Beyond the Motor City, A Special Nashville Screening

June 17, 2010 | Watkins College of Art, Design & Film | Nashville, TN


Filmmaker: Aaron Woolf Photo by modelD

In recognition of the American Public Transportation Association's 5th annual national Dump the Pump Day, Nashville will play host to Aaron Woolf --the writer, producer, and director of a feature documentary about the past and future of transportation.

Beyond the Motor City examines how the city of Detroit may come to represent the future of transportation and progress in America. The film debuted nationally earlier this year as part of the PBS Blueprint America reports on infrastructure.

Event Details

Watkins College is located in Nashville's MetroCenter at 2298 Rosa Parks Blvd, and is serviced by MTA's Route 9.

As seating is capped at 200 for this FREE film event, you must RSVP in advance here.

Beyond the Motor City is made possible with support from:

The Rockefeller Foundation, as part of its Sustainable Transportation initiative, is a major funder of the film itself and the director's exclusive six-city U.S. tour, which will include the cities of: Detroit, Memphis, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Nashville.

Film Description

Detroit is the crucible in which the nation's ability to move toward a modern 21st century transportation infrastructure is put to the test. Beyond the Motor City shows how investments in the past profoundly shaped Detroit's physical layout, population growth and economic development. Before being dubbed the Motor City, Detroit was once home to the nation's most extensive streetcar system. In fact, it was that vast network of streetcars that carried workers to the area's many car factories. And it was the cars made in those factories that would soon displace the streetcars in Detroit - and in every major American city.

Detroit's engineers went on to design the nation's first urban freeways and inspired much of America's 20th century transportation infrastructure system - from traffic signals to gas stations - that became the envy of the word.

But over the last 30 years, much of the world has moved on, choosing faster, cleaner, more modern transportation and leaving America - and Detroit - behind. Viewers are taken on a journey beyond Detroit's blighted urban landscape to Spain, home to one of the world's most modern and extensive transit systems; to California, where voters recently said yes to America's first high speed rail system; and to Washington, where Congress will soon decide whether to finally push America's transportation into the 21st century.