All of these talented performers, comedians, actors, poets and directors came out of the same era, and all rose to fame at about the same time. “Brooklyn Boheme,” the documentary from director Nelson George that just made its premiere at SXSW, sought to examine this period of time that was so relevant to him in his new film.
IFC had the chance to catch up with George during the festival to have him shed some light on the background and inspiration behind creating this film.
“It’s a piece about Brooklyn and Fort Green in the ’80s and ’90s. It was an era that, for some reason, became a fertile ground for young black artists,” he said. “They all lived in about a 15-block radius.”
Co-director Diane Paragas described the film on IMDb as “an intimate portrait of the black arts movement that exploded in Fort Greene from the mid 1980s through the 90s as told by writer, historian and Brooklyn resident Nelson George.” In his own words, George said he made this film so that he wouldn’t forget such an important time period in his life.
“It’s kind of more of an essay on celebrating these great artists who came through, and knew each other and collaborated. And I wanted to document it,” he explained “I wanted to catch that moment before all of the things that I remembered about it were gone.”