Indy Film Fest


Indy Film Fest 2012: DETROPIA

Evan Strange Guest post by: Evan Strange
Bio: I'm an Indianapolitan working in tourism who loves tasty food, live music and just about every type of film.

Show me a good documentary, and I’ll show you a happy, happy filmgoer.

I love them, and as a matter of fact, docs are one of my favorite aspects of the Indy Film Fest. Last year’s Better This World – a documentary about domestic terrorism- was one of my favorite films of the entire year.

With a great love for this type of film, I was excited to find out that I was getting the opportunity to screen the Detroit-in-decline story Detropia before it opened at the film fest.

And before I continue, let me say that I’m lucky to have seen this great piece.

By now, we all know what’s going on in Detroit.

With what we have all seen and heard in the automotive industry, the Super Bowl halftime commercials and the cool photo galleries of crumbling buildings we like to stumble upon online, we can build an idea in our heads of what we think is happening up in Michigan.

But as much as we think we know, we can’t possibly understand what it’s like to go through such a drastic boom and decline as a city unless we live there.

Or, unless you see the film Detropia.

Through the eyes of an automotive union president, a local bar owner and a young blogger who chose to stay instead of abandoning one of the fastest shrinking cities in the country, we get a true picture of how Detroit came to power and then quickly lost it.

While this isn’t a feel-good movie, there is a sense of hope that runs through the entire film.

You can see it in the eyes of the locals as they talk about their city and their stubborn refusal to join the masses and condemn it. Instead, they’re staying in the city that made them and hope to be the people that spawn its renaissance.

When you’re making that list of films you have to see at this year’s film fest, make sure this documentary is on your list. And hopefully, you’ll drive to the theater in your Chevy Volt to see it.
Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady 2012
Categories: Featured, Matter of Fact Features

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The 9th annual Indianapolis International Film Festival features more than 100 films in 10 days. July 19-29 at IMA and Earth House. See the entire 2012 line up!

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  1. “Detropia” was already on my list for this year’s festival, and I am all the more excited to see it after reading this review. I too loved “Better This World.” I cannot remember the last time I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire span of a documentary. The manner in which that film revealed its various twists and turns produced audible gasps in the audience (myself included). A truly wonderful film.

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