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July 7, 2006

TONIGHT, Film Night: A Walk Through the Footprint

PARK SLOPE FOOD COOP • Friday, July 7, 7PM • 782 Union St.

FilmNight.gif This 18-minute short film profiles several Prospect Heights residents who face eviction due to developer Bruce Ratner’s Brooklyn Arena project. Ratner’s plan to erect not just an arena, but a 16-skyscraper mega-development complex, would displace some 800 people who live in the vibrant community of Prospect Heights.

The film follows the model of the PBS “Walk Through” series that profiles neighborhoods around New York, but in this film the tour guides are community activists, members of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, who visit several of the residents facing eviction. The characters are funny and poignant, passionate and compelling, as they describe the life of a vital community.

Coop member and filmmaker, George Lerner has made a series of short films on Brooklyn neighborhoods Crown Heights and Red Hook for the travel website TurnHere.com. As a long-time CNN producer, he spearheaded CNN investigative series on Al Qaeda links in Canada, Saddam Hussein's money trail and abuses by U.S. contractors in Iraq. As a reporter for Reuters in the 1990s, he covered global poverty issues, reporting on Latin America’s 1995 economic crisis and Asia’s 1998 financial meltdown.

A discussion with the filmmaker and the film’s subjects will follow.

Posted by lumi at July 7, 2006 11:36 AM