“The Battle for Brooklyn” is a movie for these times—of Occupation!



Today, the New York Daily News’s Michael O’Keeffe explained some of the parralels between Battle for Brooklyn and Occupy Wall Street. We’ve been waiting for someone to notice.

Now we are back in Brooklyn and back on screen tomorrow at Brooklyn Heights Cinema – 70 Henry St. at 7pm . It will run every Wednesday for the time being.

The recent West Coast tour was amazing, and we had engaged audiences and powerful q and a’s at every event.

About Battle, Charles Mudede wrote in the Stranger, “The documentary is fair and engaging from beginning to end.”

The film also got a rave in the Seattle Times.

Upcoming screenngs include:

– Pittsuburgh at Three Rivers Film Festival on Saturday, November 12.
– Chapel Hill on Tuesday, November 22.
– Maysles Center in Harlem in December.




Yahoo review from LA
“An incredible documentation of the eight-year fight, “Battle for Brooklyn” is riveting viewing. It plays like a dramatic procedural depicting the erosion of civil rights with an intriguing cast championing what each thinks is best for the community. It’s an important cautionary tale for us all.”

Indiewire review
“It’s inspiring to see Americans put a lie to the suggestion that they are apathetic, self-obsessed, greedy, fat, and stupid. Watching Battle for Brooklyn , my only wish was that I could say the same thing about the politicians who run the place.”

Shockya review by LA Film Critics Circle President
When people talk about a movie being depressing, whether in a context either admiring or dismissive, they’re almost always talking about and assessing the dramatic heft of a down-tempo narrative film – how a writer, director and actors worked in concert to shine a light on various human frailties, turmoils and difficulties, and in doing so impacted a viewer’s mood in a manner that lingered with them long after the theater lights came up. Real life, however, is even more full of disease and death, moral injustice and underdogs being smacked down by the powers that be. That may not always be what one wishes to see in a movie, but it can sometimes be bracing, in a good way, to be confronted by the ugliness of reality on its own terms, in broad daylight. And that’s the kind of beautiful, heart-rending melancholy on display in “Battle For Brooklyn,”

LA Times Review
The well-assembled documentary “Battle for Brooklyn” follows one man’s tenacious and complicated fight to preserve his neighborhood from a questionable invoking of eminent domain.

Bruce Levine’s article about Democracy this viral piece points to the need for more knowledge about how communities are being fleeced.

New York Daily News – FOUR STARS ****
“Battle for Brooklyn is another kind of victory, one all New Yorkers can associate with, one about fighting back and standing your ground. The movie has heart, soul and chutzpah…The time line that drives Battle for Brooklyn makes it as urgent as any Hollywood thriller.”

New York Magazine
“Battle for Brooklyn is at its best showing how Atlantic Yards used the pretense of democracy to enrich the powerful, but how it also energized actual citizens to fight the good fight.”

Time Out New York – FOUR STARS ****
“Battle offers both a sobering portrait of personal revolt and a searing case study of a community dismantled by racial and economic tensions”

New York Times – {CRITICS PICK}

“Devastating and dismaying.”

“A compelling tale about the value of individual and collective resistance.”

The Wall Street Journal
“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.”

“A thoroughly engaging look at the infuriating erosion of individual rights in the interest of corporate concerns and political maneuvering.”

NY Daily News
“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.”

Documentary Magazine
“Battle for Brooklyn is a gripping, cinematic story with an epic character arc that condenses seven years into 93 minutes.”

New York Press
“Battle for Brooklyn exposes the corruption lurking behind the push to oust residents for the Atlantic Yards project in an abuse of eminent domain.”

Chicago Reader
“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.

NOW Toronto
“Superb storytelling, great characters…a must see.”


  BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN is an intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by residents and business owners of Brooklyn’s historic Prospect Heights neighborhood facing condemnation of their property to make way for the polarizing Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets.  The film focuses on graphic designer Daniel Goldstein whose apartment sits at what would be center court of the new arena.  A reluctant activist, Daniel is dragged into the fight because he can’t accept that the government should use the power of Eminent Domain to take his new apartment and hand it off to a private developer, Forest City Ratner.  The effort to stop the project pits him and his neighbors against Ratner and an entourage of lawyers and public relations emissaries, the government, and other residents who want the construction jobs, the basketball team, and the additional housing that the project might produce.
Daniel and a host of Brooklynites form the group “Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn” to pursue alternate plans to Ratner’s proposal and to expose misconceptions about the project.  One by one, residents living in the footprint begin to sell their homes to the developer or move away, leaving Daniel as the last man standing in the footprint of the proposed sports arena.  Along the way, he loses a fiancé, falls in love again, gets married and starts a family. BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN is a thoroughly engaging look at the infuriating erosion of individual rights in the interest of corporate concerns and political maneuvering.  Shot over the course of eight years and compiled from almost 500 hours of footage, BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN is an epic and universal tale of one man under pressure, and how far he will go to fight for his home and what he believes in.

For more information visit BattleforBrooklyn.com

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