So, this weekend I’m flying to Detroit to drive to Chicago, for a wedding in Indiana. Makes perfect sense to me.
I don’t know how common this is, but I feel the need to inform myself about any places I travel to. So, I’m spending this week sort of exploring what I can beforehand. Of course, I’m sticking to the very superficial areas like film, music, and sports. I know the sports scene there (I love basketball, which helps) and I know the music scenes too (Motown, great blues, and some very heavy guitar-oriented rock). But film? Of all things, I think this is the subject of the Midwest I’m still learning about. All of my prior trips in the Midwest have been either too brief or too distracting to really absorb the film scene.
Obviously, there are many independent filmmakers from this region that I do know. Some of them have screened great work at SXSW. And there are those staples of the scene, like Michael Moore or John Hughes. But what else? There are some well-regarded festivals, especially in Ann Arbor and Chicago. And then, of course, there’s Roger Ebert.
So, I will continue my exploration before my trip, my journey to learn more about the film communities of Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana. I’ll just feel more at home that way. Sue me. So far, I’ve found The Detroit Film Center. We’ll see what I can get my head around next…