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Film Recalling Past, Shaping New Detroit ‘Glory Days’ Premieres Thursday: Watch Trailer

Anthony Brogdon’s 75-minute documentary on Detroit features more than 50 local interviews.

In more than 50 interviews with Detroiters, producer Anthony Brogdon uncovered some of cultural enclaves and things that make Detroit special. (Screenshot: "The Great Detroit" trailer.)
In more than 50 interviews with Detroiters, producer Anthony Brogdon uncovered some of cultural enclaves and things that make Detroit special. (Screenshot: "The Great Detroit" trailer.)

A documentary that explores the glory days of Detroit’s past from the perspective of people trying to carve out a similar future for the beleaguered city  will premiere Thursday, May 15, at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak.

Native Detroiter Anthony Brogdon’s 75-minute documentary, “The Great Detroit? It was-It is-It will be” was three years in the making and is intended to show the positive sides of the Detroit, The Oakland Press reports.

Brogdon said in a statement that hhis goal was “to produce a film to show the world that Detroit is a special place with many people who are working hard to make a difference and get Detroit back to its glory days.”

He interviewed more than 50 people for the documentary, which shows cultural enclaves such as a downtown farmers market, tells stories about Motown’s influence on the music scene, features the legacies of Henry Ford, and reveals other uniquely Detroit icons and community treasures.

Where o See the Film

The Main Art is located at 118 Main St. in Royal Oak, and showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 and available at astrongdetroit.com, through eventbrite or at the box office. Seating is limited, so advanced ticket purchases are recommended. For ticket information, call (313) 281-8301.


After Thursday’s premiere in Royal Oak, the film moves to the Detroit Historical Museum for a showing at noon Saturday, to the Farmington Civic Center on June 13 and to the Senate Theater in Detroit on June 19.

Learn more about Strong Productions.

Jack Manning June 01, 2014 at 07:30 AM
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