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Made in Brooklyn: A Slide show of films about Brooklyn
Posted October 05, 2010 to photo album "Made in Brooklyn: A Slide show of films about Brooklyn"
For directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, filming It’s Kind of a Funny Story in Brooklyn was essential to the story. It was a choice many filmmakers before them made as well.
Do the Right Thing (1989) | Bedford-Stuyvesant
For years, films shot in Brooklyn highlighted that borough’s ethnic diversity, a mosaic however that rarely included the African-American experience. Spike Lee’s aptly named Do The Right Thing sought to remedy that mistake by setting––and shooting––its story within a two-block area in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Indeed one of the production’s major hurdles was using that small area of Stuyvesant Avenue between Quincy and Lexington Ave as the film’s primary location. For Lee, shooting the film in this area of Brooklyn was so important that it was a stipulation in his contract. In “The Cinema of Spike Lee: Images of a Mosaic City,” Catherine Pouzoulet explains, “Lee’s use of Brooklyn is not accidental. The most densely populated of New York City’s five boroughs. Brooklyn is the home of more than half of New York City’s African-American population.”