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Film Series-Borderline: The Story of 8 Mile Road
February 9 2013 | 1:00pm to February 10 2013 | 1:30pm
1997 Emmy Winner
This program captures the spirit and eccentricity of metro Detroit's most provocative thoroughfare. No other road in Michigan evokes a response like the one you get when you mention 8 Mile. From topless dancers and the neighborhood groups that battle them, to storefront preachers and the homeless people they minister, 8 Mile remains our area’s most notorious boundary.
Thoughtful commentary from Jerry Herron, Director of American Studies, and Ronald Stephens; associate Professor of Communication (both from Wayne State University) provide context and analysis. The documentary also features an interview with Mr. Belvedere (his office is on 8 Mile) as well as clips from some of his classic commercials. Part history, part pop culture, this film like a ride down 8 Mile, is both thought provoking and entertaining.
Written and Produced by Gary Glaser and Dave Toorongian; Directed by Gary Glaser; Narrated by Kim Hunter
The Film and Scholar Series are supported by the MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS and the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.