INTO ENGLISH KILLS, examines the variety of life in Newtown Creek's "heart of darkness". First shown at the 2013 Greenpoint Film Festival. Reflections, observations and real life encounters are “remembered with wonder amongst the overwhelming realities of this strange world of plants and water and silence.”
INTO ENGLISH KILLS was created by Henry G. Sanchez, the founder of the ENGLISH KILLS PROJECT, a socially engaged, bio-art project about the English Kills tributary of Newtown Creek, a Superfund site here in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
The ENGLISH KILLS PROJECT is my collaboration with the biologist Dr. Sarah Durand, and other neighborhood organizations to engage with neighborhood residents to create awareness about the conditions and nature of English Kills. I reside 4 blocks from this waterway in Bushwick, Brooklyn. This artist-initiated project aspires to create new viable wetland communities throughout the estuary and support the current wildlife habitat. It endeavors to supplement other types of remediation for Superfund sites (such as in Gowanus Canal) that consist of dredging, water aeration, soil capping and other highly disruptive and potentially hazardous process’. The ENGLISH KILLS PROJECT is about re-imagining a public commons, bio-remediation processes to clean the creek water and environmental justice in a poor neighborhood of color.