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The history of Detroit has changed vastly over the past century.  It has faced countless moments of hardships and injustice, economic and political ups and downs, but a sense of optimism and pride for the city remains in the hearts of many of those who live here. Our goal with this film was to create a conversation around the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on Detroit and Black Americans, and the spirit that held on, even as the worst pandemic in modern history ravaged its neighborhoods. 


The production for this film began during the height of quarantine at the beginning of May, but during our editing process of this film, George Floyd was killed by police. Sparked by the unjust brutality that Mr. Floyd faced, and fueled by the on-going systemic racism & police murders of Black people in this country, the Black Live Matter Movement swept across the globe. As storytellers we decided to pivot our film and broaden the message beyond the pandemic and speak to all the injustices African Americans face as whole, and how the city of Detroit embraced the movement and demanded change and justice.

Our film was intended to both document the lived experiences of real people in our neighborhoods, as well as provide a glimmer of hope when it felt like it was needed most. To inspire a sense of togetherness and faith that we could come out on the other side of this pandemic moving towards a world that is better and more equal than the one we left behind. We wanted this film to create positive and productive conversations around the protests that are happening across the world, and to help uplift a movement that will make a permanent change, must, make a change - because Black Lives Matter.


This piece and message wouldn’t have been possible without the meaningful leadership and support from Detroit Producer Bre’ann White, and Writer Mic Phelps. Thank you for guiding us in documenting this story. 


Below you can find resources and support for those affected by COVID-19, as well as organizations and resources related to learning about and supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement. 



Voices of  Detroit:

Mic Phelps  / Monalyse / Chase Walker  / Kaylan Waterman 

Leslie Morgan  / Marwan Faulkner / Doc / Roxy  / Kiza / Michael Reyes / Muhammad / Edna White / Yolanda Haynes / Gary Harvey  / Anthony Bost  / Eric Murray / Junior (Jrs son)  / Dedriauna Walker / Dre  / Omi / Dre Dad / Malcom Burke  / Whitney Harmon / Rhonda Slauter / Verna Slauter  / Slauter Family  / Jaibe Bates / Jyra Lisa Bates / Dorian Bates / Jaesha Bates / Dillan Bates / Taiyon Bates / Tia Bates / Jayare Bates / Detroit Protestors  / Matthew Parry  / Lela Terrell-Peoples  / Tray Little  / Mr. Green  / Bre’ann White 

(Please contact us for your name to be added) 


People of  Detroit: 

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Petitions to Sign

  • Color of Change Petition (Demanding ALL officers involved with the murder of George Floyd be charged)

  • (Pressuring Mayor Jacob Frey and DA Mike Freeman to charge ALL officers involved in the murder of George Floyd)

  • (Pressuring Louisville PD to arrest the officers involved, especially John Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove)

  • NAACP Petition  (The petition is demanding the “appointment of an independent special prosecutor to lead the federal government’s full and impartial investigation of the murder of George Floyd”, the “resinstitution by the Department of Justice of consent decrees on police departments and municipal governments across this country that have demonstrated patterns of racism towards and mistreatment of people of colour” and the “sweeping police reform–federal legislation mandating a zero-tolerance approach in penalising and/or prosecuting police officers who kill unarmed, non-violent, and non-resisting individuals in an arrest”.

  • Stand with Bre (They are “calling on the Louisville Metro Police Department to terminate the police involved, and for a special prosecutor to be appointed to bring forward charges against the officers and oversee all parts of this case.”

  • Action Network (They are demanding divestment from the police force and investment in the health and prosperity of Black communities)






Production Company: Eightfold / Producer: Bre’ann White  / Director: Nick Stachurski  / Writer: Mic Phelps / Writer: Brooke Weatherford / DP: Jesse Barron  / 1st AC: Josh Nelson  / Gaffer: Blake Brown  / Art Director: Zach Hagy  / Movi Op: David Ketelhut  / DIT: Addison brown  / Still Photo Development: Express Photo  / News Footage Researcher: Aly Weatherford  / Still photos by: Bre’ann White & Zach Hagy  / Post House: Hiatus  / Editor: Josh Beebe / Colorist: Sofie Borup  / Color Producer: Alexandra Lubrano / Color House: Company 3 / VFX:  Esteban Melean /  Music Composer: David Chapdelaine  / Sound Design and Mix: Gabe Sayre  / Vocals: Aaron Jones & Kaylan Waterman  / Music Sync: Assemble Sound  / Special Thanks to Stratton Camera, Advanced MultiMedia, Dave Saint George, Express Photo