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A Hole In A Fence (2008)

D.W. Young  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: D.W. Young
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FXRQ6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,106 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Hole In A Fence" on IMDb

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  • Bonus Film: Views from the Red Hook Grain Terminal
  • Red Hook Photo Gallery
  • Extended Interviews

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Chronicling the changing fortunes of Red Hook, Brooklyn, A HOLE IN A FENCE 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.

A Hole in a Fence is a valuable look at a part of the neighborhood that is nearly being erased and recreated. --Gowanus Lounge

A world of surprising richness and tantalizingly ambiguous possibility. Uncommonly lyrical and soulful. --Godfrey Cheshire, Director of MOVING MIDWAY

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting March 12, 2014
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I was born many years ago in Red Hook and was delighted to get a new look at the places where my family lived and worked. Most of the adults worked for Todd (now IKEA).
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4.0 out of 5 stars An important film - captivating December 29, 2012
A hole in a fence grants us a captivating view into Red Hook. It is a snapshot of this Brooklyn neighborhood at a time when so much is changing in its make-up. The film maker chose wonderfully eclectic characters and obviously has a real knack for making them feel comfortable in front of a camera. Their responses are candid and bring depth to the film. I also greatly appreciate that the film does not attempt to overreach and feed the audience a pre-chewed meal, instead it does what worth while pieces of art often do: it asks important questions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating and fresh look at Brooklyn November 26, 2011
An engaging documentary about the Red Hook neighborhood in Brooklyn that thoughtfully pulls in themes of class, race, change, and gentrification in a very worthwhile look at one of New York's more complex but lesser known neighborhoods. Well-crafted and original, with implications for urban living that reach far beyond the streets of Brooklyn.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It must be a small hole May 6, 2011
By Brett
Yes, Red Hook is slowly being gentrified, with condos on the rise and rumors of mega-stores always in the air. Its story is worth your time, but this film is not worth your time. It's a poorly made student film at best, without a specific thesis, made by a film-maker who doesn't seem to understand the relationship the area has with the rest of Brooklyn or the history of the neighborhood. All he seems to know is what a few random talking heads have to say about it, or rather, what they have to say about themselves as they relate to Red Hook. It appears as if it started out as a documentary about the film-maker's friend, a Cornell architecture student who is attempting an urban Alexander Supertramp-like existence in Red Hook for a summer project about usable space among soon-to-be-displaced homeless folk. After 2 more interviews it expanded - but only slightly.
The neighborhood has long been split in 2 - those in the homes and those in the projects - but the film-maker only speaks with 2 or 3 eccentric white people who have called the area home in order to get the history of the neighborhood, but this only tells (barely) half the story of Red Hook. Other than some brief interviews with people on the street (half of them teenage graffiti artists), no public officials, neighborhood committee members or even an attempt at a statement from IKEA, are given a voice to other viewpoints. Instead, the history of the neighborhood goes back only as far as the 3 white peoples' own interests relate, and most come off as anthropologists studying primitive tribes when referring to the projects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars yeah February 18, 2013
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its really nice and everything is perfect and i would love to do business again one happy day in the future
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