Detroit Documentary Film - (Gotta Keep Dreamin : Detroit's 21st Century Renaissance) - "American Dream : DETROIT"

Michael and Christina Kline, Michael's Manager, have been working together, over the last three years at least, in the making of a documentary film on the revival of the City of Detroit, Michigan, USA.  In this thread hope to share some of the steps along the way as well as details on the film's Premiere which will take place at the Fox Theatre, Detroit on 2nd October, 2015.    

Michael announced, a few days ago, that a new website has been set up to share information about the film and it can be found at GottaKeepDreamin.com   There has also been a FB page created and it can be found at https://www.facebook.com/gottakeepdreamin?fref=ts  along with a Twitter account which is at @gkdreamin and also an Instagram account at gotta_keep_dreamin  Here is Michael's tweet where he made announcement:

excited to share our website for the documentary film about Detroit!! Follow !!

Here is the profile/avatar pic that is used on the FB page:

and the cover photo which is used on FB, Twitter and website

There is an album in the Gallery containing photos that have been posted to the FB and Twitter account and here is link to album   http://www.michaelbolton.com/photo/albums/michael-s-detroit-documen...  and it, of course, will be kept up-to-date as new photos are added to the various sites.

2018 up-date

"American Dream : DETROIT" to be screened in over 450 cinemas in USA on 15th May.

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Wow, thanks for all info and all links Sylvia! BTW, the ETonline interview is longer than the one we had on TV on Thursday, so that's pretty cool. Thanks again Sylvia, take care. Hugs, sincerely, Sylvie Qc Canada :D

Article on Michael's attendance at the Redford Theatre, Detroit, on 15th May for screening of his documentary film

https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/michael-bolton-to-attend-premie...

and here is transcript ....

DETROIT - A legendary singer-songwriter is coming to Detroit to attend the world-premiere his new documentary based around the city.

Michael Bolton will be in attendance this Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Redford Theatre in Detroit for the premiere of "American Dream: Detroit," which is put on by Fathom Events and Passion Films.

Bolton is a co-producer and co-director on the documentary, which is focused on the revival and resurgence of the city, why the history and future of Detroit matters in the global landscape, and is a "love letter" to Detroit.

The documentary will be shown at more than 450 theaters in the country, including 26 in Michigan, but only on Tuesday.

"This documentary is a truly inspiring tale of a city's historical transformation that is certain to entertain, educate and move fans from coast to coast," said CEO of Fathom Events Ray Nutt in a release. "Additionally, the special bonus concert is a must-see for my friend Michael and 'Hitsville USA' aficionados."

Local celebrities involved in the making of the film include singer Aretha Franklin, musician Smokey Robinson, rock star Alice Cooper, journalist Mitch Albom and more. Detroit-born artist Stephie James is also featured on one song in the documentary titled "Silent Film."

Tickets for the premiere are $16 and may be purchased by going to redfordtheatre.com. To find a theater near you showing the documentary, click here.

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Article on Michael's documentary film .....   

 http://www.thenewsherald.com/downriver_life/entertainment/michael-b...

and here is transcript .....

Michael Bolton was a huge Motown fan when he made his 2013 album “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: A Tribute to Hitsville U.S.A.”

That led to the Grammy Award-winning singer becoming a fan — and booster — of the Motor City as a whole.

A visit to the Motown Historical Museum leading to that album’s release also led to Michael Bolton Presents “American Dream: Detroit,” a 90-minute documentary paying tribute to the city’s comeback from bankruptcy, which premieres in theaters on Tuesday, May 15.

It features a variety of the city’s entertainers (Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Alice Cooper, Mayer Hawthorne, Mary Wilson and film directors Francis Ford Coppola and Jerry Bruckheimer), entrepreneurs (Dan Gilbert, Christopher Ilitch, Bill Ford, Bruce Schwartz, John Varvatos), politicians (Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan) and residents, all talking about the city’s history and resurgence, creating what Bolton calls “a love letter to Detroit.”

“While we were filming at Hitsville to create a commercial for the album, we had been told there was a major effort to bring back Detroit on a very large scale,” says Bolton, who co-directed the movie with Christina Kline and will be back in Detroit for a special screening of the film on Tuesday at the Redford Theatre. “We made a couple of phone calls and got to meet Dan Gilbert and his people up at Quicken and found they were completely committed to this entire comeback of Detroit. I got to meet some amazing people and got really attached to, it because there’s so many great people in Detroit.

“I realized this story was so much bigger than my album. Hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars are being focused, wisely, on bringing back a community. Like anybody else I heard all of the (bad) things people say about Detroit. I thought someone needed to tell the story about all the good things that were happening there.”

Bolton, Kline and their team came to Detroit more than a dozen times during the five years of the film’s production, occasionally for key events like the first run of “The Motown Musical” at the Fisher Theatre (Bolton sang during a pre-party at the Roostertail) and the opening of Varvatos’ store on Woodward Avenue.

“Every time we came back, there were new restaurants, more office spaces filled, more people living downtown,” says Bolton, 65, who opened for Bob Seger during 1983, his first major national concert tour. “I would meet people at the airport who were excited and would tell me about it.”

Set to a soundtrack that includes both well-known and obscure Detroit songs as well as two new Bolton originals, the resulting film addresses Detroit’s dark image head-on, opening with insults leveled in films such as “Kentucky Fried Movie” and “The Karate Kid.” The densely detailed project also offers a concise history from its glory days as a densely populated industrial capitol through the auto industry bailout of 2009 and the city’s 2013 bankruptcy. The movie’s overarching message, however, is one of resilience, hope and progress.

And while there are plenty of celebrities and major figures among the more than 100 people interviewed for the film, Bolton and company also included upstarts such as Slow Roll founder Jason Hall and proprietors of ventures such as the dPop gallery, the Z garage, Ponyride and more.

“When people say, ‘Hey, what’s going on in Detroit?’ it starts with a lot of great people,” Bolton says. “We covered the stars and the giant entrepreneurs and their commitment. I never want to miss an opportunity to shout out for Dan Gilbert, you know? But it’s more important at a human level, because these are individuals whose live are moving in a great direction, because there’s all this activity going on and someone gave them the opportunity, and they’re doing great things.

“You find yourself rooting for this story, for the success of the story, like you would for a sports team.”

Now Bolton is vested in spreading the good word about Detroit. After the film’s premiere this week he hopes to find it “the best home where it can have the longest life ... between network and cable and streaming.” He also views “American Dream: Detroit” as a beginning of a story that he’s confident will continue to grow.

“It just keeps going,” says Bolton, who’s recording a new album featuring orchestral versions of his greatest hits and will celebrate his 50th anniversary as a performer this year. “Just when I thought we were finished we’d find some other great thing that had just popped up, and were like, ‘We need to include that, and that, and that....’

“So (the film) is saying, ‘Here’s what we have found, and this is just, if not the tip of the iceberg, then just the beginning.’ And I can’t wait to see what else happens.”

• If You Go: Michael Bolton Presents “American Dream: Detroit” live at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit. Tickets are $16. Call 313-537-2560 or visit redfordtheatre.com. The film also will run at various theaters that night. Visit FathomEvents.com for locations and tickets.

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What a great article, thanks Sylvia! Take care. Hugs, sincerely, Sylvie Qc Canada :D

Tweet which Mitch Albom has posted which gives a "sneak peek" into Michael's documentary film.  Michael also posted a tweet reminding people he is on Live On The D today and said he loved running into Mitch Albom at Local 4 News.     

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/996019143991353345

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Tweet which Mitch Albom has posted which gives a "sneak peek" into Michael's documentary film.  Michael also posted a tweet reminding people he is on Live On The D today and said he loved running into Mitch Albom at Local 4 News.     

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/996019143991353345

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Michael has sent below tweet which contains live video from Detroit where he is saying he is going on Channel 7 News and to watch.  It was posted approx. 15 mins. ago if that helps anyone with the time,

Feels great to be back in Detroit!! Seeing all the continued growth…

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So much excitement, trying to read up on all the articles and view all the videos and TV appearances. Very happy for Michael to see all his hard work and perseverance become a reality. All the best to this very passionate and wonderful man.  Hoping that the dreams do come true for the people of Detroit to bring their city back on track again.  #gottakeepdreamin!

( and looking at all the gorgeous pics).

Best regards, Usha /Mississauga On   ( at work now, stealing some time).

Michael has sent below tweet with pic which shows him sitting at table holding up a menu which has "Buddys" written across top as that is name of "Pizza parlour" he is in and expression on face is definitely saying: "hey, Bolton ... Buddys ???"

Lunchtime!! @ Buddy's Pizza

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Pic of Michael and Ann Marie LaFlamme of WXYZ Detroit, Live In The D, with whom he did interview today  Pic comes courtesy of Ann Marie.

Michael has posted below comment with pic to his FB page.  Pic shows him standing in front of a raised bed of tulips on a pedestrian section or wide pavement with other beds of flowers in distance and road with skyscraper buildings in background.  It also looks as though it is pouring of rain for looks pretty wet and can see someone in distance with umbrella up.

"Loving being back in Detroit!! People out and about and spring is in the air!!"

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Two pics of Michael on Live in the D set and first one is with presenter Tati Amare and second is with Mitch Albom

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