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Lemonade: Detroit, Making "Hope Porn" and Inviting People to Become Producers at a $1/Frame

Our nation's Motor Capital certainly has its metaphorical lemons right now, but a documentary is intent on telling a story of rebirth and reinvestment--while encouraging a larger community to get involved as IMDB-credited producers.

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Lemonade: Detroit tells the stories of innovators who are reinventing themselves and the Michigan city. It focuses on the ingenuity and resilience of a community.

The film also uses a microfunded approach to help finance itself and engage its audience. Individuals are invited to donate at minimum a single greenback and in exchange, they are listed as producers in the movie credits and on IMDB. At a dollar per frame and 24 frames per second, they're hoping to raise around $120,000 for a 90-minute film.

This certainly has me thinking about the impact of positive narratives (particularly those inviting broader community participation) on the revitalizing cities.

UPDATE:  Anyone can now view the 17 minute short in addition to the trailer I posted before.

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Thanks for sharing. From the trailer, the documentary seems really interesting. What stroke me was the love that these people that they have for their city and their hope in the possibilities. It reminded me what Libby was sharing with her about her aunt and her attachment to Flint: http://www.openideo.com/open/vibrant-cities/inspiration/the-domino-effect-when-one-city-falls.../
I think that it reminds us that if as outsiders we see the cities as dying, we have to remember that it does not mean that people stop being attached to them and that's where the possibilities are: in these people who are attached to these cities, who love them and like the people in this trailer decide to try and act.

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I love your insight on this. Thanks for sharing!

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you're welcome!

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