New series premiers on Newark and Booker

Brick City, a five-part documentary series on the Sundance channel, will document Mayor Cory Booker’s fight to “raise the city out of nearly a half century of violence, poverty and corruption.” The series, created by filmmakers Mark Benjamin and Mark Levin, will launch on September 21. “In the five one-hour episodes of Brick City the lives of Mayor Booker, citizens on the front lines, and key figures re-making the city – from developers to gang members and youth mentors – intertwine in a portrait of a city at a critical moment in history,” according to their website,. It was filmed during Booker’ second full year in office. The safety of Newark has become an issue in the 2009 campaign for Governor. The Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno, the Monmouth County Sheriff and a former federal prosecutor, said during the opening of her Newark campaign headquarters that she knows what is like to be afraid to walk down the streets of New Jersey’s largest city. U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and members of the Newark City Council have sharply criticized her statement.

New series premiers on Newark and Booker