Free Press Documentary On The Packard Plant Debuts March 20

March 06, 2014, 4:35 PM

Tickets for the world premiere of the Free Press-produced film, “Packard: The Last Shift,” went on sale at 10 a.m. today.

The full-length documentary tells the story of the legendary Detroit automotive plant that has become a symbol for industrial decay and that never seems to stop making headlines. The movie makes its debut on Thursday, March 20, at the Fillmore Detroit as part of the inaugural Freep Film Festival, an event focused on Detroit- and Michigan-connected documentaries.

Peru-based businessman Fernando Palazuelo, who bought the site in December, says he plans to join an after-film panel discussion that also will include the filmmaker, Free Press videographer Brian Kaufman, who has been working on “Packard” since 2010. Free Press business columnist Tom Walsh will moderate.

Palazuelo, who also appears in the film, called his participation in the panel “a very interesting opportunity to speak about buildings that should be converted.”

Click here or on the Free Press link below to watch a six-minute trailer for "Packard: The Last Shift," which features famed poet Philip Levine, who worked at the Packard plant, reciting his poem about the gigantic facility.

The film is a major undertaking for the paper, but the Free Press has been in the vanguard of American newspapers producing online documentaries. Among its many awards are four national Emmys.

Tickets to the screening are $10 or $25 VIP.

Tickets are on sale  at, and 800-745-3000. Ticket surcharges can be avoided by purchasing at the Fillmore Detroit or St. Andrew’s Hall box offices.

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