Thirty years ago this week, the filmmaker was awarded a contract to produce "Detroit Means Business" as a way to sell the city. Such well-known Detroiters as Lee Iacocca, Walter McCarthy, Esther Edwards and Dave Bing all made appearances.
Crain's called Marx to catch up with changes in the film industry and changes in the city. When we reached her, she was deep into an archival review of her professional life. She was a prolific filmmaker, starting her career in the early 1970s at WDIV-TV (then WWJ-TV), where she created the "Profiles in Black" series that featured Stevie Wonder, Rosa Parks, Marvin Gaye and others inside their homes and workspaces.
That work has all disappeared over the years, but she's sifting through her more than two-dozen Emmys for such projects as a series on the Detroit Zoo that featured narration by James Earl Jones, Jeff Daniels, Tim Allen and more. She's also reflecting on more than five decades in Detroit, having followed her husband from Lake County, Ind.
You've done so many high-profile films; do you remember "Detroit Means Business"?
I remember it very well. That film and another one we did about a year later, both of them were done during Coleman Young's early years and they both won awards. It's been buried for so many years, so I called someone at the Free Press because of their film festival. Maybe it's time to show them again.
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