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Film Shows Detroit In Its Best Light – Past And Present

DETROIT (WWJ) – How would you like to see a film about Detroit – without the derelict train station or even the blight?

You can do just that later this month at the Main Theater in Royal Oak reports WWJ’s Sandra McNeill.

The film is called, “The Great Detroit? It was – It is – It will be.”

The film is the brainchild of former accountant Anthony Broughton, a proud graduate of Cass Tech High School.

“Filmmaking is my bucket list … I’m a little older gentleman, middle aged, maybe, but I’m going to make this my career,” he said. “One of the things that people have talked so much about is the train station – I don’t say anything about the train station,” he said, noting that to get to the train station you naturally pass a lot of new development.

He admits the movie is a 90 minute commercial for Detroit, you’ll find plenty of Eastern Market and Belle Isle  images but you won’t find a scene with Detroit’s abandoned building.

“The Detroit Yacht Club, I didn’t know that the yacht club itself sits on a man-made island. That was built in 1921,” said Broughton. “Another story is that the Henry Ford’s first plant is still an operating museum – most people think he started in Highland Park but that is not necessarily the case.”

The movie shows at the Royal Oak Main Theatre on May 15.

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