6:30 p.m. screening (85 min), followed by discussion
Kelly Anderson’s acclaimed documentary examines the gentrification of downtown Brooklyn centering on the Fulton Mall. Anderson “strikes a fine balance between personal journal and political exposé” (Variety) as she seeks to understand the forces shaping her borough along race and class lines. Anderson will be interviewed by Mark Jacobson, contributing editor at New York magazine.
My Brooklyn is produced by Allison Lirish Dean, who received a Master's in Urban Planning from Hunter College.
On Location: New York Films, New York Directors is a film series presenting three filmmakers who not only live in New York but use the city as a subject. Each evening includes a screening and a discussion with the director about the state of independent film production in NYC.
Kelly Anderson's My Brooklyn premiered at the 2012 Brooklyn Film Festival, where it won an Audience Award for Documentary. It subsequently had a sold-out run at reRun theater in Brooklyn and has been invited to the Frankfurt Film Festival, the Belfast Film Festival, and This Human World Human Rights Film Festival (Vienna), among other venues. Anderson previously directed Never Enough, a documentary about clutter, collecting, and Americans' relationships with their stuff. She produced and directed (with Tami Gold) Every Mother’s Son, about mothers whose children have been killed by police officers and who have become national spokespeople. It aired on the PBS series POV and was nominated for Emmy for Directing. Anderson’s other films include SHIFT and Out at Work. Her work has been shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, and on HBO. She is an associate professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College.
As a contributing editor for New York, Mark Jacobson has covered everything from 9/11 conspiracy theorists to New York’s top escort to the new Brooklyn. His 2000 feature on drug kingpin Frank Lucas, “The Return of Superfly,” was made into the film American Gangster. That story and others from the past thirty years are collected in the book American Gangster. His 1975 piece “Night-Shifting for the Hip Fleet” became the basis for the TV series Taxi. Jacobson has also been a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, and Esquire, and is the author of several books, including The Lampshade: A Holocaust Detective Story from Buchenwald to New Orleans; Teenage Hipster in the Modern World; and Everyone and No One.
This program is part of the yearlong initiative Cultural Capital: The Promise and Price of New York’s Creative Economy, produced by GC Public Programs in collaboration with the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC). For more information and the full schedule, CLICK HERE.