IMA Students Megan Sperry & Daniel Phelps’ documentary film

Help make a donation to support co-producers: Megan Sperry, Daniel Phelps and Brian Paul’s documentary film project:
They have been able to produce this movie with their own money up until this point, but now they need support so they can continue to edit the film. They’ve recently launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal to raise $10,000.00 in 45 days.

For Immediate Release:

Documentary film explores New York City’s Uniform Land Use Process (ULURP) by using the former Domino Sugar site in Brooklyn as a case study. What emerges is a divided community and a broken development process.

New York, NY – January 25th, 2011

Do you have $1 million to buy a one bedroom condo in Williamsburg Brooklyn? Do you feel threatened by the rising cost of living in your community? Are you sick of staring at stalled construction sites in your neighborhood? Three filmmakers consider New York City mega-development within the current housing market in a film called The Domino Effect.

Told through the voices of longtime residents, this feature length documentary will explore the complex politics of rezoning and development in New York City and the effects on our communities and neighborhoods. The Community Preservation Corporation’s “New Domino” project–the redevelopment of the Domino Sugar Factory on the East River into a complex of 2,200 apartments and condos in towers up to 40 stories high—serves as the film’s case study of urban development in the 21st century city.

As mega-development deals continue to be pushed through even as many luxury condo buildings sit vacant due to the current economic downturn, many New Yorkers are becoming increasingly skeptical of the vision that developers and the current administration have in mind for the future of our city.

The Domino Effect interviewees go as far as saying that, “Real Estate is this administration’s Economic Development plan” and the film explores and questions whether or not this type of approach is beneficial for the majority of New Yorkers.

Currently the filmmakers are leading a grassroots campaign to raise funds to finish production of the film. They have recently launched an online fundraiser on which can be reached by going to:

The full fundraising trailer and more information about the film is available at:

The Domino Effect (Trailer) from The Domino Effect on Vimeo.

Media Contact:
Megan Sperry