The Filmwax Film Series

IFP & Filmwax proudly present an extended run of Kelly Anderson & Allison Lirish Dean's award-winning documentary, MY BROOKLYN, from 1/25 — 2/3 (except Friday, 2/1).

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IFP & Filmwax Present: MY BROOKLYN

IFP & Filmwax Present: MY BROOKLYN

MY BROOKLYN is a documentary about Kelly Anderson’s personal journey, as a Brooklyn “gentrifier,” to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. The story begins when Anderson moves to Brooklyn in 1988, lured by cheap rents and bohemian culture. By Michael Bloomberg’s election as mayor in 2001, a massive speculative real estate boom is rapidly altering the neighborhoods she has come to call home. She watches as an explosion of luxury housing and chain store development spurs bitter conflict over who has a right to live in the city and to determine its future. While some people view these development patterns as ultimately revitalizing the city, to others, they are erasing the eclectic urban fabric, economic and racial diversity, creative alternative culture, and unique local economies that drew them to Brooklyn in the first place. It seems that no less than the city’s soul is at stake.

Meanwhile, development officials announce a controversial plan to tear down and remake the Fulton Mall, a popular and bustling African-American and Caribbean commercial district just blocks from Anderson’s apartment. She discovers that the Mall, despite its run-down image, is the third most profitable shopping area in New York City with a rich social and cultural history. As the local debate over the Mall’s future intensifies, deep racial divides in the way people view neighborhood change become apparent. All of this pushes Anderson to confront her own role in the process of gentrification, and to investigate the forces behind it more deeply.


Lots of exciting discussions planned with special guests about all the issues including: What is gentrification? What isn't it? What is the Bloomberg legacy in terms of the built environment? Can we keep Brooklyn diverse and affordable? Do other cities have different economic development models? What can regular people do to influence how their neighborhoods develop? What will the next election offer us in terms of possibilities around these issues?


Monday, Jan. 28, 7:30pm
Graffiti Artist Blake Lethem (aka KEO and Lord Scotch) will be joining Director Kelly Anderson 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.

Saturday, Jan. 26, 12:45pm
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.

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7:30pm
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, 7:30pm
Special Guest: General Steele of Smif-N-Wessun will speak with the audience after the screening and will talk about life -- past, present and future -- in Bucktown. General Steele is a rapper/musician who appears in the film.

Saturday, Feb. 2 (12:45 screening)
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, 3pm & 7:30pm
“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.

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IFP & Filmwax Present: MY BROOKLYN

Friday, January 25, 2013, 6:30 pm to Friday, January 25, 2013, 2:15 pm
IFP & Filmwax proudly present an extended run of Kelly Anderson & Allison Lirish Dean's award-winning documentary, MY BROOKLYN, from 1/25 — 2/3 (except Friday, 2/1).
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