At the Corner of 3rd and 3rd

At the Corner of 3rd and 3rdDirected by Max Kutner, 2013, 21 min

Friday 9/20 @ 6:30pm – 67 West St.

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WINNER OF BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
A Brooklyn mystery of sorts–an elegant two story structure built in the Italianate style stands alone, surrounded by acres of empty lots in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. Long abandoned and seemingly forgotten, the building is revealed by historians and preservationists as the former offices of the Coignet Stone Company–a landmark built in 1873 and the first known concrete structure in all of New York City. This forlorn, majestic building becomes our entry point for a brief history of the Gowanus area– from marshy farmlands to center of industry, a steep decline into a foul-smelling toxic wasteland, and now a developer’s dream (except for that toxic part)–an empty stretch of Brooklyn, ready for re-zoning and re-building and surrounded by the affluent areas of Carroll Gardens and Park Slope.

 

The Hill

The HillDirected by Lisa Molomot, 2013, 60 min

Friday 9/20 @ 6:30pm – 67 West St.

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In the heart of New Haven, a poor, primarily black and Hispanic residential neighborhood is threatened by a school reconstruction program. With other building sites clearly available, the destruction of 123 homes in “The Hill” seems motivated less by considerations of school placement and more by the desire to eliminate low-income housing and the citizens who occupy it. Interviews with long term residents, activists, administrators and lawyers demonstrate clearly and concisely how a city government can utilize the principal of “eminent domain” to obliterate an “undesirable” area rather than provide more complex options for urban renewal. The film makes a compelling humanitarian argument for community organization and the utilization of every legal option to battle aggressive political bullying disguised as “progress.”

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The Hill is the Winner of the Best Documentary Feature competition.