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Two Detroit Docs On Shortlist For 2013 Oscar Nominations

Posted 12.04.2012 | Detroit

The Motor City could be getting some star treatment at the 2013 Academy Awards, thanks to two Detroit-centered films that are now being considered as ...

Jumpstarting the Motor City: Rachel Grady on Detropia

Dan Lybarger | Posted 11.07.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Lybarger

Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady have made documentaries about entire subcultures, but their latest tackles a whole city. Detropia looks unflinchingly at the grim realities of contemporary Detroit, which is where Ewing grew up. The city has changed drastically since then.

Motor City in Ruins: 'Detropia' Reveals the Decline and Fall of the American Empire

Michael Rose | Posted 11.06.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Rose

Detropia doesn't offer solutions to the financialization of the U.S. economy, but it does point a vivid picture of what our world will be like unless we find the will to turn things around.

What Can Detroit Teach the Nation? Heidi Ewing on Detropia

Kristin McCracken | Posted 11.05.2012 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

"Tommy doesn't have to keep the place open -- he has a healthy pension, and he lives in a really nice neighborhood in Detroit. And yet he does, because he thinks Detroit needs a black-owned blues bar."

Documentaries of Summer: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Detropia, About Face

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.29.2012 | Home
Regina Weinreich

Alison Klayman, an American and recent college grad in 2008 went to China, not knowing precisely what she would do there. Asked to videotape Ai Weiwei, she fell into a subject much larger than a sculptor and conceptual artist.

Top Five Films at BAMCinemaFest 2012

Farihah Zaman | Posted 08.22.2012 | Entertainment
Farihah Zaman

That BAM seems to care more about bringing a focused curatorial vision to bear than vying for a jumbled mix of higher-profile titles and obscure premieres is very much in keeping with the organization's philosophy of building programming around its loyal Brooklyn audience.

Detropia: Made for Festivals But Not for Detroit

Erik Proulx | Posted 03.27.2012 | Detroit
Erik Proulx

As a filmmaker, I was rooting for Detropia to weave a story of hope and promise and not dredge up the same old ghosts of ruin and despair. Alas, it seems like the blight temptress has claimed her latest victims.

Dream Team Documentarians Make Freakonomics

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The new documentary based on Freakonomics is a very clever, entertaining, seemingly random, fact-loaded commentary on the workings of our world.

HuffPost Review: Freakonomics

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As anthology films go, Freakonomics is an entertaining -- if occasionally scattershot -- documentary. But then, that was the nature of the book by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, upon which the film was based.

ReThink Interview: Seth Gordon, Exec. Producer of Freakonomics

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I spoke to Gordon about applying Freakonomics, working with a group of celebrated documentarians, films that changed Gordon's life, and matters concerning Donkey Kong and the scripted remake of the King of Kong that is in the works.

'12th & Delaware' Joins the HBO Summer Documentary Series

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

12th & Delaware utilizes a street intersection to illustrate the ideological divide between two camps of thought -- one is an abortion clinic called A Woman's World. The other is an office named the Pregnancy Care Center.

12th & Delaware

Melissa Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Melissa Silverstein

12th & Delaware directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp) is a really good documentary. It's interesting, provocative, engaging and very well shot.