"Detropia" - Philanthropy New York's Documentary Series

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
New York, NY

Please join Philanthropy New York for a wine-and-cheese reception, followed by a screening of the documentary Detropia, with a brief discussion to follow.

Detroit's story has encapsulated the iconic narrative of America over the last century—the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now...the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos. With its vivid, painterly palette and haunting score, Detropia sculpts a dreamlike collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution. These soulful pragmatists and stalwart philosophers strive to make ends meet and make sense of it all, refusing to abandon hope or resistance. Their grit and pluck embody the spirit of the Motor City as it struggles to survive postindustrial America and begins to envision a radically different future.

For Philanthropy New York Members only: Join the filmmakers and panelists for an exclusive meet-and-greet during the reception. Members' guests are also welcome.


  • Rachel Grady, Producer, Director, Detropia
  • Heidi Ewing, Producer, Director, Detropia


Registration is required by December 4th. No fee.

Part of Philanthropy New York's Documentary Series. This program is "Mostly Open." Funders, nonprofit colleagues and other friends are invited to this reception, film screening and panel discussion. All are welcome!

5:30 – 6:30 PM Opening Reception
6:30 – 8:00 PM Screening
8:00 – 8:30 PM Panel Discussion

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please click here (visible through December 4th).

Non-Members: Please fill out this online form to submit your registration request. We will respond to requests no later than two business days before the event.

Please contact register@philanthropynewyork.org with questions.