Bushwick Homecomings - The Record, dir. Stefanie Joshua / 96 min / Documentary / United States
Bushwick Homecomings - The Record is a documentary film that examines the NYC neighborhood of Bushwick Brooklyn in a twenty-year overview of changes and rapid development in the nabe. It features author Alan Ehrenhalt and highlights three powerful Bushwick native-born figures in the arts: writer- Vanessa Martir; visual artist- Danielle DeJesus; and musician- DJ Evil Dee.
The film touches upon the tensions that arise when a community is in the midst of development, gentrification and change and when identities such as race, ethnicity and socioeconomic barriers come to the fore.
Director - Stefanie Joshua
Stefanie Joshua is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Bushwick, Brooklyn. With no formal background in film production or editing, Stefanie initiated this documentary project while researching and writing her Master's thesis on delinquency and social disorganization theory. Utilizing news articles, census data and interviews about the Bushwick community spanning the years 1970 through 2000, in conjunction with the testimony and interviews with young men who grew up in Bushwick, this project has allowed the filmmaker to gain closure on questions about her own experiences growing up in this Brooklyn neighborhood.Stefanie received her Master's degree in sociology from City College, NYC in spring 2005. A former high school math teacher, Stefanie holds a Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics from Stony Brook University. Stefanie currently works and lives in New York City.