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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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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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Nice pictures, short on information., 24 May 2013
Author: Ken Spiker (celr@mcn.org) from California

This film is interesting to watch, especially the tour through the ruins of Detroit, a fascinating graphic representation of the collapse of a major American city. The haunted landscape with its empty houses and buildings (often very large buildings) evokes emotions of loss and decline, both sad and romantic at the same time. I was thoroughly entertained while I was watching those scenes. This documentary also interviews some of the residents of those devastated areas, and while those survivors are likable and interesting in themselves, they seem to have little insight into what's going on around them or why. This video provides a paucity of information about what brought about those alarming conditions, instead focusing on allowing the pictures to tell the story.

There are a couple of major omissions that are quite glaring, as if the videographers just had to avert their eyes from the truth because of ideology or just a personal aversion. First is the alarming crime rate. Only about 21% of the homicides are solved. There is no indication here about how dangerous Detroit has become. Another omission is the abysmal condition of the public schools. Without decent schools there is literally no hope for the kids still having to live in the Detroit area. My understanding is that it is not due to lack of money because Detroit schools receive more per pupil than the national average. Only 25% of high school students graduate. A young student is more likely to wind up in prison than in college. A third glaring omission is the fact that the city has been ruled by Democratic politicians for 50 years. The city's problems are to a large extent the result of bad politics, misspent money and cronyism. Without a viable opposition who was there to keep the politicians honest?

I don't mind that much if the documentary was just meant to show the wasteland that was once Detroit as a series of visual images for their own sake. However there seems to be something under the surface that is hinted at but never developed. Why did Detroit take such a nosedive in the last decades? I would have preferred a more in-depth analysis. Why couldn't Detroit adapt to changes in the global market? Auto plants in other parts of the US are doing okay. Did the unions kill the auto industry in Detroit? This is a question that is never asked in "Detropia." Perhaps because the filmmakers didn't want to face the answer.

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