In 1959 New York City announced a “slum clearance plan” by Robert Moses that would displace 2,400 working class and immigrant families, and dozens of businesses, from the Cooper Square section of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Guided by the belief that urban renewal should benefit – not displace – residents, a working mother named Frances Goldin and her neighbors formed the Cooper Square Committee (CSC) and launched a campaign to save the neighborhood.

Over five decades they fought politicians, developers, white flight, government abandonment, blight, violence, arson, drugs, and gentrification – cyclical forces that have destroyed so many working class neighborhoods across the US. Through tenacious organizing and hundreds of community meetings, they not only held their ground but also developed a vision of community control.

Fifty three years later, they established the state’s first community land trust – a diverse, permanently affordable neighborhood in the heart of the “real estate capital of the world.”



Ryan Joseph | Kathryn Barnier | Kelly Anderson

Ryan Joseph is a freelance documentary photographer and filmmaker whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Jet Magazine, En Foco Photography Magazine, Urban Ink Magazine and various other publications.

He co-produced his first feature documentary, The Rink, with Sarah Friedland in 2013, and he was the field technician for Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South in 2014. He has an MFA from the Hunter College Integrated Media Arts program.

Currently Ryan works as Digital Content Producer and Digital Production Manager for Jersey City’s Communication Department. When he is not working he enjoys spending time with his family.

Kathryn Barnier. Kathryn Barnier has many editing credits including My Brooklyn, Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks Out of Town in America, Detroit 48202, The Gun Deadlock, Bill Moyers’ Journal Specials (nominated for two Emmys), The American President (ten-hour PBS series), and The Cronkite Quarterly.

Banished won prizes at both the Sundance Film Festival and the Miami International Film Festival and aired on PBS. Two films,Carvalho’s Journey and Miriam, Home Delivery debuted recently at the NY Jewish Film Festival and DOCNY, respectively. Three projects, The Search for Solutions, All About Looking (featuring artist Jim Dine) and Banished were released theatrically in New York City.

Kelly Anderson is a Sunset Park based documentary filmmaker whose most recent films are UNSTUCK: an OCD kids movie (2017) and My Brooklyn (2012). My Brooklyn, about the hidden forces driving gentrification, had a 3-week theatrical run through IFP, won an Audience Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS’ America ReFramed.

Kelly produced and directed Every Mother’s Son (PBS, 2004, w. Tami Gold), about mothers whose children were killed by police, which won the Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award and aired on POV.

She also produced and directed Out At Work (HBO, 2000, w. Tami Gold), which was at Sundance and won a GLAAD Best Documentary award. She is a recipient of the George Stoney Award for Outstanding Documentary (UFVA), and recipient of grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, ITVS, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

She was a 2019 Rockwood JustFilms Fellow. From 2015-17 she co-chaired the cooperative distribution company New Day Films. Kelly is currently the Chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College (CUNY). She is currently co-directing the documentary in progress Emergent City (ITVS).


Productora: Rabble Rousers Film LLC

Equipo Realización:

  • Productor/a: Kelly Anderson | Ryan Joseph | Kathryn Barnier
  • Guionista:
  • Director/a Fotografía: Ryan Joseph
  • Camarógrafo/a: 
  • Montaje: Kathryn Barnier
  • Música: Jay Lifton
  • Sonido: 
  • Diseño Banda Sonora: David Wilson