Detropia | Directors/Producers Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing
[PREMIERE SCREENING: Saturday, January 21, Noon –Temple Theatre, Park City]
I’m a documentary filmmaker because it’s basically like going to an amazing graduate school with each new project. And getting paid to do it. It gives you an excuse to learn, explore, hypothesize, get it wrong, change your mind, discover new ideas and then share your results with complete strangers. That’s extremely fun to me.
In our view, there is no other medium that is better suited for Detroit than the medium of documentary film. The slew of popular picture books about the city and its decay, while often beautiful, can’t possibly portray the swagger, the attitude, the sheer badass – ness of Detroiters. I know that’s not a word, but it should be (And so should Detropia!). Only a down and dirty, on the ground, up close, living and breathing medium like nonfiction can do this place justice. I hope very much we have done just that.