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Brooklyn Reconstructed - THE FILLMORE & THE VANISHING CITY
The New Parkway Theater
Oakland, CA
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Brooklyn Reconstructed - THE FILLMORE & THE VANISHING CITY
BROOKLYN RECONSTRUCTED - A New Film Series About Gentrification & Redevelopment in the Brooklyn Borough presented by Top Ten Social, FilmWax, and Broaklyn Film & Theater Co.

Gentrification has been a hot-button-issue in Oakland for the last decade, as new development spurred by former Mayor Jerry Brown's "10K Initiative" brought new residents and new energy to the downtown district. The initiative helped to remake Oakland's image, but also resulted in allegations of displacement of longtime residents and exclusion of some of the city's diverse demographic.

The first film in the series, THE FILLMORE, tells the dramatic story of the rise and fall (and rise again?) of San Francisco's premier Black community, as it faced the nationwide juggernaut known as urban renewal. The Fillmore represents the story not only of a neighborhood, but also of a whole social history. In the streets of the Fillmore can be found the stories of the Japanese in San Francisco, from internment to integration; the jazz heyday created by the arrival of thousands of Black workers during World War II; and the dramatic battle to save the neighborhood from the bulldozers of urban renewal, a struggle faced by neighborhoods across the country during the 1950s and 1960s -- and even today.
Director: Rick Butler
*partial screening

Told through the eyes of tenants, city planners, business owners, scholars, and politicians, THE VANISHING CITY (2010), by DeRosa and Senko, exposes the real politic behind the alarming disappearance of New York's beloved neighborhoods, the truth about its finance-dominated economy, and the myth of "inevitable change." Artfully documented through interviews, hearings, demonstrations, and archival footage, the film takes a sober look at the city's "luxury" policies and high-end development, the power role of the elite, and accusations of corruption surrounding land use and rezoning.
Director: Fiore Derosa & Jen Senko

*guest speaker panel moderated by Davey D
**Broaklyn Film & Theater Co. kickoff party following



The New Parkway Theater (View)
474 24th St
Oakland, CA 94612
United States

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