Brooklyn Bohéme is a historical documentary and a personal essay by co-director Nelson George about a Brooklyn, New York neighborhood that was home base to an extraordinary community of black and Hispanic artists in the '80s and '90s. Filmmaker Spike Lee, comic Chris Rock, actress Rosie Perez, rap star Talib Kweli, visual artist Lorna Simpson, jazzman Branford Marsalis, rock guitarist Vernon Reid, and poet/rocker Saul Williams are just a sampling of the talent that resided in the area. George, who has lived in the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill areas since 1985, has been a participant/observer as a critic, author, investor, collaborator and filmmaker. Brooklyn Boheme' is very much a collection of old friends getting in beautiful Fort Greene Park, in lovely brownstone homes and comfy cafes talking about why this black bohemian community grew, prospered, and finally got dispersed over the course of twenty-five years and a couple of generations of artists. This is a feature length documentary, co-directed by Diane Paragas, that unlocks a little known piece of New York City cultural history.
Directed by Nelson George & Diane Paragas
Written by Nelson George
Cinematography by Diane Paragas & Francisco Aliwalas
Edited by Diane Paragas, TREVZ
Produced by Nicole Nelch, Nelson George, Diane Paragas
MUSIC; Poogie Bell "Dreaming in Fort Greene"