STANDING POINT FILMS - Michigan Based Independent Media Productions
Via Mark Dilley
I found this great example of non-violent artistic communication.
An older film, Whatever You Destroy
: a former factory and warehouse appropriated by struggling artist as a pirate utopia in a city (Ann Arbor) with encroaching economic development and skyrocketing living costs. In 2003, this space was raided, its inhabitant evicted in the middle of winter, the building sold, bulldozed, and finally burned to the ground in a firestorm the engulfed the city block mysteriously weeks into the demolition process. After the film, the 555 artist collective moved to Ypsilanti (a town bordering Ann Arbor), but once again, their 13,000-sqaure-foot warehouse studio/gallery is set to be demolished to make way for a $100 million urban condo development.
Now, their newer project, Blue Noise
. view the trailer
Taking the massive and disastrous water shutoffs in Detroit and Highland Park as launching points, BLUE NOISE critically examines the impact of privatization and globalization on on post-industrial communities. Working closely with diverse grassroots organizations, citizens, and scholars, the film articulates the local (and corresponding global) movement to preserve basic human rights in the war against poverty.
posted by Cyndy