Documentary Film Lean, Mean & Green to Premiere at Detroit Film Theatre

Detroit, Michigan

A compelling documentary that traces successful community-led revitalization efforts in the Midwest – some say Rustbelt – cities and features Detroit’s efforts will premiere on September 25, 2013.

One of Us Films will premiere the documentary film Lean, Mean and Green at 7:00 p.m. in the Detroit Film Theatre in the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, 48202. The film, inspired by the book, ‘Reimagining Detroit’ by Detroit Free Press Reporter John Gallagher, was filmed in Detroit and also features Youngstown, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Torino, Italy and the Ruhr Valley in Western Germany.

“When I read Reimagining Detroit, I wanted to be able to show people the stories John wrote about.  I was tried of the images being broadcast around the world about Detroit when I knew people have been working to transform the city into something different – smaller in population, but cleaner and more sustainable.” said Carrie LeZotte, director of the film and  executive producer at One of Us Films.  “Having grown up watching films at the DFT, I couldn’t be more excited about premiering the film there.”

The screening will be followed by a question and answer discussion with LeZotte and journalist John Gallagher of the Detroit Free Press.

Lean, Mean & Green serves as a response to the images of Detroit blight that have been seen around the world. It has already been an inspiration to others and validation for the work the people in Detroit and other cities are accomplishing.

In Detroit, the film features Riet Schumak’s work with the Neighbors Building Brightmoor, Malik Yakini and the D-Town Farm, Jenenne Whitfield and Tyree Guyton of the Heidelberg Project, Gary Wozniak of Recovery Park, Roberta Urbani with DTE Energy, among many others. Big Jim London’s work to clean up corner stores in Youngstown, Ohio is featured as well as Cesar Viveros beautiful murals, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Renata Spath in the Ruhr Valley in Germany and Mayor Valentino Castellani of Torino, Italy.

“Detroit is the great urban laboratory, because we have more of the issues to deal with than anyplace else, but a lot of places around the world are looking to Detroit because they have their own issues that they need to deal with, and they are hoping we can come up with some answers.” Gallagher said in an interview with Devin Scillian on Flashpoint.

All funds for production of the project have come from Michigan-based entities. In addition to the Premiere Sponsorship of the DTE Energy Foundation, production was made possible by grants from The Kellogg Foundation and the Michigan Humanities Council. Bronze level sponsors include the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, The Kresge Foundation, Quicken Loans and Health Alliance Plan of Michigan.

General admission tickets are free to the public and doors open at 6:00.

VIP pre-seating is available with a pledge of $25 or by becoming a Lean, Mean or Green Champion on the Kickstarter Campaign being run to support distribution of the film. Pledges include a DVD copy of the film.

Lean, Mean & Green was inspired by the book Reimagining Detroit written by John Gallagher, published by Wayne State University Press.

For more information contact:
Ann Slawnik