My Brooklyn and Fate of a Salesman

About This Episode


My Brooklyn
As a Brooklyn gentrifier, My Brooklyn director Kelly Anderson journeys to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood. A bustling African-American and Caribbean commercial district, The Fulton Mall, is the third most profitable shopping area in New York City yet it is maligned for its inability to appeal to the affluent residents who have come to live around it.

Documenting the mall's redevelopment, the film sees a hundred small businesses replaced by high rise luxury housing and chain retail. Anderson, along with producer Allison Lirish Dean, uncover the web of global corporations, politicians and secretive public-private partnerships that drive seemingly natural neighborhood change. The ultimate question of My Brooklyn is increasingly relevant on a global scale: who has a right to live in cities and determine their future?

Fate of a Salesman
In its 60th year of business, Men’s Fashion Center in Washington, D.C. is at the brink of closure, up against a difficult economy and rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. Salesman Willie Carswell, a Vietnam veteran and recovering alcoholic, is confronted with the fight of his life as he, owner Jerry and his fellow salesmen attempt to keep the doors of the store open.

An examination of America’s changing urban landscape through the lens of one store, filmmakers Ben Crosbie and Tessa Moran's Fate of a Salesman borrows the title and form from Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman; shot much like a stage play, the drama unfolds within the same set. Amidst the racks of pinstripe suits and feather-adorned hats - the clothing of a bygone era - the men struggle to come to terms with their vanishing way of life.