from crisis to collaboration
"Second Shift: from Crisis to Collaboration" is the inside story of how the Lansing region’s collaborative “Keep GM” campaign turned a crisis into a gift that keeps on giving.
Tell the story of how the Lansing community, through the “Lansing Works! Keep GM” campaign, helped to persuade General Motors to stay in the region and build three state-of-the-art plants.
Underscore the importance of collaborative, regional problem solving and the ongoing benefits that grow out of creative partnerships.
Forty interviews were conducted with individuals involved in the Keep GM campaign, as well as with other regional leaders. While not all made it into the film, their testimonies provided important background for story content.
Financing: The budget for producing the film was $200,000. More than 30 organizations and individuals donated funds, grants or in-kind services to support the project. The Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art is the fiduciary for the project.
Additional funding will be sought to complete Phase 2 of the project— further website development, marketing and distribution, instructional/case study video, and more. To donate, contact Ray Tadgerson at 517.799.3888.
Advisory Team: A team of former Keep GM campaign participants and other interested individuals was convened at the project’s start to seek input on the fim’s scope and content. Their guidance was invaluable throughout the film’s progress.
Second Shift: from Crisis to Collaboration
The Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art presents a MessageMakers production
Produced and Directed Tom Lietz
Associate Producers Matt Penniman
Executive Producer Terry Terry
Featuring Bill Adcock
Mayor Virg Bernero
Paula D. Cunningham
Jack C. Davis
Governor John Engler
John Grettenburger, Sr.
Lou Anna Simon
Sen. Debbie Stabenow
Narration Ken Beachler
**Additional interviews available soon
Primary Videography Rob Sumbler
Additional Videography Barret Baxter
Glidecam Operator Ian Busch
Helicopter Pilot Nick McMahon
Remote Aerial Videography Eric Snyder
Production Assistant Amelia Kosciulek
Editor Tom Lietz
Assistant Editors Ryan Frederick
Motion Graphics Mike Boddy
Original Score Written by:
Glenn Brown & Brian Brill
Glenn Brown & GBP Studios
Sylvan Hill Records (ASCAP), ©2014
John P. Beck
Ray L. Michaels
Archival Media Provided By
GM Historical Center
Lansing State Journal/ Gannett Company
WILX / Gray Television, Inc.
WLNS / Young Broadcasting of Lansing, Inc.
Regina R. Strong
City of Lansing
Center for Automotive Research
Delta Charter Township
Flint & Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce
General Motors Lansing Delta Township Assembly
Lansing Charter Township
Lansing Community College
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
Michigan State University
R. E. Olds Transportation Museum
University of Michigan
Our special thanks and appreciation for the key roles played by UAW 652 leaders Art Baker, Chris “Tiny” Sherwood and Ralph Shephard, who have all passed away. They were critical partners in keeping GM because of their vision, leadership and openness to change.
Second Shift has attracted significant press coverage over the course of its production and release. If you are a media professional interested in doing a story on the film, please get in touch.
Tony Conley Show featuring Tom Lietz (MP3 audio), 10/31/14
Second Shift tells the story of GM in Lansing, and how in the late 90’s, in the midst of changes in the auto industry, General Motors was ready to leave Lansing. In the face of what seemed like an inevitable decision, a team of government, business, labor, education and other community leaders came together in some pretty unlikely ways to convince GM to change their decision. While the old facilities did close, GM reinvested in the community instead of leaving.
“East Lansing Film Festival will be a treat”, Lansing State Journal, 10/30/14
“You can see such variety,” said fest fan Terry Terry. “You see fun things and stylish things. … I’m looking for (filmmakers) who have a fresh approach to visuals and storytelling.”
And this time, he’ll also have a film at the festival. Terry (head of local Message Makers) produced the “Second Shift” documentary. “It’s all about how Mayor (David) Hollister and different executives collaborated to keep GM in Lansing,” Woods said. “Everyone in the area loves it.”
“ELFF discovery: Mid-Michigan gets its close-up in 17th Annual East Lansing Film Festival”, Lansing City Pulse, 10/29/14
“(The Lansing area) is in the spotlight in this year’s festival more than in any other year,” said festival director Susan Woods. “It’s really quite extraordinary. It wasn’t planned this way, it just came together.”
The documentary “Second Shift: From Crisis to Collaboration,” produced by MessageMakers in Old Town, depicts the work of former Lansing Mayor David Hollister and a team of public and private entities who convinced General Motors to stay in Lansing when the automaker considered pulling up the stakes in the late ‘90s.
Tony Conley Show featuring Ray Tadgerson and Mayor David Hollister (MP3 audio), 10/29/14
David and I [Ray] had a conversation about five years ago that we were going to write a book about it. It went from a book, to an ebook, to interviews uploaded to a website, finally to this documentary. We’ve been working on this for the last two and a half years.
“Film: Lansing saves itself in ‘Second Shift’”, Lansing State Journal, 10/26/14
“This is definitely our biggest year for local films,” said ELFF founder Susan Woods.
[…] none are more local than “Second Shift,” a documentary about Lansing saving itself.
That starts in 1996, amid economic troubles for General Motors and others. “GM came and said, ‘Hey, it’s a 100-year-old factory, we’re cutting back, we’re out of here,'” said Terry Terry, the “Shift” producer.
Instead, he said, people mobilized. “You have Dave Hollister and John Engler – not really close politically – working together.”
“Keep GM film: ‘Second Shift: From Crisis to Collaboration’” (gallery), Lansing State Journal, 9/16/14
“David Hollister on ‘Second Shift’” (video), lansingstatejournal.com, 9/16/14
“Documentary to Capture Lansing/GM New-Economy Collaboration”, Greater Lansing Business Monthly, 9/1/13
“It was one of those ‘we have some good news and some bad news to report to you,'” vividly recalls Hollister, who was serving as Lansing Mayor from 1993 to 2003, a time period during which he undertook several projects to benefit Lansing. “Yes, there was some good news to start out about the 100th year anniversary of Oldsmobile marked by a five year line of product (specifically the Alero model) for Lansing, but it was the ‘bad news’ — that when that five year cycle of product (1998-2003) ends in 2004 … there would be no more GM product to build in this town.
“Keep GM documentary in the works” (audio), WKAR, 8/26/13
The memorable campaign involved concessions from the city and the United Auto Workers along with a collaborative, sometimes dramatic, approach to unite a diverse array of stakeholders. Some participants have called Lansing’s “Keep GM” effort one of the first serious efforts in regionalism. Ray Tadgerson was at the center of the effort. Ray, along with filmmakers Tom Lietz and Terry Terry, discuss their film project.
What happened in Lansing matters not just to the people who live there, but also to anyone considering the future of manufacturing and economic development in the United States. The story of Lansing is one of unlikely collaboration, a community who came together to save their auto-based economy where so many others failed.
We would like to recognize the many supporters who have contributed to the production of Second Shift. We want to thank you all again for making it possible to tell the story of how our region collaborated to keep GM. We are deeply grateful for your support and friendship.
A few words from our sponsors:
LANSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE
“As Mid-Michigan’s principal workforce development institution, Lansing Community College is proud to sponsor ‘Second Shift,’ which details the story of the remarkable collaboration that solidified the capital city’s economic stability. The documentary is a must-see for anyone who cares about urban areas, especially those hit hard by manufacturing losses. It is a story about self-determination, grit and community pride.” – Brent Knight, President, Lansing Community College
MOTORCITIES NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA
“MotorCities National Heritage Area is a non-profit affiliate of the National Park Service, dedicated to preserving and promoting the automotive and labor heritage of southeast Michigan. It is in that spirit that we support this project as documentation of the significant history of Lansing and its relationship with GM. This project captures the spirit of the community that built these cars and the cars which built this community.” – Brian Yopp, Director of Operations and Community Liaison, MotorCities National Heritage Area
GREATER LANSING CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
“The Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to partner with the Keep GM documentary project to showcase the Greater Lansing area as a desirable and welcoming destination for visitors and businesses.” – Jack A. Schripsema, President/CEO, Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau
CAPITAL REGION COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
“At the Capital Region Community Foundation, we believe economic development is essential for the success of our region. Good jobs build a good community, benefitting us all.” – Capital Region Community Foundation
“In the mid-1990s the Lansing region was faced with the fact that its aging auto manufacturing facilities were scheduled to be closed. It was a defining moment. Thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in investment were at stake. Clearly it was a crisis, and the story of how the Lansing region came together to convince GM to stay is important to preserve, celebrate and replicate.” – David and Christine Hollister, Hollister Solutions
“This documentary not only will provide a record of a significant collaborative effort providing a major economic boost for Lansing but it can also be used to share a way of problem solving with other cities, and even other states and the nation. I’m excited to be able to support this effort.” – Charles Blackman, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University, and Trustee Emeritus, Olivet College
“Neogen is pleased to support the Keep GM documentary in hopes that it will serve as a reminder of the great things that can be accomplished when partisanship can be put aside. Our company does not derive revenues from the local area, but it is the worldwide headquarters of a leading food safety company where we host customers and researchers from around the world. The financial vibrance of the area fostered by the GM story is important to our 800 worldwide employees. Hopefully the documentary will rekindle cooperation and enthusiasm with current and future area leaders.” – Jim Herbert, Chief Executive Officer, Neogen
“C2AE supported this project so that the story could be told of how public and private entities can work together to achieve success that changed the Greater Lansing region forever. We are proud and honored to have one of our firm leaders, Mr. Ray Tadgerson, play a key role in the Keep GM Campaign.” – Bill Kimble, Chief Executive Officer, C2AE
“This Model Works serves a valuable lesson for today’s city and business leaders of how to seize a collaborative moment for the benefit of the community. Saving GM for Lansing set the table for many subsequent successes, like the adaptive re-use of the Prudden Wheel Automotive site into premier living and working spaces. Thank you Mayor Hollister and everyone involved in making the model work for Lansing.” – Harry H. Hepler, President, H Inc.
Additional Supporters Include:
Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art
Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting
National Electrical Contractors Association
IBEW Local 665
Sparrow Health System
Capitol National Bank
Mike Flintoff, CPA
Jack and Sue Davis
Jerry and Kathy Hollister
Young Chevrolet Cadillac
Motor Wheel Lofts, LLC
Historical Society of Greater Lansing
Don LeDuc and Susan Coley
Terry N Terry
R. E. Olds Transportation Museum
Kim, Shaun & Cale Mullenix
James B. Fry
Todd, Valorie, Max and Kate Hollister
Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art
1210 Turner St.
Lansing, MI 48906