Our Dr. Sarno Project is Now Live
Our latest project All The Rage is now live. Check it out: bit.ly/atrkick
Ten years in the making, All the Rage began as a profile of Dr. John E. Sarno,... Read more
James Dupree - Eminent Domain- and Dr. John Sarno
I saw this piece about artist James Dupree and his efforts to keep his home after it was seized to make way for a grocery story. I thought that... Read more
Obscuring the Truth
Its been three years since we launched Battle for Brooklyn at Hot Docs. We got good press for the most part, and we did make a dent in the glossy... Read more
Hello Battle for Brooklyn backers.
Battle continues to resonate with people, and we could not have made the film without your support.
We are writing to you today because we... Read more
New Film "Who Took Johnny"- Battle DVD now available
Please let your friends know they can order Battle for Brooklyn from this link
It should also be in stores some time soon.
We also wanted to let you... Read more
Battle on TV and in SF
Battle for Brooklyn will have its US TV premiere this Saturday Oct 20 at 9PM on Direct TV
It should be on DVD and ITunes in January.
We have it... Read more
Arena Ribbon Cutting and a Ton of screenings
The arena had its official ribbon cutting yesterday and I was able to film both inside and outside. We cut together this short piece for the NY Times Local... Read more
Battle continues to roll across the country and we are gearing up for dozens of screenings timed to the opening of the Arena. Mayor Bloomberg says at the end of... Read more
It's been a long slog since we first reached out to you for your help finishing Battle for Brooklyn. It's also been a big week.
On Tuesday, a group of... Read more
LA- Brooklyn- DVDs
Lots of exciting news to report:
DVD's went out this week to those of you who responded to our request for addresses.
Battle will have it's last screening... Read more
BK Heights and Michael Moore
Battle for Brooklyn starts a one week run tonite at BK Heights Cinema at 70 Henry St. in Brooklyn (where it ran as opening night of the Brooklyn Film Festival)... Read more
Battle Holds for a third week at CV - opens in BK Heights
We had a strong weekend at CV once again- and it's mostly people who are new to the story showing up now.
It will stay on the screen at Cinema... Read more
Thanks to an overwhelming response on Sunday- we had a strong weekend and Battle for Brooklyn will continue till at least July 1st- with 5 showings a day at
Cinema... Read more
One Last Plea for support!!!
We have gotten unbelievable press - and support for the film.... and still it's been hard to get bodies to the theater. The theatrical viability of the film depends on... Read more
Battle opens Today
Battle for Brooklyn opens today June 17th at Cinema Village in Manhattan and for one screening a day at Indiescreen in Brooklyn.
visit http://battleforbrooklyn.com for tickets and reviews
and facebook.com/battleforbrooklyn... Read more
BFF, Indiescreen, Cinema Village and LA
If you haven't migrated to the Battle for Brooklyn page on Facebook- please do- that's the best place to get instant info about the film
We are also... Read more
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... Read more
Daily News hits it out of the park
The Daily News hit it out of the park on Sunday. In a summer preview about Battle For Brooklyn, and the new Woody Allen film, News film editor Joe Neumaier... Read more
Things in Toronto have gone incredibly. There have been scores of positive reviews and tweets about the film- and we've been told that it's one of the top films in... Read more
Amazing screening- amazing reviews
We had a sold out - amazing screening for our world premier tonite. The audience totally got the film- and gave Dan a long long standing ovation.
we have gotten... Read more
It's live!!!- get your tickets to BFF now June 3rd.
Brooklyn Film Festival US premier click link to get info and tickets.
June 3rd- Brooklyn Heights Cinema
Hot Docs Premier on Saturday April 30
Yesterday at 6pm we finished Battle for Brooklyn. David is on a plane to Toronto with the Tape and the Poster that we finished at 10pm. If you look closely... Read more
First real review and it's great
Superb storytelling and great characters, especially charismatic city councillor Laetitia James, make this a must-see. https://www.nowtoronto.com/guides/hotdocs/2011/listing.cfm?listingid=14
there's a mini review in Now Toronto- Their version of the Voice etc.
Let's... Read more
NY Release coming up in June.
picture is locked
We locked picture (at least on the first reel) and the sound mixer, Alex at resoundpost, is hard at work on the sound mix. In a couple of days filmmaker... Read more
More bad news (that confirms what project opponents were saying all along)
Today's NY Post has another devastating article about the Atlantic Yards project. Norman Oder points argues that the article is a bit hyperbolic, but at least it's hyperbolic in a... Read more
Community Benefits Agreement in the News
I wanted to share this article from the NY Post about how corrupt the CBA process is at the Atlantic Yards. It's nice that this came out before we finished... Read more
world premier at hot docs in toronto april 30
Battle for Brooklyn (note new name) will have its world premier at the Hot Docs Documentary Festival on April 30th at 7pm. This is fantastic news as Hot Docs is... Read more
Bruce Bender in the news
Forest City Ratner representative Bruce Bender was very generous in giving us a couple of interviews for our documentary. Recently he was linked to a corruption scandal related to the... Read more
We are heading to Florida on Thursday to screen the film at a conference on Eminent Domain.
The film is very close to completion and we hope to launch... Read more
house of the lord scene
We just posted a scene from the film.
We hope to launch the film at a major festival this spring.
Almost a Year since we asked for your help
It's hard to believe that it's been almost a year since we finished our kickstarter campaign, but it has.
Even before we asked for your help we had been editing... Read more
Nearing the end of the film
It was almost a year ago that we launched our kickstarter campaign in order to raise money to help us finish our film. I know that some of you are... Read more
Surprise, there are no plans for anything but an arena.
Today FCR revealed plans for the plaza in front of the arena, and also mentioned that they wouldn't be building anything else until the economy improved.
We have... Read more
We have been burning the midnight oil to finish the film and are extremely excited about the cut that we just submitted to the Sundance Film Festival. We feel very... Read more
We have been hard at work on the cut and are extremely happy with how the film is coming together. in the meantime we have put together a trailer to... Read more
another - almost worse - brooklyn eminent domain story
Todd Triplett posted the following comment to a recent update of ours and asked that I spread the word about his situation. I believe he is correct in thinking that... Read more
What's In A Name?
We are getting much closer to having a finished film and now we are focusing a lot more on what to do with it. We have a post about the... Read more
screening the first 20ish minutes at rooftop on friday july 9th
at the kickstarter film fest in conjunction with rooftop films.
hope to see you there.
Norman Oder article in the Times
Norman Oder has an op-ed (according to the Times it's an essay) in today's Times.
UPDATE- forgot to include the link to the Times "balancing" puff piece on ratner... Read more
Just wanted to give you all a quick update on where we are with the film. Over the last couple of months Suki has been working with the final 40... Read more
The filming is done
On Wednesday Dan and Shabnam moved all of their possessions out of their home. On Thursday they had a party to say goodbye to their apartment with many of the... Read more
the spunk lads played a final set at Freddy's on May 1st
This is one of the last songs The Spunk Lads Played. It was riotous.
I have been trying to find a way to write about the last couple of weeks... Read more
I know that many people who have supported the film are not on the DDDB mailing list so I wanted to pass this on- as it helps to further clarify... Read more
Daniel's statement on yesterday's deal
Yesterday I met Dan at court to follow up his eviction hearing. When I got there I found that after a long negotiation he had made an agreement to leave... Read more
NY Daily News
There is a NY Daily News article today on "The Holdouts"
Yesterday it was announced that Freddy's Bar is moving. For the last few months the fighting Freddy's have been doing yeoman's work in bringing attention to the situation. While there... Read more
The other day our friend Ras stopped by while we were editing. He sat down and played us a song that he'd been working on called "Welcome to Brooklyn". After... Read more
It aint over till it's over
We are continuing to make progress on our cut.
Meanwhile...... things are not looking good for the project
here is a little video about the groundbreaking yesterday
We shot a great deal for the film yesterday and threw together this short piece for the NY Times Local blog. We kept it as even handed as we... Read more
DDDB calls for protest of AY groundbreaking- march 11 - 12:30
On Thursday, March 11...
Join Our Groundbreaking to Bury the Soul of Brooklyn
Then Protest Ratner's Ceremonial Groundbreaking
Many of us are angry, no...mad, and lots... Read more
reason tv piece about Freddy's
This is a nice short that focus's on Freddy's bar- which is slated to be demolished for the arena- but not without a fight.
Coney Island Film by our colleauge JL Aronson on kickstarter
Our good friend JL Aronson has been working on a film about the changes at Coney Island. His project is here- http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/JLAronson/last-summer-at-coney-island-documentary...
I thought that those of you who are... Read more
Title is transferred but a lawsuit could still throw a wrench in the works
Today Judge Gerges transferred title of the remaining properties in the Atlantic Yards footprint to the ESDC who will lease the entire project site- including the now de-mapped city streets... Read more
Screening went great and rewards are going out.
We want to thank The Video Association of Dallas (videoFest), The Dallas Film Society, and the Lone Star Film Society - as well as the Magnolia Theater- for hosting the... Read more
screening and rewards
We have a rough cut screening set up in Dallas at the Magnolia Theater- Feb 16th 7:30
With the support of Dallas video fest- Dallas Film Festival - and Dallas... Read more
Battle of Brooklyn progress report
We got a lot of great feedback from our Dec 10 screening. We made a number of changes in response to the feedback and feel that the first 30 minutes... Read more
event wrap up and bond news
Norman Oder covered our fantastic screening/ panel discussion event -
we filmed the discussion and should have it online in the coming weeks.
It was great to see the... Read more
screening thurs dec 10 - cantor center 7pm
REMINDER- SCREENING- FIRST 30 MINUTES OF THE FILM
December 10, 2009 at 7 P.M.
Cantor Center at New York University
36 East 8th Street
New York, New York 10003
Doors... Read more
Excited and overwhelmed. That's how we feel right now. Your enthusiasm has inspired us, and we are extremely grateful that you chose to support this project.
373 of you stepped... Read more
We have been editing pretty much full time for over a year- and for the previous five years we logged tapes- and did minor editing. It's hard to put together... Read more
Atlantic Yards Report- No Land Grab- DDDB.net and the story (UPDATED)
I know that many of the people pledging to our film have done so without a lot of background information on the Atlantic Yards Project.
It's kind of hard to... Read more
the story on cbs news tonight
Here's a tv news story about the project that aired on CBS tonite. They were gracious enough to allow us to film as they put it together. We like to... Read more
DEC 10th screening and panel discussion in NYC - rsvp required
December 10, 2009 at 7 P.M.
Cantor Center at New York University
36 East 8th Street
New York, New York 10003
Doors Open at 6:45 P.M.
Followed by panel discussion... Read more
60 hours to go
We have just 60 hours to reach our goal-
Please consider reaching out to friends who know how important this project is - but haven't taken the time to support... Read more
With 5 days to go we are thankful that we have gotten so much support for our project. We are nearly 60% of the way to our goal. In order... Read more
The story in a nutshell
New York Daily News nailed it with their piece on Dan, Shabnam and Sita.
Please consider sending this story to a friend that might be interested in helping us to... Read more
Court rules against Goldstein et al.
It was a depressing shoot this morning. For the last several days I have gotten to Dan and Shabnam's early in the morning in order to shoot as they waited... Read more
Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association Meeting, 2004
In 2004, the Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association held a meeting to hear from the city: Hardy Adasko of NYC's Economic Development Association and Winston Von Engel of the Department of... Read more
cnn video about dan and kelo
Daily News article about the compensation issue
The NY Daily News has an article about the compensation issue. Tonight CNN will run a story featuring Dan - discussing Kelo.
NY didn't rule on the eminent domain case... Read more
Brooklyn Paper article about the ESDC's low ball offer to Daniel
About a month ago, Daniel Goldstein was informed that the ESDC was offering him 510,000 dollars for his apartment; an apartment that he paid nearly 600,000 for in 2003. This... Read more
Kelo vs. New London
During the course of our filming the Supreme Court heard the case Kelo vs. New London.
In brief, New London seized a bunch of property in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood... Read more
This article from today's Wall Street Journal has some interesting info about the situation.
dddb before city council hearing scene
Thanks to everyone for all the support. The pledges and words of encouragement have given us such a great burst of energy to move forward with the film.
We are... Read more
Meeting with Roger Green
On June 30th 2004 Roger Green, state assemblyman for part of the project site, addressed the community in regards to his position on the project. This scene has become part... Read more
Today it became clear that FCR is planning on taking down a beautiful building, 475 Dean Street, that used to house artists. All of the owners sold the developer because... Read more
norman oder has some good thoughts on the esdc scene we uploaded
The first ESDC stamp of approval
First- thank you - we are amazed by all of the support- please continue to help by spreading the word to friends and neighbors - and enemies if you please.... Read more
Thanks again to everyone for the support - please spread the word to friends- we're over 20% of the way there.
In the scene Patti Hagan continues to work through... Read more
Press Conference about the project
Again- thanks to everyone for the support. It's been a really incredible experience for us to have such a broad show of interest in our work. We've been working in... Read more
First Public Presentation by the developer
Thanks again to everyone for the support- please help us spread the word by telling other friends about the project
This is a scene that probably won't make it in... Read more
The commuity meets with Norman Siegel
In late January or early February 2004 members of the community met with Norman Siegel to hear about what they might expect in the coming months or years. Nearly six... Read more
Slide show of early photos
First I want to thank all of the people that have already stepped up to help us finish the film. It's been a great shot in the arm for us.... Read more
David Sheets' Powerful Speech
David Sheets lives in a rental apartment on Dean St. down the block from Freddy's bar. While a great deal of attention has been paid to owners who will lose... Read more
Rev Billy at this year's walkathon
Green Party Mayoral Candidate Reverend Billy had some choice words about Eminent Domain during the Develop Don't Destroy (DDDB) 5th annual Walkathon. The walk paused in front of Mayor Bloomberg's... Read more