Free Film Screening: The Iron Triangle
Friday, July 27, 2018
8:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
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Greenpoint's own 61 Franklin and Java Street Gardens, together with Greenpoint Landing/Brookfield Properties, are teaming up this summer to present a mini-festival of sustainability films. Screenings are free, and open to the public, and are presented by the filmmakers and special guests.
Screenings are free, and begin at sunset (approximately 8:45 p.m.). Bring something to sit on, snacks and drinks, and note that the gardens have no bathrooms!
Second in our series is the new documentary, The Iron Triangle, pictures the slow-moving, and tragic, demise of one of the city's last great blighted spots: Willets Point. For decades, Queens Willets Point has been the site of an interconnected network of hundreds of small auto repair shops, known for no-frills but inexpensive, quality service. The owners, many immigrants, have persevered despite a lack of city support, but their luck may have just run out. With the Iron Triangle declared a blight and marked for lucrative redevelopment, the working class of Willets Point faces off against gentrification and urban renewal for the future of their livelihoods and community.
Featuring an extended pantheon of local politicians, neighborhood activists, Willets Point business owners, and a few select rabble-rouses (David Harvey!), The Iron Triangle is a timely look at how the city's economic development under Bloomberg increasingly favored wealthy real-estate speculators at the cost of local business people. Containing lessons pertinent to Greenpoint's own transformation, The Iron Triangle is a unique look at the machinations of urban development, with a poignant moral that could have come from an Aesop fable.
This screening is presented by filmmaker and urban theorist Prudence Katze.
For any questions about this event, please contact Emmy Bunn at (917) 209-5727 or email@example.com.