Detroit Film Theatre


FREEP FILM FESTIVAL: STEALING HOME: AT THE CORNER WITH THE NAVIN FIELD GROUNDS CREW

Sunday, March 23, 2014

12:00 PM

(US/2013—Directed by Jason Roche)

Though Tiger Stadium hosted its last game in 1999, it took a decade before the structure was fully torn down. This documentary from director Jason Roche focuses on the loose-knit group of volunteers that maintain the nearly ten-acre lot in Corktown, even though they are officially trespassing on property owned by the City of Detroit. Called the Navin Field Grounds Crew, they take their moniker from the name the stadium originally had when it opened in 1912. Armed with riding mowers, rakes, weed whippers, and a healthy sense of civil disobedience, they haul away debris, hack down weeds that can grow up to eight feet tall, and groom the old diamond. Police that stop by are usually sympathetic but tell them they have to vacate the property just the same. Roche uses historic photos and footage to tell the stadium's story, plus insight from Tigers greats like Alan Trammell and Kirk Gibson. He then interviews the various people that come to pay homage. The movie shows yet another case of Detroit DIY ingenuity as the Grounds Crew creates what they affectionately call Motown's field of dreams. (87 minutes)

After the film: Director Jason Roche and other guests will be on hand for an audience Q&A.