Review by: Mut Asheru
A short film playing at this year’s Dallas International Film Festival that deserves a little recognition in our opinion is 3 ACRES IN DETROIT. It’s actually more like a short documentary which for around 12 minutes endeavors to shed a little light on the passion project of Donnie. It opens at a farmers market where everyone is going about their business of buying fresh, organic produce. One lone figure stands out amongst the sea of mostly white patrons. As he walks around the market his background narration kicks in and we learn that he is an urban organic gardener and his goal is to provide fresh produce to his Detroit community via a 3 acre farm that he named “Occupy Yourself”.
It’s intriguing material to be sure. Donnie and his friend are lone gardeners against a backdrop of a neighborhood that looks like it could care less about their efforts. All we really see around them is abandoned houses. Donnie’s narrative interjections show a thoughtful person who has grown through some trials and tribulations who had a “light bulb” that ultimately set him on a maverick path in this poor urban landscape.
This would have made a great feature length doc. It would have been nice to ride with him a little while longer in order to co-experience his journey’s ins’-and-outs’. 3 ACRES IN DETROIT, directed by Nora Mandray offers a short peek into his thoughts and efforts and is just long enough to win your support. You should check it out if you have the chance.
3 ACRES IN DETROIT will be screened Tuesday April 8 at 4:15 pm and Wednesday, April 9 at 9:15pm = both showings at the Angelika Theatre during the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival. For more info go to www.dallasfilm.org
|Director: Nora Mandray|
|Producers: Nora Mandray, Hélène Bienvenu, Jason B. Kohl|
|Cinematography: Eric Baldetti|
|Editor: Nora Mandray, Jason B. Kohl|
|Color Correction: Delfina Mayer/Cine Chromatix Berlin|
|Sound Design / Mixer: Brandon Jones|