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Detroit Under STRESS "B"

In 1971, the Detroit Police Department begins operating one of the most controversial decoy police units ever created to battle street crime, S.T.R.E.S.S. (Stop the Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets). After one year, Detroit becomes the city with the highest police civilian fatal shootings as well as the city with the highest police officer deaths. For the first time in almost 50 years, hear this incredible story from the STRESS officers who were there doing the decoy work as well as the community leaders and activists who were trying to disband the unit.

  • David Van Wie
  • David Van Wie
  • David Van Wie
  • Gardner Cole
    Days of Thunder, Coming to America, The Fugitive
  • Ritta Yee-Fagain
  • C. Thomas Howell
    Key Cast
    E.T., The Outsiders, Red Dawn, Southland
  • Brandon Barnard
  • Luu Nguyen
    The Flash (CW), The Walking Dead (AMC)
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 19 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 26, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Arizona Sunburn Film Festival
    United States
    July 28, 2017
    Film of the Festival
  • Full Bloom Film Festival
    United States
    September 15, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Soo Film Festival
    Sault Ste. Marie
    United States
    September 15, 2017
    Official Selection
Director Biography - David Van Wie

David scripted and directed 5 commercials for Big Brothers Big Sisters, scripted and directed a music video for executive producer Gardner Cole, completed a pilot and first episode for a reality TV show here in Phoenix, as well as produced two commercials for Catholic Charities. Detroit Under STRESS has been a three year project and is David's first full documentary film. Just for fun, David has also published a multi award winning children's book, "Buttermilk" under his pen name Fat Hendrick.

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Director Statement

Detroit Under STRESS is a film to further the discussion about police, communities, and crime. There is no easy answer, and all solutions have consequences; it is up to the people to decide what consequences they can live with and what consequences are necessary.