Current & Upcoming Films
BATTLE for BROOKLYN / The Tragedy of Eminent Domain
Fri, Jan 13 & Thurs., Jan 19
Present your Tenants Union or Housing Rights Committee
membership card to receive a discounted ticket price of $6.50.
BATTLE for BROOKLYN is an intensely intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by owners and residents facing condemnation of their property to make way for the controversial Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets in the heart of Brooklyn. Shot over seven years and compiled from almost 500 hours of footage, BATTLE for BROOKLYN is an epic tale of how far people will go to fight for what they believe in. The film focuses on graphic designer Daniel Goldstein, a vocal opponent of the project who stands to lose his home via eminent domain. Daniel's apartment sits at what would be center court of the new arena. A reluctant activist, Daniel is dragged into the fight because he simply can't believe that the government should use its constitutional power to condemn his home and hand it off to a private developer. As some of Daniel's neighbors, afraid of losing their homes, begin to sell to the developer, Daniel refuses to leave and takes on a leadership role in the fight to stop the project. He helps to start the group Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn in an effort to come up with alternative development options and expose the deceit at the heart of the plan. Dan and the opposition, which includes lifelong residents, business owners, and local officials, face off against a triumvirate of billionaires as they take their case from the court of public opinion to New York State Court of Appeals. Director/Producer/Editor: Suki Hawley. Director/Producer/Director of Photography: Michael Galinsky. Digital, 2011. Running time: 93 minutes.
Shows with Short Film:
"The Tragedy of Eminent Domain: The destruction and survival of a New York City neighborhood."
This short tells the story of how a project called "Manhattantown" destroyed a historic African-American community on the Upper West Side in the 1950s. Manhattantown set the model for thousands of cases of eminent domain abuse that came later, from Poletown, to New London, to Atlantic Yards. Directed by Jim Epstein Running time: 6 mins.