Spotlight Detroit: Short Films Featuring Kresge Arts Fellows


This annual film series is a creative collaboration between the 2022 Kresge Artist Fellows and 11 Detroit filmmakers. The unique short films celebrate the latest metro Detroit artists awarded Kresge Artist Fellowships in Live Arts and Film & Music.

Produced by Kresge Arts in Detroit and 7 Cylinders Studio.


Kaleigh Wilder, Michael Ibrahim, Ali Allan Colding, Demario Dotson, KESSWA, Carl George, De’Sean Jones, Marc Brewer, Akhnek Kenneth Green, Leith Campbell, Tammy Lakkis, Jaribu Shahid, Queen Gabby, Thank You So Much For Coming, Deidre D.S.SENSE Smith, Summer Like The Season


John Azoni, Tim Blackman, GhostLight Productions, Desmond Love, Danielle Eliska Lyle, James McGovern, Oksana Mirzoyan, Moussa El Moussa, Reel Clever Films, Toko Shiiki, Julia Yezbick

Produced by Kresge Arts in Detroit and 7 Cylinders Studio.

Kresge Arts in Detroit is generously funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies. Since 2008, Kresge Arts in Detroit has awarded more than $7.4 million through 15 Kresge Eminent Artist Awards ($50,000 each), 258 Kresge Artist Fellowships ($25,000 each), and 42 Gilda Awards ($5,000 each).

Check out the 2022 Film Premiere

Nine Detroit filmmakers worked with the current Kresge Artist Fellows in literary and visual arts to co-create 20 films spanning a dynamic spectrum of filmmaking styles.

Artists featured in the broadcast include:

Literary Artists: Emell Derra Adolphus, creative nonfiction; Danielle Aubert, interdisciplinary work; Jeni De La O, poetry; Ann Eskridge, playwriting; Tariq Luthun, poetry; MARS Marshall, poetry; Jassmine Parks, spoken word; B. Van Randall, graphic novels; Casey Rocheteau, poetry; Zig Zag Claybourne, fiction.

Visual Artists: Peter Daniel Bernal, painting; Judy Bowman, collage; Brian Day, photography; Darcel Deneau, glass; Solomon Johnson, illustration; Gisela McDaniel, painting; Sabrina Nelson, interdisciplinary work; Rachel Reid, animation; Andrew “AndyT” Thompson, installation; Graem Whyte, interdisciplinary work

Filmmakers: John Azoni, Danielle Eliska Lyle, Na Frenette, GhostLight Productions, Gold House Media, Desmond Love, Oksana Mirzoyan, Reel Clever Films, and Toko Shiiki

Produced by Kresge Arts in Detroit and 7 Cylinders Studio.

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