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Detropia showing at The Avon

By The Avon Theatre





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On Wednesday, October 10th at 7:30 p.m., The Avon Theatre presents a Documentary Night screening of DETROPIA by Academy Award® nominated filmmakers Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing. Filmmaker Rachel Grady will host a post-film Q&A.

Ticket prices are as follows: Carte Blanche Members: FREE, Members: $6, Students & Seniors: $8, Nonmembers: $11. Call the Avon business office at 203- 661-0321 or the box office at 203-967-3660, x2 for tickets.

ABOUT DETROPIA: Detroit's story has encapsulated the iconic narrative of America over the last century— the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now . . . the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos. With its vivid, painterly palette and haunting score, DETROPIA sculpts a dreamlike collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution. As houses are demolished by the thousands, automobile-company wages plummet, institutions crumble, and tourists gawk at the "charming decay," the film's vibrant, gutsy characters glow and erupt like flames from the ashes. These soulful pragmatists and stalwart philosophers strive to make ends meet and make sense of it all, refusing to abandon hope or resistance. Their grit and pluck embody the spirit of the Motor City as it struggles to survive postindustrial America and begins to envision a radically different future.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Rachel Grady is the co-director of Jesus Camp, a documentary that chronicles the Evangelical movement through the eyes of children. The film was released theatrically and nominated for the 2007 Academy Award. She along with business partner Heidi Ewing directed The Boys of Baraka, which followed kids from the mean streets of Baltimore to rural Kenya.

The film was released theatrically and nominated for an Emmy. She recently codirected a film on Saudi teens for MTV and adapted the book Freakonomics to the big screen with several other celebrated directors, and recently won a Peabody Award for 12th and Delaware, a film that looks at the pro-life conflict in the USA. She has worked with a variety of television networks on short and long form projects. Grady is a member of the Directors Guild of America as well as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

ABOUT THE AVON: The Avon Theatre is a member-supported, non-profit cultural hub, dedicated to presenting film in its highest form, and thriving because of the support of our patrons and community. In addition to an exciting slate of new releases that are hard to find anywhere else, The Avon brings you phenomenal special events and monthly programs. We are proud to provide a forum for in-person, community dialogue with directors, actors and other luminaries in a vibrant “Main Street America” setting.




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