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A Bi-Monthly Series on Sex, Sexual Identity, and Sexual Health Awareness presented by The GET DOWN Campaign. Curated by Kim J. Ford.

The box office is open for advance ticket purchases Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday, 12 - 6 pm, and one hour before the start of all events until they end. If the door is locked during these hours, knock on the store front window. Ticket-holders arriving 15 minutes before showtime are guaranteed a seat inside the theater. Overflow seating available for sold out shows.
Tickets $10 suggested donation, unless otherwise noted.
Members only: Reserve your seat at reservations@mayslesinstitute.org
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Our Cinema and one of our restrooms are handicap accessible. Feel free to call the Box Office at (212) 537-6843 if you have any additional questions or concerns.

 
NO MORE STIGMA - PAST SCREENINGS

JUNE 2012
Thursday,
June 21st,
7:30pm
  The GET DOWN Campaign and Bleu Magazine Present:
The No More Stigma Film Series

A Bi-Monthly Series on Sex, Sexual Identity, and Sexual Health Awareness
 




   
25 To Life

(Supertrailer)
Mike Brown, 2012, 8 min.
A super trailer for a feature documentary film about William Brawner, a young man who kept his HIV status a secret for over twenty-five years, since he was two years old. Now he seeks redemption from his promiscuous past, and embarks on a new phase of life with his wife who is HIV negative.
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The Carrier
Maggie Betts, 2011, 88 min.
When 28-year-old Mutinta Mweemba first shares all the hopes and dreams she once nurtured as a child, her aspirations seem no different from those of many other young women around the world. She dreams of meeting and falling in love with a handsome man, being married and raising children and hopefully one day providing those children with a better life than her own. But Mutinta's dreams were never realized. Her soft-spoken husband came with two other wives, and the remote Zambian village that she calls home is being ravaged by a deadly new epidemic -- a mysterious disease called AIDS. The Carrier is a story of hope and renewal, of love and dignity, told through the eyes of an increasingly determined young heroine who refuses to be overwhelmed by the forces that surround her. It is an inspiring and emotional testament to today's modern Africa and a proud people struggling not only to understand and make sense of, but also persevere and overcome what has happened to their world.
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Post Screening Panel with The Carrier Director Maggie Betts; 25 to Life Producer Peelahr Moore; David Lopez, Managing Director of Testing Services, Harlem United; Adriain Guzman, Teen Sense at The Center for HIV Law and Policy (working to advance the rights of youth access to comprehensive, LGBTQ-inclusive sexual health services); Devon Christopher, President and CEO Bleu, Life Media (Bleu Magazine and PYNK Magazine)

Post-Screening Reception hosted by Devon Christopher

Private HIV Testing by Harlem United


 

OCTOBER 2012
Tuesday,
Oct. 30th,
  GET DOWN and Maysles Cinema Present:
No More Stigma Film Series

A Bi-Monthly Series on Sex, Sexual Identity, and Sexual Health Awareness
 

6:30pm
 
Reception

7:30pm

 
Something About Katie

Kyle Sweet, 2012, 15 min.
A documentary short about Katie and how her father's HIV diagnosis changed her family forever. Something About Katie is produced by the GET DOWN Campaign and directed by GET DOWN intern Kyle Sweet.

We Were Here
David Weissman, 2011, 90 min.
We Were Here is the first documentary to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco. It explores how the city's inhabitants were affected by, and how they responded to, that calamitous epidemic. Though a San Francisco-based story, We Were Here extends beyond San Francisco and beyond AIDS itself. It speaks to our capacity as individuals to rise to the occasion, and to the incredible power of a community coming together with love, compassion, and determination. Filmmakers David Weissman and Bill Weber co-directed the 2001 documentary, The Cockettes, chronicling San Francisco's legendary theater troupe of hippies and drag queens, 1969 – 1972. We Were Here revisits San Francisco a decade later, as its flourishing gay community is hit with an unimaginable disaster. Post-Screening discussion with dir. David Weissman (via Skype). More speakers TBA. GET DOWN WEBSITE >
 

DECEMBER 2012
 
Saturday,
Dec. 1st,
 

GET DOWN and Maysles Cinema Present:
No More Stigma Film Series in honor of World Aids Day

Event Partners: A-Marketing, GMHC, The LGBT Center, Logo Network, POZ Magazine

(This Event was originally scheduled for October 30th, 2012, but had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy)

 



We Were Here

6:30pm
 
Reception

7:30pm


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Something About Katie

Kyle Sweet, 2012, 15 min.
A documentary short about Katie and how her father's HIV diagnosis changed her family forever. Something About Katie is produced by the GET DOWN Campaign and directed by GET DOWN intern Kyle Sweet.

We Were Here
David Weissman, 2011, 90 min.
We Were Here is the first documentary to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco. It explores how the city's inhabitants were affected by, and how they responded to, that calamitous epidemic. Though a San Francisco-based story, We Were Here extends beyond San Francisco and beyond AIDS itself. It speaks to our capacity as individuals to rise to the occasion, and to the incredible power of a community coming together with love, compassion, and determination. Filmmakers David Weissman and Bill Weber co-directed the 2001 documentary, The Cockettes, chronicling San Francisco's legendary theater troupe of hippies and drag queens, 1969 – 1972. We Were Here revisits San Francisco a decade later, as its flourishing gay community is hit with an unimaginable disaster.

Post-Screening discussion with director David Weissman (via Skype). More speakers TBA.

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FEBRUARY 2013
 
Thursday,
Feb. 7th,
6:30 pm
  The Get Down Campaign's No More Stigma Film Series Presents
A Bi-Monthly Series on Sex, Sexual Identity, and Sexual Health Awareness presented by The GET DOWN Campaign. Curated by Kim J. Ford.
 

  A Black History Month Special:
In Honor of African American HIV Awareness Day
In Partnership with Maysles Cinema, A-Marketing, MEGA Personalities and Global Network of Black Pride
Hosted by Richard E. PelIzer II and Ulysses Williams

6:30 pm
Cocktail Reception

7:30 pm
The Other City
Susan Koch, 2010, 90 min.
In every city, there’s another city that visitors rarely see. But this other city isn’t just anywhere—it’s in Washington, D.C. The very city that is home to the capital of the most powerful country in the world has an HIV/AIDS rate that is not only the nation’s highest, but rivals some African countries. “The Other City” introduces us to the people who live in the shadow of the Capitol but remain almost invisible to the lawmakers and lobbyists who live there. It’s about politics and ideology, corruption and bureaucracy, and an epidemic that grew out of control while few people paid any attention or cared. HIV/AIDS is wrapped in a thicket of American prejudices and discomfort about homosexuality, race, class, and drugs—all of which fuel opposition to life-saving programs like needle exchange. “The Other City” tells the stories of people who haven’t let lack of government assistance stop them, and have taken matters into their own hands.

 

JUNE 2013
Thursday,
Jun. 27th,
6:30 pm
  The Get Down Campaign's No More Stigma Film Series Presents
A Bi-Monthly Series on Sex, Sexual Identity, and Sexual Health Awareness presented by The GET DOWN Campaign. Curated by Kim J. Ford.
 

  Celebrating Ballroom History. An evening of pushing the conversation forward in honor of New York Pride Week and National Testing Day Awareness Event. In partnership with Global Network of Black Pride, GMAD, SWERV, Anti Violence Project and Until There's A Cure

Commentator & Host: Iconic Father Kamari Lorenzi – Miyake Mugler.

6:30 pm
Cocktail Reception

7:30 pm
T.V. Tranvestite
Simone di Bagno and Michele Capozzi, 1982, 60 min
Before Paris is Burning, there was T.V. Transvestite. Shot in 1982 by filmmakers Simone di Bagno and Michele Capozzi, the documentary captures a fierce House of LaBeija ball thrown at a Harlem Bingo hall. "Lost" and not screened in public for over two decades, this rare film shows such legends as Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey and Sugar in a period before voguing and at the advent of AIDS.

The Show Must Go On: The Story of Snookie Lanore
Dir. Zachary Kussin, 2011, 3 min.
Snookie Lanore (née Lawrence Taylor) 18, chose to name himself after the “Jersey Shore” star for her spunk and fun-loving personality. And with these same personal attributes, Snookie enlivens his own audience at the balls that he hosts. But instead of traditional ballroom events, Snookie’s feature drag runway battles, vogue dance-offs, and beauty contests.

These types of balls aren’t new. They’ve been held by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities of color for almost 50 years to provide a safe, judgment-free space for self expression—even a safe space for conflict resolution. They’ve also been made popular by several documentaries—Paris Is Burning, a 1990 film, stands out as an example. But those are the major leagues, meant for older followers. Snookie represents the “Kiki” scene—a ballroom subculture that traditionally caters to participants under the age of 18—whose events have recently grown in frequency and popularity, even among older fans from the major leagues.

Here in New York, these Kiki balls generally take place twice monthly, which makes Snookie a very busy teen. Since starting two years ago, Snookie has hosted over 40 of these events, and he sees many more on the horizon. He first got his start when a friend asked him to host a ball that he threw. At first, Snookie said, he didn’t think he could, but then this life-long Church singer found a new way to show his talents. Snookie shares how hosting makes him feel in The Show Must Go On.

Evening includes:
Poetry By Sephology, The Lyrical Prodigy

Q&A with filmmakers to immediately following the screening.

Followed by a post-screening Mini-Ball featuring The Paragon House of GianMarco Lorenzi.

Special fundraising partnership with Until There’s A Cure® Get Down is partnered with Until There’s A Cure®. Until There’s A Cure® is a national organization dedicated to eradicating HIV/AIDS by raising awareness and funds to combat this pandemic. Fueled by concerns about the effects of HIV/AIDS on the lives of their children, two California mothers were inspired to create the non-profit organization Until There’s A Cure® Foundation in 1993. The Foundation was the first non-profit organization to create and sell a bracelet to raise funds for a cause.
 
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