Black History Month 2012, historian, author, filmmaker and self-described “aging b-boy,” Nelson George finally saw his labor of love “Brooklyn Boheme” come to fruition. Originally a project funded by Kickstarter, this documentary chronicles the early ’80s and ’90s stirrings of literary creativity, artistic prowess, and musical experimentation bubbling up from a certain Brooklyn area, the largely African-American neighborhood of Fort Greene. Featured remembrances by Brooklyn natives such as Spike Lee, Yasiin Bey (the former Mos Def), Chris Rock, Rosie Perez, take us back to a time when Brooklyn wasn’t exactly the worldwide brand it is now. George examines the force behind modern Renaissance thinking; how a place can nurture, inspire and incubate innovation, intellegensia and iconoclasts. For sure, this is Brand Brooklyn, the Good.
Since its’ release “Brooklyn Boheme” has screened at the Pan Africa Film Festival, BAMcinematek, SXSW, Urban World Film Festival, Brooklyn Historical Society, and the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture in Harlem, USA. It was also featured as part of Showtime’s Black History Month calendar of films for 2012.