Film archivist Rick Prelinger sez, "Thanks to word of mouth and Boing Boing, Lost Landscapes of Detroit [ed: a show of public domain footage showing the grand landscapes of Detroit in its heyday] screened two weeks ago to a standing-room-only and vocal audience of Detroiters.
It's now online for free downloading (and, I hope, massive and widespread re-editing). If you want to see Detroit as it was, and hopefully as it will be again, check it out.
The screening was such a success that I was immediately invited back to do it again next year. For this to happen, I need your help. If you have archival film of Detroit, preferably unseen (especially family and home movies), I'd love to connect. If the material looks as if it might fit, I'd like to speak with you about transferring it to high-quality video at my expense for use in the next program. This is a pro-bono project, and the help of many makes it possible. Thanks!"
Lost Landscapes of Detroit 2010
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