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May 3, 2011

Battle for Brooklyn debuts in Toronto, mostly to kudos, will open in Brooklyn in June

Atlantic Yards Report

The documentary Battle for Brooklyn debuted this past weekend at Toronto's Hot Docs festivals, garnering mostly positive reviews from local critics and, according to the filmmakers, standing ovations for Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn's Daniel Goldstein, the film's most prominent character, who was in attendance.

It will be the opening night film at the Brooklyn Film Festival on June 3rd (at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema).

Having seen a near-finished version, my shorthand take is that it's quite compelling--and for reasons not fully fleshed out in the initial reviews cited below.

At the same time, for those of us who know the sweep of the story, Battle for Brooklyn, at about 90 minutes, is both understandably and troublingly limited.

I'll say more about the film at a later date, but for now will compile the initial reactions.

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Posted by eric at May 3, 2011 11:50 AM