We are happy to announce that My Brooklyn just won two of the top awards at the Red Hook International Film Festival in Brooklyn, NY. The awards are Best Documentary and Best Director. You can find a full list of the awards and more information about the festival here.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
We are pleased to announce that My Brooklyn will be the inaugural film in Filmwax’s exciting new screening series, Brooklyn Reconstructed, featuring films about gentrification and development in Brooklyn.
Wednesday, July 25, 7pm
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
2 or 3 train to Grand Army Plaza or F train to Seventh Avenue (exit at Eighth Avenue)
Facebook page where you can rsvp is here. Or just come!
We won the Audience Award last night at the Brooklyn Film Festival! A huge “Thank you” to everybody who came, viewed, discussed and voted.
We had two sold out screenings, and discussions afterwards were rich and engaged. Audience members expressed concern and outrage over the events documented in the film, and many expressed a desire to get involved to stay on top of planned developments and land use actions so we can have more of a say in the way our neighborhoods are changing.
It was a pleasure and honor to share the award with Su Friedrich, whose excellent film Gut Renovation is also about hypergentrification in Brooklyn.
Let’s continue the conversation!
All the best,
Kelly & Allison
Thanks to all who came to see My Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Film Festival on June 2, and to those who bought tickets for our June 10 showing. Apologies for all of you who tried to get tickets only to find it sold out. We are excited the film is touching a nerve and promise to have another screening soon. Sign up for updates on this page (to the right) and we’ll let you know when screenings are happening.
Last night My Brooklyn premiered at the Brooklyn Film Festival to a packed house at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema. The discussion was great! Thanks to all for coming and supporting the film. Please tell folks about the screening on June 10th at Indiescreen in Williamsburg. Info and tix at http://www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/films/detail.asp?fid=1226
We are so pleased to announced that My Brooklyn will be premiering June 2 at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema, at 7:30pm, as part of the Brooklyn Film Festival. There will also be a screening on June 10 at 8pm (closing night at the festival!) at IndieScreen in Williamsburg. If you attend the June 10 screening there is a party immediately afterwards that includes the Awards Ceremony.
Tickets are going fast so please get them soon if you are planning on coming. We look forward to seeing you, sharing the film and discussing the important issues of development policy in Brooklyn and NYC.
Q&A with the filmmakers, people in the film and a host of others at both screenings.
All the Best,
Kelly, Allison, Fivel, Laurie & Lisa
Team My Brooklyn