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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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BROOKLYN BOHEME

A feature documentary by Diane Paragas and Nelson George

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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. 

IS BROOKLYN IN THE HOUSE

- CARTER Magazine

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FILM [SNEAK PREVIEW]: Nelson George and Diane Paragas’ “Brooklyn Boheme”
Presented with Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Media Arts Dept., Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus | Sponsored by BET
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 | 6:30-9pm
Kumble Theater, Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, Flatbush Ave. (DeKalb & Willoughby)
RSVP: Visit http://bit.ly/AiBLfL , email info@cencom.org or call 212-686-5005
Admission: FREE

Join us for a preview screening of Brooklyn Boheme, a new documentary from award-winning Nelson George, director of the HBO feature film, Life Support (2007), which won Queen Latifah a Golden Globe for Best Actress.
 
Brooklyn Boheme takes a look back at the close-knit African American/Latino neighborhood in Fort Greene, prior to gentrification, when the community nurtured a new wave of original and uniquely talented artists, among them, Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Rosie Perez, Branford Marsalis, and many other creative innovators featured in this film.
 


Nelson George, Co-Director/Writer/Producer, Brooklyn Boheme; director, Life Support; author, City Kid, Hip Hop America, The Plot Against Hip Hop
Diane Paragas, co-director, Brooklyn Boheme; television writer/producer/director (BET, MTV and CBS News)

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Sean “Diddy” Combs’ REVOLT Honors Black History Month With “Brooklyn Boheme” Documentary

On the heels of “Wale: I am From” and “The Year of Pharrell,” REVOLT is proud to present the documentary “Brooklyn Boheme” in honor of Black History Month. “Brooklyn Boheme” provides an intimate portrait of the black arts movement that exploded in Fort Greene, Brooklyn from the mid-1980s through the 1990s as told by acclaimed writer, producer, historian and Brooklyn resident Nelson George and co-director Diane Paragas.

REVOLT is proud to honor our first Black History Month on the air with the premiere of ‘Brooklyn Boheme’,” said Val Boreland, executive vice president of programming and production. “The film is a brilliant portrayal of the contributions African-Americans have made to American art – including music, design, filmmaking, writing, photography and spoken word artistry.”

Originally aired on Showtime, “Brooklyn Boheme” features appearances from iconic artists Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Rosie Perez, Branford Marsalis and poet Saul Williams. REVOLT will televise the seventy-five minute documentary on February 9th at 8 p.m. EST with encore airings available throughout the month.

“We are thrilled that our film ‘Brooklyn Boheme’ will be making our REVOLT premiere for Black History Month, stated Diane Paragas. “We hope this film will reach a whole new audience and inspire the next generation of Bohemes,” said Nelson George.

Encore Airings:
Sunday, February 9th at 11 p.m. EST
Sunday, February 16th at 10 a.m. EST
Sunday, February 16th at 6 p.m. EST
Wednesday, February 26th at 6 p.m. EST
Thursday, February 27th at 9 a.m. EST

CREDITS: Nelson George, Executive Producer; Nicole Nelch, Producer; Leslie Norville, Associate Producer; Diane Paragas, Executive Producer; Nick Quested, Executive Producer

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Brooklyn Boheme - First 5 mins TEASER 2011 (by Diane Paragas)

"Nelson George and Diane Paragas’s documentary Brooklyn Boheme charts the stunning explosion of prominent black film, comedy and music in the adjoining Brooklyn neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill in the 1980s and ’90s. Through man-on-the-street interviews with such former residents as Spike Lee, Chris Rock and Talib Kweli, George creates an intimate portrait of an artistic community that permanently shaped American culture."

Mos Def is a cornerstone in the scene at the heart of our CultureMap “Brooklyn Boheme.”