• Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:38:01View | Delete

    time for dinner…. see you all next time

  • Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:37:45View | Delete

    oh it’ll happen

  • Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:36:36View | Delete

    it was a battle over ideas- it was a bit onesided in terms of resources- but one sided in reverse in terms of real passion- and resources and passion seem to cancel each other out….

  • Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:35:26View | Delete

    Yes
    thank you for having us- it’s a bit of a fractured way to commmunicate- but I think we finally got the hang of it. More than anything we want this film to act as a tool to help unite communities- even when there are forces trying to divide them. It pleases me greatly that so far the film seems to be working in that manner even in this community.

    community building is messy and rough- and it’s easy to see why people just slip away and want others to just take control- but in the end that messiness creates beauty- it hasn’t been easy to work through some of the issues in our local school- and there are a lot that are still there- but the process has been so powerful and we’ve grown so much as people- that it’s all worth it- just like it was for Dan to fight his fight.

  • Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:32:36View | Delete

    well when we get to cut the miniseries from our 400 hours of footagee..

  • Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:28:50View | Delete

    Like i mentioned above- we have a school’s doc in the works- working on Battle has really taught us a lot about community and community building and we have become over involved with our children’s local public school- a lot of the top down management also discussed above have created a lot of community division and we want to examine this process in a film… Just tonight we were at an extremely emotional meeting about how to deal with issues of race and class when people don’t want to deal with them but instead run from them…

    I’ve written about some of these issues on the NY Times local blog

    we are also working on a film about the nature of family – nature/nurture
    rumur.com/donor67 for a trailer

  • Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:24:49View | Delete

    This is a great conversation- and we love discussing the film- when this party ends I hope that people will consider continuing the convo on the battle for brooklyn facebook page- it won’t be so robust – but we’ll keep it going.

  • Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:19:53View | Delete

    In terms of distribution. We will do a theatrical/ outreach release- in order to build awareness of the film. Then we will do an educational release- we want to go to colleges with a full day seminar about the issues-
    Then it will hopefully run on Cable- and eventually Sept 2012 (when the arena opens) go to DVD- so we can do a big press push to challenge the narrative they are going to try to create once again

    Speaking of that narrative- I watched an NBA finals game the other night and there was a 30 second spot about the arena- that 30 second spot probably cost 10 times as much as our film….

  • Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:16:31View | Delete

    He totally read the Power Broker- it was his playbook.

  • Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:15:56View | Delete

    Rev Billy – who has written about the Last Mountain- gave a rousing intro to the film the other night- and he has some great moments in it as well.

    One of the things that we want the film to do is to get people to challenge their own notions of left right divide. Eminent Domain is seen as a Conservative issue- so much so that liberal groups sided with the developer- Acorn backed the project. We applied for a ton of grants – but liberal groups wouldn’t fund it. The developer understands this and did everything they could to posit the project as a do-gooder project- jobs, housing, hoops- a socialist paradise… when it was none of the above…except hoops.

  • Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:06:25View | Delete

    it’s true though. So far audiences have loved the film- We have had some difficulty getting gatekeepers to program it/ select it- and I think that has to do with the fact that it deals with such murky complex subjects like eminent domain and media… in a not directly judgemental way…

  • Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:04:17View | Delete

    we are adding more dates all the time to Battleforbrooklyn.com – and you can always check in on facebook for updates on where the film will play.

    btw- I didn’t get a chance to thank you Lisa and Bev for having us on- its a real honor- as we follow your emails and appreciate all that you do towards raising the level of discussion and debate.

  • Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:02:00View | Delete

    we spent a year -after we had a good rough cut- crafting the film to flow like a river- I think one reason we are having such a good response is that people come in expecting a “doc” he said she said taking head kind of thing – but it plays like a hollywood film and all of a sudden it’s over and they realize that they have been emotinally involved and it’s kind of overwhelming…

  • Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 17:58:23View | Delete

    I answered this in response to 58- but yes we will get it out there. The amazing thing about the film so far is that everyone from liberals to conservatives to libertarians have all loved the film because everyone hates kleptocracy…. seriously- we have had such an incredible response to the film so far- it’s been a long tough road to get the film to this point and it is intensely gratifying to have it work so well.

  • Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 17:55:28View | Delete

    The film opens in NYC on Friday and we have a few other dates set up-
    LA – at the Laemmle Music Hall starting Aug 19th. Those are our Oscar qualifying runs. We have to release it first in NY to build interest outside NY. In the film world- all the other theaters wait to see how it does in NY first before they decide whether or not to book it.

    Since we arranged to have the film be the opening night selection at Brooklyn Film Fest we realized we just had to get it out right after that- and I think that has worked out real well. We got a lot of press interest since it’s such a NY story – from the festival screenings- and then this week we’ll get a ton of reviews- if it does well- we will show it all over.

  • Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 17:51:43View | Delete

    We were on a panel the other night about the state of documentary in the age of instant communication. The question was kind of – are docs still relevant in a culture where revolutions are fought with information.. and twitter and photos. I think that in this case – they are incredibly relevant. If we hadn’t patiently followed- and documented the promises vs. the reality- then they would have owned the narrative. It appears that they have won the battle- but I think that they are losing control of the narrative. They can try to argue that we are maligning them- but even project proponents like Errol Louis and James Caldwell have declared the film fair- yet it completely destroys the narrative they have spent so much money to create.

    And hopefully, that destruction will wake people up – and get them to pay a lot more critical attention to what they read and hear

  • Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 17:46:10View | Delete

    I think that our next film will be about how schools in NYC are affected by this same attitude. I believe in the idea that business should be run with an efficient mentality at times- but schools and communities are not businesses. When we try to deal with them in un-democratic- top down ways it always backfires

  • Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 17:43:10View | Delete

    but it was never about basketball- it was about using the nets as a trojan horse to get control of the most valuable real estate in Brooklyn

  • Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 17:40:29View | Delete

    The project is 22 acres- but only a few are the arena block- but it will be 18 acres of parking lots for the forseeable future.

    I think that bloomberg started out doing some good things- but in general he leads with a top down business mentality that leaves communities out of the process. It’s very disturbing.

  • Michael Galinsky commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 17:37:24View | Delete

    It’s happening everywhere- and everytime it’s a loss to the community. Just over the river in NJ, a small community was pressured to build a minor leauge soccer stadium and none of the benefits arrived. At Yankee stadium the local businesses are suffering because the Yankess built the stadium to capture all the dollars. They also built a huge subsidized parking deck on top of several parks and its going to go bankrupt…

    I think that’s one of the reasons this film is so important- it can give people a tool to fight back – to show that it’s not just a few naysayers trying to stop progress- but instead and army of Casandras.

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