Su Freidrich’s documentary about the gentrification of Williamsburg is called Gut Renovation starts playing at Film Forum on Wednesday, March 6. The film originally screened at Brooklyn Film Festival last year. From Film Forum:
With a winning combination of wit, anger, and political savvy, filmmaker Su Friedrich and co-writer Cathy Quinlan record how the neighborhood has changed from when they arrived in 1989 to the rich-hipster haven it has become. Friedrich casts a jaundiced eye on the sleek granite kitchen counters featured at the condo openings she attends; she paints graffiti on construction fences (“Artists Used To Live Here”) and comments wryly on her new neighbors (“What’s with all the fancy dogs?”).
Williamsburg gentrification always being a controverial subject, it’s pretty obvious which stance Su takes as she is heard heckling people on the street in the trailer. Should make for some interesting conversation. What do you think? Watch below: