How To Power A City

How to Power a City Film Screening – Community Event

Immerse yourself in the thought-provoking storytelling of “How to Power a City” directed by Melanie LaRosa dedicated to raise awareness and foster positive change in our community toward a clean energy future. The film highlights the experiences and struggles faced by marginalized individuals in communities across the country.

We invite you to be part of this transformative event co-hosted by Soulardarity and Parker Village. “How to Power a City” is a documentary which highlights efforts of local organizers, businesses and residents of Highland Park, MI when 1,000+ residential street lights were removed by the electric company, DTE Energy in 2011 due to a city debt and their fight to relight their neighborhoods with community-owned solar powered street lights. 

View Trailer and Learn More About the Film at:

Doors open at 6pmScreening starts at 6:30pm at Parker Village Campus 181 E. Buena Vista St, Highland Park, MI 48203

Each ticket includes: 1 event admission, 1 popcorn, 1 BBQ Dinner & Beverage



“How To Power A City” provides a front-row seat to communities battling fossil fuel dependence by bringing solar and wind projects to their hometowns. Set in six different locations-New York City, Las Vegas, Highland Park/Detroit, Atlantic City, Vermont, and Puerto Rico this film showcases how people are already impacting energy in their towns and cities. The film reveals how each community faces a variety of obstacles from corrupt and indifferent politicians, technological impasses, public ignorance, cost, to natural disasters.

ABOUT THE VENUE: Screening will be held on the grounds of Parker Village, a one-of-a-kind green space. This urban oasis is located not far from the iconic and currently abandoned Ford Plant, making it a prime location for local residents and visitors alike. 

INTERACTIVE Q&A: Engage directly with the filmmaker and key contributors behind “How to Power a City” during an interactive Q&A session. Gain deeper insights into the film’s creation, its impact, and ways to get involved in related initiatives.

By attending the “How to Power a City” documentary screening, you will help us raise awareness, inspire action, and create a positive impact within our community. Together, let’s shine a light on the issues that matter and work towards a brighter future for all.



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Because this is a community event we provide a list of donation amounts that supports residents and their families to attend at a discount or no cost! In addition to various ticket types, there will be an option to add a donation amount to your purchase. Using the ioby platform (ioby stands for “in our backyards,”)  and the Reimagining Communities Match Program hosts hope to garner new supporters that will help push this work forward! The Reimagining Communities Match Program doubles donations for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) residents or BIPOC-led groups like our who crowdfund for projects, like this that will radically reimagine public space or support the implementation of public infrastructure investment in their communities

*Donations made through iOBY allow for partners, neighors and allys to support low or no cost tickets for residents that qualify in exchange for giver incentives. All generous contributions will directly contribute to covering event equipment, securing vendors, promoting the event, ensuring accessibility for all attendee types and the continuation of our work toward energy democracy. 


If you experience technical difficulties, are unsure which ticket type is right for you or would like to make a larger donation than our plaforms will allow, please email for instructions.

Soulardarity is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Donations made to Soulardarity are tax deductible.

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