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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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Great model, fab focus! And I'm sure that this film will have a lot of inspiration about restoring vibrancy.