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‘Restarting the Motor City’ Looks at Detroit’s Changing Landscape

'Restarting the Motor City' Looks at Detroit's Changing Landscape

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Restarting the Motor City

Logline: Forget what you’ve heard about Detroit. That’s yesterday’s story. What’s happening today in Detroit is that entrepreneurs, creators and makers are working together to build a new city, and a global hub for for innovation and positive change.

Elevator Pitch: 
“Restarting the Motor City” is a film about the future of Detroit, and the role that entrepreneurs – from high-growth tech startups to the shop in West Village – play in rewriting this city’s narrative.

While the film will present an optimistic view of what Detroit’s future may hold, we won’t shy away from addressing the current issues residents and businesses face. 

But what better place to dream than in Detroit? The finished film will be a blueprint for how entrepreneurial thinking can transform a city, and establish Detroit as a global hub for innovation, creativity and positive change.

Production Team:
Melissa Dowler – Director, Producer
Tom Dowler – Director, DP, Editor
Megan Lovallo – Cinematographer
Ted Serbinski – Executive Producer

About the Film:
In the spring of 2015, Long Haul Films undertook a few days of pre-production filming in Detroit, to find out if the material was there to make a compelling feature film. We interviewed Ted and other folks leading the charge towards Detroit’s future. We filmed with a small selection of local businesses who are reclaiming their neighborhoods. 

We talked to journalists, architects, photographers, bartenders, people we bumped into on the streets, women who work in the Shinola factory. Every single person had a passion for Detroit, and an excitement about what the city can become.

Current Status: Fundraising.

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