British filmmakers are working on a documentary about Detroit, its cars and music. It is scheduled to be shown on BBC TV.

No news there. Hordes of journalists have been poking around the city and suburbs since the auto industry crisis became international news last fall.

But the Brits are doing something different: They want Detroiters to help them make the project.

They are searching for made-in-Detroit home movies, be they 8 mm, Super 8 or video. They want the good, the bad and the ugly.

They want footage from union picnics, backyard barbeques, Thanksgiving parades, the 1967 riot, Devil’s Night conflagrations, and, basically anything that will show the world what it was like living in the Motor City during the 20th Century.

Source: Bill McGraw in the Detroit Free Press