Detroit Threat Management
An Evening with Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman
Detroit Threat Management chronicles the work of the VIPERS, a citizen-activist-paramilitary force with a mission to “protect Detroit from predators.” Part urban paramilitary, part public servants, part peacekeepers, the VIPERS both fill a disturbing gap in public service, and raise questions about vigilantism and the future of urban neighborhoods plagued with violence. Filmmaker Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman (CMS, 2009) spent over two years embedded with the VIPERS and their ambitious leader, Commander Brown, gathering moments both macabre and tender to tell the story of the group, the citizens they protect and serve, and the city where they operate.
Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman is a director of documentary films, narrative films, music videos and animated shorts. After graduating from the University of Chicago, he moved home to Detroit and began producing independent documentaries in collaboration with a local newspaper. One of the documentaries he started there, Incinerator, went on to play on PBS Detroit. This work eventually took him to Ghana in West Africa, where, while employed as the videographer for a non-profit, he worked with local filmmakers and actors to produce several documentaries and short films.
Jacob is a 2009 graduate of UC in CMS, and the recipient of the UC's Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Award for Emerging Artists, 2011.
Sponsored by the University of Chicago Arts Council.