Freddy’s Gets Filmed: The Shuttered Brooklyn Bar Is Featured in a New Documentary


Freddy’s Bar & Backroom fought a long, hard fight against Bruce Ratner and his Atlantic Yards project. That fight came to a rowdy, bittersweet end on April 30, when the bar bid its patrons farewell. A reincarnation, Freddy’s Next Bar, is expected to open this summer, but in the meantime, you can reminisce about the good times during the screening of Freddy’s, a new documentary by Vicente Rodriguez Ortega premiering at the Brooklyn International Film Festival this week.

Manager Donald O’Finn and other staffers will be on hand taking questions after tonight’s showing at Brooklyn Heights Cinema. The film also airs Friday at indieScreen. The trailer features excerpts from O’Finn’s weird, mesmerizing video mash-ups, and clips from various performances in the Backroom. A synopsis says it chronicles the bartenders, regulars, and artists who could be found in the bar on a given night, as well as the real estate battle that ultimately shut it down. If anything, it’s a reason for one more toast.