August 18, 2019

MEGAMALL

Showing: Wednesday, July 10 – 8:00 PM
Title: MEGAMALL
Year: 2009
Country: USA
Genre: ,,
Director: ,,

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Online / advance sale tickets will end at 3:00 on Wednesday. Additional tickets will be sold at the door when they open at 7:30.

If you don’t know the story of the Palisades Center in West Nyack, don’t miss this! If you do know the story, you might want a refresher, because the Town of Clarkstown may be voting on permission to let the mall expand*. In 1985 a mall developer came to Rockland County to build its biggest mall on a toxic dump, sparking a citizen uprising that lasted almost 20 years. Megamall is a gripping account of that dramatic grass-roots struggle. 2009, USA, 81 minutes

Discussion with the filmmakers moderated by Nancy Cutler, People and Policy reporter for the Journal News / LoHud.

* For information on the desire of the Palisades Center to expand and their efforts to do so, read “Palisades Center Expansion: Is it time to lift the covenant?” in (Lohud, 2/12/2019) and Palisades Center Lawsuit Loses Again in Court (Lohud, 5/22/19).

“Whether consulting with urban critics or registering the woes of local law enforcement over the added costs of dealing with mall-related crime, the filmmakers cast a wide net, taking in multiple perspectives…The twists are compelling.” – The Wall Street Journal

“Essential viewing for Northeast residents, but relentless ‘malling’ will be familiar to viewers in other regions as well.”- Library Journal

“More than anything, Megamall asks us to reject passive consumerism in favor of active citizenship and dialogue about how corporate greed is shaping our very landscape.” – Leslie Stonebraker, New York Press

“The film reveals how our township governments, zoning and planning boards, were manipulated and the conflict between perceived economic growth and the needs of decades-old stores on Main Street were used to divide us…It is extremely well done, and well worth your time. It should be shown to citizen’s organizations and in classrooms as a slice of real history.”- The Nyack Villager