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When award-winning filmmaker Kristian Hill returned to his hometown three weeks ago to shoot a documentary highlighting Detroit’s electronic music scene, he hoped to place an international spotlight on talent within the city.
But Hill said his documentary, which was screened at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, might now be in jeopardy after thieves broke into his car, while it was parked outside a bar in Eastern Market, and stole all of his camera equipment.
Hill said the equipment, two Canon cameras, four lenses, and a Zoom audio recorder is worth nearly $8,500. He said the equipment’s replaceable, but he’s desperate to get his hands back on the audio, which he says is key in finishing the documentary.
“I can’t even begin to say how important it is to get that back,” he said. “That audio, it’s my movie. I hope it turns up, just somehow. While I’ve been here, I interviewed close to 20 people, not only did I interview 20 people, but I videotaped and documented at least 20 performances. It’s a rather wide-ranging effect that not having the audio would have on my film. Everything I’ve done is on that device.”
Hill has traveled around the world to work on his latest documentary, “Electric Roots: The Detroit Sound Project,” with his partner Jennifer Washington. He said the film aims to show the worldwide impact of Detroit’s electronic music scene and how it has even connected to South Africa, which has its own electronic music festival now. The film was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and also was screened at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Hill said he was scheduled to fly back to Los Angeles on Monday, but had to delay his flight when he couldn’t make it to the airport because of the torrential rain and flooding in metro Detroit. After conducting an interview that evening, he said he went to a bar in the Eastern Market area around 12:30 a.m. and when he left around 1:30 a.m., Hill realized his car had been broken into right in front of the bar.
He said the thieves smashed in his window and took everything out of the car. Hill said he’s filed a police report and has been searching local pawn shops at the advice of cops and friends, but has yet to find anything. Hill admits that he shouldn’t have left his equipment in his car and has been documenting his search via social media and his Tumblr page.
“I’m still trying to be optimistic about the whole thing,” he said. “I’ve had people telling me they’re willing to help donate me funds to help get my equipment back.”
Hill, who was born and raised in Detroit and graduated from Mumford High School in 1987, said he’s not going to let the theft deter him from promoting positive images of Detroit.
“I’ve had such an amazing time here and I’m trying to keep a happy face on,” he said. “I’m hoping someone reads this and they have some kindness in their heart and return it. I still love Detroit and I’m still rep’ing Detroit; it’s just going to make things a bit more difficult for this project.”
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