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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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Movie is great, but not for the reasons you expect! See more (16 total) »

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)
 
Thanks
Eileen Ewing .... in memory of
 

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9 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Movie is great, but not for the reasons you expect!, 23 January 2013
Author: ultradave-1 from United States

This movie is phenomenal for all the wrong reasons. Upon watching this film, I found myself laughing at idiocracy of the residents. They constantly miss the point. The UAW bosses, workers, the citizens of Detroit, and the mayor they elect are just classic showings of people who simply do not understand. The opening scene of the movie sums it up. They won't close the plant down on us, we need to be paid a fair living wage above $13.00 an hour. The basic understanding of supply and demand economics are simply lost, and that is what truly makes the film great. I am sure the director did not intentionally do this, but it becomes clear immediately the disconnect. $13 an hour in Detroit is a living wage. Compare that to China for $2-$3 an hour, the Chinese will soon be able to demand $9 an hour, which will make you middle-class to upper middle-class in China.

The citizens do not understand they are the ones driving away the jobs. GM needs to make profit, and they haven't in years. Even now, as they are doing a little better, we all know it is just another recession, another crappy brown sedan, before they are bankrupt once again. The best part of was the mayor, as he was watching his redistricting plan, and then denied any tax incentives or tax cuts as a way to stimulate job growth. The citizens simply demand things, and then blame it on everyone but themselves. The best part was when one of the citizens in the film begged for more government services, not realizing that in order to provide those services they need revenue.

This film is hilarious to anyone that knows the basic fundamentals of the economy. "Please, please don't take our transportation away". Sums up their just misunderstanding for the basics of business. This movie is able to highlight this on all levels, and is only for the truly intellectual to come to that conclusion. Everyone else will continue the tradition of mediocrity. Don't expect a statement from the film either way, all it takes is common sense.

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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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