City On The Rise

Director – Albert Hughes
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What happens when jobs disappear?
Detroit has been the poster child for the loss of well-paid manufacturing jobs, but this trend impacts communities all over the country. How does a great American city bounce back?

Directed By A.E. Hughes
Produced By Ali Brown, Mike Rosen
Editor: Eric Alexander Hughes
Music Composed and Performed By Quinn Gibson
Line Producer: Erikka Yancy
Director of Photography: Philip Bloom
Production Coordinator: Alisa Lomax
Location Manager: Eric Jackson
Camera Assistant: Li Zhen
Sound Mixer: Robert Langley
Production Assistants: Jamie Lynn Turner; Derrick Welsbacher
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President: Kerstin Emhoff
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Executive Producers: Dave Sellars & Angela Dorian
Producer: Denice Hutton

Music Supervisors: Kathleen Hasay; Liz Gallacher
Digital Intermediate By RUR
DI Colorist: Patrik Bergman
DI Conform Editor: Hanes Všetíček
DI Producer: Jan Všetíček
Digital Operators: Patrik Bergman
Account Executives: Zuzana Picková
Audio Post Production By Soundsquare
Sound Postproduction Supervisor: Pavel Rejholec
Sound Design and Mix: Michal Pajdiak
Production Manager: Markéta Císařová
RedBox Operators: Štěpán Kříž Tadeáš Malátek
Archive Materials: The Prelinger Archive
Additional Music
"God Moving Over The Face Of The Waters"
Written by Richard Melville Hall
Performed by Moby
Published by Little Idiot Music Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film and TV Licensing
And Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Chrysalis company ℗ 1994
Used with Permission. All Rights Reserved.
The Producers Wish To Thank:
Chad Gordon
John Hammond
Eileen Jones
Nick Miller
Heather Mosley
Paul Price
Christine Reins
Peter Reynolds
Doris Rhea
Chad Rhodes
Angelina Sereno
Kate Van Winkle
Jay Zaretsky
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Albert Hughes

ALBERT HUGHES and his brother Allen began making films together at the age of twelve. Although Detroit natives, the two found that the unique Los Angeles backdrop provided the perfect setting to develop their signature visual style. Following studies at LACC Film School, Albert and Allen made waves in the then-emerging world of independent filmmaking with their first feature film, “Menace II Society,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival when they were just 20 years old. They followed up with a string of successful and critically acclaimed feature films, including “Dead Presidents” and “From Hell,” starring Johnny Depp. In 1999, they premiered their feature-length documentary “American Pimp” at the Sundance Film Festival. More recently, Albert and Allen lent their unique visual style to the Warner Bros. film “The Book of Eli,” starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman. The film went on to be their greatest box office success, grossing over $150 million worldwide. In addition to proving himself in the world of feature films, Albert has directed successful commercial campaigns for A-list clients including Adidas, American Express, Budweiser, Chrysler, Coca-Cola, DirecTV, Heineken, Nike, Pepsi, Reebok, Sprite and T-Mobile.

Director's Note

"When I was first approached to be involved with this project, I wasn’t quite sure what to think or how to tackle it. Anything having to do with money or the economy has always been totally foreign to a person like me. I don’t even live in the U.S. anymore and rarely carry more than 20 bucks in my pocket! I kept thinking about it but just wasn’t able to wrap my head around such an abstract subject. And then it finally hit me… Detroit, the place I was born. A place that would be the perfect case study for what can happen to a society when the bottom falls out — whether it be from the effects of globalization or automation eliminating countless manufacturing jobs. The whole story was suddenly there for me — and hit home in a very personal way as my father was once an auto worker, as well as many family members. I tried my best to tell the story on a personal level and hear from the former auto workers as well as city officials. I didn’t want to wallow in the glut of the city or the doom and gloom everyone has become so familiar with. I wanted to show the city in a new light."


When a company moves its operations overseas it is called:

  • 4% Paid Vacation
  • 5% Abandonment
  • 51% Outsourcing
  • 39% Offshoring
39% of respondents chose the correct answer: Offshoring.

Though outsourcing and offshoring may simultaneously take place, the two differ in terms of location and worker selection. When offshoring occurs, a business moves all or some of its activities to another country. Outsourcing, on the other hand, is the process of utilizing third-party workers for traditionally in-house business tasks; this may take place either inside or outside the company's home country. Both are typically done to save a business money.

If companies in the U.S. outsource 1 million jobs to other countries this means:

  • 35% There will be 1 million fewer jobs in the U.S.
  • 6% There will be roughly the same number of jobs in the U.S. because workers will just move into different jobs
  • 11% U.S. purchasing power will be higher because we’ll be able to buy products more cheaply due to outsourced labor
  • 48% Some of the 1 million jobs will be replaced, but it is likely that we’ll still lose some jobs as a result of this outsourcing
48% of respondents chose the correct answer: Some of the 1 million jobs will be replaced, but it is likely that we’ll still lose some jobs as a result of this outsourcing.

Today, outsourcing labor is a major aspect of doing business for U.S. multinational companies. But the stats are troubling for the U.S. labor market looking forward: in the 1990s, 38% of jobs created were overseas. In the 2000s, 45% of jobs created were overseas.

If a major manufacturer keeps its operations in the U.S. while its competitors turn to outsourcing, this manufacturer:

  • 20% Could sustain its place in the market, if they can compensate for higher costs with higher productivity
  • 6% Is likely to thrive because U.S. workers are much better than other workers
  • 26% Is likely to lose market share since its competitors will have a cost advantage
  • 48% Both B and C
48% of respondents chose the correct answer: Both B and C.

48% of respondents chose the correct answer: Both B and C.

This could go either way. A low-cost outsourcing advantage can be overcome with higher productivity and quality. But as quality and craftsmanship improve overseas, it will be more difficult for a U.S. company to stay competitive with a U.S.-based workforce.

Did you know?

  • The U.S. began running big trade deficits in the 1980s after the dollar’s value rose sharply relative to other currencies.

  • The U.S. is the largest net importer of computer software from India, representing 62.9% of their software exports.

  • In 2013 the total number of U.S. jobs offshore outsourced was 2,637,239.

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