Home movie footage donated by metro Detroiters provides the spine of “12th and Clairmount,” which looks back at the Detroit riot of 1967 — and its causes and aftermath.
Those five days in July were among the most pivotal — and divisive — in the city’s history, with the turmoil leaving 43 dead. While the impending 50th anniversary of the summer of ’67 was the impetus for the film, the home movie footage in “12th and Clairmount” captures a wide spectrum of Detroit life, from proud streetscapes to dance parties to neighborhood sporting events.
Drawing from more than 400 reels of donated home movies from the era, other unearthed footage and newly recorded oral histories, the documentary is being produced by the Free Press in collaboration with Bridge Magazine and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and a group of metro Detroit cultural institutions, led by the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Thu: Free Press editorial page editor Stephen Henderson leads a discussion on Detroit’s past, present and future with Sheila Cockrel, a former Detroit City councilmember and founder and CEO of Crossroads Consulting; Ike McKinnon, former Detroit police chief and associate professor of education at the University of Detroit Mercy; the Rev. Alvin Herring, director of racial equity and community engagement at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Lauren Hood, executive director of Live6; Bill McGraw, a coproducer on the film, writer with Bridge Magazine and longtime Detroit journalist; and Brian Kaufman, director of “12th and Clairmount” and executive video editor at the Detroit Free Press.
Sat: A screening hosted by WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) will feature 7 Action News anchors Glenda Lewis and Dave LewAllen leading a post-film discussion.
Sun: A screening hosted by Bridge Magazine will feature Chastity Pratt Dawsey leading a post-film discussion that will include author and historian Ken Coleman, Kaufman and McGraw.