STREET FIGHTING MEN (2017)
Facing dwindling public services, growing inequality and escalating violence, three Detroit men must fight to build something lasting for themselves and future generations. Observational, nonfiction cinema.
Supported by the Sundance Institute, San Francisco Film Society, Film Independent and IFP.
Official Selection at Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston), San Francisco Documentary Festival (SF DocFest), Rhode Island International Film Festival (Flickers), Through the Lens (Utah Film Center and Radio West), St. Louis International Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival,
Directed by Andrew James
Produced by Sara Archambault, Katie Tibaldi
Cinematography by Andrew James
Edited by Andrew James, Jason Tippet
Music by Shigeto
In a rapidly changing America where mass inequality and dwindling opportunity have devastated the black working class, three Detroit men must fight to build something lasting for themselves and future generations. Street Fighting Men, which celebrates dogged persistence in the face of overwhelming adversity, takes a deep vérité dive into the lives of three African American men: retired cop Jack Rabbit, who continues to patrol the mean streets as a citizen; Deris, who has made bad choices in the past but wants to further his education and serve as a role model for his baby daughter; and Luke, who labors mightily as he rehabs a seriously dilapidated house while putting together a meager living. Shot over three years in the neighborhoods of Detroit, Street Fighting Men is a modern American narrative: a story of hard work, faith, and manhood in a community left to fend for itself.