Trailer: Michael Bolton's Documentary Depicts Detroit as the 'American Dream'

Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton, who loves Motown and Hitsville USA, isn't from around here. He's a native of New Haven, Conn.

But he grew to love Detroit, and now he's about to release a documentary, "American Dream: Detroit." 

Fathom Events and Passion Films will present the 2016 film for one night at more than 450 U.S. theaters May 15 at 7 p.m.

“I didn’t set out to make a documentary about Detroit,” Bolton, 65, tells People magazine. “I was first pulled into the city by its rich musical history and then a much deeper story started to reveal itself. I didn’t know where it was leading, but I felt so personally compelled to follow.”

His film, in development since 2012, originally was titled "Gotta Keep Dreamin." Bolton screened scenes at a Detroit media event in October 2015, when he voiced hopes of adding interviews with Kid Rock, Madonna, Eminem and Bob Seger. None had answered his requests, the Grammy winner told reporters then.

Bolton says he's moved by the ways Detroiters are working to bounce back from an economic recession and 2013-14 municipal bankruptcy. 


“These people have become my heroes,” People quotes him as saying. “I was so immediately and irresistibly inspired by this relentless will, because it renews the spirit for me of the American Dream that I grew up with and that fueled me to chase my own dream.”

The film includes interviews with Dan Gilbert, Christopher Ilitch, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Bill Ford, Mitch Albom and Alice Cooper.  

Tickets go on sale Friday at and participating box offices. Michael Bolton fans can get early access Wednesday by signing up at

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