Posted: Jul 9, 2006 9:18 am |
Edited by: Theresa K
i just got through driving on la's vast and obnoxious freeways, so your post gets to feel my post-driving tension-filled reply.... this is what you get when you challenge me to defend myself..
i've been going to detroit on a regular basis since 1993.
that's even before jim diamond moved back to michigan and set up shop!
"regular basis" meaning like every 6 weeks - staying for a week-10 days each time - yes CONTINUOUSLY for these past 13 years (some of that time was spent filming the house music scene for the bbc - but i'm sure no one here cares about that)
in 1993, i was one of the producers for a series called "rock n roll cities," and given the choice between detroit and austin, i chose detroit. covered as many bases across i-96 from lansing to detroit and got all your faves in plus people you really hate because it was for mainstream tv. perhaps some of you older couch potatoes saw it.
but that's beside the point.
"hyping detroit" and discussing what makes a good narrative structure in a documentary film are two different things.
my beef with the commentary throughout this thread was that some people criticize the film for the opinions of the people interviewed and NOT whether the film supports the story it has chosen to tell. the film PRESENTS the scene. the film asks bands to talk about themselves and their peers. it provides a picture of a particular moment in time, and i think it does a good job, especially considering the limitations the filmmakers had. PLUS - its a fucking TRAILER... not the whole film. so hold your damn horses!
the nature of making any film that is an exploration of a real-time-evolving phenomenon over time means its going to have to see the light of day AFTER its subject has had the necessary rise and fall arc --- without it, there is no story. and it applies to ANY scene - not only detroit's.... could have easily applied if some people made a film about seattle - and i'm sure there were plenty we don't even know about - youtube wasn't around during the 80s/90s
i do like quite a lot of bands out of detroit. i do like quite a lot of bands from various places around the world - don't you? i mean really... what's your beef?
it is not lost on me that i'm really lucky to have had jobs that allowed me to travel around the world, seeing all kinds of local scenes from music, to art, to cuisines and etc and what not. i've been a professional in the business that produces pop culture products that you buy or pay for, and i've been doing it since the 70s.
i talk about and refer to people i know. you do too.
the best thing about detroit for the past two years for me, however, is not any band - but barberella. best haircut i've had anywhere in the world.