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On Tap for 2011: U.S. Docu Filmmakers Eyeing Detroit, U.S. Government and Grave Robbers

We got a brief overview of some of the documentary films we’ll be surely talking about circa 2011. Thom Powers headed over to Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival and in his fifth edition dispatch he reveals some projects that I’ll be keeping tabs on – as some will surely be ready for my annual trip to Sundance next year.

We got a brief overview of some of the documentary films we’ll be surely talking about circa 2011. Thom Powers headed over to Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival and in his fifth edition dispatch he reveals some projects that I’ll be keeping tabs on – as some will surely be ready for my annual trip to Sundance next year. 

Detroit Hustles Harder (Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady*)
Previously directed: 12th & Delaware
Subject: This chronicle the lives of several brave men and women that have made a conscious decision to stay in Detroit and attempt to turn the city around.

Fightville (Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein)
Previously directed: How to Fold a Flag

The Leak Heard Around the World (Judith Ehrlich)
Previously directed: Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Subject: This follows “WikiLeaks, the organization that recently circulated classified US government documents on Afghanistan”.

Skeleton Picnic (Joshua Ligairi)
Previously directed: Cleanflix
Subject: This is “about a FBI sting of grave robbers who plunder Native American burial sites.”

Street Fighting Man (Andrew James)
Previously directed: Cleanflix
Subject: This looks “at the economically depressed city of Detroit and how individuals are treating problems with novel solutions such as vigilante justice”.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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