October 12, 2012

Detroit-based One of Us Films heads to Italy, Switzerland and Germany for the third and final round of production on Lean, Mean & Green, the documentary film inspired by John Gallagher’s book Reimagining Detroit.   The film focuses on post-industrial cities that are transforming from polluted wastelands to environmentally sustainable communities.    A Kickstarter campaign was launched to support post-production efforts.

Carrie LeZotte, producer and director, and Lon Stratton, director of photography, will shoot on location for five days.  Locations include: Torino, Italy, which reinvented itself as an arts and cultural destination after the automotive collapse in the 80s; Bern, Switzerland, where Tyree Guyton of the Heidelberg Project is opening the show “Two Countries, Two Cities, One Spirit” and several areas of the Ruhr Valley region in Germany, where industrial sites have been reclaimed as parks and recreational spaces.

To date, the production has shot in Detroit, Michigan, Youngstown, Ohio, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to help tell the stories of urban gardens and local food economy, community organizing and art, including the Heidelberg Project and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and environmental success stories.

“About half the film will take place in Detroit and highlights some of the success we’ve had here in becoming a more sustainable city.  The other locations provide different solutions to urban challenges and help recognize the fact that cities around the world share the same issues,” said director LeZotte.

She recently launched a Kickstarter campaign (http://bit.ly/LMandG ) to assist with funds for post-production.   Pledge rewards include DVD copies of the finished film, copies of Gallagher’s coming book, Revolution Detroit and a bike tour of Detroit production locations.

Support for the production of the film has come from the Michigan Department of Housing Development and Michigan based foundations and businesses including; Quicken Loans, The Michigan Humanities Council, DTE Energy Foundation, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation.

For more information contact:

Carrie LeZotte