Documentary filmmaker (and Detroit native) Steve Faigenbaum screens his film City of Dreams, about the rise and fall of Detroit as one of the great industrial cities of the United States. The trailer can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI2jRW3VDxg.
There will be a Q&A with the filmmaker after the screening.
About the speaker
Stephen Faigenbaum was born, and grew up in, Detroit Michigan. After graduating the University of Michigan in 1972, Stephen Faigenbaum worked as an experimental video artist, founding Cerberus, a performance group. His work with Cerberus has been shown at museums and galleries internationally, including the Whitney Museum in New York. Since the late 1970’s he has worked primarily as producer, director and writer. His short film “Condom Sense” won 17 international awards including a Gold Medal at the American Film Festival and was exhibited at the London Film Festival as “one the best short films of the year.” He was Coordinating Producer for the PBS dramatic-comedy series Trying Times II with Alan Arkin, Carrie Fisher, Gina Davis, George Wolfe, Buck Henry and others, produced for KCET Los Angeles. Stephen initiated, and wrote the story for CBS television movie Home Sweet Homeless. The Writers Guild of America nominated the story and script as best in its category. His first documentary “County Jail” was produced for the San Francisco County Jail and aired on KQED San Francisco and internationally. His keen interest in cultural subjects led to the development of a documentary about a group of scientists and true-believers who thought life could be extended infinitely, if only science could find a cure for death. Those that had the unfortunate luck to die too soon, could be frozen. Science would figure out how to save them at a later date. The Future of Immortality, as it was named, sold to the B.B.C. as part of its "Everyman" series. Stephen was writer/director of two one-hour documentaries for the History Channel/Pearson Television, England. Part of the 26 episodes of Secrets of War. The first was about the French Resistance and the second about the First World War. These programs have been aired internationally. His feature-length documentary City of Dreams/Internal Combustion about the decline of Detroit, is currently in theatrical distribution in France and around the world. It recently won the Jury Prize and Young Journalists Award for best documentary at the Festival de Histoire at Pessac-Leognan. Stephen’s 6 screen movie installation “Eyes Wide Open” was part of the Lille 3000 exhibition Renaissance about Detroit seen through the eyes of its artists. Viewed by over 200,000 visitors, the piece was part of the triennial celebration of culture in Lille in 2015-16. He is currently writing a project about Donald Trump’s America.