Preview Feature Documentary 'My Brooklyn' (Gentrification From The POV Of A Gentrifier)

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by Courtney
December 21, 2012 1:31 PM
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Currently traveling the film screening series circuit, written and directed by Kelly Anderson, the award-winning feature documentary, My Brooklyn, explores the ways public policy is fueling gentrification and displacement in Brooklyn. 

It follows director Kelly Anderson's journey, as a "Brooklyn gentrifier," and her attempts to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood.

The film documents the redevelopment of Fulton Mall, a bustling black commercial district that - despite its status as the third most profitable shopping area in New York City - is much maligned for its inability to appeal to the affluent residents who have come to live around it. As 100 small businesses are replaced by highrise luxury housing and chain retail, Anderson uncovers the web of global corporations, politicians and secretive public-private partnerships that drive seemingly normal neighborhood change. The film's ultimate question is increasingly relevant on a global scale: who has a right to live in cities and determine their future?

As a Brooklynite who was born and raised here, and lived in difference neighborhoods, I've witnessed these changes happening right in front of me, in some cases, almost practically overnight, exemplified by the name-changed a certain part of Bedstuy has apparently gone through, likely to relieve itself of any stigma the neighborhood may carry to those on the outside. 

So this is a film I'd like to check out.

It premiered at the Brooklyn Film Festival in June (where it won the Audience Award), and continues to travel; but no word on where it'll screen next. When we find out, you will know.

Check out the trailer below:

MB trailer 2012 from Kelly Anderson on Vimeo.

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  • Kelly Anderson | December 30, 2012 10:23 AMReply

    Hi, actually the film is playing at reRun Jan. 4 - 10! If you could update this post so people know they can see it, it would be great. Tix and info at www.mybrooklyn.eventbrite.com

    thanks!

    Kelly Anderson (Director, My Brooklyn)

  • Ava | December 21, 2012 11:05 PMReply

    That Fort Greene/Clinton Hill area sure has been in the news the past few years, what with the Barclays Center construction and opening. When I worked at my first (real) job a little over a decade ago in the Ft. Greene area, somehow I knew I'd never be able to afford to live there even back then! Believe it or not, I had better luck finding an affordable apartment in Harlem, yes Harlem, if you can believe that.

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