“Detroit: The City of Churches” to Premiere on PBS and Detroit Public Television in December

In celebration of the 2022 Christmas season, “Detroit: The City of Churches,” will premiere at a private showing on Dec. 10 at The Fillmore Theater in Detroit followed by its broadcast debut on Detroit Public Television and PBS on Dec. 12.
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A still from the trailer of "Detroit: The City of Churches." // Courtesy of Visionalist Entertainment Productions
A still from the trailer of “Detroit: The City of Churches.” // Courtesy of Visionalist Entertainment Productions

In celebration of the 2022 Christmas season, “Detroit: The City of Churches,” will premiere at a private showing on Dec. 10 at The Fillmore Theater in Detroit followed by its broadcast debut on Detroit Public Television and PBS on Dec. 12.

Detroit, at one time, had more churches per square mile than any other city in the country, serving a population from many nationalities of many faiths. The two-hour film, hosted by Chuck Gaidica and produced by Visionalist Entertainment Productions in Wixom, takes the audience on an in-depth look at Detroit’s history from the perspective of 17 of Detroit’s most beloved and iconic houses of worship.

As part of this story, the audience will gain a deeper understanding of the origin of stained glass, various architectural designs, the significance of church bells, the complexity of many of the city’s historic organs that drive daily services, Pewabic Pottery, and the history of Detroit’s Eastern Market.

The film also features an important story about the impact the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Felician Sisters had on so many congregations.

“This will be such a special evening, bringing together seventeen churches of various faiths including Catholics, Lutherans, Protestants, Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, and Greek Orthodox, all under one roof to celebrate the city we love, the Motor City,” says Keith Famie, director and producer of the film and principal of Visionalist Entertainment Productions.

The film’s premiere will take place at The Filmore Theater on Dec. 10. This will be a pre-ticketed event hosted by Chuck Gaidica. A special closing of the evening’s celebration will bring together several of the featured churches’ choirs on the candle lit stage to sing “Silent Night.”

One of the title presenting supporters of the film, Great Lakes Thrivent Member Network, made it possible to invite all attending guests of this historic evening celebration to bring with them new or gently used pieces of winter clothing in support of the Salvation Army. Clothing and financial donations will be collected in the lobby by the Salvation Army and Thrivent.

To learn more about the film’s production and how to be featured as a supporter, click here.

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