Jun 182011

battle for brooklyn posterMichael Galinsky and Suki Hawley’s new documentary Battle for Brooklyn unfolds right down the street from where we’ve been shooting My Brooklyn for the past four years. I had a chance to see the film last night at Cinema Village and highly recommend it to anybody interested in urban planning, land use, and the increasing use of eminent domain for private profit. By following Daniel Goldstein’s fight to stay in his apartment, and Develop Don’t Destroy‘s efforts to bring some sanity to the planning process, Battle for Brooklyn exposes the corrupt decision-making process behind the Atlantic Yards Project as well as some great public relations strategies (my favorite being a theater piece that takes place in front of Freddy’s bar before it is demolished). City Council member Tish James comes off really well against a cast of city politicians and developers the film skewers pretty squarely. Go see it while you can!



Jun 132011

Thanks to everybody who helped make our My Brooklyn shoot on Saturday a fantastic experience. With the help of cinematographer Quenell Jones, Sundree’s Philip Shung, Steele of Smif N’ Wessun and a crack team of students from Hunter College and NYU Polytech, we shot what will become our fundraising video. We created an outdoor set at Cumberland and Dekalb in Fort Greene, and talked with a bunch of Brooklynites — old and new — about the changes they see happening to the borough, how they feel about them and what they hope for the future. My Brooklyn is definitely Our Brooklyn, let’s work together to keep it real, diverse, affordable and great!

Check out this short & sweet video by Carter Magazine that shows a bit of the behind the scenes on set:


My Brooklyn Documentary from CARTERâ„¢ Magazine on Vimeo.