Directors of four in-progress documentaries, including Final Girls members Juanita Anderson and Andrea Claire Morningstar, will be on hand to show off their work at this Works-in-Progress event, which is being co-presented by Facing Change: Documenting Detroit in partnership with Planet Ant Training Center.
At this free event, the filmmakers will talk about their movies, their filmmaking careers and offer short sneak peeks at their upcoming films.
Kathy Kieliszewski, the Free Press director of visuals and Freep Film Festival artistic director, will lead the discussion. The lineup:
- Local filmmakers Razi Jafri and Justin Feltman have turned the lens on Hamtramck in a film anchored in the city’s arts, politics, and daily life. “Hamtramck, USA” explores multiculturalism and how it transforms the community.
- Wayne State University professor and filmmaker Juanita Anderson has teamed up with Detroit cultural icon Marsha Music to tell the story of Marsha’s father’s legendary Detroit record shop and recording studio, Joe’s Record Shop. From Macon, Georgia to Hastings Street to 12th Street and beyond, the story of Joe Von Battle, his record shop and the music he recorded are at the heart of the film "Hastings Street Blues.” This exploration of mid-20th Century African American life in Detroit illuminates the lessons that a people's determination, triumph, tragedy and resilience hold for the city's future.
- Andrea Claire Morningstar’s “Love and Struggle: The James and Grace Lee Boggs School Story,” follows the first three years in the life of the Boggs School, an inventive, place-based charter school in urban Detroit, as it finds its footing amidst the Detroit bankruptcy and the death of its namesake Detroit social activist Grace Lee Boggs. Using their community as their classroom, the women who lead the school embrace conflict as part of a lifetime of learning – as Grace Lee Boggs used to say at the end of her letters, "Love and Struggle."
- Freep Film Festival alum and “Land Grab” director Sean O’Grady is back and taking on autonomous cars in new film “Today’s Tomorrow.” O’Grady’s film will examine the dawn of a technological era that is likely to revolutionize the world.