Nelson George’s BROOKLYN BOHEMEMarch 13, 2012


Nelson George’s BROOKLYN BOHEME

Showtime

Editor's Note: BROOKLYN BOHEME is now available on demand (FilmBuff).

 

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BROOKLYN BOHEME

By T. Tara Turk

 

The first time I moved to New York from Detroit for college, one of the first things I did was go straight to Prospect Park to see the place where Spike Lee filmed his bike scene with Denzel Washington for MO BETTA BLUES. This was a clear sign that I was going to be apart of this movement, whatever it was, since my sights to see were vastly different from the usual.

BROOKLYN BOHEME on Showtime On Demand is Writer/Critic/Filmmaker Nelson George’s documentary on the Brooklyn neighborhood of Fort Greene and it’s popular 1990s art scene.

 

It is a beautiful love story

much like that of Woody Allen to New York or Paris

or Scorsese's tribute to Manhattan.

 

Very few filmmakers could shoot this Brooklyn relationship (although poet/writer/filmmaker Pierre Bennu is one I think who could compliment this one brilliantly) because it’s really something you had to be there to see. I know youngsters hate hearing older people say that (gasp- when did I put myself in that latter group?) but it’s definitely true. If you weren’t there and you’re keen to see how a renaissance gets started, you’ll love this labor of truth from George.

 


Nelson George (Courtesy of Showtime)

George’s doc is comprised of very personal interviews with very known people (mostly because they are his friends) like Chris Rock, Spike Lee, Rosie Perez, Talib Kweli, Lisa Jones and Saul Williams to name a few.

 



The chapters of the doc are chronological, starting with the early inhabitants of the then super regular and ungentrified neighborhood, which include Lee, Vernon Reid and Branford Marsalis. This was time when most of those up and coming artists were mostly kids of Brooklynite parents or children of jazz musicians who bought homes in Fort Greene early on due the price and location to the West Village (just two stops away). But then this kids starting creating magical art like “School Days” and stayed in the neighborhood where they worked thus creating a movement of familial synergy and cultural discourse that would last for years on end.

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What Filmmakers Are Participating In GE’s Focus Forward Short Films?May 02, 2013


What Filmmakers Are Participating In GE’s Focus Forward Short Films?

GE's Focus Forward

“You’ve only got four minutes to save the world.” - Justin Timberlake on Madonna’s “4 Minutes”

Who knew that the above quote was actually going to be applicable to a program that aimed to do just that? GE’s Focus Forward Films are a collection of films by select filmmakers (most of them award winning) on people or things that are making an impact on human development and it’s affect on the next generation. In four minutes. 


See the latest Independent Movie On Demand (IMOD) Trailers here...

 

GE's Focus Forward Short Films

By T. Tara Turk

 


There are about 30 short films with subjects ranging from how robots will become our new best friends (a huge development for those with Autism), the innovation of an invisible bike helmet that will address the needs of an ever increasing green biking global community, technology that turns colors into sound and, my personal favorite (and not just because it’s my friend in the head, boy Nelson George) the impact of the TR-808 drum machine that revolutionized urban music beginning with Marvin Gaye and up to present. After all, Sir Mix-A-Lot did say the 808 made “girlies get dumb” (not literally but in a sense of going crazy for the beat...naturally).

After watching most of them, I felt somewhere between the sloth sucking the life out of my couch and inspired to go outside and cure cancer. Less than four minutes is just the perfect amount for some of them as you’re able to garner the gist of the impact in that time and walk away curious enough to want to know more (especially with Stanley Nelson’s piece on the birth of Auto Tune and its impact on modern music). Some though, seem like an extended marketing presentation for a noble cause (I did love hearing about Sudan’s state of the art Salam Center that offers free cardiac surgery to those who need it) rather than short films. 

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