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BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN
Documentary About the Land Grab That Enabled Construction of the Barclays Center Is a Gripping Real-Life Drama, and It Comes to DVD on January 15, 2013
"Superb storytelling, great characters ... a must-see." - NOW Toronto
Since the start of this NBA season, the cheers of major league sports fans are being heard in Brooklyn for the first time since baseball's Dodgers went west 55 years ago. But not everyone is cheering. The story of the construction of the Barclays Center, a tale of citizens forced out of their homes by wealthy developers and politicians, is now told in the urgent documentary BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN. The latest work of honored filmmakers Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, it comes to Virgil Films DVD on January 15, 2013, with an SRP of $19.99.
BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN is an intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by residents and business owners of Brooklyn's historic and densely populated Prospect Heights neighborhood as they face 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, Goldstein 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.
Shot over the course of eight years and compiled from almost 500 hours of footage by directors Galinsky and Hawley (Horns and Halos), BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN is an epic and universal David-vs.-Goliath tale of one man under pressure, and how far he will go to fight for his home and what he believes in.
Neil Rosen of NY1 television said BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN "provides an engrossing history lesson on this controversial project." The Los Angeles Times' Gary Goldstein wrote, "The movie proves a deft look at a reluctant crusader and how financial sway and political override can so effectively trump the power of the average citizen."
Salon.com's Andrew O'Hehir said the movie "spins a compelling tale about the value of individual and collective resistance, even as it makes clear where power in our society really resides." The Seattle Times' Moira MacDonald praised, "Hawley and Galinsky ... bring real suspense to the story."
BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN
Street date: January 15, 2013
Prebook: December 11, 2012
Running time: 93 minutes