Jan 172013

Special guests are confirming for our new run at reRun Theater! The following speakers are now confirmed:

Friday, Jan. 25th (7:30pm)

Former State Committeeman Lincoln Restler and Director Kelly Anderosn will discuss how land use will figure in the upcoming elections – what might city politics look like in a post-Bloomberg era?

Saturday, Jan. 26 (12:45pm show)

Screening of short documentary “What Is the Community Board?” and discussion with filmmaker Tamara Gubernat and Stanley Gleaton from Community Board 10 in Harlem. They will speak about the role of community boards and the way zoning changes have affected Harlem and Downtown Brooklyn.

Monday, Jan. 28th (7:30pm show)

Graffiti Artist Blake Lethem (aka KEO and Lord Scotch) will be joining Director Kelly Anderson after the 7:30 screening on Monday, Jan. 28th for a conversation about hip hop culture at Fulton Mall during the 1980s and the impact of recent changes on the area’s cultural and artistic life.

Tuesday, Jan. 29th (7:30pm show)

Special guests from FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality) will give updates about the situation in Downtown Brooklyn and discuss their ongoing work to demand accountable development in the area.

Wednesday, Jan. 30 (7:30pm show)

Special guest Tom Angotti, author of New York for Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate, will lead a discussion about how — even in the “real estate capital of the world” — communities can and have shaped their own futures.

Thursday, Jan. 31 (7:30)

General Steele of Smif-N-Wessun, who appears in My Brooklyn, will speak about how he sees Brooklyn’s changes, and the role of places like the Fulton Mall in Brooklyn’s hip hop history. Maybe he’ll even freestyle for us!

Saturday, Feb. 2 (12:45 show)

Special guests from Good Jobs New York will talk about how they are working to break down the information barriers that have traditionally excluded average New Yorkers from the development process, and to ensure that subsidies go to projects that really benefit workers, taxpayers and communities.

 Saturday, Feb. 2 (3:45pm and 7:30pm shows)

“Gentrification: What it is, and What it Isn’t” — M.I.T. Historian Craig Wilder, featured in My Brooklyn, will discuss how the redevelopment of Downtown Brooklyn fits into a larger and often invisible history of corporations, in concert with government policy, planning out the long-term future of neighborhoods.


Stay tuned for more speakers and special guests. Tickets and showtimes at www.mybrooklynrerun.eventbrite.com

Jan 132013

Due to its popularity with NYC audiences (we sold out every show!), My Brooklyn will be back at reRun Theater in Dumbo Jan. 25th – Feb. 3rd. Tickets will be available very soon at www.reruntheater.com and http://mybrooklynrerun.eventbrite.com. We will be selling all tickets online, and none at the door unless it’s not sold out, so please get your tickets early so we can avoid some of the disappointment that happened at the door last time.

We got amazing reviews including raves in the New York Times, Variety, and Bloomberg News. Kelly and Allison were on Brian Lehrer’s radio show, which really helped get the word out about the film.

For the next run, we will continue to have lots of great guests and post-screening discussions about everything from the upcoming elections, to equitable economic development models, to the history of hip hop culture at Fulton Mall. Please come and help spread the word!

Thanks everybody for helping to generate buzz around My Brooklyn and the important issues it’s helping shine a light on.



Dec 192012

Poster for My BrooklynWe are so happy to announced that IFP and FIlmwax are presenting a one-week theatrical run of My Brooklyn at reRun Theater in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Two screenings every night for one week! Tickets at www.mybrooklyn.eventbrite.com Reserve early before they sell out — the venue is a lot of fun with a bar, food and room to connect with others at the show. Check out special our guests and events:

Friday, Jan. 4
7:30pm and 10:15pm
Special opening night discussion at both screenings: “Gentrification: What it is, and What it Isn’t” — M.I.T. Historian Craig Wilder, featured in My Brooklyn, will discuss how the redevelopment of Downtown Brooklyn fits into a larger and often invisible history of corporations, in concert with government policy, planning out the long-term future of neighborhoods. Director Kelly Anderson present.

Saturday, Jan. 5
4:45pm and 7:45pm
Special discussion at both screenings: “Soul of Brooklyn” — MoCADA and Soul of Brooklyn founder Laurie Cumbo and Brooklyn small business owners will facilitate a discussion of why small businesses are socially, culturally, and economically important to the community. Director Kelly Anderson present.

Sunday, Jan. 6
One screening only, 1pm.
Director Kelly Anderson present.

Special screening before 1pm screening: short documentary “What is the Communty Board?” by Tamara Gubernat, Tomasz Gubernat, Nkenge Scott & Cassie Wagler.

Monday, Jan. 7
7:30pm and 10:15pm
Special discussion at 7:30PM screening: “I Saw Magic” — Photographer Jamel Shabazz, who appears in My Brooklyn, will show a specially curated selection of photographs of Downtown Brooklyn from 1980–2000,” with discussion afterward of the cultural and social significance of Fulton Mall. Director Kelly Anderson present.

Tuesday, Jan. 8
7:30pm and 10:15pm
Special panel at 7:30pm screening: “Connecting the Dots Between City Policy and Neighborhood Change,” with guests Michelle de la Uz from Fifth Avenue Committee and Deb Howard from Pratt Area Community Council. Director Kelly Anderson present.

Special screening before 10:15 screening: short documentary “A Voice for Vacancy” by Ahmed Tigani, Alex Mallis, Rachel Mullon and Ryan Daniels.

Wednesday, Jan. 9
7:30pm and 10:15pm
Special discussion at 7:30pm screening: “The Politics of Urban Design at Fulton Mall, past and present,” with Meredith TenHoor and Damon Rich, authors of Street Value: Shopping, Planning and Politics at Fulton Mall. Producer Allison Lirish Dean present.

Thursday, Jan. 10
7:30pm and 10:15pm
Special panel at 7:30pm screening: “CityPoint: The Continuing Fight for Equity and Accountability,” with guests from FUREE and Good Jobs New York. Producer Allison Lirish Dean present.

Special screening before 10:15 show: short documentary “Willets Point: The Iron Triangle” by Nicholas Weissman and Corey Wascinski.

Tickets for all screenings at http://mybrooklyn.eventbrite.com/

Dec 142012

Screening My Brooklyn in Vienna, Austria in early December was inspiring and insightful. We were invited by This Human World International Film Festival, which did a special program on urbanism featuring films that “deal with everyday life in big cities and the experience of urban reality … concentrating on the city as a place of increasing social imbalance.” The excellent program was organized by Justin Kadi and Mara Verlic, both professors of urban planning at Vienna’s Technical University.

There were two screenings of My Brooklyn, both sold out. At the second screening, Justin and Mara invited two experts on gentrification — Florian Huber and Yvonne Franz — to reflect on the differences and similarities between Brooklyn and other cities, particularly in Europe. Perhaps not surprisingly, Huber and Franz both argued that the changes we have seen in Brooklyn of late reflect global pressures on cities, and are not unique to Brooklyn or New York City despite important local features. “What might take five years in Brooklyn will take 10 or 15 years to transpire in Vienna,” said Franz, whose work compares gentrification in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Amsterdam. She attributed the longer timeframe in Vienna to policies that help stabilize rents, including strong commercial and residential rent control, and the large percentage of housing (about 60%) that is owned by the state.

It was inspiring to hear and see how policy in Vienna has helped stabilize even neighborhoods that are changing in ways that make them feel a lot like parts of Brooklyn. I spent the better part of a day searching on foot for the Karl-Marx-Hof, the largest housing project in the world. While I never quite managed to find it, I did come across a lot of social housing built in the 1930s that aimed to create community and solidarity among workers by providing them with daycare, laundry, education centers, libraries, health centers and other amenities in their apartment buildings. While these buildings seem to have reverted to being regular (albeit rent-stabilized) housing, I was happy to have my eyes opened to the unique history of “Red Vienna.”

Thanks to the festival and particularly to Justin and Mara for making my visit so memorable.


Nov 142012

I just got this quote about My Brooklyn from Don Mitchell, Distinguished Professor of Geography at Syracuse University, and had to share it:

For those of us who teach about gentrification, I cannot imagine a better resource than My Brooklyn. The film makes painfully concrete just what rent gaps are, how they are produced, and the machinations developers, semi-public officials, and politician engage in to fill them up, thereby creating the upper-class monoculture – and privatized riches – gentrification invariably has as its goal and result. Made just as concrete are the struggles engaged in by working class people, small-time merchants, and others who seek to resist being displaced by – and ultimately pay the costs of – these machinations. Anyone who cares about real cities, and real rights to the city, needs to get their hands on a copy of My Brooklyn.

Don is well known for his writings about public space, and is one of those awe-inspiring recipients of a MacArthur Genius Award, so I am happy he’s happy with our film.

Thanks Don!

Sep 022012

Today’s New York Times article celebrates the arrival of national chains to Fulton Mall, including a number not mentioned in My Brooklyn because they hadn’t arrived yet: Sephora, Sugar & Plumm, American BBQ and Beer Co. and a Potbelly Sandwich Shop. The other day I saw a new Seattle Coffee franchise as I was traveling through.

In the Times articles, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s Thomas Conoscenti is quoted as saying “For a very long time, retail in the neighborhood was very fragmented, but there will now be a connection of all the retail corridors creating a unified pedestrian shopping experience.” To this reader, that seems like code for “The people who live in the upscale communities surrounding Fulton Mall won’t have to cross through a working class black space anymore to get to restaurants on Smith Street or to Trader Joe’s on Atlantic Avenue.”

A staff member from the Partnership was seen at a recent screening of My Brooklyn in Park Slope. Wondering what the report-back was on that one!




Aug 272012

We are also pleased to announce three upcoming screenings of My Brooklyn. Kelly Anderson (Director) will be speaking at all of them.

Friday, Sept. 7th
6:30 pm
Architecture and Urban Design Program
Ware auditorium at Avery Hall (W. 116th St Campus)
Free and open to the public

Wednesday, Sept. 19th
Brooklyn Public Library (Brooklyn Collection)
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
More information at: http://catalog.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/record=g1005561
Free and open to the public (limited to 40 attendees)

Saturday, Sept. 22nd
Myrtle Village Green
636 Myrtle Avenue between Kent and Franklin

Please come, and spread the word!


Kelly & Allison


Jul 272012

Join us for a free screening of My Brooklyn Tuesday, July 31 at 6:30pm at the Park Slope United Methodist Church (corner of 8th Street and 6th Avenue). The screening is sponsored by Fifth Avenue Committee, FUREE and Neighbors Helping Neighbors. In addition to seeing our film and joining a discussion with your neighbors, you will have a chance to hear from (and speak with) Councilwoman Letitia James.