brooklyn documentary

The process of gentrification in New York is not about people moving into a neighbourhood and other people moving out of a neighbourhood. The process of gentrification is about corporations sectioning off large chunks of those neighbourhoods and then planning out their long-term development. And In that process one is also planning out the removal of large numbers of people whose community attachments are there, it’s actually about tearing down neighbourhoods and building different neighbourhoods. And the idea that this city doesn’t have a role in making sure that the collective aims of the people are actually achieved in development is obscene.

Craig S. Wilder in the documentary My Brooklyn which you can watch here.

Prof. Wilder is a historian of American urban and cultural history, born and raised in Bed Stuy. This is a fantastic documentary that really helped me understand the process of gentrification beyond the buzzwords.



NEW SMYRNA, 14.5 m. (10 alt., 4,149 pop.), has a business section with square false-front buildings shaded by arcades of wood and corrugated iron to protect shoppers from sun and rain. Old frame houses, chiefly of the post-Victorian era, sit back from the street behind moss-hung oaks and Washingtonian palms. Fishing and shrimp fleets, citrus groves, packing houses, and the Florida East Coast Railway shops provide the income of New Smyrna residents.

Florida, A Guide To the Southernmost State (WPA, 1939)

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Christian Hendricks is a Brooklyn, NY based documentary photographer and filmmaker, often traveling to make his work, which loosely revolves around issues of sexuality, identity and cultural context. His work has been featured on The Huffington Post, The New, and Slate, and in 2011 received an artist’s fellowship from the Yale University School of Art. Follow his work on or see more of his projects on his website,


Looking closely at the photos above, I can’t help but get the feeling that something is a bit…off. Does that orange cat only have one eye? Why is that girl with the doll wearing such a gloomy expression? And, wait…those three ladies look oddly similar…

The photography of Rachelle Mozman often has a surreal, uneasy quality that makes us take a closer look. As an artist working with both still and moving images, her practice plays the line between documentary and performance, engaging the viewer to confront their own perceptions of subjects like race, class, and gender, often through the lens of her own family history. For example, in the photo above, Mozman’s mother poses as three different versions of herself in one fictional Latin American home, exploring conflicts of race, vanity, and class that can live within one’s “self.”

As an artist who splits her time between Brooklyn and her native Panama, Mozman’s is also deeply influenced by community and culture: In many of her highly-staged photos set within home interiors, she is explores how environments and cultural contexts can shape one’s sense of identity.

On Sunday, February 14th,  families are in for a special Valentine’s Day treat: Mozman will be joining Arty Facts, our weekly program for kids ages 4-7 and their families, to share her artistic process and lead an art making session in the studio! Join us to explore the galleries together and make artwork that investigates the connections between home and expression.

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MUST WATCH:  The Brooklyn Nets’ #1 Fan: “Mr. Whammy”

Very proud to present a documentary short I directed for Grantland and Bill Simmons. 

Bruce S. Reznick was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.  He’s lived in Brooklyn for 70 years, been married for over 50 years, and has worked as a lawyer for just as long.  Oh, and he blocks the foul shots of the Brooklyn Nets’ opponents with the power of his mind.

This man is a great New Yorker, a great basketball fan, and a great person.

I hope you enjoy.


(special thanks to Dave @Jacoby_who got this made.)

Before Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, there was Shirley Chisholm. And she was from Brooklyn. Catch our screening of the documentary Chisholm 72: Unbought and Unbossed on June 26.

We’re reuniting with our friends at CaribBEING to host our second annual Heritage Film Series in honor of Caribbean Heritage Month. We’re serving up another healthy dose of new releases, including NYC premieres, and classics of Caribbean cinema. The series kicks off with the US premiere of Sketches from the Underground on June 23 as a part of FREE Thursday Nights hosted by Squarespace. Over the weekend, we’ll host the NYC premiere of Cimarrón Spirit and delve into election season with a timely classic celebrating a beloved Caribbean Brooklynite on the big screen.

RSVP here. Full lineup here.

Posted by Lauren Zelaya