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Battle of Brooklyn chronicles a six year community fight against a massive real estate development that uses eminent domain to take people's homes.
Battle of Brooklyn chronicles a six year community fight against a massive real estate development that uses eminent domain to take people's homes.
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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. 

There is a scene in the film with Mayor Bloomberg speaking at the arena groundbreaking ceremony, with protestors outside the elites’ tent. The Mayor says, “Nobody's going to remember how long it took, they're only gonna look and see that it was done.” 
The success of Battle for Brooklyn will prove him wrong.

Your Support got us this far and now we need just one small push to get this film rolling out nationwide.

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

If it screens around the country at large, new audiences will learn of and be inspired by the principled and tenacious fight the community waged against the Atlantic Yards project. 

We are writing to ask you to come to one of the Cinema Village screenings.
Cinema Village is at 22 E. 12th St., btw Unversity Pl. and 5th Ave.)
Most Important: Please strongly encourage your sphere of contacts to see the film at Cinema Village on June 17, 18 or 19. 
The times are not up on their site yet but the film will run at 1,3,5,7, and 9:15

If the 400 supporters of Battle on kickstarter urge five to ten (or more!) people to see the film that opening weekend, it will be a tremendous boost.
We will be at most screenings that weekend and look forward to connecting with you.

Also, if you are a Facebook user, blogger, Twitter-er, please use those methods to alert your spheres of influence to the film and its June 17th opening weekend.

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. ColeNow 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

“The documentary is valuable for its cold-eyed look at how real estate interests work the levers of power in state and city government, dangling the vague promise of job creation in exchange for sweetheart deals that drain the public coffers.”J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader  
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    1. Lauri Dahl on June 9, 2011

      On facebook, if you RSVP to an event (click on "I'm attending"), then it will show up on your wall and in news feeds. So I clicked on "I'm attending" as a way of increasing exposure of the event (even though I'm in Chicago and will likely not be able to attend). This is an easy way of supporting this film.