April 19, 2013
SCREENING: Detroit Threat Management
An evening with director Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman
Filmmaker Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman will be in attendance for the Chicago premiere of his new documentary film, Detroit Threat Management, at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts' screening room on Friday, May 3, 2013, at 7 pm. A reception and Q&A with the director will follow the screening.
Hurwitz-Goodman, a 2009 graduate of UChicago in the Department of Cinema & Media Studies, was the 2011 recipient of the Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Award for Emerging Artists. The $30,000 prize, awarded by UChicago's Arts Council, afforded the filmmaker to time and resources to shoot, edit, market, and find distribution for Detroit Threat Management.
Detroit Threat Management chronicles the work of the VIPERS, a citizen-activist-paramilitary force with a mission to “protect Detroit from predators.” Part urban paramilitary, part public servants, part peacekeepers, the VIPERS both fill a disturbing gap in public service and raise questions about vigilantism and the future of urban neighborhoods plagued with violence. Filmmaker Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman (AB'09, Department of Cinema & Media Studies, The University of Chicago) spent over two years embedded with the VIPERS and their ambitious leader, Commander Brown, gathering moments both macabre and tender to tell the story of the group, the citizens they protect and serve, and the city where they operate.
Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman is a director of documentary films, narrative films, music videos and animated shorts. After graduating from the UChicago, he moved home to Detroit and began producing independent documentaries in collaboration with a local newspaper. One of the documentaries he started there, Incinerator, went on to play on PBS Detroit. This work eventually took him to Ghana in West Africa, where, while employed as the videographer for a non-profit organization, he worked with local filmmakers and actors to produce several documentaries and short films.
About the Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Award for Emerging Artists
This screening and event are sponsored by the Department of Cinema & Media Studies, Film Studies Center, PRISM, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, UChicago Arts, and UChicago Arts Council. Detroit Threat Management was made possible by support from the Edes Foundation.
Images available upon request.
Mitch Marr, Marketing Manager
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
The University of Chicago