October, 2016  -  

The feature film directed by Michael Manaserri & edited by Stewart Shevin

begins its run in theaters. Watch the trailer.

Completed in 1899, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Building was designed by architect Julius Hess, and constructed at 1942 Grand River Avenue as a place to hold meetings and other GAR related activities. The cost was split between the Grand Army of the Republic (who paid $6000 of the cost) and the city of Detroit (who paid the remainder of the $44,000 total cost). In 2011, Mindfield purchased and began restoration of the structure. A blog documenting the restoration can be found here.

The site is within view of owner Stewart Shevin’s alma mater, Cass Technical High School. (other notable graduates include actors Diana Ross, Lily Tomlin, Della Reese, Ellen Burstyn, David Allan Grier; auto designer John Delorean; musicians Donald Byrd, Alice Coltrane, Regina Carter, Geri Allen, Ron Carter, Jack White, Big Sean and A. Spencer Barefield; writer Daniel Okrent; advertising icon Dennis Plansker; sculptor & furniture designer Harry Bertoia).

“To gaze out and sense the creative soul that Cass nurtured, and that Detroit thrives on is truly inspiring.”

Often when a regime wants to secure power by perpetrating xenophobia, mass incarceration, racism and at worse - genocide, the path to that evil involves reducing their victims to an evil, sub or non-human state. Then it is easier for their lemmings to dispose of them. It could be said that journalists unknowingly play into that narrative by depicting their victims at their most devastated.

In this piece we hoped to help us remember the horrid simplicity that victims of genocide are not merely stacks of bodies or ashes. They were people of vibrance - like you or me. That's the inspiration for this clip Gail Offen, Sheldon Cohn and I created for the Holocaust Memorial Center:

March, 2017  -  Running With Scissors is pleased to announce our new location on the 3rd floor of the historic GAR Building.                       {map}

1942 Grand River Avenue
3rd floor
Detroit, Mi.    48226

How do you go home to a place you’ve never been?

Composer Dan Yessian journeys from his youth as a son of immigrants of the Armenian diaspora to discovery of a tragic past - the Armenian Genocide.

The story is told through an insightful musical trilogy scored by Mr. Yessian and performed by the

Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra.

Edited and associate produced by Stewart Shevin, this film is being premiered at the Detroit Free Press Film Festival

the weekend of April 13, 2019.  

CLICK to view the trailer.aat_trailer.html