Directed by Andrew James
In a rapidly changing America where mass inequality and dwindling opportunity have devastated the black working class, three Detroit men must fight to build something lasting for themselves and future generations. With the promise of education, safety and shelter in jeopardy, Deris commits to finish school, Luke works to rehab an abandoned home, and Jack Rabbit takes a stand against crime and violence. Shot over two years in the neighborhoods of Detroit, STREET FIGHTING MEN is a modern American narrative; a story of hard work, faith, and manhood in a community left to fend for itself.
THE FILMMAKER: Andrew James is the writer/director of Una Vida Mejor and the co-producer/co-director of the feature-length documentary Cleanflix. Una Vida Mejor, a social awareness drama depicting the lives and struggles of migrant workers in Southern California, screened at festivals worldwide and was the recipient of the Special Jury Prize for artistic vision at the 2008 Cinequest Film Festival. Cleanflix, a feature-length documentary about the short-lived sanitized film movement and the Mormon culture from which it sprang, had its world premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival where it garnered praise from audiences and critics alike. Since its premiere, Cleanflix has screened at more than 25 festivals world-wide, including The Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Michael Moore’s invite-only Traverse City Film Festival, and the Stranger Than Fiction film series at the IFC Center. More recently, Cleanflix was the recipient of the Best Documentary Award at the 2010 New York United Film Festival. Currently, Andrew is helping produce a feature-length documentary about Mormon Feminism and recently joined the programming team for the Salt Lake City Film Festival. Andrew has a BA in English Literature from Brigham Young University.