I wanted to make a beautiful film about Detroit...which I found out was a story people are trying to tell about their cities, in the USA and around the world.
Lean, Mean & Green serves as a response to the images of Detroit blight that have been seen around the world. Our film has already been an inspiration to others and a validation for the work the people in Detroit and other cities are accomplishing.
Many cities besides Detroit have embraced the necessity of reimagining themselves in the wake of deindustrialization and population loss. Interestingly, a good number of cities have developed special areas of expertise – Detroit in community gardening and the food economy, Philadelphia in public art and vacant lot restoration, Youngstown in community-based planning for a small but smarter city. With that in mind Lean, Mean & Green will look at each city as an example of particular urban strategies.
We are making a beautiful film, not only beautifully photographed, but beautiful in its inspirational message - not only what the possibilities are, but how people are already making changes and creating more sustainable communities in the process.
Inspired by the award-winning book Reimagining Detroit by Detroit Free Press writer John Gallagher, the one-hour documentary will look to Detroit’s future, and, by extension, to the future of post-industrial cities around the world. In addition to Detroit, the production includes Youngstown, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Torino, Italy and the Ruhr Valley area in Germany.
It's been a work-in-progress for almost two years. Funds raised will be used for post-production on the film, editing, color-correction and audio mixing. We're also working on a way to share ALL the interviews in some fashion, because every person we talked was so thoughtful and passionate about their work. (Maybe an iBook? we're working on it...)