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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.

Source: BoingBoing

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