Dean & 6th: Money v. Community
Though the fight against the unilateral development of Atlantic Yards was lost in 2012, the people of Prospects Heights are still hanging on to their lives, their history, their community with gentrification at their gates. This documentary tries to tell their story in contrast to the story of Bruce Ratner and questionably rapid Atlantic Yards development.
The media informed me that the battle had been won by the City and Forest City Ratner. While the media must operate with headlines, I was free to pursue the continuing story as a documentarian. The aftermath of the development was important to me, from the new Barclay’s Center arena to the daily lives of the local people.
To lend the documentary an air of authority, I contacted Norman Oder of the Atlantic Yards Report about appearing on camera. Oder is a freelance journalist with over 30 years of experience and a local authority on the Atlantic Yards project. He is one of the few (if not the only one) in the media that has continued to closely follow the development and therefore reflected the underlying motivations of the documentary.
We shot over four different site visits including one at night to capture concert goers at the Barclay’s and one interviewing Norman Oder on-site on a windy day. During out shoots, I spoke to people in the community as the interviewer, while Evan was the cameraman.