The Perks of Living in a Massive Abandoned Factory in Detroit

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

For the past seven years, Allan Hill has been caring for (and inhabiting) a rundown building on the site of what was once the Packard plant. "In 20 years, people won't even know of this place," he reflects. "Young people will say, 'Well, what's a Packard?' At another point they might say, 'What's a Chevrolet?' Or, 'What's a Honda?' You know, at the rate that we're going." 

The short film is a continuation of This Must Be the Place, a documentary series by David Usui and Ben Wu of Lost & Found Films, about people and their homes. Each segment is an engrossing, intimate exploration of place and belonging. They discuss the project in an interview with the Atlantic Video channel:

We look at the series like a passport that allows you to see how people live -- across cultural, class, socioeconomic and racial lines. What better way to sum up that idea than explore people's spaces: their homes, their places of work, their hangout spots. It’s an opportunity to really examine, both visually and emotionally, the places that people LIVE. So we decided to make that the focus of our series.

Read the full interview here, and watch the rest of the films here

For more videos by David Usui and Ben Wu, visit http://lostfoundfilms.com/.

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