Wiretap’s Jenny Lee has a great article called In Detroit: Arsenal of Creativity. It begins:
â€œMichigan will be the next film capitol of the world,â€ Clint Eastwood said in a recent interview following the release of his new film Gran Torino, shot in Detroit. The state’s generous tax incentives for film production have spurred a boost in jobs in a year that’s seen declines in nearly every other industry. While it’s exciting to see the rise of film-based enterprise in Michigan, we can’t rely on it, or any single industry to fill the enormous hole left by the decline of the auto industry. Amid the current crisis we have an opportunity to fill the gap in our region’s economy with diverse local initiatives, including community-based media, which thrives off the city’s creative past and present.
It continues and ends well as it does a great job of introducing you to Allied Media Projects (AMP) and looking at some of last year’s conference recommendations like building community wireless and broadband, cultivating local music and teaching media arts. You should go read it.
AMP hosts the annual Allied Media Conference in Detroit, which attracts North America’s most creative and skilled media makers and social justice organizers. The 11th AMC takes place July 16-19, 2009 – check it out!