Street Fighting Man

Directed by Andrew James
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Decimated by the economic crisis and the collapse of the auto industry, Detroit is slowly dying, one neighborhood at a time. A former capital of American industry, Motor City now faces a $300 million deficit, rapidly shrinking population, and one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Mayor Dave Bing recently warned that many residents will have to move out of areas that the city can “no longer support” and announced plans to demolish 10,000 empty residential buildings.
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Amidst a rising tide of foreclosures, crime, drug abuse, and poverty, one neighborhood on Detroit’s East Side is struggling to reinvent itself and arrest this vicious cycle of urban decay.
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Street Fighting Man
is the story of five Detroiters taking the future into their own hands – by fighting crime, rebuilding homes, going back to school, growing food, educating their neighbors, and cleaning city streets. Using the techniques of direct cinema, Street Fighting Man paints a sober portrait of a community standing at a crossroads between a failed past and an uncertain future.

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Andrew James is the writer/director of Una Vida Mejor and the co-producer/co-director of the feature-length documentary Cleanflix. Una Vida Mejor, a social awareness drama depicting the lives and struggles of migrant workers in Southern California, screened at festivals worldwide and was the recipient of the Special Jury Prize for artistic vision at the 2008 Cinequest Film Festival. Cleanflix, a feature-length documentary about the short-lived sanitized film movement and the Mormon culture from which it sprang, had its world premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival where it garnered praise from audiences and critics alike. Since its premiere, Cleanflix has screened at more than 25 festivals world-wide, including The Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Michael Moore’s invite-only Traverse City Film Festival, and the Stranger Than Fiction film series at the IFC Center. More recently, Cleanflix was the recipient of the Best Documentary Award at the 2010 New York United Film Festival. Currently, Andrew is helping produce a feature-length documentary about Mormon Feminism and recently joined the programming team for the Salt Lake City Film Festival. Andrew has a BA in English Literature from Brigham Young University.

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