TV icon Norman Lear focus of ‘Detropia’ filmmakers–opens Friday

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Arriving Friday at the Detroit Film Theatre, a documentary on  TV auteur-turned-citizen-activist Norman Lear.   Still going strong at 94, Lear is best known as the producer of game-changing sitcoms like “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons.”

The opening film of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and also part of this year’s Cinetopia International Film Festival in Detroit and Ann Arbor,   filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (“Detropia,” the Oscar-nominated “Jesus Camp”) interviewed everyone from Mel Brooks to George Clooney for this fascinating documentary.

“Norman Lear-Just Another Version of You”: Aug. 5-7 at the Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, dia.org, $11.50.

For an interview with these two filmmakers.

http://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/2016/08/04/norman-lear-documentary-detroit-film-theatre-heidi-ewing-detropia/88065718/

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