From the mind of Jim Akre comes a new film entitled Demolition Dreaming.
The Gateway District was a Minneapolis neighborhood near downtown that was
completely demolished in the late 1950's and early 1960's as part of the
city's urban renewal program. That lost part of the city inspired local
animator John Akre to create "Demolition Dreaming," an animated feature
film with a score by Dreamland Faces and narration by Jill Underwood. Akre
will present images and videos about the Gateway District and his film at
"Eat My Words!" bookshop on Saturday, March 23 at 7 pm. DVDs of the film
will be for sale at the event.
"Demolition Dreaming," begins and ends at the site of the Quarry Shopping
Center in Northeast Minneapolis. The movie is a fantasy of the Minneapolis
Gateway District, a part of the city that was removed without trace. The
movie tells the story of a sign-painter and his family. They run a
residence hotel, in which live some other characters of the Gateway.