A CASTLE IN BROOKLYN, KING ARTHUR

A L'ORAGE Production

A Chase/Cevallos Film

GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Festival Circuit

This film is dedicated to Cynthia Wood and for those who dare to dream.

Music: THE END

by Cody Geil

Album: GO WITH THE DAY

SYNOPSIS

 

A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur is shot over a period of seven years plus three years of follow up.  It gives the inside story of the iconic building called Broken Angel and it's creators, Arthur and Cynthia Wood, as the elderly couple fight for their home of twenty eight years against unprecedented eviction tactics (preemptive forced eviction.) Their story is as magical as it is heart wrenching as these artists defend a symbol of the bohemian artistic culture that once permeated New York City. 

The Fairy Tale is over...

OUTLINE
Arthur Wood of the Broken Angel

     The intimate and journalistic documentary, A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur, filmed over a period of seven years brings us through the doors of the iconic Broken Angel building in Brooklyn, N.Y., and into the lives of its creators, the elderly couple, Arthur and Cynthia Wood who believed in the founding precedent of the Fourth Amendment that “a man’s home is his castle”, as they dare to defend their home of 27 years against Kafkaesque eviction tactics (preemptive forced eviction.) 

 

The Woods created the 108 foot Broken Angel objet trouvé building as a sculpture and landmark for the community located in a section of Clinton Hill bordering on Bed Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The Broken Angel building was the subject of local and international news specials; photographed by many and served as the backdrop of a film by a well known comedian. The Woods were loved by their neighbors who saw the iconic structure as a beacon of freedom and the threat of its destruction as an omen of the disappearance of a way of life and community.  To many it is the symbol of individuality - to others an opportunity for profit. 

 

Filmmaker, Tyler A. Chase renders the Woods’ story as one both magical and heart wrenching; following them through triumphs, judicial blunders, injustice, evictions, and comedic moments.

 

The uniqueness of this film lies in the diversity of the individuals involved with the Woods, the narrative style in which it’s told; the animation of the evictions and the encapsulation of their anguish into enactments.

Windows Created by the Woods
Finding the Truth

Arthur and his wife were often the subject of international media (we have some of the many TV news specials about Arthur and the Broken Angel in our film.)

 

Oddly, misinformation and misconceptions continue in the media as to what happened to Broken Angel and the Woods. Below is Arthur’s reaction to an article as an example of the misconceptions and lack of research regarding this nine year saga.

Tyler A. Chase and the production company do not necessarily agree with the opinions expressed nor are they responsible for what Mr. Wood says and waive all responsibility.

WHO DECIDES WHAT IS DANGEROUS?

The employees of city agencies can decide whether or not your home is dangerous, even if you have experts claiming otherwise. You can be "evacuted" from your home and put on the street.  In the case of the Broken Angel building, a small fire occured and despite it being put out and the elderly couple being allowed back by the fire department, the Department of Housing stepped in and preemptively evicted the Woods stating that the fire made the building dangerous.

1. Roof platform prior to the Fire

2. Roof platform after the Fire

3. Diagram of the placement of the fire and the opposite wall (green) which the DOB insisted was affected by the fire.

Music: OLD NEW YORK

by Shanimal from

Album: Rough and Tumble

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Broken Angel Diagram

Diagram showing the placement of the fire and the opposite wall which the DOB at the insistence of an inspector had torn down claiming that the fire had weakened it.