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A Hole In A Fence

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Product Description

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.

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A complex exploration of urban community living. --guardian.co.uk

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

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FXRQ6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,837 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Hole In A Fence" on IMDb

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MARK ALAN TRIMELONI on December 22, 2014
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A so-so documentary. The person filming the documentary puts up a shelter in an abandoned area of Red Hook, NY. Graffitee covered walls mark the area with a standing pool of water in the middle called, "The Yard". Most of the film centers around interviews with people in the area. The conversation is about IKEA and the plans to develop the area. There are plenty of pictures in the area, but nothing exciting really happens. If you are looking for adventure, this probably isn't the documentary for you. This is more of a what's happening in a place undergoing change to a commercially re-built location. Good for one view if you are really bored.
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This is a documentary about a hole in a fence. Many themes emerge. The best thing about it, is there no very specific theme or agenda. Every now and then you see a sight or a space and there is something interesting about it. What would you find if you took the time to explore it and find out the stories surrounding it? What if you interacted with the space and the people in it or someone else from outside the natural environment or storyline did that and told you about it? That's what this documentary does.
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By tootie on October 27, 2014
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We really did not understand what the purpose was to this film. Was it about neighborhoods and what happens when big business comes in? Was it about the plight of the homeless? Was it about architecture and creativity? There were so many themes put forth - we kept waiting for it to all come together and it never did. It was not very compelling to watch.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brett on May 6, 2011
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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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