Farrell's Bar & Grill has been a town hall, a community center, an oasis, a time machine, a staple of a "small town,"...in Windsor Terrace Brooklyn since it open in 1933 thanks to Eddie Farrell. This documentary will ask, and hopefully answer the question,…. Why Farrell’s?
Inclusion StatementChange is the only constant in NY Our production team is made of multi-generational natives who have observed that. Farrell's stands as a rare instance of consistency across a century, creating a single community within a vastly diverse neighborhood and people that surround it. Their story is ours
About The Project
A Tale Of Small Town Brooklyn
In Brooklyn, New York, tucked away on hill a, surrounded by a park and a cemetery, there is a less than a square mile neighborhood named "Windsor Terrace." Farrell’s Bar & Grill has stood on a corner in Windsor Terrace across nine decades as a quintessential American neighborhood bar. “Why Farrell’s?” will endeavor to explain how this unassuming local watering hole, has outlasted dozens of other local bars and businesses, survived NY real estate, blackouts, gentrification, 14 presidents, 39 wars, stock market crashes and has remained largely unchanged since its founding to remain an important staple of its community today.
Farrell's is more than a Brooklyn bar that has a reputation of having the coldest tap beer in New York City. It's a town hall, a community center, a place to get caught up with friends and family from the neighborhood, a meeting place for a celebration or to hear the sad news of the passing of an old friend, not just for the people of Windsor Terrace but all over New York City. Many of its patrons are expatriate regulars who have been forced out of the neighborhood with high rents, but still go home again to Farrell’s for news of Windsor Terrace. At the very end of the long original 39’ mahogany bar, next to the side entrance to Farrell's, is a large corkboard where along with notes of apartments for sale or rent, are wake and funeral notices. What makes this place such an eternal destination? Is it because for decades they've famously served their crisp beer in Styrofoam containers making it easy for a customer to take one to go? Or, does it have more to do with the people behind the bar? Perhaps the success of Farrell's is a testament to Eddie Farrell, the longtime owner who put his heart and soul into Farrell’s and the Windsor Terrace community. Eddie didn’t just run the bar for the majority of his life, more importantly, he made it and himself intrinsic to the community.
Eddie organized many fundraisers, charitable events, and group sponsorship’s that are still thriving today, but he also got involved by assisting people at a more personal level. Because of Eddie and those that have followed him, the bar has helped numerous patrons get their start as firefighters, police officers, iron workers, sanitation workers, teachers, artists, lawyers and writers. Many young men, who weren't sure what to do with their lives, embarked on successful education and career paths because Eddie took it upon himself to help his neighbors in any way that he could. Countless patrons looked up to Eddie as a surrogate father, but in his own life, his life outside the bar, not much was known. He led a private, quiet life, never speaking much of the bar at home, nor of home at the bar. Though, his story and that of his family are as deep and intriguing as the colorful stories that regaled the bar. Such as the story of his Uncle, whom rescued people on the Titanic and inspired a main character from the James Cameron film. These types of stories were relatively unknown to the people who loved him, to the place where he held court daily for decades. Why?
The story of this legendary Irish Brooklyn saloon is more than just a story about a bar and one of the men who made it so grand, Eddie Farrell; it’s a story of neighborhood. Windsor Terrace is a small town in a big city. A traditionally working-class neighborhood, where generations of residents have followed the same arc, being born in Methodist Hospital and ending up in Greenwood Cemetery, along the way, making their stop right in the middle, in Farrell’s. Though still a well-kept secret to outsiders, Windsor Terrace sits adjacent to the much more prolific neighborhood of Park Slope. The changes that have come to Park Slope and much of New York, have also made their way into Windsor Terrace. Gentrification has brought new people into neighborhoods like Windsor Terrace, and with them new business. But still, there is Farrell’s.
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About This Team
I have been working with the same filmmaker for more then 20years. My team is comprised of producers, writers, editors, Sound editors, make-up artist and production managers.
Together we have an amazing track record of award winning features, short and documentaries. Official Selection, Distribution for a number of films as well as multiple sold out screenings in large 300 seat theaters over the years.
We have complete every project we have ever started work on and continue to strive to make ourselves better with every project. And this one is no different.
We have ever component together for making a success film from start to finish.
Jay Cusato - Director
Born in 1975 Brooklyn, N.Y. Jay Cusato infuses a trademark style into his projects, which incorporates Brooklyn flavor and skilled filmmaking. Cusato's experiences from being born and raised in Brooklyn is a major influence on his work and has shaped his career as an award-winning independent filmmaker. Cusato attended The School of Visual Arts from 1999-2002 and studied under Richard D. Pepperman. Cusato is a multiple award winning filmmaker with over 65 film projects to his credit; ranging from feature films to short films, documentaries, sketch comedy, and music videos all working as director, editor, producer, director of photography and/or writer on each project. Cusato is one of the founders and creators of Park Slope Films (www.parkslopefilms.com).
Producer with credits various across all manner of film, TV and theater. With over 20 years experience in various roles, he now runs a production company focusing on collaboration with local artists creating all manner of mixed media entertainment experiences. Rob was born and lives in Brooklyn and his affinity for his home is often evident in his work.
Patrick Fenton was born in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn on St Patrick’s Day. A playwright and freelance writer, writing as a journalist that has brought him publication in magazines and books, including the
New York Times, New York Newsday, The Daily News, New York Magazine, and The Irish Echo. His play “Stoopdreamer” was nominated for five awards in a recent Irish American playwright festival.
Co-founder and chief sound engineer of Park Slope Films, Scott has been involved with all projects that PSF has created. Scott has also worked on set as an Electrician, Key Grip, Gaffer, Set Design, Asst. Director & Lighting. Scott graduated from the Institute of Audio Research in 1990 and began his sound career working for his Alma Mater immediately after commencement. He had work at the Institute for 27 year as their Chief Engineer until they closed in 2017.
Born in Brooklyn, NY. He majored in film while attending St. Francis College, and since graduating, has worked towards becoming a film editor. Jake has been working with Cusato since 2012, when he was as Script Supervisor on Cusato’s award winning short, “A Box Came to Brooklyn.”
Born and raised in brooklyn a multi disipline creative director and designer who has worked in several industries. After 15 yrs as a Toy Designer he founded a design and consulting firm focusing in the Fashion, TV and Film industries. Clients include HBO, consulting on Entourage and Made in America, Viacom, Abrams Gentile Entertainment specializing in creating and producing youth consumer products and family brand entertainment, Nike, Uni-Qlo, Marvel, NY Film Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music as well as many advertising and digital media agencies. His design company is based in Dyker Heights Brooklyn.
Born in Brooklyn, NY. Anthony graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Economics and Politics and then from Fordham University School of Law with a J.D.. In addition to being a practicing attorney, Anthony is also a beer historian, and was featured as an on-screen commentator in the documentary “Brewed in Brooklyn” which aired on PBS. Anthony looks forward to working together with his friend Jay Cusato on the “Why Farrell’s” project.
Born in Staten Island, NY. Derek studied film production and screenwriting at New York City’s School of Visual Arts attended SVA with good friend Cusato. Derek has written, produced and acted in a multitude of independent films. He and has collaborated with Cusato on many of his projects as Producer, Assistant Director and Assistant Editor.