Detroit Je T'aime Filmmakers Nora Mandray, Hélène Bienvenu Launch Kickstarter For Interactive Film

07/07/2012 02:25 am ET | Updated Jul 07, 2012

After months of giving peeks into their process on their blog, filmmakers Nora Mandray and Hélène Bienvenu have revealed screenshots of interactive documentary "Detroit Je T'aime," as well as a request for funding help.

On their Kickstarter, the two filmmakers from France who have been living in the city for a year explain the concept of the movie. It will be "broadcast" online with several different short films exploring DIY (Do It Yourself) projects in Detroit and a toolkit for watchers to create their own.

"For us, Detroit is a city of change makers. Our three protagonists are using the crisis as an opportunity to redefine our values," they say in their Kickstarter video. "'Detroit Je T'ame' is about creating an immersive experience that inspires you to connect outside of the Internet."

The film follows a bike mechanic, an urban farmer and a community organizer involved in community building.

"In response to ... unreliable city services, Detroiters have not only learned how to stick together, they've become experts in DIY culture," the filmmakers add.

As of Saturday, the project had raised over $4,000 of their $25,000 goal, with 24 days left to go in the campaign. Mandray and Bienvenu received a grant from the French Film Institute to start the project, but are looking for funding to finish production before the movie's online release date of January 2013.

For more Detroit film projects see below.

Detroit Films: Documentaries In And About The City
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