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A feature-length ensemble documentary featuring stories of survival and community action on Detroit's East side.
Three Detroit men fight to build a better future.
Three Detroit men fight to build a better future.
153 backers pledged $8,151 to help bring this project to life.


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Watch a Sneak Peak and Help Spread the Word: STREET FIGHTING MEN Premieres at IFFBoston this Sunday!

Hey Everyone! Exciting News!

We’re only days away from STREET FIGHTING MEN’s World Premiere at Independent Film Festival Boston, this Sunday, April 30th at 1:00 PM at the Somerville Theater. Click here for ticketing information. As a way to say thank you (and celebrate the premiere!) we are offering an early glimpse of the film. Thank you again for your support, encouragement and friendship. You can find the link and password to the opening minutes below:
Password: sfm2017kick

In a rapidly changing America where mass inequality and dwindling opportunity have devastated the black working class, STREET FIGHTING MEN is the story of three Detroit men, who must fight to build something lasting for themselves and future generations. With the promise of education, safety and shelter in jeopardy, Deris commits to finish school, Luke works to rehab an abandoned home and Jack Rabbit takes a stand against crime and violence. Shot over three years in the neighborhoods of Detroit, STREET FIGHTING MEN is a modern American narrative; a story of hard work, faith and manhood in a community left to fend for itself.

While the national conversation has touted Detroit’s “recovery,” the precarious situation of life-long residents in the neighborhoods of Detroit has not improved since we began filming in 2010. From a February 2017 report: "Detroit is two very different cities – one white and privileged, the other black and deprived. Large-scale purchases, refurbishments and upgrades in Downtown/Midtown by developer and Quicken Loans Inc. founder Dan Gilbert contrast sharply with the decay that continues to dominate post-apocalyptic neighborhood landscapes, inhabited by long-time Detroit residents who are not sharing in the city’s growing but highly limited prosperity." It is more important than ever that the stories in our film are widely shared.

We want as many people as possible to see the film and participate in the conversation. Here’s how you can help us with that mission:

  • Buy tickets for the screening. It’s the world premiere, and an important time to bring attention to the film. STREET FIGHTING MEN is also a moving cinematic experience that we look forward to sharing with you!
  • Share information about the screening with people you know in New England. It’s as easy as forwarding them this message!
  • Tweet about the screening. Here’s a sample: STREET FIGHTING MEN, the untold story of Detroit’s neighborhoods, is at IFFBoston this Sunday, April 30th (
  • Post about STREET FIGHTING MEN on Facebook. Here’s an example: Friends, STREET FIGHTING MEN is a life-affirming documentary about three men working to build a future for themselves in the neighborhoods of post-industrial Detroit. Get tickets for its world premiere at Independent Film Festival Boston on Sunday April 30th: (
  • Make sure to “like” SFM’s fan page on Facebook and Twitter and invite friends and family to do the same.

Thank you so much for your help, and if you’re going to be at Sunday’s screening, email to let us know and please be sure to say hello!

All the best,
Andrew, Sara, Katie and the STREET FIGHTING MEN team





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Dear Friends and Supporters,

We are writing to share the good news, STREET FIGHTING MEN will have its World Premiere at Independent Film Festival Boston! It's a stellar year for documentaries and the lineup at IFFB is just fantastic. We are both honored and thrilled to be included.

We couldn't have come this far without your support. Thank you thank you thank you! Since we launched this project in 2010, much has changed in the world, but the stories of Jack Rabbit, Luke and Deris remain as powerful and timely as ever.

If any of you are in the New England area and wish to attend the premiere, we'd love to have you. And if you can't make it, please tell your friends and family. You'll need to buy tickets when they go on sale. Exact screening times aren't announced yet, but you can find information, including festival dates at

Following this festival, there will be more dates and times to see the film, including a Detroit premiere. We'll be sharing information as it becomes available on Facebook and on our website (when its finished). For now, please follow us on Facebook at:

It's been an exciting few months as we've been finishing the film. Thank you again for believing in the film and supporting this endeavor. Because of you, we've had incredible opportunities. We finished the sound mix last week at Skywalker Sound, a dream we never thought possible when we started this many years ago. What a journey this has been. We honestly, can't thank you enough. The stories of Jack Rabbit, Luke and Deris will be out in the world soon - and we can't wait. More updates coming soon!

Sincerely, Andrew, Sara, Katie & the rest of the SFM team


Hey Everyone,

We are writing with some great news. After many years of hard work, STREET FIGHTING MEN is finally complete! It's been a long journey, one that started with your love and support. We could not have done this without you! We truly appreciate you and want to express how much your support has meant to the life of this project. Thank you.

You should know that we have changed the title of the film to STREET FIGHTING MEN. A one letter chnage, but one that really resonates with the film. We have updated Facebook already. Some of you may have noticed!

And in other updates, we are headed to Skywalker Ranch to mix the film at their beautiful facilities in early March. Shortly after, we head to NY to color correct the film. Exciting! We'll also be launching a new trailer and website in the coming weeks and would love your help in spreading the word when it all launches! 

We promise, we haven't forgotten about the awards either! We are in the process of making that happen and will be fulfilling some of them very soon. We'll get all the awards taken care of in the coming months. I know it's been a long process and we thank you for sticking around. With your help, this film will soon be complete and ready for launch!

The film has grown and developed into something truly beautiful - and we cannot wait to share it with you all soon! 

Thank you again for your continued support.

Andrew, Sara, Katie and the entire Street Fighting Men team


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