Feb 102015

We are so excited to announce that our free, 49-page study guide for My Brooklyn is available for download! The guide includes sample discussion questions, classroom activities, a glossary of terms related to urban planning and gentrification, and much more. Feel free to download it here, and please forward to anyone else you know who is doing teaching, research or community work on this topic.

Special thanks to Hunter College President Jennifer Raab for making the guide possible.

Allison and Kelly

Jun 112014

We are happy to announce that My Brooklyn will have an encore broadcast on PBS World’s America ReFramed series on Tuesday, June 17th at 8 PM Eastern / 7 PM Central.  It will also re-air at the following times (all times Eastern):

Wednesday, June 18th 12 AM, 8 AM and 2 PM

Saturday, June 21st 10 PM

Sunday, June 22nd 3 AM and 9 AM

World Channel is a single channel feed, so when it airs at midnight on the 25th on the East Coast, it will air at 9 PM on the West Coast (and still be the 24th).  So please check your local listing to find out when it will be playing in your area:


Jan 162014

There are some interesting events coming up this month, including this screening and seminar by the NYU organized by the Students of Color Collective.

There is a free screening on Tuesday, May 8th at the Silver School of Social Work (1 Washington Square N), and a free seminar on gentrification titled “How Well do You Know Your Neighbors?” featuring My Brooklyn director Kelly Anderson, Dr. Lance Freeman from Columbia, Dr. Robert Hawkins from NYU and others.

Come Check it out! RSVP at tinyurl.com/SCC-RSVP-NYU



Jan 022014




Happy New Year My Brooklyn community,

Great news – My Brooklyn is going to be on TV on Tuesday, January 14th!

The screening is part of the PBS series America ReFramed, curated by the American Documentary team (the producers of POV). America ReFramed brings nonfiction independent films to the airwaves and cable, showcasing films that give viewers a “snapshot of the transforming American life — the guts, the glory, the grit of a new and changing America.”

Most of the screenings are on PBS World channels, but some regular stations, like WGBH in Boston, are showing it on their main channels too. To find out if you have PBS World via broadcast or cable, go to http://worldchannel.org/schedule/localize/ and enter your zipcode. The program you are looking for is America reFramed and the date for My Brooklyn is Jan. 14th, 2014. It’s not as complicated as it sounds, and there are some other amazing documentaries on the series so it’s worth knowing how to find it.

My Brooklyn will also be streaming free from the America ReFramed site for a month (details coming up on that).

Thanks, as always, for all your support. And best wishes for 2014!

Kelly & Allison

Dec 192013

Henry Stewart, film critic for The L Magazine, just listed My Brooklyn in his Top Ten list for 2013:

From the review:

“This documentary about the Bloomberg Administration’s redevelopment of Downtown Brooklyn was the smartest explanation of gentrification I’ve ever watched or read, a concise and well-researched breakdown of how government conspires with developers and moneylenders to break and remake the city as they please, regardless of facts on the ground.”

Thanks Henry Stewart and L Mag!



Dec 052013

mybklyn-poster-webfinal There are some screenings coming up we wanted you all to know about.

On Wednesday Dec. 11th The Intentional is partnering with several DC organizations to present My Brooklyn at The Coupe. More info here.

In Boston, on Thursday Dec. 12th the MIT Urban Films series will show My Brooklyn. More info here.

And we are in Moscow and St. Petersburg this weekend, Dec. 7th! Info here and here.


Oct 132013

Change is in the air in NYC! We have an exciting election coming up in New York City – and it’s been great to hear the themes of My Brooklyn echoing through the campaign rhetoric! We even issued an endorsement in the primary – for Carlos Menchaca, who was running to be the democratic candidate for City Council in Sunset Park/Red Hook. Carlos, who will likely become the first Mexican American and openly gay City Council rep, beat Sara Gonzalez, the council candidate with the most support from the Real Estate lobby’s PAC. We like to think that the film, and all the great work you have done screening it and talking about the issues over the past year, have played some small part in putting issues of inequality and development on the agenda.

In other news, My Brooklyn continues to screen often, to large and smaller crowds. This week we will be at the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York (Thursday and Saturday, Oct. 17 & 19, at 9:30pm). Kelly will be speaking after each screening and also part of a free panel called “Brooklyn Renaissance for All?” Please come and spread the word.

We are also super excited to be kicking off a section on Brooklyn at the Creative Time Summit. The theme this year is “Art, Place and Dislocation in the 21st Century City,” and the lineup of speakers and projects looks like it will provide an opportunity for some provocative and interesting discussions about art, urbanism, and social change.

Finally, there will be a “Brooklyn Gentrification” boat tour on Saturday, Nov. 2 (1:45pm)! Kelly and Arthur Platt from the AIA (American Association of Architects) will take folks for a ride along the Brooklyn waterfront, shedding light on the impact of development along Brooklyn’s post industrial waterfront from Sunset Park to Greenpoint. Tickets and more info here.

We hope you are having a great fall, and thanks as always for your interest, enthusiasm and action!

Kelly and Allison

Aug 242013

mybrooklyn-ourcity-logo-smThis past summer, we made My Brooklyn available for free to anyone in New York City who wanted to host a house party and discuss the politics of urban development. The campaign, dubbed “My Brooklyn, Our City,” was a great success, and is continuing on a national scale in modified form under a sliding scale fee structure. So do check it out and spread the word!

Why did we do this campaign? Once My Brooklyn was released, people were even more eager than we had imagined to delve into the issues the film raises. The demand for community-based screenings throughout New York City began strong and remains steady over a year after our premiere. People commonly share stories with us about how the film is stoking, and transforming, the local conversation about gentrification. My Brooklyn, Our City grew out of a desire to continue this rich discussion, but give people more guidance and more space to reflect on the questions the film confronts.

My Brooklyn, Our City wouldn’t have been possible without our wonderful partners, including Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), Fifth Avenue Committee, Good Jobs New York, Right to the City Alliance, Pratt Area Community Council (PACC), and National Social and Economic Rights Initiative (NESRI). With their help, we designed MBOC around the house party model, and created a facilitation guide for use by house party hosts.

Out of nearly 50 signups, 32 house parties actually took place. Groups ranged from small and intimate to 200 attendees at one Bed Stuy screening. We asked hosts to provide feedback from each party, and here are a few samples, many of which are also posted on our Facebook page (while you’re there, please “like” us!)

Fifth Avenue Committee, the host of a house party with about 40 attendees at Freddy’s Bar in Brooklyn, reported back:

“The crowd was cantankerous after the screening and there was an abundance of profanity. The movie really does touch a chord. We asked folks to make a commitment to do something to address gentrification, and pledges ranged from running for office, to exposing Real Estate PAC’s, to fighting for affordable housing.”

The host of a house party attended by 14 people in Bed-Stuy, a historically black neighborhood in the heart of Brooklyn, reported:

“We discussed our different understandings of gentrification, all the forces and actors that feed it, and the ways that it harms different folks and communities.” The house party concluded with each individual stating something they each intended to do in the future to address gentrification.”

An unexpected house party venue was the Edge luxury condo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, itself a poster child for the kinds of luxury development that the film portrays displacing older communities. The party took place in the condo’s own screening room:

“We discussed displacement and redlining, the tragedy of the decimation of so many small, minority-owned and local businesses and livelihoods, and the loss of a communal and public arena well suited to the community as well as speculation and collusion. This is a universal story even though the events are specific to downtown Brooklyn.”

FIERCE, which is building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color in New York City, hosted a house party and connected the issues raised in the film to those faced by their constituents:

“This was a very powerful film and it sparked up a discussion about gentrification in all over New York City. Gentrification not only hurts residents and business owners but also Queer and Trans Youth of Color who frequent the Christopher Street Piers in the West Village by displacing us from our safe space.”

While not every group committed to action, we were excited that many did, and that this “get involved” aspect of the campaign saw some success. We look forward to seeing how communities across the country adapt this campaign to keep pushing the conversation forward!

My Brooklyn continues to screen nationally – most recently at the amazing Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, TX and to a packed audience at the Cape Ann Community Cinema in Gloucester, MA. There are upcoming screenings in NYC at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House and the CUNY Graduate Center, where Kelly will be interviewed after the screening by New York Magazine contributing editor Mark Jacobson. An updated list of sceenings is always available on our website here.

Thanks, as always, for your energy and support.


Allison & Kelly