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indieWIRE’s Project of the Day: Anti-Gentrification Doc “My Brooklyn”

indieWIRE’s Project of the Day: Anti-Gentrification Doc "My Brooklyn"

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“My Brooklyn”

Tweetable Logline:

“My Brooklyn” follows the filmmaker’s journey, as a Brooklyn “gentrifier,” to understand the forces dramatically reshaping New York City.

Elevator Pitch:

“My Brooklyn” chronicles the dramatic changes that have occurred in Brooklyn over the past decade, and shows how they are not natural, but fueled by public policy. The film documents how an obsession with upscale environments driven by the Wall Street bubble, and more than 100 re-zonings by the Bloomberg administration, are destroying the racial and economic diversity and neighborhood character that have drawn generations to the borough and made it unique. This process has led to a fierce battle over the soul of the city, the themes of which resonate with urban communities across the county.

Production Team:

Our Team:

Director: Kelly Anderson
Producers: Kelly Anderson and Allison Lirish Dean
Co-Producer: Lisa Willis
Cinematographers: Quennel Jones, Edin Velez, Tami Gold, Chris Dapkins
Associate Producer: Fivel Rothberg

About the Production:

I moved to Park Slope in 1988 because it was affordable, but also because I valued the diversity, activism and alternative culture thriving there. I’ve seen Brooklyn change a lot since then, and have wondered if there’s a way to prevent that gentrification “tipping point” where a neighborhood becomes someplace you don’t want to live anymore, or can’t afford to. The film will re-frame the debate so that rather than blaming one another as individuals for neighborhood change, we can look at the conditions that produced today’s unequal landscape and work together to build a just, sustainable and diverse city.

Current Status:

In post production, fund-raising to hire an editor to finish the film.

For more information and to support the film:
Film’s Website
Kickstarter Page

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Fivel Rothberg

Thanks for having us as the project of the day yesterday! It’s not just an issue of gentrification, really, but one of how private developers are steering public policy for their financial gain. Our film will also look at how overlooked issues like the history of redlining and contemporary rezoning have major impacts on how our city looks and who it ‘belongs’ to. In Brooklyn, affordable housing is being knocked down and replaced by luxury condos. Is that the city we want to live in?

Emma B.

This is a huge issue and historical blind spot for middle-class progressives moving into low-income neighborhoods (and we are legion). How to work collaboratively for a just and diverse city rather than blithely participate in gentrification processes that appear to be beyond our control? I can’t wait to see this film, and I’m definitely contributing to the Kickstarter fund.

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