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Made in Brooklyn: A Slide show of films about Brooklyn

Posted December 22, 2011 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.

Made in Brooklyn | Pariah
Fatty at Coney Island (1917) | Coney Island
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)  | Williamsburg
It Happened in Brooklyn (1947) | Bensonhurst
On the Town (1949) | Brooklyn Navy Yards
Little Fugitive (1953) | Coney Island
The French Connection (1971) | New Utrecht Avenue & others
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) | Gravesend
Saturday Night Fever (1977) | Bay Ridge
The Warriors (1979) | Coney Island & others
Sophie's Choice (1982) | Flatbush
Moonstruck (1987) | Carroll Gardens & Park Slope
Do the Right Thing (1989) | Bedford-Stuyvesant
Little Odessa (1994) | Brighton Beach
Smoke / Blue in the Face (1995) | Park Slope
The Squid and the Whale (2005) | Park Slope
Half Nelson (2006) | Red Hook
Made in Brooklyn | Pariah

Made in Brooklyn | Pariah

In the movies, Manhattan is always the New York borough that gets targeted by invading aliens, while Brooklyn quietly escapes obliteration. Brooklyn is where the smaller, more intimate and, some might say, more “real” stories take place, and has for a while been a hub of independent film. Dee Rees' lesbian coming-of-age drama PARIAH was shot in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Fort Greene, which is not only where the movie's producer, Nekisa Cooper, lives but also where its executive producer, Spike Lee – the godfather of black independent film – grew up and now has his production company, 40 Acres and a Mule. “It’s a neighborhood that we’re familiar with,” says Cooper. “We’d lived there for seven years, so we accessed our community connections. We were able to centralize and take advantage of being in Fort Greene. We worked with a local real estate agent, and she found us an amazing brownstone location where we filmed all of the homes’ interiors for PARIAH.” In celebration of this great Brooklyn movie, the following slideshow looks back over the borough's long historical ties to the film industry and charts some of the most memorable Brooklyn stories that have been committed to celluloid.