GIFFORD FOUNDATION “WHAT IF…” Film: Brooklyn Matters

October 19, 2011 - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Brooklyn Matters
Free films showcasing community revitalization and engagement at the ArtRage Gallery.

Brooklyn Matters addresses the issue of who makes decisions when urban neighborhoods are on the brink of change. Brooklyn Matters is a riveting look at how big real estate, politics, community voices, and the desperate need for jobs and housing clash in one of the largest development proposals in the history of New York City. The film poses vital, timely questions that are relevant to cities across the country, including Syracuse.

Brooklyn Matters brings a depth of expert commentary to the debate and introduces many important community voices that have struggled to be heard on this project. This film’s exploration of the risks that come with a concentration of power is important for anyone concerned with who has a voice and who has a vote in shaping the future of our cities. Brooklyn Matters has been called “a must see for all who care about the future of their neighborhoods and the role that public policy and process plays in determining that future.” (Marilyn Gelber Former Commissioner New York City Department of Environmental Protection.)

The Gifford Foundation announces the fall films to be screened as part of the “What if…” Film Series. Launched in spring of 2010, the series presents free films showcasing how communities across the nation successfully address issues of concern to residents. The screenings are followed by discussions on how the themes resonate within Central New York. A committee of community volunteers selected the films. There will be a total of three films shown over the course of six presentations from October 4 through November 22; show times vary for each screening. Each film is about one hour long and is followed by the moderated discussion.
All films are free to the public and no reservations are necessary – seating is on a first come, first serve basis. ArtRage is fully handicapped accessible.
For more information visit the Gifford Foundation site