AMP Blog: Detroit Narrative Agency
The stories we tell about a place form a kind of DNA-- shaping what that place is and what it can become. The Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA) incubates quality and compelling stories with an ecosystem of community members, storytellers, mediamakers, and organizers, that shift the dominant narratives about Detroit towards liberation and justice.
The five members of the DNA 2.0 cohort continued projects that germinated within the first DNA cohort of ten that launched in January of 2016. Their projects include Dangerous Times | Rebellious Responses, directed by Alicia Diaz; Riding with Aunt D. Dot, directed by Bree Gant; Femme Queen Chronicles, directed by Ahya Simone; Sidelots, directed by Atieno Nyar Kasagam; and Take Me Home, directed by Orlando Ford.
When the Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA) issued a call for project proposals, they were seeking film projects that shift narratives about Detroit, particularly projects led by those most often excluded from critical conversations about the city: Black and Brown Detroiters. Two years later, five DNA projects are in production and slated to present work-in-progress screenings at the 20th Annual Allied Media Conference in June.
In addition to revealing the five projects that now comprise the DNA 2.0 cohort, DNA has also welcomed new staff. Learn more about the people and process of DNA 2.0 from paige watkins, Associate Director of Detroit Narrative Agency.
With place-based, community-accountable principles guiding their mission, the Detroit Narrative Agency isn’t just celebrating this past year’s progress, they’re forging ahead to something even bigger.