Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Forever Brooklyn: Brooklyn Documentary Screenings

Dec 12, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

| Free

Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival presents a screening of five Brooklyn short documentaries celebrating the culture of Brooklyn. From 1980’s Third Avenue to contemporary media parodies, see Brooklyn’s creative spirit and energy on screen!


1) “Third Avenue, Only the Strong Survive”

Winner of the National Emmy® in 1980, this milestone cinema-verité documentary by Jon Alpert & Keiko Tsuno tells the stories of six “ordinary” people who live or work along New York City’s Third Avenue, which runs for sixteen miles through Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, cutting through the complex social strata of the city to reveal wildly different economic and ethnic subcultures.

The subjects speak for themselves, offering candid glimpses into the disparate worlds of a junkyard dealer who steals cars, a Bowery bum and the wife he abandoned, a welfare mother living in a burnt-out building with her five children, a male prostitute, a God-fearing Puerto Rican factory worker, and an aging Italian barber and his wife. Jon Alpert, a legendary video documentary and community activis,t will be present to discuss his film.

(Presented in excerpted form)

2) “Forever Brooklyn” by Francesco Paciocco

Experience the spirit, culture and hustle of Brooklyn, New York. A 20-month project created by a local Brooklyn filmmaker spanning 20-plus neighborhoods. This remarkable short film is a visual synopsis of Brooklyn’s historical icons and fascinating layers. This is forever. This is Brooklyn.

3) “Metropolitan Avenue” by Christine Nochese

“Metropolitan Avenue” is an inspiring contemporary story about women who strive to combine new roles and old values in our rapidly changing society. A Greenpoint neighborhood facing problems caused by racial tensions and declining municipal services struggles to hold on..

Filmed in 1985, this impassioned film captures a Brooklyn community’s fight to save their neighborhood from imminent destruction by city planners.

(Presented in excerpted form)

4) Two very short shorts by The Shorts Show –  Brooklyn’s Worst Sketch Comedy group:


A hilarious parody of Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln MKC television commercial with a brooding RustCohle on the train to Brooklyn. (60 secs.)

Metrocard Nightmare

A wry take on frustrating Williamsburg hipsters on the L line in Brooklyn. (60 secs.)


Dec 12, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
+ Google Map