About this film
“Gradually, Then Suddenly” tells the dramatic story of Detroit’s 2013 bankruptcy, framing the city’s dire financial situation as a canary in the coal mine for municipalities nationwide. From the controversial appointing of an emergency manager to the enactment of the so-called Grand Bargain — which helped protect the imperiled collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts and preserve city pensions — the film offers new insights and behind-the-scenes details of the critical juncture in the city’s history.
The documentary uses contemporary interviews, reenactments and archival footage to unspool its story. As the world watches, Detroit becomes the epicenter of courtroom dramas and backroom deals with life-altering consequences for residents, retirees, bankers and politicians.
FREE AT-HOME STREAMING:Thanks to the generous support of The Kresge Foundation, there is new FREE availability of “Gradually, Then Suddenly” for at-home streaming. The festival’s initial agreement with the “Gradually, Then Suddenly” filmmaking team allowed for a specific amount of virtual views — a number that was reached on the festival’s opening night.
As of Saturday, April 30, the film is now again available for streaming. The availability lasts through May 15. Views are once again capped, so secure your ticket now. Just click-through the ticketing button at the right of this page to gain access.