After four programs of films from his adopted home of San Francisco, archival film guru Rick Prelinger turns his eye on the Motor City with his screening “Lost Landscapes of Detroit,” February 10th at Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
This isn’t going to be a narrative of urban decline or the “ruins porn” that’s become fashionable. Rather, it’s a collection of amazing and almost-all-lost footage that celebrates a vibrant, busy and productive Detroit from 1917 through the 1970s. The idea is to bring these images back to Detroiters for their contemplation and use as they rebuild their city for the future.
In that spirit, at the screening I’m going to give out copies of the show so people in Detroit can reshow and remix it, and it’ll be online at the Internet Archive after the screening.