It’s always been difficult to start a business, but in someways, it’s never been harder than right now. Entrepreneurship is at an all-time low in this country and the future of the American economy depends on young people who wish to innovate with vision and tact. The new film “Generation Startup” takes us to the front lines of the new generation of American entrepreneurship, capturing the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit. Shot over 17 months, the film honestly examines the risks and struggles of launching a startup and how no one is ever really prepared to start. “Generation Startup” celebrates bravery, urban revitalization, and diversity, while striving to inspire a whole new crop of entrepreneurs to make their own way. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
The film is directed by Cynthia Wade and Cheryl Miller Houser. Wade won the Oscar for Best Short Documentary for the 2007 film “Freeheld,” about a dying policewoman’s fight to pass on her pension benefits to her partner. She was also nominated in the same category for the film “Mondays at Racine,” about two sisters who open their Long Island hair salon to women diagnosed with cancer, every third Monday of the month. Houser has produced several acclaimed films, including David O. Russel’s debut feature “Spanking the Monkey.” She also produced the Oscar-nominated “Children of Darkness” and the award-winning “Trust Me.”
“Generation Startup” opens on September 23rd at IFC Center in New York City, September 30th at Laemmle Monica in Los Angeles, and October 7th at DIA in Detroit.