Vorig jaar schreef ik op het weinig beschreven Engelstalige deel van dit blog over de korte documentaire Lemonade. Een product van de financiële crisis, de film zoomt in op creatieven die van de ene op de andere dag werden ontslagen en eigenlijk hun complete leven opnieuw inrichten. Eén van hen realiseert zich zelfs dat hij zich fijner voelt in een vrouwelijk lichaam! De complete documentaire is nu gratis beschikbaar, maar nog leuker: er komt een opvolger!

In een e-mail laat maker Erik Proulx weten hoe hij tot de beslissing voor een tweede deel is gekomen:

“About a month ago, I sheepishly asked my wife Kathryn if she would be willing to go through another round of financial uncertainty as I worked on a second film. “Would you do it again?” I asked her. After a deep breath and brief glance to the clouds, she said yes.

So with her blessing and a little good luck, we’ll start shooting Lemonade, Detroit in June. This time, it’s about how an entire city built around one industry has to reinvent itself after that industry collapses.

In 1950, Detroit was country’s 4th most populous city. People who worked for one of the big three auto manufacturers felt taken care for the rest of their careers. Today it’s a city with fewer than a million people and no single industry with which to identify itself. Those who are left are increasingly becoming entrepreneurs. Partly because of innovation. Partly because of the most affordable real estate in the country. And partly because it’s their last option. “Lemonade, Detroit” is a film about the disarming resilience of those who are moving beyond automobiles and into an era of entrepreneurism. They may be farmers, bakers, theater owners, designers, or aerospace suppliers. But all of them realize the fate of a city is theirs to decide.

Like the first Lemonade, this is an unfunded effort. Everyone who is working on the project right now is doing so out of the kindness of their own hearts. We have our stories lined up and our cameras ready. And once our Director of Photgraphy’s newly-broken arm heals, we’ll be ready to start filming. (Poor Peter Nelson. We were actually scheduled to be shooting this week until he got in a one-man bicycle accident.)

But unlike the last round, we are only shooting a trailer at first. Once that is done, we are going to package it with the Lemonade case study and pitch the hell out of large sponsors. I want to produce this film properly without relying on favors from everyone involved.

But until then, we need your help.

I am asking for contributions of any size so we can pay for travel, hotel, and lunches for the crew while we shoot the trailer. There will also be mounting legal fees, web hosting charges, and all the other incidentals that come with devoting our energies to this project.

Without all your support and generosity, the first Lemonade would have never happened. It’s because of you that people all over the world have found the inspiration to leave their comfort zones and do something meaningful. So now, I leave you the same question I asked my wife:

Would you do it again?

Thank you for all your support and encouragement. If you’d like to support Lemonade, Detroit click here to donate. And once again, nothing is expected, but every bit is appreciated.”

Duidelijke taal, men gaat zich concentreren op de stad waar we eerder al zagen hoe hard de crisis heeft toegeslagen. Nu zonder verdere onderbrekingen een stukje Lemonade, hier het complete werk van 36 minuten.