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Generation Startup

This film tracks six young Detroit entrepreneurs over 17 months as they struggle to make their business dreams into successful startup realities.
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Overview

Generation Startup captures the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit. Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser, the film celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalization, and diversity while delivering a vital call-to-action—with entrepreneurship at a record low, the country’s economic future is at stake.

About

Cheryl started her career developing and producing feature films, including David O. Russell’s Spanking the Monkey, winner of the Sundance Audience Award. She has produced several award-winning documentaries including Children of Darkness (PBS) and the award-winning Trust Me (Showtime). She has helped create and produce hundreds of hours of TV for broadcasters such as the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and many others. In 2013 Cheryl launched Creative Breed, a full service multi-platform production company, to create engaging stories across all media.

By This Director

Cynthia won the Academy Award® and 16 film awards for her HBO documentary Freeheld. In 2013, Cynthia received her second Oscar nomination for her award-winning HBO documentary Mondays at Racine about a hair salon that caters to women undergoing chemotherapy. Cynthia is the director of the feature-length documentaries and has directed commercial campaigns for Unilever, Abbott, Kimberly Clark, Sanofi, Pfizer, and others. Cynthia is a MacArthur grantee and holds an MA in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University and BA cum laude from Smith College.

By This Director

Generation Startup

01: Generation Startup

This film tracks six young Detroit entrepreneurs over 17 months as they struggle to make their business dreams into successful startup realities.

92 min