Film Biz Recycling is a Brooklyn-based organization that helps out numerous charities (like, CAMBA: Park Slope Women’s Shelter and Blissfull Bedrooms) with supremely helpful donations that have all originated from New York City-based productions. What doesn’t get immediately donated gets sold or rented through their Prop Shop. That’s right, anyone can walk in and pick up furniture, housewares, or say, a telephone booth hot off the set of your favorite TV show.
We caught up with Jane Borock, who you may remember was most recently fishing in some forbidden spot , and is now the Director of Marketing and Outreach, to hear more about what Film Biz Recycling is up to.
Tell us a bit about Film Biz Recycling
FBR is a not-for-profit organization. We create sustainable solutions for all the “waste” that is left over from the sets of movies, videos, commercials — anything produced in New York. We make sure perfectly useful and needed materials such as furniture, clothing, toys, building materials, fabric — you name it — never ends up in the landfill.
Right now about 60% of the materials we acquire are redistributed to 8 local charities and organizations. Can you imagine an actor’s wardrobe ending up as trash, instead of needed clothing at a men’s shelter? That’s not ok. What’s not needed is made available to the public at the FBR Prop Shop — for purchase or rent. That’s how we fund our operations.
Where are your offices located?
Offices? Ha! We operate out of a Creative Reuse Center. Think: donation drop-off center, donation pick-up center, art gallery, public meeting space, workshop, on-site seamstress, prop shop, and our desks — housed together in a 11,000 square foot warehouse in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
What is the most awesome thing in or about your neighborhood?
I walk over a bridge twice a day to get to and from work. How many people do you know that look forward to their commute?
What are you working on these days?
Talking. Most people are looking for ways that they can help — their neighbors, the environment, even themselves, but can’t find a way to do so that fits into their lifestyle. FBR’s process works. And wether you’re buying a tea cup from the prop shop, or donating set materials, you’ve become part of that process.
What’s something you wish more people knew about FBR?
That the set designers and art directors are now creating their sets from materials we’ve rescued. Contractors are incorporating salvaged materials into buildings. Small business owners are using salvaged materials to create their shops. And artists are using salvaged materials in their work. Re-Use allows people to afford to do what they love.
Have you ever been to a live auction? If you’re in Brooklyn, join us all for Lights, Camera, Auction, a real-deal live auction benefitting Film Biz.