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Thursday, 
Dec 2,
6:00 pm
  Street Corner Resources Presents:
Youth Working to Eliminate Violence in Harlem

A youth led, thought provoking & solution driven screening of short documentaries and a discussion to follow. Documentaries include those on Beloved, former gang member turned youth mentor and poet and “the Fresh Prince of Harlem” rapper/actor T-Breezy (“Swagga on Deck”). T-Breezy also appeared in the films “Precious” and “Notorious.” Both Beloved and T-Breezy will be available for the discussion following the screening.

https://www.youtube.com/user/TBREEZYWORLD

 
Friday, 
Dec 3,
7:30 pm
  Harlem Homegrown and LJ Entertainment Present:

The Best of Master Rob
Dir. Lamont Jackson & Elvis Blount (unreleased, 60 min)
“Master” Rob Hockett was a notorious legend at Rucker Park from the late 80s all the way through the mid 90s. He has been described as a basketball DJ, because of his signature move where he would put the spin on various defenders by placing his left hand above their head and then dribbling the ball around their back with the other hand, inevitably tripping them up. Master Rob was also dangerous with his mid-range shots and reverse layups making it no wonder that half of Harlem would flock to see him during his prime years on the playground. “The Best of Master Rob,” an action packed highlight dvd, is premiering at the Maysles Cinema, and shows you what this playground legend is made of.

AFTER THE SCREENING: Q&A with dir. Lamont Jackson and “Master” Rob Hockett
and
Reception sponsored by Sugar Hill Ale!

 

Image courtesy of Emory Douglas
 
10: A BLACK PANTHER PARTY FILM FESTIVAL!

Wednesday, December 8th - Monday, December 13th

Black Panther 10 Point Program point #10:
"WE WANT land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace."


A showcase of films combining archival footage of the Black Panthers from the 60's with modern documentaries that concern the legacy of the Black Panthers and current issues such as the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Organized under different themes like Political Prisoners, Free Your Mind and Pass the Torch these documentary films and speakers bring into focus various aspects of Black Panther history, legacy and the continuing fight against repression.

Special Exhibit: Paintings by Sophia Dawson - Artist statement, bio and more>

painting 2

   
Wednesday,  
Dec. 8
7:00 pm
 

10: A BLACK PANTHER PARTY FILM FESTIVAL!
#10: "WE WANT land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace."

The Cultural Revolution

 

 

Black August
Dir. Dream Hampton, 2010, 77 min.
Part documentary-part concert film Black August brings into focus the work done by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement in raising awareness about political prisoners. The movie covers the MXGM sponsored Annual “Black August” concerts that have taken place all over the world and have included artists such as Mos Def, dead prez, Erykah Badu, Common, Talib Kweli and David Banner. The film also features rare interviews with Assata Shakur, Kathleen Cleaver, and Mutulu Shakur.

AFTER THE SCREENING: Q&A with Dir. dream hampton and MXGM’s Lumumba and Monifa Bandele

Thursday,  
Dec. 9
 

10: A BLACK PANTHER PARTY FILM FESTIVAL!
#10: "WE WANT land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace."

To Live and Die for the Struggle
Ticket buys admittance to both films


 

Fred Hampton

Black Revolutionary - George Jackson

7:00 pm
  Fred Hampton
Dir. Videofreex & Video Data Bank, 1969, 30 mins.
At the luxurious Chicago home of Lucy Montgomery, the radical video collective Videofreex conducted this interview of Fred Hampton a month before his brutal murder by Chicago police. Though he was only twenty one years old at the time Fred Hampton, head of the Illinois chapter of the BPP, speaks articulately and with passion about the Breakfast Club and free health clinic that the BPP was setting up in Chicago. He also talks about the Chicago conspiracy trail, the Weathermen and the dangers that face him.


8:15 pm
 

Black Revolutionary - George Jackson
91 min.
This documentary recounts the extraordinary life of George Jackson, who like the Angola 3, became an influential member of the BPP while in prison. In 1970 he was accused of killing a prison guard and placed in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day where he managed to read hundreds of books and write two books "Blood in my Eye" and "Soledad Brother" that were both international best sellers. He was assassinated in 1971 for allegedly trying to escape. The film also covers his funeral proceedings.

AFTER THE SCREENING: Q&A with May Jackson & Thomas "Blood" McCeary (BPP New York State Chapter)

Friday,
Dec. 10
7:00 pm
 

10: A BLACK PANTHER PARTY FILM FESTIVAL!
#10: "WE WANT land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace."

Unite to Fight (Pt 1)

 


 

Eldridge Cleaver - Black Panther
Dir. William Klein, 1970, 75 min.
The time is 1969 and reporter William Klein is in Algeria covering the pan-African festival. While there he conducts a riveting interview with Black Panther in exile Eldridge Cleaver about everything ranging from the Vietnam War and the attempts on Cleaver's life to the relations between black-power groups and pan- African movements world-wide. This movie is the record of that interview.

Friday,
Dec. 10
8:15 pm

 

10: A BLACK PANTHER PARTY FILM FESTIVAL!
#10: "WE WANT land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace."

Unite to Fight (Pt 2)


 

 

Aoki
Dir. Ben Wang and Mike Cheng, 2009, 94 mins.
One of the best-kept secrets in the history of the Black Panther Party is the life of Richard Aoki, which is the subject of this documentary. Richard Aoki, who was placed in a Japanese interment camp along with his family when he was only four years old, grew up in Oakland, went to Berkeley and eventually joined the Black Panthers where he rose to become a field marshal, a Third World Liberation Front leader and a professor.

AFTER THE SCREENING: Q&A with "The Artist" Emory Douglas (Minister of Culture BPP) and co-directors Ben Wang and Mike Cheng.

Followed by reception with music sponsored by Sugar Hill Ale.

Saturday,
Dec. 11
4:00 pm

 

10: A BLACK PANTHER PARTY FILM FESTIVAL!
#10: "WE WANT land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace."

Free Your Mind (Pt 1)


 

 

Cointelpro 101
Dir. Andres Alegria, Prentis Hemphill, Anita Johnson, 2010, 90 min.
This movie is a straight-up educational documentary about COINTELPRO (counter intelligence program) which was a covert and often extra-legal war waged against various nationalist, anti-war and leftist movements by the FBI that involved in turn various modes of surveillance, framings and assassinations. The documentary includes interviews with Kathleen Cleaver and Ward Churchill.

AFTER THE SCREENING: Q&A with Ward Churchill

Saturday,
Dec. 11
7:00 pm

 

10: A BLACK PANTHER PARTY FILM FESTIVAL!
#10: "WE WANT land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace."

Free Your Mind (Pt 2)


 
 

In the Land of the Free
Dir. Vadim Jean, 2010, 84 min.
This 2010 documentary (narrated by Samuel L. Jackson) is about the Angola 3, three prisoners who while serving their time in Angola State Prison (the United States' most notorious penal colony) joined the BPP and participated in non- violent resistance campaigns protesting the terrible conditions, prisoner abuse and sexual slavery rampant inside the prison. As a result they were falsely accused of murder while in prison and have all been, with the exception of Robert King who was released in 2001, serving the last 38 years in solitary confinement.

AFTER THE SCREENING: Party and book signing with King Wilkerson, sponsored by Sugar Hill Ale

Sunday,
Dec. 12
2:00 pm

 

10: A BLACK PANTHER PARTY FILM FESTIVAL!
#10: "WE WANT land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace."

Political Prisoners (Pt 1)

 

 

Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Dir. Kouross Esmaeli, 2009, 65 min.
Directed by the Iranian born Kouross Esmaeli, Justice on Trail is an important re-examination of the case of America's most well known death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal. This film with the new evidence it uncovers and perspectives it reveals is incredibly relevant, especially at the present moment with the release of the right- wing anti-Mumia film The Barrel of a Gun as well as the upcoming release of the appeals court decision regarding his case.

AFTER THE SCREENING: Q&A with Justice on Trial producer Johanna Fernandez and Pam Africaa

Sunday,
Dec. 12
5:00 pm

 

10: A BLACK PANTHER PARTY FILM FESTIVAL!
#10: "WE WANT land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace."

Political Prisoners (Pt 2)

 

 

In the Land of the Free
Dir. Vadim Jean, 2010, 84 min.
This 2010 documentary (narrated by Samuel L. Jackson) is about the Angola 3, three prisoners who while serving their time in Angola State Prison (the United States' most notorious penal colony) joined the BPP and participated in non- violent resistance campaigns protesting the terrible conditions, prisoner abuse and sexual slavery rampant inside the prison. As a result they were falsely accused of murder while in prison and have all been, with the exception of Robert King who was released in 2001, serving the last 38 years in solitary confinement.

AFTER THE SCREENING: Q&A with: King Wilkerson (Freed Angola 3) & dir. Vadim Jean

Monday,  
Dec. 13
 

10: A BLACK PANTHER PARTY FILM FESTIVAL!
#10: "WE WANT land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace."

Pass the Torch
Ticket buys admittance to both films

 
New Haven Black Panther trial

7:00 pm
  New Haven Oral History
43 mins.
This fascinating film deals with young students in New Haven who seek to uncover for themselves the important history of the Black Panthers in New Haven. When their teacher gives them an oral history assignment the topic they choose to investigate is the 1970 New Haven Black Panther trails. The movie is fascinating it how it looks at the legacy of the Black Panthers, the role of the youth in continuing the struggle as well as the importance of history, how we view it and the various ways that it can survive.

New Haven Black Panther Chapter historical documents (pdf)>

AFTER THE SCREENING: Q&A discussion with Rosemari Mealy and George Edwards of the Black Panther Party New Haven Chapter

8:30 pm
 

In Prison My Whole Life
Dir. Kouross Esmaeli, 2009, 65 min.
Directed by the Iranian born Kouross Esmaeli, "Justice on Trail" is an important re-examination of the case of America's most well known death row inmate Mumia Abu- Jamal. This film with the new evidence it uncovers and perspectives it reveals is incredibly relevant, especially at the present moment with the release of the right- wing anti-Mumia film "The Barrel of a Gun" as well as the upcoming release of the appeals court decision regarding his case.


AFTER THE SCREENING: Q&A Discussion with Justice on Trial producer Johanna Fernandez, and Bro. Sundiata of the NYC Free Mumia Coalition

Panther History Art & Memorabilia exhibit on display plus reception with original BPP members to follow the program

Tuesday,   
Dec. 14,
7:00 pm

 

JAZZ ON FILM
Presented with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Rhythm is Our Business | The Drummers : Kenny Washington
Jazz drummer and historian Kenny Washington is a repository of jazz music in story and in practice. He can tell you the history of jazz and jazz drumming, and then show you what he's talking about. Hailing from Staten Island, NY, Kenny began his career in the late '70s with Lee Konitz, and was a favorite of stalwart musicians such as Johnny Griffin, Betty Carter, and countless others. His record collection is the envy of jazz collectors, his moniker "the jazz maniac," was earned while doing deejay work on WBGO. Today, he can be found playing in the trio of pianist Bill Charlap as well as the ensemble led by legend Ahmad Jamal. And tonight he'll share the legacy of jazz drumming on film featuring Max Roach, Kenny Clarke, Ray McKinley, Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, and many others, so don't miss this rare opportunity!

 
National Jazz Museum
The Experiment
rule

Friday,  
Dec. 17th
7:30 pm


 

THE EXPERIMENT
Examining the common ground between documentary and experimental/avant-garde modes of cinema. Curated by Lorenzo Gattorna and Peter Buntaine.

Part 4: A Long Look Back

The Experiment is a quarterly screening series that charts the border regions of documentary and experimental modes of filmmaking. This year's final Experiment takes a much broader focus than previous screenings, and casts a long look at cinema history. When did these two genres emerge, and what is their relationship in the context of cinema history? Modern works will be shown along side these first films ever shot in this special one-night event.

  The Experiment

Sunday,  
Dec. 19,
8:00 pm


 

KEELING'S CARIBBEAN SHOWCASE
Curated by Keeling Beckford of Keeling’s Reggae Music and Videos

One Day
Penny Woodlock, 2010
Considered Britain's first Hip Hop musical, this film draws heavily on the Afro-Carribean British film tradition that Keeling Beckford specialized in this year. But here, Reggae and Rub-a-Dub have been replaced with Grime and the "non-professional" actors deliver high powered lyrics along with their dramatic performances. One Day brings attention to daily hardship of Caribbean life in England like the films Pressure and Babylon, but with the nihilistic gangsterism of films like Boyz in the Hood and Training Day. Rated R for language & violence.

 
Monday,  
Dec. 20
  Maysles Cinema + New York Women in Film & Television Co-Present:
Mechanic To Millionaire: The Peter Cooper Story
 
6:45 pm
  Wine and cheese reception

7:30 pm
 

Mechanic To Millionaire: The Peter Cooper Story
Dir. Janet Gardner, 2010, 57 min.
This is the rags-to-riches story of Peter Cooper, a remarkable inventor, industrialist and philanthropist during the 19th Century who used his wealth and influence to foster social justice. Peter Cooper's name may not carry the same cache and instant recognition as Andrew Carnegie or John D. Rockefeller, but his contributions to American society are arguably just as, if not more, important. Peter Cooper built the first American steam locomotive and was instrumental in laying the first trans-Atlantic cable. Every day millions of children enjoy one of Cooper's first innovations, an instant gelatin, now known as "Jell-o". This is his story.

AFTER THE SCREENING: A panel discussion on Peter Cooper's contributions to NYC and to the nation, his vision of social justice, and his dream of free working people, regardless of race, gender, religion or class. Also some of Cooper Union's famous speakers will be discussed, including Victoria Woodhull, who advocated free love in the Great Hall of the Cooper Union, and who was the first woman stock broker as well as the first woman to run for President of the U.S. (she's also featured prominently in the film).
Panelists include: filmmaker Janet Gardner, author John Steele Gordon ( The Scarlet Woman of Wall Street, An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power), and Marcia Rock, the director of the News & Documentary department at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Tuesday,  
Dec. 21
7:30 pm
  Jockdocs: Wintersports Double Feature!   Jock Docs
Werner Herzog in 'The Ecstacy of Sculptor Steiner'

Shani Davis
Shani Davis
 

The Ecstacy of Sculptor Steiner
Dir. Werner Herzog, 1974, 45 min.
This 45-minute feature takes a look at a the life of champion ski-jumper Walter Steiner, who also carves out a career for himself as a carpenter. Director Werner Herzog shoots Steiner as he breaks the world ski-jumping record in Yugoslavia in 1974, while also highlighting his unusual wooden sculptures, and allowing time for Steiner to muse on his life and career. Herzog beautifully captures this odd character as he soars through the Yugoslavian skies, while also painting him as a daredevil whose regular dalliances with death on the slopes are a pointed contrast to his off-slope career.

 

Double Davis
Dir. Kees Jongkind, 2006
This award-winning film, made by Dutch channel NOS, about longtrack speedskating champion Shani Davis from Chicago, first aired in 2006. Shani (a Swahili name picked by his father meaning 'light' and 'weight') was the first black speedskater to earn a spot on the Olympic Team in 2002 and was the first skater to make all three World teams in the same season winning medals at all three events. In 2009-2010, he broke two world records (1000m and 1500m), won Gold and Silver in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games—becoming the first speedskater to repeat as Olympic 1000m Champion—and he won his third consecutive Overall World Cup Titles in the 1000 and 1500 meters.

Wednesday,  
Dec. 22
7:30 pm
  Jock Docs: Wintersports

Pop Star on Ice
Dir. David Barba and James Pellerito, 2009, 85 min.
Pop Star on Ice is an unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of outspoken Olympian and three-time US Figure Skating National Champion Johnny Weir. When Johnny fails to win a medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics, the media turns on him and he feels the backlash. Love him or hate him, Johnny is one of the most talented skaters of all time, but talent alone does not make a champion.

Johnny's complicated relationship with his longtime coach Priscilla Hill and his struggle to reach the top of the sport takes us from small town Delaware – his training home – to competitions, shopping sprees, fashion shows and personal appearances around the world. The inspiration for Jon Heder's character in the box office smash Blades of Glory, Johnny seeks to balance his larger-than-life persona with the constraints of his sport. Pop Star on Ice uncovers the graceful, athletic, cut-throat and melodramatic sport of figure skating through the prism of its most controversial athlete as he tries to fulfill his potential on the world stage.

  Jock Docs
343 Malcolm X Boulevard / Lenox Avenue (between 127th and 128th Streets)
Suggested Admission: $10 (unless otherwise noted).
Box office is open 12-6pm Monday - Friday & 1 hour before all showtimes till event end.

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in partnership with the City Council.