Fivel Rothberg

Jan 252013

“My Brooklyn” now has a second run, which will take place from January 25 to February 3 at reRun Theater on 147 Front Street in DUMBO, close to the York Street F Train station.

The first run at completely sold out, so get your tickets early at our Eventbrite page.

See the previous post for the schedule of special guests at the Q&A’s. Guests include the filmmaker Kelly Anderson, MIT historian, author and Bed Stuy native Dr. Craig Wilder, former State Committeeman Lincoln Restler, Hunter College Urban Planning Prof. Tom Angotti and General Steele of Brooklyn’s own Smif-N-Wessun.

Aug 152011

It’s been a fantastic week for My Brooklyn. This past Friday we were featured on the NY Times Local and The Huffington Post – which has a string of 74 comments so far. Kelly was interviewed by a cool blog – Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York. To top it off we programmed and presented for an entire afternoon at the BMW Guggenheim Lab on Saturday.


But we still need your help on our Kickstarter campaign. We only have 19 days left to go and $5,000 left to raise. Please forward on info about our campaign and ask friends to give – even small amounts help. So talk us up on Facebook or your fave social networking site, email family and friends, etc.


At the Lab We showed clips from the unfinished film, inspired heated yet productive discussions around gentrification, affordable housing, public support for luxury high rises and private developments with activists from FUREE, nonprofit leaders, academics like Meredith Tenhoor and local artisans presenting and selling their work.


Next week we are throwing a fundraiser party – hosted by Filmwax – at the Fifth Estate bar in Park Slope. The event goes from 6 – 9. Come meet the filmmakers and subjects. We’ll show clips, talk, drink, and hang out.

Aug 102011

My Brooklyn was recently granted the astounding opportunity to present at the BMW Guggenheim Lab on Saturday, August 13th at 33 East 1st Street in the Lower East Side. We are programming an entire afternoon, from 12pm to 5pm of speakers, clips from our unfinished film, and discussion around the key issues. The event is totally free to attend and we welcome you to join us along with FUREE board member Maisha Morales, author and professor Meredith Tenhoor – co-author of Street Value: Shopping, Planning and Politics at Fulton Mall and several more guests. We will show clips from our ongoing Kickstarter campaign, footage from the film, and show our presentation and video from the BAVC NYC 2011 Producers Institute about Brooklyn: The Game. We’ll also screen Kelly and Allison’s film Someplace Like Home, which they made as an organizing tool with FUREE.

As part of the presentation, and to enrich the atmosphere, a number of Brooklyn-based artisans and vendors will sell their creations at the Lab. Through this, we hope to both support some burgeoning artists and demonstrate what public support for small businesses can do for the city, creatively and economically.

We hope you will join us this coming Saturday, August 13th from 12pm – 5pm, with a panel discussion at 7pm at the Lab on 33 East 1st Street, near Houston and Second Avenue.

The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a mobile laboratory traveling to nine major cities worldwide over six years. Led by international, interdisciplinary teams of emerging talents in the areas of urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education, and sustainability, the Lab addresses issues of contemporary urban life through programs and public discourse. Its goal is the exploration of new ideas, experimentation, and ultimately the creation of forward-thinking solutions for city life.

Jul 312011

I’m proud to say that we’ve now topped the $12,000 mark in our Kickstarter campaign. And we just released our fifth update which features Co-Producer Lisa Willis and photographer Jamel Shabazz: What better time than to tell you about a fundraising party that Filmwax is throwing at the Fifth Estate bar in Park Slope.

Celebrate & Participate! There will be Cocktails! A DJ! Dancing! And clips from the film!.

Meet the filmmakers, including the wonderful Kelly Anderson, and other special guests who are working on this project and the issues the film covers.

The party takes place on Thursday, August 25 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at The Fifth Estate bar located at 506 5th Avenue, between 12th & 13th Streets, in Park Slope Brooklyn.

Jul 252011

Forgive me if I feel like breaking out in song, to Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer, but yeah, we’re (more than) halfway to our $20,000 Kickstarter goal, and it feels like we’re livin’ on a prayer.

With your help we can finish this film and get it out into the world, where it belongs, to do some good around making Brooklyn, and your city and more equitable, sustainable and diverse place to live.

For some key background info about the subject matter the film delves into, you can watch Producer Allison Lirish Dean talk about the 2004 Downtown Brooklyn rezoning and see clips from the film here:

My Brooklyn Kickstarter Video #2 from Kelly Anderson on Vimeo.

May 102011

Last week, members of the My Brooklyn team sauntered over to Dumbo, Brooklyn to meet up with Phillip Shung and his crew at Sundree – a brand management and graphic design firm. Sundree’s founders are born and raised Brooklynites who have significant local ties and a passion for creativity. Their interests particularly overlap with ours because they are doing a project with the Brooklyn Historical Society about the history of the abolitionist movement and underground railroad in downtown Brooklyn. When we heard about what they are doing in that regard, we thought immediately of how Brooklyn: The Game could incorporate a walking tour/ game about this overlooked aspect of the borough’s past. We also met up with Sundree folks to ramp up our development of a future Kickstarter campaign that we’re planning to help fund an editor for My Brooklyn. They had some great ideas that we will definitely incorporate, including interviewing some big name folks who will talk about what BK means to them and the changes they’ve seen. So be sure to look out for that in the near future.

In other news, Lisa Willis is now Co-Producer on My Brooklyn, and as you can see in the pics from the meeting, she’s already getting to work. Lisa has both a producing background and years of experience as a intellectual property attorney.  She is also a mom, taught children with special needs, and ran a preschool/afterschool program in Harlem. We are thrilled to have such a multifaceted and dynamic person on-board. You can find out a bit more about Lisa on the crew bio page.

You can also see the photos here, and don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook.