Director of 'Detroit' Riot Film: I Spent a Lot of Time With Eyewitnesses

Kathryn Bigelow (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Kathryn Bigelow, the director of "Detroit," the upcoming film on the 1967 riot and the Algiers Motel, says she tried to portray this slice of history "in as real of a way as possible...wanting (the audience) to understand what it meant to be caught in the cross hairs of this event." 

Speaking Friday at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif., the two-time Academy Award winner told the crowd, according to Deadline Hollywood:

"It really was American tragedy. I had many eyewitnesses who I spent a lot if time with… so my desire to keep it authentic was heightened.”

The film's red carpet premiere is July 25 at the Fox Theatre. It's unclear if the public can attend.

The film opens nationwide Aug. 4. 

Read more:  Deadline Hollywood

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