‘You Are Never Too Old To Fall in Love’

‘You Are Never Too Old To Fall in Love’

Though they arrived three decades apart, these two documentary shorts have a remarkable commonality: Both were created by Michigan-connected directors. Both were nominated for Academy Awards. Both deal with love late in life. “Young at Heart”: Co-directed by metro Detroiters Sue Marx and Pamela Conn, “Young at Heart” follows two widowed metro Detroit artists in...
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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’

‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (“20 Feet from Stardom”), “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart...
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‘The Wall’

‘The Wall’

"Build the wall." A simple, three-word phrase that helped define a campaign. But along the U.S.-Mexico border, nothing is that simple. To build a wall along all 2,000 miles would be an unprecedented feat of engineering, costing an unprecedented amount of money. Traveling by air and by land, investigative reporters embark on a 2,000-mile journey...
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‘Voices of the Sea’

‘Voices of the Sea’

From producer and Detroit native Capella Fahoome comes the story of this tiny, remote coastal village in Cuba where poverty reigns. And for all the talk of normalizing U.S. relations, nobody believes anything will ever change. We see the restless longing for greater opportunity – embodied by young mother of four, Mariela – contrasted against...
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‘A Visit With Jam Handy’

‘A Visit With Jam Handy’

Between the 1910s and the 1980s, the Jam Handy Organization made thousands of advertising, industrial and training films, many in its studio complex on East Grand Boulevard. Here are three of the most spectacular, presented as made in 35mm and shown inside the studio where they were created. All prints lent by Prelinger Archives. “Master...
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‘The United States of Detroit’

‘The United States of Detroit’

[siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Slider_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget] Residents of Detroit's neighborhoods fight for survival and growth in a city with an uncertain future, working tirelessly to improve their communities in spite of the lack of resources. The legacy of broken infrastructure has made Detroit one the most unstable metro areas in the US, yet the characters in this film find...
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‘Through the Banks of the Red Cedar’

‘Through the Banks of the Red Cedar’

The daughter of Michigan State University football legend Gene Washington uncovers the Spartans’ key role in integrating college football in the ‘60s, a Duffy Daugherty-led effort that resulted in one of MSU football’s greatest eras — and changed the game forever. The film unfolds through the eyes of the filmmaker Maya Washington as she details her father's journey and his impact on the present generation. A College Football Hall of Famer, Gene Washington migrated from...
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‘Tell Me a Story: Shorts Program 4’

‘Tell Me a Story: Shorts Program 4’

[siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Slider_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget] Everyone has a story to tell, as evidenced by this group of shorts that explore interesting histories, complicated characters and life-changing events that define a person’s place in the world. “The Likes and Dislikes of Marj Bagley”: Through innovative use of gorgeously detailed stop-motion animation, we learn the story of Marj, the matriarch...
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‘Street Fighting Men’

‘Street Fighting Men’

[siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Slider_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget] In a rapidly changing America where mass inequality and dwindling opportunity have devastated the black working class, three Detroit men must fight to build something lasting for themselves and future generations. “Street Fighting Men,” which celebrates dogged persistence in the face of overwhelming adversity, takes a deep, observational dive into the lives of three African-American men:...
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‘Soufra’

‘Soufra’

Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon – sets out against all odds to launch a successful catering company and then expand it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee women. Together, they heal the wounds of war, breaking down barriers with Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Lebanese...
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‘The S Word’

‘The S Word’

Metro Detroit native Lisa Klein directed this film that follows suicide attempt survivor Dese'Rae Stage, who is on a mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories. Stage discovers a national community rising to transform personal struggles into action, and creates a project called LiveThroughThis.org, which explores life on the other side of suicide through the stories of attempt survivors — using their own words and Stage’s portraits. Attempt...
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‘The Russian Five’

‘The Russian Five’

This is the dramatic story of the five Russian hockey stars who helped propel the Detroit Red Wings to two Stanley Cup championships and created one of the most memorable chapters in Motor City sports history. The movie, directed by Port Huron native Joshua Riehl, includes new interviews with Russian Five stars Sergei Fedorov, Igor...
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