Lily's Detroit

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Released 2008

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Lily's Detroit is a 2004 documentary directed by Kevin Leeser, featuring Lily Tomlin. Leeser and Tomlin both grew up in Detroit. Tomlin recollects her childhood and remembers Detroit with love and sadness. She talks about how her childhood, the neighborhood, schools she attended and people she knew made their way into her comedy routines and stage presence. When Leeser shows Tomlin current video footage of the old neighborhoods, she discusses the current state of Detroit, and the sadness of seeing the city this way. Leeser got the idea for making the film while taking part in one of Detroit's favorite pastimes: driving around to see the ruins. The film lasts about 30 minutes and is part of a larger work-in-progress titled Detroit: A Documentary. Leeser plans to record historical, current, personal and political narratives of the city. Lily's Detroit won the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Documentary at the Detroit Docs International Film Festival.
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