Coleen Fitzgibbon, Filmmaker
Greenpoint 2017, a 30minute documentary on the toxic remediation of North Brooklyn’s waterfront areas is a brief update on Greenpoint and Bushwick from 2016 to 2017.
The magnitude and scope of the remediation in North Brooklyn involves many years of individuals and organizations working together to uncover the history of contamination, initiating legal action to clean up sewage, oil and chemical spills and demanding open waterfront areas and parks for the community.
Like chapters in a book, this short film interviews a few of the many voices dedicated to the revitalization and industrial cleanup of Newtown Creek’s superfund, Greenpoint’s brownfields and Bushwick Inlet Park’s restoration.
Interviews with: Riverkeeper’s Sean Dixon, North Brooklyn Alliance’s Willis Elkins, Friends of Bushwick Park’s Kim Fraser and Maggie Baker, North Brooklyn Boat Club’s Patterson Beckwith, activist Steve Chesler, Habitat Map’s Michael Heimbinder, BioCities’ Kathleen Bakewell and artists Peter Fend and Rosa Valado.
Fitzgibbon’s previous film Greenpoint 2016 was screened at the 2016 Greenpoint Film Festival, in which Elkins, Beckwith, Fend and Fitzgibbon explored by boat the state of Newtown Creek superfund contamination in 2016. Greenpoint 2017 is an extension of that journey.
Coleen Fitzgibbon, Producer/director
Michael Grenadier is Associate Producer/editor