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U.S.A., 2010, 97 mins, Color (Language)



Director: Daniel Falconer
Writers: Daniel Falconer, Andrew Rodney
Executive Producer: Andrew Rodney
Producers: Daniel Falconer, Andrew Rodney
Associate Producer:Joel Walkowski
Cinematographer: TJ Hellmuth
Editor: Matt Barth
Voice: Nelson Jones

MI filmmakers

On a summer night in June of 1963, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood before a crowd of more than 125,000 supporters to deliver his “I Have a Dream” speech for the very first time. The venue he chose for this event was not the nation’s political capitol – Washington DC – but its then industrial capital – Detroit. For while this large American city did offer the highest average standard of living in the world, fierce competition for its opportunities had also created a geographically and socially intractable system of apartheid.

To King’s supporters, his speech was a declaration of hope – that the days of segregationist public policies were numbered. But today, more than 46 years later, Detroit stands as the most racially divided large city in the United States. Its average standard of living is the lowest in the nation, and the Dream King shared that evening, of a land where freedom and brotherhood abound, has long since given way to a living nightmare of mass-incarceration and a level of violence unprecedented in “modern” America.

Daniel Falconer
Daniel Falconer was born in Detroit, raised in Oakland County's working class. He studied film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Having crewed and served as Contributing Writer on several independent films, Daniel made his directorial debut with the short film, On My Own (2009) which he also wrote, edited, and co-produced.  In addition to producing & directing DEFORCE, Daniel oversaw the production's research and script development.  DEFORCE is his first feature-length effort, and first venture into nonfiction filmmaking.

U.S.A., 2010, 6 mins,

Director: Christopher Michael Birkmeier

The United States is controlled by an oppressive government. Freedom no longer means what it used to. Now, one man is going to break out, even if it costs him his life.

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Saugatuck High School #2
401 Elizabeth Street


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