AMP Blog: Nina Ignaczak
Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition seeks to change the narrative, make urban and rural connections at September Statewide Summit in Flint
Across Michigan, communities, often disproportionately low-income people of color, are facing environmental threats to their health. Taken individually, these challenges can seem isolated. But looked at in aggregate, a different picture emerges--one of a state at a crossroads.
Flint native Tunde Olaniran has been a regular performer at the Allied Media Conference since 2014, and has produced AMC's Opening Ceremony since 2016.
When Puerto Rican Sofía Gallisá Muriente met Teresa Basilio, a Nuyorican from New York, at the 2016 Allied Media Conference in Detroit, they were both struck by the parallels between the island of their heritage and the city they were both visiting for the first time.
According to Paula Guthat, the film theater she co-founded in Detroit in 2013 with partner Tim Guthat came "from a place of deep love for film and the theatrical movie experience."
Five years later, Cinema Detroit is still spreading that love. With a new membership program and regular social justice-focused "talkback" events that fuse film screenings with community dialog, Guthat is intent on using Cinema Detroit to build a media-literate community in the city.