For those interested
in making Brooklyn a cleaner place - or those awed by the impact
and art of documentary filmmaking, don’t miss Brooklyn Film Networks’
free evening of food, music and film at the Brooklyn Museum of
Art (200 Eastern Parkway) on Feb. 28 beginning at 6 pm.
At 7 pm, the free screening of Allison Prete’s eye-opening 1999
documentary "Lavender Lake: Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal"
will begin, followed by a panel discussion at 8 pm, featuring
Prete, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Gowanus
Canal Community Development Corporation founder Buddy Scotto
and other community activists.
In "Lavender Lake" (still at left) Prete uses color
footage of the canal in the late ’90s, archival footage and interviews
with everyone from Community Board 6 manager Craig Hammerman
to patrons of Monte’s Venetian Room at Carroll and Nevins streets
to remember the history of the canal - both the pollution and
floating bodies - and what’s in store for its future.
This informative, and at times comic, documentary about Brooklyn’s
most controversial - and smelly - waterway, and the outspoken
panelists who have worked to clean it up, promise to make a lively
For more information, call (718) 832-3052.
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010