Beyond the Motor City: A Documentary Film About the Past and Future of Transportation

Performances

Grant's Block, Corner of Westminster Street and Union Street Providence, RI

In conjunction with the "Lots in Limbo" art installation, an outdoor screening of Beyond the Motor City.

Beyond the Motor City, a documentary directed by acclaimed filmmaker Aaron Woolf (King Corn), examines how Detroit, a grim symbol of America's diminishing status in the world, may come to represent the future of transportation and progress in America. Narrated by Miles O'Brien, the film explores Detroit's historic investments in infrastructure-from early 19th-century canals to the urban freeways that gave The Motor City its name and made America's transportation system the envy of the world. But over the last 30 years, much of the world has left Detroit – and America – behind, choosing faster, cleaner, more modern transportation. In a journey that takes us into the neighborhoods of Detroit and then beyond to Spain, California, and our nation's capital, Beyond the Motor City urges us to ask how we might finally push America's transportation system into the 21st century. Beyond the Motor City is part of Blueprint America, a national, multi-platform initiative examining the state of America's transportation infrastructure. Blueprint America was created and produced by Thirteen for WNET.ORG and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Surdna Foundation.