Could your family photos help tell Detroit's story?
A new series for public television, "Family Pictures: USA", is shooting its pilot episode in Detroit during June and July. The show is hosted by award-winning director Thomas Allen Harris and has partnered with the Detroit Historical Museum's Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward project.
Guests are asked to bring a selection of a dozen of their favorite photographs - digital or printed photos - and spend 10-15 minutes with Mr. Harris and the Family Pictures: USA Production Team telling their Detroit story. Producers are looking for each guest's take on the Motor City, its past, present and future, as seen through the lens of the family photo album.
Photos will be digitized and added to the larger Digital Diaspora Family Reunion archive. They are planning six community photo-sharing events around the city, culminating in a Grand Finale performance scheduled for July 21 in the 12th Street Community. Community partners include the Detroit Institute of Art, the Detroit 67 Project, the Detroit Historical Society and many others who will be co-hosting photo-sharing events.
Sessions are first come, first serve and RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Interview spots are limited to the first 30 people who sign up. Individuals, couples, families (by birth and by choice) and friends are all welcome.
To make a reservation, email 1World1Family.email@example.com and mention "My Detroit Story" in the subject line,or you can call (212) 281-6002 and ask for "Detroit Desk"
Wednesday, June 28, 5pm - 9pm: The Horace Sheffield Center, Detroit Assoc. Of Black Organizations (12048 Grand River Avenue, Detroit) - Co-hosted by The Twisted Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers
Saturday, July 1, 11am- 3pm: Detroit Film Theater Auditorium, Detroit Institute of Arts (5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit) - Co-hosted by Belle Isle Conservancy
Saturday, July 8, 11am- 3 pm: Church of the Messiah (231 East Grand Boulevard, Detroit) - Co-hosted by Belle Isle Conservancy & Pedal to Porch
Thursday, July 13, 10am- 1pm & 3- 6pm: Arab American National Museum (13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn) - Co-hosted by American Indian Health and Family Services
Saturday, July 15, 11 am-3 pm: Detroit Film Theater Auditorium, Detroit Institute of Arts (5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit) - Co-hosted by LGBT Detroit
Friday, July 21, 4:30-6:30 pm: GRAND FINALE event at Gordon Park (12th St. & Clairmount, Detroit)