From: Melissa McSwigan
As part of the 30th annual Three Rivers Film Festival, the documentary film Battle for Brooklyn will be screened this Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 pm at the Harris Theater (downtown). The filmmakers are scheduled to appear and there will be a panel discussion with Rob Pfaffmann following the screening. Given the Civic Arena and other preservation issues, I thought this would be of interest!
Here is a short summary from Pop City:
On Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m., Brooklyn-based director-editor team Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley will be in town to present their new award-winning documentary, Battle for Brooklyn, which will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local architect Rob Pfaffmann. Shot over seven years and compiled from 500 hours of footage, Battle for Brooklyn chronicles the very public and passionate fight waged by owners and residents facing condemnation of their property to make way for the controversial Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build skyscrapers and a new NBA basketball arena in the heart of Brooklyn. Described as a "gripping David and Goliath story," the film examines issues surrounding eminent domain, historic preservation and the use of public dollars to support private development.
For the Post-Gazette review (scroll down):
"Battle for Brooklyn" is illuminating, inspiring, discouraging and even predictable -- funny how those promised local jobs never materialize -- and a movie for our times.