Funded! This project was successfully funded on December 1, 2009.


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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Thank you everyone for the support. Our Kickstarter effort is closed but we still welcome (and need) your support. You can make a tax deductible donation through our fiscal sponsor MPI. You can also send a check to MPI - simply put BATTLE in the subject line and they will get us the money right away.

Moving Picture Institute 375 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10013

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As you know, for the past 6 years we've been shooting our film, "Battle of Brooklyn," a documentary which chronicles the efforts of local community activists to stop a massive development that threatens to decimate their neighborhood. Our main character, Daniel Goldstein, refused to sell to the developer and now New York State is attempting to seize his home via the power of eminent domain -- a hot button issue that has made headlines across the country. (Dan and his family are not the only ones whose home is threatened. However, in order to tell the most compelling story the film increasingly focuses on him and his family.).

After she recently viewed a rough cut, Mindy Fullilove, professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University, wrote us: I keep reflecting on your movie. It's so superb that you have documented the nitty gritty reality of fighting City Hall so that all of us will know it's possible.

Now we're approaching the end of this incredible story: If the developer doesn't get shovels in the ground by Dec 31, it's unlikely he'll be able to proceed. If he does, Dan, his family, many other owners and renters, and the lareger community outside the project footprint that have come together, will have lost their fight...and their homes. After shooting 300 hours of footage over six years, we have a character driven film that shines a bright light on the world of New York politics, billion dollar real estate, urban renewal, and the power of grass roots community activism.

Now we need your help to finish it. Our plan is to pre-sell 1000 copies of the DVD for $25. If we reach our goal of $25,000 by December 1, then we'll get a matching grant which will provide the finishing funds.

The audience is the key to the success of any film - and we're asking you to pre-buy a digital download and signed DVD of "The Battle of Brooklyn" for $25.

Eminent Domain is an issue that matters regardless of your beliefs. One of the reasons that we were so drawn to the story is that we think it's a great way to get people to think more deeply about their own relationship to partisan politics. As with Horns and Halos we know that people will leave the theater with a lot of questions. We think that's a good thing.

They will believe in the power people have to stand up and fight for what they believe in - even when it seems all hope is lost and there's no way that they can win.

Every day we'll be posting a new piece of media from the film. It could be raw footage or a scene. We encourage your feedback and comments as we continue to shape the final cut.

Check out today's piece of video.

Our 30 day fundraising campaign begins next Wednesday November 4th. We're counting on you, our family, friends, and fans to back our project and help spread the word.

With heartfelt thanks,

Suki, Michael,David

Here is some recent press on the project:

Daily News


New York Times


In addition, a tax deductible contribution to the project can be made through our fiscal sponsor Moving Picture Institute (MPI)


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