Street Fighting Man (2014 title) Changed to Street Fighting Men for 2017 Release
This was the website for the film, Street Fighting Man whose title has since changed to Street Fighting Men. The documentary follows three generations of men living in Detroit. The site was created in 2014 when the film was finished and ready for the film festival circuit.
The film was just released in April of 2017.
Street Fighting Man is a feature-length, narrative documentary that 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. Street Fighting Man pushes beyond statistics and headlines by sharing the lived experiences of the people who call Detroit home. 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.
As Luke collects cans and acquires reclaimed materials to make an old home new again, Jack Rabbit must stand up to violent young criminals who were once children in his neighborhood. Meanwhile, Deris has to decide how he will provide for his daughter: by struggling to get an education, or by selling drugs like many of his peers. For each of these men, it is a war of little battles, often waged at home, at school, or in the streets. Ultimately, their three narratives collapse into one, telling the tale of one man as he attempts to make it though his youth, mid-life, and old age in post-industrial America.
Content is from the site's archived pages as well as other outside sources.
Note that the official site for Street Fighting Men can be found at: www.streetfightingmen.com and don't forget to check out the film's facebook page at: www.facebook.com/streetfightingmendoc/
2014 Documentary Film Fund Winner
Running time: 100 minutes
Director(s): Andrew James
Producer(s): Sara Archambault, Andrew James, Katie Tibaldi
Cinematographer(s): Andrew James
Editor(s): Andrew James, Jason Tippet
Music: Zachary Saginaw (SHIGETO)
With: James "Jack Rabbit" Jackson, Luke Williams, Deris Solomon
Commercial Release Date: 30 April 2017 (USA)
From Their KickStarter Site
STREET FIGHTING MAN - a feature-length documentary
Hey Everyone! Exciting News!
We’re only days away from STREET FIGHTING MEN’s World Premiere at Independent Film Festival Boston, this Sunday, April 30th at 1:00 PM at the Somerville Theater. As a way to say thank you (and celebrate the premiere!) we are offering an early glimpse of the film. Thank you again for your support, encouragement and friendship.
WHAT IS STREET FIGHTING MAN?
A feature-length ensemble documentary featuring stories of survival and community action on Detroit's East side.
A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON DETROIT:
Detroit Michigan has been decimated by the economic crisis. With the highest unemployment rate in the country, Motor City is dying, one neighborhood at a time. Not only are foreclosed homes boarded up and empty, so too are factories, warehouses, apartment complexes, and even police stations. Neighborhoods and communities with little resources have been left to fend for themselves as violent crime, drugs, vandalism, poverty, and hopelessness seep into the brick, steel, and concrete. At night, gangs and junkies literally take over, roaming the streets in search of drugs and money. According to one Detroit resident, "it's like Omega Man."
HOW WE ENVISION THE FILM:
Instead of focusing on the broader question of why Detroit is suffering, "Street Fighting Man" will hone in on the specific struggles of individuals as they fight for the future of their community. One man who personifies the day-to-day struggles of the East Jefferson community is James "Jack Rabbit" Jackson, a retired cop who's lived in the Chalmers neighborhood on the east side of Detroit for most of his life. With the recent closure of the local police station, Jack Rabbit has begun to fight back.
Armed with a video camera (and a firearm when necessary) Jack Rabbit cruises the streets of East Jefferson, intimidating criminals, recording evidence, and making his presence known. He's a community activist, a post-modern sheriff, and according to some, a "socially conscious vigilante." Jack Rabbit is a complex and interesting figure. He's a father, a mentor, a boyfriend, a tow-truck driver, and a deeply committed member of the community who spends 24 hours of every day in the service of his neighborhood. Every weekend, he and his partner, Keith Hines, hit the streets to protect community interests. They know who the criminals are, where they live, where they drink, and where they do business. Amazingly, Jack Rabbit and Keith have prevented all kinds of burglary, violent crime, and vandalism over the past few years. When we were in Detroit, we had the opportunity to accompany Jack and Keith on one of their patrols.
"Street Fighting Man" will also follow several other subjects in the community as they live and work day-to-day. Each character will bring a unique perspective to the story and provide different insights into the landscape, the problems, and the possible solutions. In fact, we have made contact with several people who we are interested in participating in the project, including local business owners, pastors, homeless teenagers, drug dealers, and community activists.
Our goal as filmmakers is to paint a multilayered mosaic of this fluctuating landscape using real people and real stories. Each character will inform the next, providing both interesting and challenging juxtaposition. This will help to clearly outline the problems, complicate the solutions, and strengthen the story. In essence, the film will be more truthful, more organic, and more real if the story is told by the subjects who are living it.
The film will seamlessly weave from character to character as they make phone calls, attend meetings, spend time with their children, plant vegetables, cook, shop, work, participate in community activities, patrol streets, and debate the future of their neighborhoods with friends and loved ones. By telling the stories of several different people who share varying perspectives, "Street Fighting Man" will paint a complex portrait of a struggling community in transition.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:
"Street Fighting Man" will serve as an important historical record of this particularly volatile period in Detroit's history, making this film significant from a cultural, political, and anthropological standpoint. It is our hope that the film will create greater awareness and put pressure on the local government to provide public services to its citizens. Additionally, we aim to inspire, educate, and entertain. "Street Fighting Man" is a film about real people in a real place, dealing with real problems. This is a story that needs to be told and you can be a part of this empowering and important documentary.
HOW YOUR MONEY WILL BE SPENT:
Our goal of $6,500 is for preliminary expenses. This initial sum will help us get back to Detroit to film more footage as well as rent and/or purchase some of the equipment that we need for the shoot. The footage will be used to create a longer preview for large-sum investors. The funds will also pay for all the great rewards that we are offering for those who decide to donate.
Andrew James (director) is a nonfiction filmmaker pursuing uniquely American stories with an emphasis on character and place. In 2009, Andrew completed Cleanflix, a feature-length documentary about Mormon movie sanitizers re-editing Hollywood films without permission. The film premiered at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival before enjoying a healthy run on the North American festival circuit. Cleanflix, which explores morality, subjectivity and censorship through the lens of Mormon movie culture, has been praised for its witty yet balanced treatment of two starkly different worlds clashing over matters of artistic censorship.
After finishing Cleanflix, Andrew moved to Michigan to begin work on Street Fighting Man, a direct cinema documentary about three men fighting to build a stable life for themselves in post-industrial Detroit. Andrew lived in the city for more than a year and cultivated close bonds with the three men featured in the film. Cited as a "Filmmaker to Watch" by The Independent, Andrew has taken Street Fighting Man to such notable venues as Independent Film Week, the Hot Docs Pitch Forum, the Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab and the Film Independent Documentary Lab.