11.09.2011

Moving In.


This year we moved into a neighborhood that has a walking path, a "covenant," and a pretentious and entirely unnecessary "e" on the end of it's name.  I like to think of that "e" as being a flourish not unlike lifting one's pinky finger as one holds a cup of chamomile tea.


This year my employer bought the local synagogue and so the day after I took the picture of Eastpointe, I was scoping out potential shooting locations in the synagogue -- him for his horror-film-with-a-priest-at-the-center-of-the-story -- me for my documentary about an education innovator.

He gamely pretended to be one of the many witnesses who had seen Thelma work her magic -- and was testifying about it in a fabricated classroom setting.

It ends up that I couldn't use the classroom; Kyle did.

The synagogue still sits empty and probably a little haunted by a horror film about a priest.  Eastpointe, with all its carefully manicured lawns and well-appointed seventies homes is haunted by the American Dream and a particular vision of urban togetherness that feels pretty nice on most days.


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