Monday, May 17, 2010
UMKC Clean Commute sponsors "Beyond the Motor City" screening
Beyond the Motor City, a new documentary directed by acclaimed filmmaker Aaron Woolf (King Corn), examines how Detroit, a grim symbol of America's diminishing status in the world, may come to represent the future of transportation and progress in America.
Narrated by Miles O'Brien, the film explores Detroit's historic investments in infrastructure—from early 19th-century canals to the urban freeways that gave the "Motor City" its name and made America's transportation system the envy of the world.
But over the last 30 years, much of the world has left Detroit—and America—behind, choosing faster, cleaner, more modern transportation. In a journey that takes us into the neighborhoods of Detroit and then beyond to Spain, California and our nation's capital, Beyond the Motor City urges us to ask how we might finally push America's transportation system into the 21st century.
Beyond the Motor City is part of Blueprint America, a national, multi-platform initiative examining the state of America's transportation infrastructure. Blueprint America was created and produced by Thirteen for WNET.ORG and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Surdna Foundation. This May and June, the Blueprint America Screening Tour will bring Beyond the Motor City to cities across America's industrial heartland—and beyond—in a community screening initiative intended to raise questions and seek answers about the future of transportation in America.
UMKC Clean Commute is a program of Bridging The Gap. More info can be found at www.bridgingthegap.org