Founded in 1831, the Detroit Free Press is Michigan’s largest and oldest newsroom. The organization is most readily associated with its nameplate newspaper and accompanying website, freep.com, but it also was among the earliest print-centric organizations to embrace the documentary form.
Its photo and video department has been producing feature-length and short documentaries for more than 15 years, notably winning four national Emmy Awards for its work, along with numerous local Emmys. Among its notable documentaries are “Packard: The Last Shift,” “Graveyard of the Great Lakes,” and “12th and Clairmount.” Since 2014, its newsroom has produced Freep Film Festival, an annual event that presents documentary screenings and more at venues throughout metro Detroit, with an emphasis on films with strong local connections or resonance.
It’s in that context that “Coldwater Kitchen” was produced. Here are the key team members behind the effort: