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DETROIT 48202 Premier At 2018 Detroit Free Press Film Festival

We brought DETROIT 48202 home for its world premiere at the Detroit Free Press Film Festival on April 14 – 15, 2018. The film and its star, Wendell Watkins, got a lot of love from two sold out audiences at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Historical Museum.

We look forward to future community screenings in the Detroit area in the coming months. Stay tuned for details.

In the Presence of Labor History Giants

At the North American Labor History Conference in Detroit

Pam Sporn, Todd Duncan, ML Liebler, Quill Pettway, Marsha Battle-Philpot, General Baker, David Philpot, Peter Rachleff (photo: C. Gholz)

I got a chance to share a work sample of Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route for the first time to a Detroit audience at the North American Labor History Conference held at Wayne State from Oct. 24-26, 2013. I was lucky to share a panel with WSU Prof. Todd Duncan entitled, Cinematic Images of Labor in Detroit. The essence of the presentations, and the vibrant discussion that followed, was that there are important grassroots Detroit voices, that often don't get heard, but that express histories and struggles that complicate a sometimes simplistic, exploitative narrative about the city's past and present. It made me really think about what images we media makers choose to highlight: empty buildings or people?

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