brooklyn boheme

Brooklyn Boheme is a love letter to a vibrant black American artistic community who resided in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill Brooklyn during the ’80s and ’90s that included the great Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Branford Marsalis, Rosie Perez, Saul Williams, Lorna Simpson, Erykah Badu, and Talib Kweli just to name a few. Narrated and written by Fort Greene resident Nelson George, this feature-length documentary celebrates “Brooklyn’s equivalent of the Harlem Renaissance” and follows the rise of a new kind of black American artist, the Brooklyn Boheme.

Duration: 1hr 14min

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A feature documentary by Diane Paragas and Nelson George



Black History Month 2012, historian, author, filmmaker and self-described “aging b-boy,” Nelson George finally saw his labor of love "Brooklyn Boheme" come to fruition.  Originally a project funded by Kickstarter, this documentary chronicles the early ’80s and ’90s stirrings of literary creativity, artistic prowess, and musical experimentation bubbling up from a certain Brooklyn area, the largely African-American neighborhood of Fort Greene. Featured remembrances by Brooklyn natives such as Spike Lee, Yasiin Bey (the former Mos Def), Chris Rock, Rosie Perez, take us back to a time when Brooklyn wasn’t exactly the worldwide brand it is now.  George examines the force behind modern Renaissance thinking; how a place can nurture, inspire and incubate innovation, intellegensia and iconoclasts. For sure, this is Brand Brooklyn, the Good.

Since its’ release “Brooklyn Boheme” has screened at the Pan Africa Film Festival, BAMcinematek, SXSW, Urban World Film Festival, Brooklyn Historical Society, and the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture in Harlem, USA.  It was also featured as part of Showtime’s Black History Month calendar of films for 2012.


Brooklyn Boheme @ The Brooklyn Historical Society»

Every Sunday in February, 3pm
Free with Museum Admission

In honor of Black History Month, BHS is proud to screen the critically-acclaimed documentary Brooklyn Boheme every Sunday in February. Narrated and written by Fort Greene resident Nelson George, this feature length film celebrates the vibrant African American artistic community that thrived in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill during the 1980′s and 90′s. Through interviews with some of the legendary artists who called these neighborhoods home, including Spike Lee, Chris Rock, and more, we get an intimate glimpse into an inspiring and dynamic period in Brooklyn’s history.

This doc articulates it perfectly. The sensation I got while watching this is the same sensation I felt when I went to AfroPunk the first time.

The beauty of our people.


BROOKLYN BOHEME TRAILER  #Gentrification #FortGreene


Brooklyn Boheme Documentary Teaser, by Diane Paragas and Nelson George

This documentary captures a time in Fort Greene, Brooklyn when influential African-American and Latino-Americans like Spike Lee, Chris Rock and Rosie Perez reign supreme and influence the next generation of tastemakers to come from Brooklyn. 


- CARTER Magazine