This footage provides a cool window in to auto-slanging era Detroit in 1961. To some this seems salt in the wound– testament to Detroit’s once ascenscion in to Metropolis-dom and then evidence of some sort of crash that soon followed. But wait. Past and present are all inter-related in complex ways, more so than we probably realize. If anything, it’s eras of the past that explain our current and future blast-off so to speak. At some point it will all make sense. Either way, enjoy the footage. That little circle animation intro is, uhh, pretty sweet.
Originating in New York City and in itâ€™s ninth year, the Bicycle Film Festival is coming to Detroit for two consecutive days starting Friday, July 17. Films will be screened at the Marlene Boll Theatre, located at 1401 Broadway, across from the Detroit Opera House. 40 shorts and two feature-length films will be screened over the two days, all aiming to bring many communities together beyond just those involved with cycling. Still not sold? Have a look at the trailer for one of the feature films â€œWhere Are You Go.â€ If it doesnâ€™t give you that electric feel, then what will? Lots more info here.
Some fourty years ago, Detroit was lobbying to get the Olympics in Detroit. We lost to Mexico City, but hey. Linked here is a film that was put together around 1965 as a promo for Detroit. It characterizes the city as a renaissance hub; a city of unbridled opportunity. Many watch this video today and get their panties in a bundle about Detroit being nothing close to what was shown in the film, but crap, itâ€™s kind of cool to understand the beauty that was and how that once prevalent mindset could very well produce positive outcomes as we continue to re-shape Detroit moving forward.
In 2003, James Petix started a little project in Detroit– he wanted to document the Detroit music scene over six months and put together a documentary of sorts. Six years later the film was finished and he ended up including more bands (Gories to The Go to The Waxwings) and thematic issues than he ever thought. And why did it take six years, Jim? Well, it was self-funded and shot in his freetime at nights and on weekends. Atta boy! Check out the screening at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, May 20-21.