Detroit Film Theatre


Sunday, March 23, 2014

3:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(US/2013 – Directed by Carrie LeZotte) A response to documentary and news accounts of Detroit's urban blight, Lean, Mean & Green focuses on positive projects in Detroit and other challenged urban communities that work with and repurpose the resources they have. The filmmakers visit with Detroit urban farmers, a resident-created park in Philadelphia, and a neighborhood watch group in Youngstown, Ohio that sent shady party stores packing. Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project is also prominently featured. The film also finds how Torino, Italy has transformed an industrial town into an art mecca and how the Ruhr Valley region in Germany uses once-abandoned factory buildings as part of its scenic landscape. The movie is based on "Reimagining Detroit," a book by Detroit Free Press reporter John Gallagher, who is also one of the film's producers. (52 minutes)
After the film: A panel discussion moderated by Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley will include the film’s director, Carrie Lezotte; Free Press business writer John Gallagher, author of “Reimagining Detroit” and “Revolution Detroit”; Reit Schumack, co-founder and program coordinator Neighbors Building Brightmoor; Kenneth Cockrel, Jr., executive director of Detroit Future City’s Implementation Office and Adam Hollier, vice president of Hantz Woodlands.