Anthony Bourdain’s company Zero Point Zero Production is on the hunt for photo and video source material for an upcoming CNN documentary series on Detroit in the 1950s and 1960s. The producers put out a call today asking people to submit their home movies and images from that era.
A self-described fan of the Motor City, Bourdain dropped several hints last fall about a big project on a historical subject in Detroit. The Parts Unknown host confirmed in May that he would be producing a four-part film tentatively titled Detroit 1963: Once a Great City for CNN. The series will be based off David Maraniss’ book by the same name.
Zero Point Zero is requesting entries from the period of 1955 through 1965 (find the google doc here). The filmmakers have provided a list of specific events and individuals of interest from that time including Motown performances, NAACP protests, Malcolm X in Detroit, Detroit sporting events, and more.
In exchange for the materials, Bourdain’s camp is offering high resolution scans and footage of the submissions. Individual who have their material featured in the final film will also receive “modest compensation and a credit to you in the end credits of our series,” according to the request form.
Zero Point Zero, with permission from the owners of the material, also hopes to donate the submissions to local institutions “so they can be stored, used, and viewed for generations to come.” The series is expected to air in 2018.
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