The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, in collaboration with the Capri Theater and the Minnesota Historical Society, presents Detroit, with a discussion to follow led by David Grant, at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 6 at the Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway. Tickets to First Thursday Films are $5; purchase in advance at mspfilm.org or at the door the night of the show.
Directed by Kathyrn Bigelow, the Academy Award-winning director of the films Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Detroit tells the gripping story of one of the most terrifying moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of 1967. The docu-drama centers on a group of rogue police officers who respond to a complaint with retribution, rather than justice, on their minds.
Detroit received both high praise and intense criticism when it was released, and it will surely spark a deep conversation following the film at the Capri. Twin Cities-based filmmaker, author, screenwriter and playwright David Grant will lead that discussion. As a screenwriter, Grant has written for Russell Simmons’ Def Pictures, HBO and the Showtime Network, among many others. He also mentors screenwriting students as an adjunct faculty member in the Augsburg College MFA in Creative Writing Program, and teaches screenwriting at Independent Feature Project North.
This screening of Detroit is one of several First Thursdays films this season shown in conjunction with The 1968 Exhibit at the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS).
The First Thursdays series continues in the new year beginning with Crime and Punishment on January 3, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, on February 7, and Black Panther on March 7.
First Thursday Films @ the Capri is presented and curated by the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul as part of Black Cinema: Under the Skin, a program of films by Black filmmakers and exploring Black culture and experience. Topical and relevant in these turbulent times, Black Cinema aims to create a space for dialogue and better understanding.
First Thursday Films @ the Capri is generously supported by Film Society Masters Bill and Michelle Pohlad, the Minnesota Historical Society and Target.