It all comes down to this - the BROOKLYN RECONSTRUCTED series finale///
Brooklyn Reconstructed is a new film series about gentrification & redevelopment in the Brooklyn borough presented by Top Ten Social, FilmWax, and Broaklyn Film & Theater Co.
Stay tuned to www.toptensocial.com and www.broaklyn.org for our next series coming soon!!
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APRIL 16 / APRIL 20 (Director's Talk)
BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN
Battle for Brooklyn (2012), by Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, follows the story of reluctant activist Daniel Goldstein as he struggles to save his home and community from being demolished to make way for a professional basketball arena and the densest real estate development in U.S. history. Along the way, he falls in love, gets married and starts a family while living in a vacated building located at the heart of the project site. Over the course of seven years, Daniel spearheads the movement against the development plan as he and the community fight tenaciously in the courts, the streets, and the media to stop the abuse of eminent domain and reveal the corruption at the heart of the plan.
Director: Michael Galinsky & Suki Hawley
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Beats, Rhymes, & Life // KQED // Oakland Film Society // Society.
*peace to Adam Schartoff & Michael Galinsky*
Broaklyn Film & Theater Co. and Top Ten Social are proud to present the BROOKLYN RECONSTRUCTED series; six feature films which highlight the social impact of a so-called renaissance. Gentrification, eminent domain, public subsidies for luxury developments, political corruption, rising rents and neighborhood revitalization are underlying themes in most Brooklynites day-to-day lives. With that in mind, the series taps into the borough’s zeitgeist, its wealth of local filmmakers and their recent output of documentaries that address these issues.
Each film in the series, to be screened for one night only at The New Parkway Theater at 474 24th Street in Oakland, will deal with the themes of gentrification & development in communities much like Brooklyn. Within those themes is a conversation about race & class in a city undergoing a startling transformation. In order to cultivate a rich conversation about the above issues, a discussion led by a panel of regional activists, scholars, and civic leaders will accompany the screenings.
In East African nations, matatu (Swahili) are privately owned minibuses or easily accessible share taxis. Often decorated with popular icons and sounds, matatu offer not only a means of travel, but access to another world. We are impassioned by the belief that everyone has a spectacular story regardless of age, geographical bounds, sexual preference, race, and socio-economic status and that story represents the sacred agreement among otherwise disparate communities.
We invite you to come aboard the Matatu Film Festival, September 23-26, exploring some of the world’s most spectacular stories in some of Oakland’s newest spaces.
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