I thought of Fr. Jack Trese at the Traverse City Film Festival this weekend. In its eleventh year, Michael Moore’s enormous contribution to the economy of northern Michigan has outgrown the city’s world-famous Cherry Festival. Even staunch conservatives in town are giving him his due for spearheading the 6-day screenings with thousands of friendly volunteers assisting at the film-camps, youth activities, shuttle buses, ticket booths, outdoor movies and panel discussions open to the public.
We left our campsite early Saturday morning, riding our bikes to the Opera House to get in line for the Comedy Panel. We got great seats and waited smugly for the show to begin. I thumbed through the program and read Mike’s intro explaining that the theme of the 2015 festival … Read More… →
Ken Pickering, GM’s retired Executive Director, Engineering and Design Services, joins Digging Detroit’s Kevin Walsh and Pete Kalinski to discuss his career in the exciting years of design in the 1950s and beyond.
Moving from western Pennsylvania to WWII to GM
Hard work combined with some great breaks
Harley Earl & Bill Mitchell
How long a car takes from design to production
Women in design via Harley Earl
The Corvette SR2 created in 5 weeks for Earl’s son
Henry Ford, Willow Run and the Arsenal of Democracy
In February 2014 I received a text from Jason Potash, producer of Storyboard Entertainment’s Dial a Prayer. “How old is your house?” I wrote back “1929.” He was back home in Detroit with writer/director Maggie Kiley and they were scouting locations for their upcoming film to be shot in the area. They stopped by 90 minutes later and while our old house didn’t make the cut, we ended up dropping in on nine other friends in Royal Oak that same night—two of their houses ended up in the film, one by pure chance.
We were stepping out of my friend Micah’s brick home on Hawthorne when I pointed … Read More… →
Following a contest on MyMediaDiary.com, the top three winners guessing the 24 categories from the 2015 Academy Awards, Collin Ward, Melissa Balan and Steve Palizzi, were invited by hosts Kevin Walsh and Kale Davidoff to discuss the following:
Best and Worst of the Show
Bad Clips Shown for Good Actors
New Categories such as:Neil Patrick Harris and the Hosting Curse–Too Naughty/Too Nice
Alex MacLean has seen Detroit from the sky at various stages since 1980. The large green-spaces below, for example, were once crowded neighborhoods and business districts in a city’s footprint that is large enough to fit Houston, Boston and Manhattan. These grassy fields seen from Google Maps might be mistaken for parks.
Similar green spaces a few miles north of town generally have bunkers and greens fees.
A trained architect, pilot, author and photographer, MacLean lives in Massachusetts but has seen Detroit from above as Ronald Reagan received the Republican presidential nomination, for the 1998 demolition of the landmark Hudson Building and last autumn at a request from the New York Times. Each visit is like dropping into a different chapter of the city’s history–urban farms were previously dangerous abandoned homes and lots.