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A feature-length ensemble documentary featuring stories of survival and community action on Detroit's East side.
A feature-length ensemble documentary featuring stories of survival and community action on Detroit's East side.
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Dear friends and supporters,

We have a couple of exciting updates to share! We shared this news on Facebook and Twitter a few weeks ago, but for those who may have missed it, Street Fighting Man was selected for the 2014 Film Independent Documentary Lab! Director Andrew James was able to attend and workshop the film with two advisors - Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen, director and producer of Marwencol ( Between the editing work that was accomplished over the winter and this recent Film Independent experience, we are getting very close to finishing the film.

To help us toward that end, we are thrilled to announce that the San Francisco Film Society has chosen Street Fighting Man as one of three documentary grantees for 2014! We are honored by the news and grateful for their support. The grant will help pay for some of our remaining post-production costs and has boosted our spirits at a critical time for the film. We feel incredibly grateful and lucky to now be supported by the following institutions and organizations: the Hot Docs Pitch Forum, Film Independent, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the San Francisco Film Society, the Sundance Institute, and of course, our Kickstarter backers! It has been a long journey and we are so grateful for your continued support and interest. It all started with you!

The San Francisco Film Society grant will help us pay for about 60 percent of our remaining post-production costs. We are making consistent fundraising efforts to close this gap and hope to raise enough money to bring our subjects to the world premiere! Because Jack Rabbit, Luke and Deris have so generously allowed us to be part of their lives, we feel a responsibility to get them to the premiere so they can represent themselves and join us in celebrating the release of the film.

Of course, the date and location of the premiere are yet to be determined. We need to finish the film first. And you can help us do that. If you or anyone you know would like to contribute to this effort, you can make a tax ­deductible donation by visiting our website:

Thank you again for your continued support! We couldn’t have come this far without you.

All the best,
Andrew, Sara, Katie & the entire Street Fighting Man Team

The 2014 Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellows (director Andrew James pictured bottom left)
The 2014 Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellows (director Andrew James pictured bottom left)



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Dear Friends and Supporters,

Quick update here. Director Andrew James and Producer Sara Archambault just returned from the Hot Docs Forum in Toronto where they successfully pitched STREET FIGHTING MAN to a group of international commissioning editors and broadcasters. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and the exposure the film received has already yielded exciting results. Stay tuned for more details surrounding these developments in the coming weeks!

This week, the STREET FIGHTING MAN team was featured by The Independent for their annual 10 to Watch series! Andrew, Sara, Katie and Jason were all listed as filmmakers to watch in 2013! We are honored and thrilled to be included with so many other wonderful filmmakers. Read about it here:

As always, thank you for your continued support!

Andrew James and the rest of the STREET FIGHTING MAN team

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Dear Friends and Supporters,

After a long search, STREET FIGHTING MAN has found the right musical partner in Zachary Saginaw (Shigeto). Zach is an Ann Arbor native and current Detroit resident. His background and unique sound make him the perfect fit for this film.

Here’s a little more information about Shigeto:

Artists take on pseudonyms for a multitude of reasons, but in Zach Saginaw's case, those reasons run deeper than most. Zach records under the name Shigeto. It's his middle name; it's also his grandfather's name, a tribute to the Japanese branch of Zach's family tree. Today, Shigeto stands for Zach's vividly beautiful electronic music. Beat-driven but given to richly textured sound design. Zach was brought up on a steady diet of Michigan-bred music, as his father spoon-fed him old Motown and jazz records by the crateload. Zach picked up the drums at an early age, spending much of his childhood playing in the Detroit/Ann Arbor music scene. Zach spent three years studying jazz at the New School in NYC and three more in London, where he began learning electronic production.

Keep up with Shigeto on Facebook here:

And here:

In addition to buidling our team, we’ve been hard at work preparing for the Hot Docs Documentary Forum in Toronto, which we’ll be attending in late April/early May. We are proud to be one of only 6 U.S. films chosen to participate this year:

Lastly, collaboration with our editor, Jason Tippet, is now under way! If you’re curious about checking out Jason’s previous film, ONLY THE YOUNG, you can find more information here: We’re very happy to be working with Jason on STREET FIGHTING MAN, and look forward to arriving at a rough cut in a couple of months.

We’ll be sharing more updates as they come in! Thank you for joining us on this incredible journey!

Andrew, Sara, Katie, and the entire SFM team