Film Editor. Storyteller. Consultant.
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Urban Roots

Urban Roots


Prod: Leila Conners & Mathew Schmid
Dir: Mark MacInnis
Tree Media Group

Official Selection Whole Foods "Do Something Reel" Festival 2011
Inspiring Lives Award, San Francisco Green Film Festival 2012

About the Process: Detroit means different things to different people.  Older people remember a vibrant city full of economic prosperity and younger people think of it as a place of poverty.  It was important to get our audience on the same page, quickly, before taking them on our journey of rebuilding the city.  I created an old-timey fake newsreel with archival footage that emphasized African American middle class prosperity, so the younger audience could get the history and then contrasted that with a title sequence of modern imagery and present day voiceover to drive home how much it had collapsed.