Detroit Film Theatre

FREEP FILM FESTIVAL: Yesterday and Tomorrow in Detroit: Archival Film Images of Detroit

Saturday, March 22, 2014

9:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(US/2014—Program curated by Rick Prelinger)  San Francisco-based archivist, filmmaker and educator Rick Prelinger returns with a program of Detroit-based films—educational, industrial and home movies—made between 1920 through the mid-‘70s. This is a sequel of sorts to the three "Lost Landscapes of Detroit" programs he did between 2010 and 2012, where he showed the mostly silent clips and enlisted audiences to yell out when they recognized specific locations or hints that could help date the films. He also asked audience members to let him make copies of home movies or other films they might have. The result is this new program curated specifically for the Freep Film Festival. Yesterday and Tomorrow in Detroit features some works from past programs (including a priceless reel of a man's walk past Grand River businesses in the early 1950s) and many new finds, including several home movies from Motown neighborhoods, and a City of Detroit-made short about the city's renaissance, circa 1968. (72 min.)  
After the film: Prelinger will be present for an audience Q&A moderated by Detroit Film Theatre curator Elliot Wilhelm.
Read the Detroit Free Press article about Rick Prelinger.