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Lean, Mean & Green: Reimaging Detroit and other post-industrial cities too

The new documentary film “Lean, Mean and & Green” is inspired by John Gallagher’s book “Reimagining Detroit” and focuses on post-industrial cities that are transforming from polluted wastelands to environmentally sustainable communities. A One of Us Films production, the Producer and Director Carrie LeZotte along with Director of Photography are currently in Italy, Switzerland and Germany for the third and final round of production.

“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, said LeZotte. “The other locations provide different solutions to urban challenges and help recognize the fact that cities around the world share the same issues.”

The current production trip includes filming in 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.

Other locations included in the film are 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.

You can help make this film a reality.  A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to support post-production efforts. Go to (http://bit.ly/LMandG ) to help with post-production costs.  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.

In addition to Kickstarter, other funding for production of “Lean, Mean & Green” 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 – clezotte@oneofusfilms.org

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