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Uncle Frank's House: An American Dream

Using recorded oral history, found footage, live interviews and videography shot on iPhone, this short documentary (coming soon!) tells the story of the rise, fall and reinvention of the American Dream in Detroit from the 1920s through today.

I began making trips to Detroit as a photographer, like so many before me, taking pictures of the "ruins" of this once-grand city. But I soon realized that the real story of Detroit was not its crumbled buildings, burned out houses, empty lots - or even its present-day revitalization efforts.
The real story was the people.

As I looked further into my own family's connection to the Motor City, the voices of a handful of locals began to push me in a direction I never expected.

With original music by Detroit's own John Greasy - a true talent and visionary.

Please visit to see my photo work that inspired the film. Anyone making a $100 contribution toward the film's completion receives a 5" x 7" signed and numbered color print.

If you would like to help fund this film, please visit

Kathy Drasky's previous film "Jeanne and Mike: Original Art" won a Silver Spotlight Award and was named one of 2015's "top 250 independent documentaries". You can watch it below.

Jeanne & Mike: Original Art

A film about my parents and the art in their house.

This 14-minute documentary explores a family of self-taught artists, photographers and filmmakers spanning three generations. Jeanne and Mike Drasky have been married for 56 years and have never had to buy a piece of art for their house. That's because both of their fathers, both of them, and their children have created everything on the walls and shelves.



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