Rooftop Films: New York City's Outdoor Summer Festival Brings Independent Movies To Light

Detropia

Director: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
Screening date: Saturday, August 11, on the roof of the Old American Can Factory (Park Slope/Gowanus), 232 3rd St., Brooklyn, NY 11215

Ask your boy Marshall Mathers—he’ll tell you. Over the last several years, the once-thriving city of Detroit, Michigan, has visibly deteriorated, a byproduct of the automotive industry, so crucial to Detroit’s financial prosperities (thanks to the city’s housing of Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler plants), tanking during our nation’s economic collapse.

Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (whose last cinematic duet, Jesus Camp, was similarly impactful) point their camera toward proud, unwavering Detroit citizens who refuse to leave their down-falling home in Detropia; without any disruptive agendas, Ewing and Grady simply follow their beleaguered, and often angry, subjects around and let the images (such as pissed-off residents tearing down a ramshackle house to sell its pieces for desperation cash) create an alarming awareness.

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