Rachel Grady is an American filmmaker who, along with co-director Heidi Ewing, is responsible for pointed, exploratory documentaries that also avoid becoming overly polemical. Their works span features, collaborative shorts and television, and include Jesus Camp (2006), The Boys of Baraka (2005) and 12th & Delaware (2010).

Rachel was in Toronto to present her and Heidi’s latest film, Detropia, at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. The film takes a network narrative approach to representing some of the individuals that comprise the now-much-documented, troubled city. We talked briefly about representational techniques, visual motifs, the relationship between the individuals included in the film and opera.

 

 

This interview was published in October of 2012.