|A Hole in a Fence
A film by D.W. Young
46 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2008
In a hidden corner of Brooklyn, change is anything but straightforward...
Chronicling the changing fortunes of Red Hook, Brooklyn, A Hole in a Fence is a documentary that explores the complicated issues of development, class and identity facing one of New York City’s most unique neighborhoods.
It’s the story of a vanished homeless community and the young architect who documented it; of an urban farm run by local kids amidst a landscape of industrial decay; of young graffiti writers losing their stomping grounds; of the arrival of a controversial IKEA megastore; of a photographer’s vision of nature’s renewal; of the doomed struggle to save a rare part of the neighborhood’s working waterfront; and of a filmmaker’s discovery of a fleeting, hidden world on the other side of a rusty old fence.
"A complex exploration of urban community living." -The Guardian (UK)
"Thought-provoking." -USA Today
"A world of surprising richness and tantalizingly ambiguous possibility. Uncommonly lyrical and soulful."-Godfrey Cheshire, Director of Moving Midway
"A sensitive, multilayered look at the complexities and tragicomedies of life in a neighborhood under siege."
"Takes us on a tour of the shifting social landscape of Red Hook’s waterfront neighborhood and its people on the brink of large-scale change." -Brooklyn Historical Society
"An interesting in-depth look at the forces that shape our communities."
"Fascinating... viewing should be mandatory for every city planner in New York, the U.S.-- hell with it-- the world." -TrustMovies
Check out WNYC.org to see critic Nathan Lee revisit the film site with director D.W. Young.
● Bonus Film: Views from the Red Hook Grain Terminal