Sadly missed by the Motion Picture Academy when it handed out nominations for 2011's best documentaries, Battle for Brooklyn was one of last year's best. Boiseans will get a one-shot opportunity to witness the battle on the big screen when The Flicks showcases the film on Sunday, March 18, at 7 p.m.
The story revolves around Brooklynite Daniel Goldstein, who refused to sell out to developers hoping to build a new basketball arena. It's a 21st century David vs. Goliath as Goldstein faces down real estate gazillionaires and grandstanding politicians.
Filmmakers Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley don't pretend to be "fair and balanced" in their storytelling and have been accused of advocacy filmmaking. Good for them. Battle for Brooklyn is all about standing your ground, which is clearly what the directors have done.