About the film
The stated mission of the VIPERS is to protect Detroit citizens from predators. They do this through pro-bono community service, paid bodyguard work, and self-defense classes. Detroit Threat Management is the chronicle of this urban paramilitary, the people who join it, the man who leads them, and the city from which they have sprouted to fill a disturbing gap in public service. Filmmaker Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman spent over two years embedded with the VIPERS and their ambitious leader, Commander Brown, gathering moments both macabre and tender.
About the director
Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman is a director of documentary films, narrative films, music videos and animated shorts. Upon graduating from the University of Chicago, he moved to his hometown of 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 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.
In 2011, Jacob was the recipient of the Edes Award for Emerging Artists through the University of Chicago, which has enabled him to continue his work in Detroit and abroad.