On June 9th and June 11th the Brooklyn International Film Festival will screen the World Premiere of "Freddy's"—the documentary about the world's best bar which has been confiscated and shuttered forever by the State of New York for Bruce Ratner and Mikhail Prokhorov's billion dolllar arena.
Many have heard that Freddy's was taken by eminent domain but may be wondering what the big deal is about this bar, this cultural hub. This film will help you understand what has been lost.
Freddy's Bar & Backroom was a thriving cultural hub situated in Prospect
Heights, Brooklyn. Open since prohibition, the bar featured a unique and
colorful history. This documentary chronicles the diverse set of characters
in Freddy's community - the bartenders, the regulars, the artists and the
musicians. Through their barside reflections, both hilarious and poignant,
we see the true importance of this Brooklyn institution. Beyond the late
nights and naked Mondays, Freddy's was a vital part of the neighborhood.
Unfortunately, it also sat in the footprint of a controversial real estate
deal that has threatened to radically transform Brooklyn's character.