Tonight at Arts@Renaissance, three short films about development in North Brooklyn will be screening. The event tonight will last from 7:30 – 9:30PM, but if you’re afraid of the rain, the exhibition, entitled “Common Ground: Imaging North Brooklyn”, will be on display through October 15.
From Sarah Nelson Wright:
DREAM HOUSE by Laura Grace Chipley
Dream House is an experimental documentary about desire, memory and loss. After happening upon a derelict Victorian house in Williamsburg, a young couple becomes obsessed with moving in and starting a life there.
OPEN HOUSE by Diane Nerwen
“Readily visible under the thin veneer of real estate ads pushing Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s future as a destination for the moneyed, yet “hip”, classes is an urban renewal project on a scale not seen since Robert Moses’ “slum” clearance of the 1960’s. Documenting the brutal nature of the development spree which occurred as a result of the neighborhood’s re-zoning from light manufacturing/residential to the loosening of codes that allowed for forty story towers on the waterfront, Nerwen’s video offers stark evidence against the cheerful notion that the unrestricted laws of free markets are “good for everyone”.
OUR HOUSE by Greg King & David Teague
On Dan Taylor’s first day out of prison he had nowhere to go, and faced one of the most important choices of his life: to return to his past of drug addiction or to try for something better. Through a chance encounter the next day, he met Derek, a young Christian anarchist, who invited him to move into a new and very unusual community called “Our House.”