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For those interested in making Brooklyn a cleaner place - or those awed by the impact and art of documentary filmmaking, don’t miss Brooklyn Film Networks’ free evening of food, music and film at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (200 Eastern Parkway) on Feb. 28 beginning at 6 pm.

At 7 pm, the free screening of Allison Prete’s eye-opening 1999 documentary "Lavender Lake: Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal" will begin, followed by a panel discussion at 8 pm, featuring Prete, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation founder Buddy Scotto and other community activists.

In "Lavender Lake" (still at left) Prete uses color footage of the canal in the late ’90s, archival footage and interviews with everyone from Community Board 6 manager Craig Hammerman to patrons of Monte’s Venetian Room at Carroll and Nevins streets to remember the history of the canal - both the pollution and floating bodies - and what’s in store for its future.

This informative, and at times comic, documentary about Brooklyn’s most controversial - and smelly - waterway, and the outspoken panelists who have worked to clean it up, promise to make a lively evening.

For more information, call (718) 832-3052.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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