Walking into Film Biz Recycling is like entering the collective mind of New York City’s production designers. The giant warehouse on President Street in Gowanus, Brooklyn is home to such a huge selection of items, it’s nearly overwhelming. This is the place where film, television and theater productions of all sizes are invited to recycle their props and scenic staging. Their mission has been to divert this art and artifacts away from landfills and in turn foster new productions in need of these items at a lower cost. FBR generously donated the entire stage design for TEDxGowanus. During a walk-through/shopping spree last week, we took our scenic designer, Vinny Vigilante, into the shop to pick out items for the stage.
When Vinny began sorting through the maze he kept his inspirations of “Community, Memory and History” on his mind. With the depth of the inventory, it’s hard not to feel like a kid in a candy shop. “It’s a great inventory, it’s rare to find so many unique things in one place. I wish I knew about FBR earlier in my NYC theater career,” Vinny said.
As we prepared for the production of TEDxGowanus it was so heartening to meet Eva Radke, the Founder of Film Biz Recycling. Right away, she was thrilled with the goals of TEDx and gave us full access to the inventory. Eva couldn’t be a better champion for this neighborhood of Gowanus and it’s great she shared that love with everyone through this event.