Focusing on a diverse group of compelling young artists, including Detroit-based Gisela McDaniel, “The Art of Making It” explores the forces that thrust some into the art-world stratosphere while leaving others struggling to survive. Who gets seen, who gets left behind, and why does it matter who is anointed to tell the stories of our time? Interweaving the voices of creative luminaries and disruptors, the film is both a cautionary tale about what America stands to lose if we don’t rethink what we value and why, and a love letter to those who persevere in their artistic practice in spite of the extraordinary odds of ever achieving commercial success. Michigan premiere.
AFTER THE FILM: The post-film discussion following both screenings will include members of the filmmaking team and more. The Friday discussion will be led by Free Press arts and culture reporter Duante Beddingfield and the Saturday discussion will be led by Rochelle Riley, director of arts and culture for the City of Detroit.