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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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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Clueless, 20 August 2013
Author: topidea from Detroit suburb

"Detropia" is a voyeuristic snapshot of Detroit as it is today but offers little insight into how things got so bad so fast. Its creators, like most of America, seem to accept Detroit's condition as the inevitable result of auto companies migrating out of the city. They entirely miss the point that citizens of Detroit have made poor decisions that CAUSED the auto companies, as well as most of the hard-working population and the good teachers, to abandon the town.

What everyone misses is that Detroit's decline began at the height of the U.S. auto boom, when everyone was doing so well here that they thought they could afford to give everything to everyone and it would last forever. Some landmarks:

-- The big 3 agree to strike demands that are obviously unsustainable including pensions, wages and even a guarantee that workers will get full salaries when they're laid off!

-- The white majority, wishing to be "progressive", elects the first black mayoral candidate that comes along...never mind that he's not qualified, hates white people and is blatantly corrupt (Colman Young)

-- The same white liberals move out of the city, taking their limousines with them

-- Detroit enacts a City Income Tax, driving the remaining productive people and businesses out of town. This money is supposed to be for education but ends up in the pockets of school administration, union leaders and mayoral appointees

-- The (now) black majority continues to re-elect Coleman Young for 20 years because he promises freebies for all

-- Like a vulture sweeping in for the remains, Quame Kilpatrick gets elected mayor and sucks up every dime left in the Detroit treasury

These are all DECISIONS made by Detroit voters (white and black) that have brought the city to its knees.

The directors of Detropia similarly avoid suggesting any CURES for the city. They blame the suburbs for not supporting Detroit when, in fact, surrounding counties have voted many tax millages upon themselves to fund the Detroit Zoo, the Detroit Institute of Arts, etc. In fact, the city has been largely supported by its suburbs and the state and federal governments for many, many years.

The appointment of a Financial Manager by the state was an absolute necessity (no one WANTED it). After 50 years of waste and corruption, someone had to become the adult in the room.

One of Detropia's directors(dreamily) said on CSPAN this morning: "It does no good to look at the past, we must look forward." (GAG!) I offer this quote: "He who does not learn from the past is doomed to repeat it".

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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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