Battle of Brooklyn chronicles a six year community fight against a massive real estate development that uses eminent domain to take people's homes. Read more
This project was successfully funded on December 1, 2009.
Battle launches June 17th in NYC
We are writing to you today to let you know that after 8 years of work, David, Suki, and I will launch the theatrical run of "Battle for Brooklyn" on June 17th. We have had several festival screenings and the response has been far beyond our wildest expectations (a few press quotes below). Everyone from politicians, to activists, to project proponents have praised the film for it's fairness and powerful storytelling.
Well-attended screenings of "Battle for Brooklyn" here in NYC during that opening weekend of June 17, 18 and 19 at Cinema Village will ensure that the film gets booked all around the country.
(Cinema Village is at 22 E. 12th St., btw Unversity Pl. and 5th Ave.)
The times are not up on their site yet but the film will run at 1,3,5,7, and 9:15
We will be at most screenings that weekend and look forward to connecting with you.
Please become a fan of the film on facebook-
Best, Michael, Suki, and David
“The movie…has heart, soul and chutzpah…Feisty but fairly reported…The time line that drives ‘Battle for Brooklyn’ makes it as urgent as any Hollywood thriller.”— Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
The Atlantic Yards Odyssey, On Film— L Magazine interview with filmmakers Suki Hawley & Mike Galinsky
Brooklyn’s Ongoing Battle— The Brooklyn Rail interview by Williams Cole, with filmmakers Hawley and Galinsky
Filmmaker Mike Galinsky and protagonist Daniel Goldstein Interview— ABC’s Diana Williams’ “Up Close” (June 5, 2011)
“Don’t miss Battle For Brooklyn, a terrific film version of the sorry tale of Atlantic Yards, a cautionary tale for all cities.”— Roberta Gratz, author The Battle For Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs. Mayor Bloomberg 2003 Appointee NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
“Nothing depicts the borough’s backbone with more personality and urgency than “Battle for Brooklyn,”…Seven years of footage is edited into a crisp, dramatic and narrator-free 93 minutes, focusing on the remarkable story of neighborhood activist Daniel Goldstein, the last resident in a Pacific Street building marked for demolition through eminent domain.”— Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal
“‘Battle for Brooklyn’ is a riveting flick that shows how real estate developers use sports to seize other people’s property and enrich themselves with taxpayer subsidies; it is about how corporate interests enlist their allies in government to get what they want, even if that means lying to the public and screwing people who lack deep pockets and political connections.”— Michael O’Keeffe, New York Daily News
“A thoroughly engaging look at the infuriating erosion of individual rights in the interest of corporate concerns and political maneuvering.”— Basil Tsiokos, Indiewire
“Superb storytelling and great characters…a must-see.”— Susan G. Cole, Now Toronto
“Documentary Battle for Brooklyn exposes the corruption lurking behind the push to oust residents for the Atlantic Yards project in an abuse of eminent domain.”— Leslie Stonebraker, New York Press
Coming Soon: “Battle for Brooklyn,” the Atlantic Yards Documentary— Mitchell Trinka, New York Times
“In Battle for Brooklyn, directors Michael Galinksy and Suki Hawley provide a 21st century addendum to the troubling modern history of eminent domain use. Their film shows, up close and dirty, just how large a role developers play in defining the forms and functions of the urban landscape.”— Brett Story, Spacing Toronto
“The dedication that Rumur Inc. has shown to documentary filmmaking and to the borough of Brooklyn has been an inspiration to us for more than a decade, and we believe that their latest work is essential viewing for fans of documentary film and for those who care about the future of their communities.”— Dan Nuxoll, Rooftop Films”