DETROPIA World Premiere
DETROPIA to make world premiere at Sundance 2012 in Park City
Programmers for the Sundance Film Festival have announced in late November the films selected for competition to be held January 19-29, 2012. Among the 16 world premieres for the U.S. documentary category, the new film DETROPIA directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady will offer viewers a glimpse at Detroit in decline. The city has in the past decade lost 25% of its population and 50% of its manufacturing jobs. Once humming with domestic automobile production fueling the city’s regional economy, continued car manufacturing plant closures, layoffs, and the city’s eroding core have exacted an ongoing burden for its remaining residents.
Ewing and Grady, whose previous Oscar-nominated documentary Jesus Camp (2006), explores how Detroit’s population work and live trying to cultivate a new urban identity. The filmmakers meet up with a blues bar owner, artists, illegal scrappers, a blogger among others and offer a current pulse on whether renewal can happen in the Motor City.
DETROPIA is one of 16 films in competition with the following other U.S. documentaries making their world premiere:
- Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry directed by Alison Klayman
- The Atomic States of America directed by Don Argott and Sheen M. Joyce
- Chasing Ice directed by Jeff Orlowski
- DETROPIA directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
- ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare directed by Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke
- Finding North directed by Kristi Jacobsen and Lori Silverbush
- The House I Live In directed by Eugene Jarecki
- How to Survive a Plague directed by David France
- The Invisible War directed by Kirby Dick
- Love Free or Die directed by Macky Alston
- Marina Abramović The Artist Is Present directed by Matthew Akers
- ME at the ZOO directed by Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch
- The Other Dream Team directed by Marius Markevicius
- The Queen of Versailles directed by Lauren Greenfield
- Slavery by Another Name directed by Sam Pollard
- We’re Not Broke directed by Karin Hayes and Victoria Bruce
For more information about the film DETROPIA, visit the production site for Loki Films: lokifilms.com.
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