The Farmer and the Philosopher, DL!’s first film production, is a short documentary about Detroit featuring Toby Barlow (NYTimes and Huffington Post contributor, Team Detroit) and Mark Covington (Chairman, Georgia Street Community Collective). The film takes a positive look at Detroit’s forward rumbles through the prism of two totally different figures that are changing the city for the better in their own way. The good news is that the filmmaking is going to continue, with more short films ala The Farmer and the Philosopher to be produced over the next year.
The Detroit premiere and screening took place Thursday, January 14, 2010 at the Ladybug Gallery (1250 Hubbard, Detroit) as part of “DETROIT LIVES! // the exhibition”– an event showcasing people and projects that are changing the city for the better. The official press release with all event info can be found here.
The film was screened again on February 2, 2010 as part of Mitten Movie Project, a local monthly film festival showcasing the work of independent filmmakers. See the official press release from that screening here as well as additional information on other films that screened as part of the festival. See Connie Mangilin promoting the film in a Fox 2 news interview here.
On February 25, 2010, the film was the opening screener for the Detroit premiere of Jeffrey Dechausse’s feature-length documentary American Auto– the story of an honest used car salesman in Detroit. Below is the promo flyer from the event.