SONS OF DETROIT

a film by Jeremy Xido

previously known as "The Angola Project"

 

"Marvelously quixotic...derives its structure and meaning from the disparate layers stacked up by Mr. Xido and then spread out to create a jostling collage, one that is intimate yet informed by sweeping issues surrounding class, race and identity."  New York Times

 
 

SHORT SYNOPSIS

Filmmaker and performer Jeremy Xido grew up in Detroit as the only white kid in his neighborhood, raised by neighbors who took him in when his parents were struggling. Twenty years ago, he left home and hasn’t gone back, haunted by something he left behind.

Until now.

Jeremy returns to the city to perform a stage piece he’s presented all over the world and to find out what happened to his childhood best friend, Boo. As he attempts to mount the show, his search for Boo takes over, unexpectedly thrusting him into the complex, painful, and beautiful history of the home and neighborhood he left behind.

At turns funny and heartbreaking, SONS OF DETROIT is an urgently contemporary film about how our most intimate sense of self is forged within global patterns of history. By braiding documentary, narrative, and performance, the film looks at how the things we hide, even from ourselves, insist on being seen, spoken, and embraced.

 

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SONS OF DETROIT / aka THE ANGOLA PROJECT HAS RECEIVED SUPPORT FROM

Guggenheim Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, Cinereach, Berlin Brandenburg Film Fund (Berlin), New York Foundation for the Arts, The Detroit Institute of Arts Film Society (Detroit), EMPAC - Experimental Music and Performing Arts Center (Troy, NY), PS 122 (NYC), New Dance Amsterdam (NYC), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (NYC), Tanzfabrik (Berlin), Maria Matos Theater (Portugal), Impulstanz (Vienna), Light Box (Detroit), Popps Packing (Detroit)


DIRECTOR - JEREMY XIDO

Jeremy graduated cum laude in Painting and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in New York and trained at the Actor’s Studio. A Fulbright and Guggenheim recipient, he is the artistic co-director of the performance and film company CABULA6, voted “company of the year 2009” by Ballettanz & awarded “Outstanding Artist of the Year 2010” by the Austrian Ministry of the Arts. CABULA6 has produced and presented work for both film and stage all over the world. Jeremy’s film directing credits include the award winning feature documentary DEATH METAL ANGOLA, the six part CRIME EUROPE series, and the short documentary MACONDO in addition to several short fiction films. He is known as a performance artist with a unique approach to stage and film, blending emotionally gripping personal stories with the larger social contexts within which they emerge - including the trilogy THE ANGOLA PROJECT which premiered at Impulstanz in Vienna and PS122 in New York. Working as a dancer, actor and filmmaker, he has performed and presented work around the world on stage, TV and in Cinema.  Speaks English, German, Spanish, & Portuguese. www.xido.org

 

PRODUCER - AMANDA BURR 

Amanda Burr is a film producer and writer. In addition to her work on SONS OF DETROIT, she is also the series producer for FILMS BYKIDS, a series for PBS, and producer for a narrative film in development with writer/director Jeremy Xido. Recent producing credits include the documentaries DEATH METAL ANGOLA, MAN SHOT DEAD, and the short doc/fiction hybrid “Solitary/Release.” For several years, she was the creative director for the online learning company Nomadic Learning, where she wrote, directed, and produced over 50 animated short films. She has also worked as an associate programmer for the Tribeca Film Festival, a consultant with the Screenwriters Colony, and a programmer for the Chicago Humanities Festival. 

 

EDITOR - JACOB THUESEN

Jacob Thuesen graduated as editor from the National Film School of Denmark in 1991.

He started out by editing Lars von Trier’s “The Kingdom,” which took editing in Denmark to a new level. Jacob has gone on to edit and direct dozens of films—both documentary and narrative—which have won awards at Toronto International Film Festival, Berlinale, Miami and San Francisco Film Festivals, among others, and from the European Film Academy. He has collaborated with top Danish directors such as Thomas Vinterberg and Susanne Bier and has been nominated Editor of the Year in the UK, where “Murder,” a series he edited, garnered three BAFTAs. His intuitive style of editing, which adds layers of subconsciousness into narratives, has revolutionized documentary film editing in Denmark and influences editors around the world.

 

EDITOR - PER K. KIRKEGAARD  

Per K. Kirkegaard is one of the most established editors in the Danish film industry. He has edited numerous critically acclaimed documentaries and narrative features, and his latest merits include films like “Armadillo” – for which he was awarded an Emmy for best editing of a long format documentary – and “Borg McEnroe,”  which recently opened the Toronto International Film Festival. Per K Kirkegaard is renowned for his musically atoned editing style, his great precision as a storyteller, his loyalty to the projects he engages in, his unique eye for the poetic yet specific and his punk attitude to filmmaking.

 

CO-PRODUCER - SIGRID JONSSON DYEKJÆR P.G.A. / DANISH DOCUMENTARY

Documentary film producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær has been working for the past 15 years producing international documentary films. Among the many films she has produced are The Monastery, Mechanical Love, Gambler, The Good Life, Love Addict, A Normal Life, Free the Mind, Ballroom Dancer and the IDFA nominated Ai Wei Wei – The Fake Case. Among her latest works are The Newsroom – Off the Record and the winner of a special jury award at IDFA 2014, Something Better To Come. Sigrid was awarded best Danish producer in 2015 by the Danish Film Academy and was a Producers Guild of America nominee in 2016.  http://danishdocumentary.com/ 

 

CO-PRODUCER - SUSANNE GUGGENBERGER / TM FILM

Susanne Guggenberger produces for Mira Film (CH) and TM Film (DE) and is responsible for coproduction and sales. She has significant distribution experience, having been the head of international sales for AUTLOOK Filmsales. Most recent Mira Film documentaries: The Beekeeper and his Son by Diedie Weng, The Chimpansee Complex by Marc Schmid, Everyday Rebellion by The Riahi Brothers.

 

CO-WRITER - IGOR DOBRICIC

Igor completed undergraduate course in Theatre, Film, Radio and Television Dramaturgy at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, (former) Yugoslavia and attended Master of Theatre course at DasArts in Amsterdam, Netherlands. One of the most sought after dramaturges in the world, Dobricic has collaborated with a number of choreographers / theater makers (Nicole Beutler, Keren Levi, Christoph Leunberger, Guillaume Marie, Diego Gil, Christina Ciupke, Jeremy Xido, Jenny Beyer, Alma Sodeberg, Shannon Cooney, Meg Stuart among others). He is also active in the role of an advisor and a mentor and he has ongoing engagements with the Choreographic Centre Hamburg (K3); Amsterdam Master of Choreography (AMCh) and the Amsterdam Master of Theatre (DasArts). He is regularly invited to give workshops and lectures at Art/Dance Festivals and educational platforms (ImpulsTanz, Vienna; TanzFabrik, Berlin; Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, St. Petersburg; Critical Endeavor program, Bucharest; among others).

 

CINEMATOGRAPHER - JOHAN LEGRAIE

Johan is a Belgian director of photography working for more than 15 years on cinematic documentaries all around the world. Films have screened on ARTE, Canal +, France 2, RTBF, and premiered at festivals such as IDFA, Rotterdam, Cannes and Berlinale among many others.  For several years he’s also been working on narratives, short and features. He worked with Jeremy Xido on Death Metal Angola and Untitled Dinosaur Bones Project. http://www.johanlegraie.com/

 

CINEMATOGRAPHER - JIDE AKINLEMINU

Jide grew up in the town of Ikorodu, Nigeria as the son of a Nigerian farmer and a Danish librarian. His family relocated in 1991 to Denmark. He attended the acclaimed Fatamorgana – Danish School of Art Photography, completed several documentary projects and exhibitions. His films have been screened at major film festivals such as Locarno, Oberhausen, Berlinale, Hofer Filmtage, FID Marseilles and his short film Kokon was awarded with the German Shortfilm Prize in 2009. Portrait of a LoneFarmer was his first feature length film as a director and won the Cipputi Award at the Torino Film Festival in 2013 and in 2014 the African Movie Academy Award in Nigeria and also won “Best Documentary” in the Duisburger Filmwoche, Germany.  http://www.brotherjide.com/ 

 

CINEMATOGRAPHER - CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON

Chris draws from 25 years of experience with many of the most visually talented contemporary artists, directors and cinematographers. With an extensive background in commercials, visual effects, music videos, documentaries and feature films, Chris brings uniquely developed techniques and artistry to projects, making him an extremely versatile cinematographer. Chris has had films play at major film festivals such as TIFF, Cannes, Sundance and many others and has shot for HBO, Showtime, ABC, NBC, Disney, Universal, Sony and Paramount. He is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and was a lead instructor of cinematography and lighting at the prestigious Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He is currently shooting The Disrupters for Legendary Entertainment and Thomas Tull.  www.ChrisJohnsonDP.com