The United States of Detroit
  • The Rabbit Hunt
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Film Info
Section:The Art of Impact
Running Time:82 min.
Director:Tylor Norwood
Producer:Shannon Stirone
Screenwriter:Tylor Norwood
Dana Schwartz
Cinematographer:Tylor Norwood
Editor:Scott Fitzloff
Note Writer:Cheryl Eddy
Filmmaker Tylor Norwood paints a compelling portrait of Detroit in the years since its landmark 2013 bankruptcy filing—acknowledging that the city has experienced a remarkable resurgence in its downtown and midtown areas, but also taking a specific interest in how its economically struggling neighborhoods have slowly begun to rebuild. The reason, he discovers, is because of the energy and determination of people who fiercely believe in their communities, despite the alarming array of abandoned houses and vacant lots in their midst, and inadequate city resources that never seem to prioritize their needs. Journalists, government officials and activists, including members of the growing urban-farm movement, all weigh in, but the film's most moving stories come courtesy of graffiti artists who've used their talents to paint striking murals that brighten up the blight and a selfless pastor so dedicated to his underserved congregation that he takes a full-time job at a supermarket to pay the church's bills.

In Person: Director Tyler Norwood (The United States of Detroit), Producer Maida Brankman (The Rabbit Hunt)

The Rabbit Hunt is co-presented by 16th San Francisco Documentary Festival.
The United States of Detroit is co-presented by and 16th San Francisco Documentary Festival.
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Tylor Norwood is a Marin-based filmmaker. His passion for documentary film is guided by his interest in communities that shape their own reality. In his latest film, The United States of Detroit, he and co-writer Dana Schwartz honed in on a group of people in Detroit who were actively reshaping the realities of their own communities through action-driven work. The resilient nature of people, and the microcosm of worlds they live, in is what drives Norwood to keep telling stories about interesting people. He is fascinated by the power that documentaries have to actually make change—especially where it's needed most.