Jamie Courville & Chris Reynolds

Gowanus Current
Artistic Discipline: Film/Video
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2023
Location: Gowanus

Gowanus Current is a documentary feature film chronicling people, pollution, planning and real estate on the most toxic 1.8 miles of water in America: Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal. Shot over the course of eight years, it is a longitudinal portrait of a neighborhood negotiating development, displacement and inequality. The film explores the struggles of its stakeholders and the textures of a transforming landscape, asking what is truly valuable in a community, and who gets to decide.

Photo by Carlos Perla, 2019