CNN Documentary Series: Detroit in the Early 1960s
Executive Produced by Anthony Bourdain
Inspired by David Maraniss’ ONCE IN A GREAT CITY: A Detroit Story
We are producing a 4-part documentary series about Detroit in the early 1960s. And we want YOU to be a part of the series! We want to highlight the Detroit of this era and showcase the achievement and diversity of experiences in the Motor City. We are looking for 1955-1965 era home movies and photographs.
Please fill out the form below and a member of our team will reach out. If we decide to digitize your materials, we’ll provide high resolution scans or footage to you for your personal use. And if your material appears in the series we will provide modest compensation and a credit to you in the end credits of our series.
Preserving Detroit’s History is very important to us. If you grant permission, we plan to donate the materials we collect to local institutions so they can be stored, used, and viewed for generations to come.
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We are looking for the below materials. Do your footage or stills include any of the following people, places, issues, and events? (please select all that apply)
Motown performances—especially the 1962 Motown Revue (eg Fox Theater Motown Revue Performance)
Motown's Hitsville USA and Berry Gordy
Music venues—especially Flame Show Bar, Greystone Ballroom, Fox Theater Shows
Detroit neighborhoods (including Paradise Valley, Black Bottom, the North End, Grosse Pointe, Hastings Street, the Conant Gardens communities, and any other communities)
General Home and Family—picnics, holidays, kids playing, home life
Downtown Detroit, Woodward Ave Area
Detroit schools—especially music classes at Cass Tech High School and others
NAACP Protests, Events, Cotillion Balls
Patrick-Ravitz Bill and Housing Discrimination
Detroit Council for Human Rights
New Bethel Baptist Church and Rev CL Franklin
Rev Albert Cleage
Rev Nicholas Hood
June 23 1963 Walk To Freedom
MLK Jr. in Detroit
Malcolm X in Detroit
Cynthia Scott Shooting
Commissioner George Edwards and Police in Detroit
Hudson’s (both downtown and Northland)
Grinnell Brothers Music House
Detroit October 1962 Auto Show
Ford Centennial Week July-Aug 1963
UAW and Walter Reuther
Ford, Chrysler, and GM Plant Footage + Working There Footage
1960s Cars, Road Trips, Dealerships
Ford Rotunda and Nov 9 1962 Fire
Gotham Hotel and Nov 9 1962 Raid
Detroit Bid for 1968 Olympic Games
Olympic Torch Relay Celebration Oct 1963
LBJ in Detroit
JFK in Detroit
Chrysler, GM, and Ford Plants/ The Line
Description of the Footage (please be as detailed as possible)
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