NYC Reviews For "Detropia" Call It "Gorgeous," "Moody," "Haunting"
"Detropoia," the much-awaited documentary about contemporary Detroit, opened Friday in New York, and reviews were positive in the New York Daily News and New York Times.
In the News, Joe Neumaier wrote, "directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s haunting and important — and near-experimental — look at urban decay and (hoped for) renewal focuses on once-mighty Detroit. But what the movie captures overall looks like a scene from a sci-fi, postapocalyptic nightmare."
In the Times, Jeannette Catsoulis says the film's images are riveting.
"Information and analysis are always distant seconds to mood and impression," she wrote. "Like the vegetation that’s slowly transforming abandoned homes into so-called feral houses, Tony Hardmon and Craig Atkinson’s photography softens the jagged edges of dereliction, capturing a blasted urban nightmare seemingly held up by sheer force of will. In a setting like this, their images seem to say, blame and nostalgia are equally futile."
"Detropia" opens next Friday in Detroit, Royal Oak and Ann Arbor.
An interview on Deadline Detroit with Ewing, who grew up in Farmington Hills, can be found by clicking here.