It has been a few days now since my last post. I hope you’ve checked out one or two of the many documentaries outlined there?
The key issue, in this third and final post, is how Detroit and the metro region react to all of this attention.
As I see it, the Michigan Film Office, documentarians, politicians, media figures, thinkers and others have a handful of key tasks – namely to:
- provide a single point of reference that documents the documentaries;
- encourage local libraries, schools, colleges and universities to stock the materials;
- network existing and budding documentary makers;
- challenge anything misleading in documentaries;
- nudge the direction taken in future documentaries and TV specials;
The Metropolitan Observatory for Digital Culture and Representation has done some good work on several of these fronts in recent years, as have other outlets.
For me the most interesting question is the subject matter that future doc’s might pursue? How about:
- the work of the new Mayor and new Police Chief;
- a Dan Gilbert biopic;
- the workings of City Council;
- innovation in the delivery of City of Detroit services;
- the universities and their civic engagement;
- the Midtown comeback;
- volunteer support for city parks;
- the foundations;
- the Grand Bargain to protect pensions and city-owned art during the city’s bankruptcy.
What would you want to see covered? What would get you into the cinema? This post will be read by some of the Detroit documentary makers – at least I am sending it to them all (!) – so your views just might get picked up.
Whatever the subjects covered, it would be great if a Detroiter could do it. But, failing that, maybe the World’s best-know documentarian, Michael Moore, who lives an hour up State and who still has much to say on documentaries, could try his hand here.