DETROIT

Detroit Wild City

© Florent Tillon - 2010

Synopsis

The automobile industry jump-started Detroit´s prolific rise and helped turn it into the most industrialized city in the United States. But drastic changes in American demographics & culture have upended the once prosperous city, leaving it in partial ruins. Today, vast urban prairies, populated with a diverse array of wildlife including falcon, deer, and coyote, have replaced what once had been working- and middle-class neighborhoods. Now, an unexpected turn of events has created a ´blank canvas´ environment where young people and urban farmers are moving back into the ruined neighborhoods of old Detroit. Are these folks a new kind of pioneer ? Could this be a way in which American´s urban areas are being "rediscovered" ? The film contains interviews and appearances by a number of Detroiters, including a fix-it man, and urban farmer, a photographer & urban explorer...

From CPH:DOX 2010 (by Mads Mikkelsen) :

Welcome to the city of Detroit, ´the Murder Capital of the USA´, where the grass is growing over the parking lots and the houses are abandoned. Here, a new life is slowly beginning to take form and take over the deserted city. But even if the writing on the wall has a different and more apocalyptic meaning, there is no reason to panic. ´Detroit Wild City´ l

ooks with the wandering gaze and cool, philosophical distance of the outsider at the changes in urban landscapes in a historical moment when a ´post-´ is written before ´utopias´, ´humanity´ and ´dollar capitalism´. Invisible disasters have ruined the city, and all that is left are traces in the form of radio adverts about debt relief, flocks of stray dogs, and a mysterious pile of burned New Age books. But on the fringes of it all, people have started to reorganise themselves in autonomous societies, where settlers are growing vegetables and still believe in the future - just not as an extension of the present. Florent Tillon keeps a level head and like a French Jim Jarmusch he turns his selective camera to where new ideas grow in the ruins of the 20th century´s belief in eternal progress. And where the knowledge that something new is going to happen is a rare piece of good news.

Florent Tillon - The Director

Florent Tillon (b. New Caledonia, South Pacific) now lives in Paris. In his work he focuses chiefly on the landscape and endeavors to capture the fusion of nature with culture. As a self-taught filmmaker he first came up with the documentaryObservatory (L’observatoire, 2007), which was followed by an hour-long film about a rabbit colony trapped in the middle of a roundabout in the centre of Paris, Porte Maillot Traffic Circle (Rond-point de la Porte Maillot, 2007). This film delighted producer Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin to the extent that he invited Tillon to collaborate on the documentary Detroit Wild City (Detroit ville sauvage, 2010). Other films : Las Vegas Meditation (2009), Gran Scala, the Last Western (Gran Scala, le dernier western, 2009). –KVIFF

Infos

Genre : Documentary Production : Ego Productions Director : Florent Tillon Runtime : 80 min Color : Color Language : English - OV sub French

Festivals selections

2010 :

- BURTON THEATER - DETROIT - SEPTEMBER
- CPH:DOX - COPENHAGUE - NOVEMBER
- RIDM - MONTREAL - NOVEMBER

2011 :
- DOCUDAYS - KIEV - MARCH
- DIFF - DETROIT - MARCH
- BARBICAN - LONDON - APRIL
- ARCHITEKTURFORUM - ZURICH - APRIL
- BAFICI - BUENOS AIRES - APRIL
- SFFS - SAN FRANCISCO - MAY
- DOXA - VANCOUVER - MAY
- INDIELISBOA - LISBON - MAY
- OPENCITY - LONDON - JUNE
- STRAWBERRY EARTH FEST - AMSTERDAM - JUNE
- KARLOVY VARY FEST - CZECH REPUBLIC - JULY
- MELBOURNE INT FILM FEST - AUSTRALIA - JULY
- DOKUFEST - KOSOVO - JULY
- AARHUS FESTUGE - DENMARK - AUGUST
- CHICAGO FILMAKERS - CHICAGO - AUGUST
- TRANSATLANTYK POSNAN - POLAND - AUGUST
- FILMFEST HAMBURG - GERMANY - SEPTEMBER
- BERGEN INT FILM FEST - NORWAY - OCTOBER
- CINEMATHEQUE DE GRENOBLE - OCTOBER
- ECOCINEMA - JERUSALEM - OCTOBER
- NORTHWEST FILM FORUM - SEATTLE - OCTOBER
- ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN FILM FEST - NEW-YORK - OCTOBER
- CINEBANLIEUE FEST- PARIS - NOVEMBER
- FILMAMBIENTE - RIO - NOVEMBER
- LA POMMERIE - LIMOUSIN - NOVEMBER
- PRAVO LJUDSKI FEST - SAJAREVO - NOVEMBER

2012 :
- IMAGE DE VILLE FEST - AIX-EN-PROVENCE - JANUARY
- GAITE LYRIQUE - PARIS - FEBRUARY
- SEBASTOPOL DOC FILM FEST - CALIFORNIE - MARCH
- BURTON THEATER - DETROIT - MARCH
- ONE WORLD FILM FEST - PRAGUES - MARCH
- TALES FROM PLANET EARTH - WISCONSIN - MARCH
- ECOLE D´ARCHI LA VILLETTE - PARIS - MARCH
- ARCHI AND DESIGN FILM FEST - CHICAGO - APRIL
- LES ARTISANS FILMEURS - VANNES - APRIL
- LA POMMERIE - LIMOUSIN - APRIL
- FESTIVAL METROPOLES - PARIS - JUIN
- POZNAN FEST - POLAND - AUGUST