01 Jan ’12th and Clairmount’
It’s a return engagement for this Free Press documentary that debuted at the 2017 Freep Film Festival. 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. 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 was produced 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. Unrated; adult language and violence.
After the films: On Friday, Lauren Hood, a Detroit-based community development consultant, talks to producer and longtime journalist Bill McGraw and Jamon Jordan, historian and founder of the Black Scroll Network History & Tours. On Saturday, Free Press opinion contributor Kim Trent talks to McGraw and Frank Joyce, a life-long activist and writer. On Sunday, Free Press staff writer Katrease Stafford talks to director Brian Kaufman, McGraw and producer and writer Kathy Kieliszewski.
5 p.m. Fri., April 13, Detroit Historical Society
7:30 p.m. Sat., April 14, Emagine Novi
6 p.m. Sun., April 15, Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA