Gene Siskel Film Center Programming Featured on WBEZ
September 28, 2012—On September 25, WBEZ broadcast Afternoon Shift featured an interview with Heidi Ewing, co-director of the film Detropia that just finished its run at SAIC's Gene Siskel Film Center. A Detroit native, Ewing initially set out to capture an optimistic portrait of Detroit’s revitalization. However, revisiting her hometown—an experience she describes as “haunting”—Ewing quickly witnessed that despite efforts to rejuvenate, the city and its residents continued to suffer in a perpetual state of decline. Ewing and her partner focused their lens on the city’s systemic problems, depicting the aftermath of Detroit’s rapid population decline and the obstacles facing its remaining residents. While depicting the story of city’s decline, the film explores Detroit’s capacity for growth and redevelopment.