Gentrification is always a hot-button issue, not only in this neighborhood, but throughout the borough of Brooklyn. Filmmaker Kelly Anderson explores the repercussions of policy-based gentrification in her documentary film, MY BROOKLYN which is enjoying a week and a half of encore screenings at the reRuntheater in Dumbo.
Anderson, professor of film-making at Hunter College, started noticing how gentrification was affecting Brooklyn when she moved into Park Slope in the 80's. After then moving to Fort Greene and now currently residing in Sunset Park, Anderson became fascinated and concerned about the changes she saw going on around her.
For the film she decided to pick the city's massive rezoning and redeveloping of Downtown Brooklyn, mainly of Fulton Mal,l as the lens through which to view how the process of corporate developing of neighborhoods is unwanted and unfair to the populations that live and work in those areas already.
FIPS has given a shout-out to this movie twice and there's good reason. MY BROOKLYN is meticulously researched, packed with intelligent and heart-felt interviews from residents and experts and really a must-see for any Brooklyn resident. Last weekend I was able to sit down and talk to Anderson not only about the film, but about gentrification in general and how we as Brooklynites can and should be an active part of what's going on in our neighborhoods.