calm film that will require the viewer to have patience and be in a sombre mood. Expect sadness tinged with brief glimpses of hope and the answer to the question of whether your cup is half full or empty. I'm left with the feeling that the spirit may be strong in Detroit's citizens, but the realities of the world are slowly crushing them. Let us hope the spirit conquers all.

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