Street Fighting Man is a feature-length documentary by Andrew James with Greg Snider, award-winning editor of How to Die in Oregon.
The story follows three inner-city men – each a generation apart – as they seek to define their lives in post-industrial Detroit. Deris Solomon is a young single father who wants to leave behind a high-risk life on the streets; Luke Williams is a middle-aged man remodeling a former crack house after being homeless for several years; and James “Jack Rabbit” Jackson is a retired police officer struggling to save his neighborhood from crime after the local police station is dissolved. Through the stories of these men, the film unflinchingly reveals how hard it can be to build a future when everything seems to be crumbling around you.
Detroit is in the national eye a lot lately, whether it be for “ruin porn” or for the slate it provides for rebuilding. One story that we don’t hear a lot about (and the story this film seeks to tell) is the story of Detroit’s neighborhoods and those who seek to hang on the face of extreme hardship. The filmmakers are are currently trying to raise money for the post-production of the documentary on Kickstarter. Click that link for lots more information and watch their Kickstarter pitch and the excellent trailer below.