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September 6, 2012 9:10 AM
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Project of the Day: Is Detroit the City of Tomorrow?

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Detroit, je t'aime"

Tweetable Logline:

DIY, urban farming, community: the city of tomorrow is #Detroit. kck.st/KNyKzg #collcons #transmedia #documentary @detroitjetaime
 

Elevator Pitch:

DETROIT JE T'AIME is an interactive documentary on Detroit's DIY culture, featuring inspiring stories & cool tips for you to create your own projects. Today the Motor City, formerly known for its assembly line, is building a new collaborative economy thanks to its unique DIY spirit. DETROIT JE T'AIME tells three interwoven stories about community-building in the post-industrial era; it follows a group of female bike mechanics, an urban farmer and an activist hacker, each of whom are making Detroit into a sustainable city through small-scale DIY projects.
 

Production Team:

Director/Producer: Fulbright scholar and Berlin Talent Campus member Nora Mandray
 

About the Production:

"In our current economic crisis, there’s no better place to look to than Detroit. In response to the declining auto industry, Detroiters have created a self-sufficient culture based on DIY principles and social justice. Detroit Je T'aime is an interactive documentary created to introduce this culture to a broader audience. With interactive features like a “DIY Toolbox," viewers will learn to save money through projects like fixing bicycles or growing food in a community garden. For Detroit, the crisis has been an opportunity to redefine its values, we hope our documentary will empower others to do the same." -- Nora Mandray

Current Status:

In production.

For more information and to support this project:

Kickstarter Page (the campaign has expired)
Film Website
 

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16 Comments

  • Richard H Perry | September 9, 2012 8:16 PMReply

    Looking forward to seeing this!

  • Jason Kohl | September 7, 2012 9:03 PMReply

    I disagree with the spam email above, but think this would be an amazing project to see. As someone who grew up in Michigan, it would be refreshing to see a take on the Motor City devoid of ruin porn and longing for a fifties that never really existed.

  • Jason Kohl | September 7, 2012 9:03 PMReply

    I disagree with the spam email above, but think this would be an amazing project to see. As someone who grew up in Michigan, it would be refreshing to see a take on the Motor City devoid of ruin porn and longing for a fifties that never really existed.

  • Jason Kohl | September 7, 2012 9:02 PMReply

    I disagree with the spam email above, but think this would be an amazing project to see. As someone who grew up in Michigan, it would be refreshing to see a take on the Motor City devoid of ruin porn and longing for a fifties that never really existed.

  • Jason Kohl | September 7, 2012 9:02 PMReply

    I disagree with the spam email above, but think this would be an amazing project to see. As someone who grew up in Michigan, it would be refreshing to see a take on the Motor City devoid of ruin porn and longing for a fifties that never really existed.

  • Jason Kohl | September 7, 2012 9:02 PMReply

    I disagree with the spam email above, but think this would be an amazing project to see. As someone who grew up in Michigan, it would be refreshing to see a take on the Motor City devoid of ruin porn and longing for a fifties that never really existed.

  • Jason Kohl | September 7, 2012 9:02 PMReply

    I disagree with the spam email above, but think this would be an amazing project to see. As someone who grew up in Michigan, it would be refreshing to see a take on the Motor City devoid of ruin porn and longing for a fifties that never really existed.

  • Jason Kohl | September 7, 2012 9:02 PMReply

    I disagree with the spam email above, but think this would be an amazing project to see. As someone who grew up in Michigan, it would be refreshing to see a take on the Motor City devoid of ruin porn and longing for a fifties that never really existed.

  • Jason Kohl | September 7, 2012 9:02 PMReply

    I disagree with the spam email above, but think this would be an amazing project to see. As someone who grew up in Michigan, it would be refreshing to see a take on the Motor City devoid of ruin porn and longing for a fifties that never really existed.

  • Jason Kohl | September 7, 2012 9:02 PMReply

    I disagree with the spam email above, but think this would be an amazing project to see. As someone who grew up in Michigan, it would be refreshing to see a take on the Motor City devoid of ruin porn and longing for a fifties that never really existed.

  • Jason Kohl | September 7, 2012 9:02 PMReply

    I disagree with the spam email above, but think this would be an amazing project to see. As someone who grew up in Michigan, it would be refreshing to see a take on the Motor City devoid of ruin porn and longing for a fifties that never really existed.

  • Jason Kohl | September 7, 2012 9:02 PMReply

    I disagree with the spam email above, but think this would be an amazing project to see. As someone who grew up in Michigan, it would be refreshing to see a take on the Motor City devoid of ruin porn and longing for a fifties that never really existed.

  • Jason Kohl | September 7, 2012 9:02 PMReply

    I disagree with the spam email above, but think this would be an amazing project to see. As someone who grew up in Michigan, it would be refreshing to see a take on the Motor City devoid of ruin porn and longing for a fifties that never really existed.

  • Jason Kohl | September 7, 2012 9:02 PMReply

    I disagree with the spam email above, but think this would be an amazing project to see. As someone who grew up in Michigan, it would be refreshing to see a take on the Motor City devoid of ruin porn and longing for a fifties that never really existed.

  • Jason Kohl | September 7, 2012 9:02 PMReply

    I disagree with the spam email above, but think this would be an amazing project to see. As someone who grew up in Michigan, it would be refreshing to see a take on the Motor City devoid of ruin porn and longing for a fifties that never really existed.

  • Jason Kohl | September 7, 2012 9:02 PMReply

    I disagree with the spam email above, but think this would be an amazing project to see. As someone who grew up in Michigan, it would be refreshing to see a take on the Motor City devoid of ruin porn and longing for a fifties that never really existed.