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.
'Brewster Douglass, You're My Brother'
The 27-minute documentary "Brewster Douglass, You're My Brother," premiered in May 2012. In it, filmmaker Oren Goldenberg and journalist Paul Abowd <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/25/brewster-douglass-youre-my-brother-oren-goldenberg-paul-abowd-detroit-film_n_1451397.html" target="_hplink">delve into the history of the shuttered Brewster-Douglass housing projects in Detroit</a> and their current status. Built in 1935, the Brewster Homes housing development built for African Americans.
'Street Fighting Man'
"Street Fighting Man" is scheduled to be released in fall of 2012. In June, filmmakers raised more than <a href="http://beachfirepictures.tumblr.com/sfm" target="_hplink">$20,000 with a Kickstarter campaign</a> for post-production costs. The documentary follows three men in three generations trying to change their lives and communities.
'Deforce: America's Past. America's Future. Detroit's Present'
The documentary "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/14/deforce-detroit-documentary_n_1344549.html" target="_hplink">Deforce: America's Past. America's Future. Detroit's Present</a>," by native metro Detroiters Andrew Rodney and Daniel Falconer, premiered in March 2012. The film looks at how the city's political history has affected its current state.
'After The Factory'
In "After the Factory," which premiered in February 2012, director Philip Lauri <a href=" Phttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/19/after-the-factory-documentary-detroit-lodz-poland_n_1211522.html" target="_hplink">examined the similar challenges facing Detroit and the post-industrial city of Lodz</a>, Poland, and how residents are dealing with them.
'BURN: One Year On The Front Lines Of The Battle To Save Detroit'
The film "BURN: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit" showed at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2012. Directors Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/08/burn-detroit-firefighter-documentary-tribeca-film-festival_n_1333020.html" target="_hplink">documented the work of firefighters on Detroit's east side</a> and tell a story of the city in the process.
In "Lemonade: Detroit," Boston filmmaker <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/erik-proulx/the-tale-of-two-detroits_b_1115234.html" target="_hplink">Erik Proulx</a> tells the personal stories of Detroiters. The film is in production, and Proulx is crowdsourcing financing by selling producer credits for $1 a frame.
In "Detropia," directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (of Oscar-winning "Jesus Camp") document Detroit's "<a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/708986040/detropia-were-releasing-our-doc-independently" target="_hplink">rise and fall (and rise again?)</a>."The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2012, and the filmmakers decided to release it themselves, raising more than $70,000 with a Kickstarter campaign.
'Detroit Threat Management'
In "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/08/detroit-threat-management-documentary-film_n_1326814.html" target="_hplink">Detroit Threat Management</a>," filmmaker Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman follows the private security company. The film is in production and is planned for a fall 2012 release.
"Urban Roots," a 2011 documentary directed by Mark MacInnis, documents urban farming in the city.
'Detroit Wild City'
French filmmaker Florent Tillon's "Detroit Wild City" premiered in 2010.
"Detroit Lives," released in 2010 by Palladium Boots, highlights positive things in Detroit, as well as Johnny Knoxville.
'Grown In Detroit'
Norwegian documentary filmmakers Mascha and Manfred Poppenk made "Grown in Detroit" about urban gardening at Catherine Ferguson Academy.
Searching For Sugar Man
In "Searching for Sugar Man," Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul examines the epic search of two South Africans to track down <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/08/rodriguez-60-minutes-sugar-man_n_1947767.html" target="_hplink">Sixto Rodriguez</a>, an elusive musician who has become a legendary figure in their country while living a life of humble obscurity in Detroit. Ironically, the film has helped the singer gain increased exposure and artistic recognition in the United States.