Let 100 Detroiters Tell You Their Story
Every major media outlet has told you the story of Detroit. I want to create 100 videos to allow 100 Detroiters to tell you their story directly.
There has been decent amount of coverage about Detroit and its plight recently from major media outlets, such CNN, The New York Times and Time magazine. This coverage has drawn criticism from a lot of Detroiters that it is only scratching the surface.
Therefore, I propose to create a series of 100 videos that will allow 100 Detroiters to tell their city’s story directly to world. Each video will be edited to approximately 10 minutes in length. They’ll be posted on YouTube and other video sharing networks.
In these videos, I intend to show a more complete picture of Detroit than any other project has ever shown – the good, the bad and the just plain weird.
I would like to introduce you to the scientist in Detroit’s TechTown whose ground breaking research has implications around the world as well as the stripper who dances nightly a couple of miles away.
I want to introduce you to the artists and the addicts.
The bus driver.
The cop on a beat.
The guy whose business thrives where everyone else has failed.
I want to take you inside what’s left of the Underground Railroad – where countless runaway slaves came through Detroit on their way to freedom in nearby Canada – and introduce you to the people who keep their story alive.
The challenges that are facing Detroit today have implications for the rest of America, which is why so many in the national media are trying to cover this story. I want to help 100 Detroiters tell you their story directly through 100 videos. Once all 100 video interviews are recorded and on-line, I will edit them down into a feature length documentary and take it to the film festivals.
For the past 6 years, I've run a video production company in Detroit. In the past, I've always rented gear and billed the rental charges to my clients. However, for a project like this, there isn't a client for me to bill anything to. Therefore, I'm asking anyone who might be interested to help me kick start this project.
The gear that I'll need would normally cost approx. $25,000 ($24,900.56 - if you want to be precise). I have a lender who will loan me the funds, but I need $8,500 for a down payment and an insurance policy in case anything gets broken or stolen on the streets of Detroit.
The monthly finance payments for all of this will be billed to my regular clients in much the same way that my rental charges have been. (A few related notes, I could get financing for the equipment but not for insurance policy and no one will loan me this money without the insurance policy.)
- (70 days)