After The Factory: Film Screening in Holyoke

When a city’s economy collapses, what keeps the population going? What can be done to create jobs? What can be done with abandoned factories? On Friday, January 11th, 2013, Idea Mill will be presenting a screening of After The Factory, a documentary that explores the spirit of innovation, creativity, and re-invention of post-industrial Detroit, Michigan and Lodz, Poland.  The film is a production of Detroit Lives! in association with Topografie Association, of Lodz.

According to the film’s director, Philip Lauri, “through a positive and constructive approach, this film will look at the human and economic factors propelling Detroit and Lodz forward. We’ll hear stories from urban planners, entrepreneurs and artists, and while each city offers its unique perspectives on renewal and re-definition, the global community can see what’s working, what’s not, and perhaps most importantly, realize the hidden potential for all those towns with closed factories sharing the same challenge.”

The film will be screened Friday, January 11th at 6PM and will be held in the Great Banking Hall of the Hadley Falls Trust Company building at 56 Suffolk St in Holyoke.  After the film, there will be a discussion about how Holyoke and other post-industrial cities can spark their creative economies, foster entrepreneurship, and boast community engagement.

The screening is presented by Idea Mill, a group that strives to bring together those who seek innovation and reinvention in Holyoke and sponsored by the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts (MIFA).  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the restoration of the Victory Theatre.

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For more information about the Film and a trailer visit

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