The Film Lab
The Film Lab acknowledges and celebrates the diversity in Detroit and within the community. The Film Lab includes a bar for those who would like to have a cocktail while enjoying a movie. The contemporary and classic microcinema is there for patrons to enjoy a movie while enjoying a tasty cocktail. This is just the beginning for the Film Lab. They plan to convert the second floor of The Film Lab into a two-screen dine-in movie theatre where you can also order food and drinks directly from your seat.
Lara Sfire, a native Detroiter, is the owner and co-founder. Sfire is a filmmaker with an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, former gaffer in NY and the Sundance Labs, current member of the Final Girls, a Knight Foundation awardee and OGFG, collectives of female identifying filmmakers, and a series producer for Kresge Arts in Detroit. She also founded Film Shop Detroit, a collective of filmmakers who share works in progress.
In her 20’s, Patricia Tucker applied to and was accepted into the Commercial Art program at the Center for Creative Studies. She continued taking classes in many disciplines, i.e., ceramics, photography, and fine woodworking. After retiring six years ago, she was inspired to show her work. She has exhibited her work at several local galleries - The Kayrod Gallery, The Bridge Gallery, The Anton Center in Mt. Clemens, The Scarab Club and Embrace Creatives.
Dirt Room is a Detroit-based musical project made up of mainly of two people - SJ Sprague and Patrick Norton. A trancey, sinuous song cycle of modernist no-wave Duo utilizing guitars, guttural vocals, experimental percussive arrangements, dissonant counterpoint patterns, layered samples that are haunting and mesmerizing at same time, and a smattering of eerie minor keys.
You could say their approach to music employs deconstructionism, but if they disregard conventional forms and arrangements it’s not coming from a hell-raising sort of musical mutiny, but almost closer to whimsy. They’re the guys who break apart the appliances and rebuild them into something else entirely. In fact, Sprague had done just that when he was younger, working with another Lansing-area artist, Matias Brimmer; they would record something, then open up the cassette cases, chop up the magnetic tape, and then re-tape disparate parts together to create something entirely new (and, at times, alien-sounding).
- MetroTimes Jeff Milo (2020)