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A Hole In A Fence

3.1 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FXRQ6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,607 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Hole In A Fence" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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Dull as dirt...
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LOVED IT!
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