Documentary Feature Film Border City Music Project premieres on Thursday May 29th Before Detroit Music Royalty
Detroit, MI (April 21, 2014) – Documentary Feature Film Border City Music Project will make it’s U.S. premiere on Thursday, May 29th before Detroit Music Royalty at the Emagine Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Iron Street Studio and the Detroit-based documentary team – Jon Gillies (Executive Producer, Director and Cinematographer), Dusty D’Annunzio (Co-producer) and Mark Farner (Associate Producer) filmed the 72 minute feature Border City Music Project over the course of two years throughout Detroit, Michigan; Windsor, Ontario; Boston, Massachusetts; New York, New York; and Los Angeles, California.
Border City Music Project is a stylized documentary that reverberates a detailed, well-paced conversation about the state of our modern culture; the idea that it is more than just art on a wall or music in your speakers.
The film discusses key factors that are affecting the progress and value of our shared culture; and the effects of the monopolization of the media, the democratization of technology, the slow but steady engineering of our subconscious and the combination of all of the above to bring us to a point of social dissolution that we have never seen before.
With a narrative that uses the abandoned U.S. city of Detroit and forgotten/misunderstood Canadian city of Windsor to Juxtapose the past with our current situation and asking the question of how we have arrived in our current position – all the while inspiring both conversation and awareness. Border City Music Project looks to inspire the educators and youth of this world to identify the factors that enable us to fail.
“Everything has to be turned into a system of production of value for those who dominate and control the system, which by now is an extremely narrow sector – with the financialization of the economy, the sharp concentration of wealth,” said Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy MIT. “The effect on culture is similar, but people do resist, so there is constant development of rebellious independent culture. It can be the blues. It can be jazz. It can be rap, filmmaking, it can be all kinds of things which people are just refusing to be controlled.”
Border City Music Project features interviews with some of the music and intellectual worlds best offerings: Noam Chomsky (MIT), Mark Farner (Formerly of Grand Funk Railroad), Marc Maron (Comedian), Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss), John Sinclair (MC5), Philip Anselmo (Pantera, Down), Richie Hawtin (Plastikman), Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar), Kelly Hoppe (Big Sugar), Jeff Burrows (The Tea Party), Stuart Chatwood (The Tea Party), Jim McCarty (Mitch Ryder, Cactus) and Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart, Cactus).
The Border City Music Project screening will follow with a VIP After Party at the High Rollers Club with red carpet, step and repeat, VIP gift bags, VIP gifting station, sponsored signature drinks and entertainment sure to impress.
Border City Music Project Red Carpet Premiere.
Emagine Theatre Royal Oak
200 N Main Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Valet or Lot Parking Available.
6:30pm Doors Open / Red Carpet Arrivals
7:00pm Premiere Showcase Begins
8:30pm After Party Begins in The Sky Box
Upper level of Emagine Theater
Border City Music Project Website.
Border City Music Project Reviews.
“From its edgy cinematography to its musically confident sound to its emphatic voices, BCMP forces us to pay attention and asks us to carry on the conversation in a search for answers.”
– Stephen Crampsie, Biz X Magazine
“An immense undertaking and an important chronicle of our time for freedom and music.”
– Dick Wagner, The Maestro of Rock (Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Kiss)
“Jon Gillies, in his genius, peeled the onion back exposing the techniques of social control of human relationships through the use of hoarding the interpretive thoughts of many. The exact manner of hoarding in which we are now accustomed.”
– Gabe Maggio, Windsor Square
“Like Marshal McLuhan before him, Gillies sprinkles his message with imagery and aphorisms, and trusts his audience to deduce a personal meaning and to perhaps effect personal change.”
– Stephen Crampsie, Biz X Magazine
About Jon Gillies.
In November 2011 – Detroit filmmaker Jon Gillies initially founded Iron Street Studio as a production vehicle for the documentary feature film Border City Music Project.
Jon has an extensive and varied background in the creative industries. In addition to his skill as a filmmaker/producer – Jon is an accomplished photographer, writer, TV ad producer and website designer/developer.
Jon has spent the past 15 years working with advertising and marketing agencies in Windsor Ontario Canada and Detroit Michigan. Through Iron Street Studio, Jon contracts video and design services to clients and partner organizations.
Jon has a BA in Business Administration from DePaul University (Barat College), Chicago. He has also been a professional musician and has appeared on MuchMusic and toured with his band Problem to the Solution.
Jon recently produced the documentary feature film Border City Music Project, which chronicles the history of the music industry in the Windsor-Detroit area from the 50’s to the 90’s. The documentary explores the socio-economic effect on modern culture and how the creative industries are often catalysts of change.
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