I was informed about this on Facebook by Rev. Carmen Hernandez-DeArmas and so impressed. This story is like a dream come true for me. I always wished someone would cover this topic in a documentary. I wish you the best of luck. I know that you have reached you financial goal, but is there any other ways the community can help? I have added a link to this page to my website, http://www.shannonleegilstad.me.
My name is Sam Goodman. I am an urban planner working for the Bronx Borough President’s office since 1995. I am also someone whose family lived on the Grand Concourse since the 1920′s. It was in 1966 that my parents were advised by our community’s congressman to relocate because “in 20 years we’re going to bulldoze the whole place down.” Consequently, within a few months after given that advice my folks purchased a home in Connecticut. My point in reaching out to you is to applaud your endevor and to suggest that what happened was certainly no accident. Indeed, even today forty years later the “planned shrinkage” policies of the 1970′s remain a “hangover” on many Bronx communities. Finally, if I can offer any perspective, I would be pleased to do so.
Hope you go into the macro policies of redlining, Robert Moses’ destruction etc and not just interviews with feel good people… then it could be a hard hitting and powerful documentary
this looks like some great shots. did you see the other movie out now called Ruble Kings? It’s got the Ghetto Brothers thing real good, and i hope you can cover the people like Majora Carter who come from the south Bronx and look past just making the houses back and taking it further to a green and really beautiful future for people who dont know how to think like that anymore. i love the bronx and i hope this never happen agains.
Hello. I have friends who attended Cardinal Hayes high school 149th and the Grand Concourse from ’68 to ’72. They describe watching the Bronx in flames *every* day during those years. I look forward to screening your documentary. Cheers, Rick Del Savio e233rd and Dyre ave ’57-88′.