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Caption: Daniel Goldstein and Michael Galinsky, San Francisco, CA 1/5/12, Credit: Andrea Chase
Image by: Andrea Chase 
Daniel Goldstein and Michael Galinsky, San Francisco, CA 1/5/12 

BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN -- Michael Galinsky and Daniel Goldstein interview

From: Andrea Chase
Series: Behind the Scenes
Length: 23:56

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Filmmaker Michael Galinsky and activist Daniel Goldstein talk private property, holding out, and standing ovations.

Battleforbrooklynnaturallightprx_small Filmmaker Michael Galinsky used the synchronicity that brought him together with Daniel Goldstein when making BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN, the story of how a private developer invoked Eminent Domain to seize private property, including Goldstein's.  The resulting film has been shortlisted for an Oscar, and at the screening I attended in San Francisco, brought an audience to its feet.  When I spoke with them, the conversation covered what it was like for Goldstein to be trapped in an elevator after everyone else had moved out, how a developer can circumvent local authorities, and how the Occupy Movement has helped get the film booked around the country.

Piece Description

Filmmaker Michael Galinsky used the synchronicity that brought him together with Daniel Goldstein when making BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN, the story of how a private developer invoked Eminent Domain to seize private property, including Goldstein's.  The resulting film has been shortlisted for an Oscar, and at the screening I attended in San Francisco, brought an audience to its feet.  When I spoke with them, the conversation covered what it was like for Goldstein to be trapped in an elevator after everyone else had moved out, how a developer can circumvent local authorities, and how the Occupy Movement has helped get the film booked around the country.

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

This is Andrea Chase and I’m talking with Michael Galinsky and Daniel Goldstein about BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN, which chronicles how during a seven-year battle Goldstein went from mild-mannered graphic artist to committed activist when his newly purchased apartment became part of the target of an eminent domain case that favored the development of the Atlantic Yards commercial development over an established neighborhood and its residents up to an including excluding the residents from having any say in it. Galinsky was there almost from day one, capturing on film the attempts by Goldstein and his neighbors that spanned five years to halt a project that would cost taxpayers millions of dollars while bringing little or no benefit to the residents of the neighborhood that would be affected. Galinsky also uses the issue of eminent domain abuse to examine a host of other issues that allow such things to happens, including a press that underreports the sweetheart deals between government and corporations.

OUTRO:

Andrea Chase has taken you Behind the Scenes of BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN with filmmaker Michael Galinsky and activist Daniel Goldstein.

Related Website

http://battleforbrooklyn.com