August 2011 Archive  
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August 1st
7:00 pm
  Doc Watchers Presents:
Curated by Hellura Lyle of Doc Watchers- a Harlem, community-based documentary film screening club and series

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Charge it to the Game



Charge It To The Game
Dir. Joseph Rodman, 2010, 60 min.
Charge It To The Game takes viewers on an emotional journey with those directly affected by gun violence. This revealing documentary includes testimonies of young people who have seen gun violence straight on; mothers who have lost their children; former gang-members who have committed murders; and Brooklyn’s District Attorney. Charge It To The Game, not only features numerous first-hand accounts of violence, but it also explores solutions for creating a safer future for our young people.

Post-screening Q&A with Producers and Participants & Reception to follow Screening.

Special Video Presentation of Men of Majesty with Co-founder, Shawn Blanchard

Men of Majesty, a service organization in the Holcombe Rucker HS in the South Bronx, is dedicated to the cultivation of true manhood in young men aspiring to such. Their objective is to bridge the gap between adolescence and manhood. They seek to help participants to build within themselves the Seven Pillars of Manhood as defined by Men of Majesty. These pillars are Servant-hood, Leadership, Scholarship, Self-Control, Humility, Integrity, and Spirituality.

Aug 3rd,
7:00 pm
  Hi Wednesdays
Presented by the Harlem International Film Festival
Join us every first Wednesday of each month as we bring back several award-winning films from Hi5 plus some must-see gems that have not yet been screened.
  Harlem International Film FestivalDoes Sex Ruin LIves

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The Harlem International Film Festival (Hi) is proud to present a special return screening of Casey McDaniel’s DOES SEX RUIN LIVES? Official Selection of the 2010 Harlem International Film Festival (Hi)

Does Sex Ruin Lives?
Dir. Casey McDaniel, 2010, 87 min.
Taking a bite of the forbidden fruit can be a decision filled with excitement and can come with painful consequences. Join Diann on her journey to discover the truth about sex and the impact it has on so many people's lives as she shares her own experiences; the good, the bad, and the ugly. This Documentary attempts to uncover how even a brief encounter can have such a lasting impact on the way people go about living their everyday lives. Whether it is an open topic of discussion or a hushed-up politically incorrect conversation, SEX has its uncontested place in the mind of every living being on earth.

Does Sex Ruin Lives? is the question posed to random people. What everyday people walking down the street have been through proves to be extremely entertaining and enlightening. You never know by looking at a person what they have experienced sexually. Something that we all share is a sexual drive and the potential to have an average of 2,000 sexual encounters in our lifetime. Sex has been the root of scandal, the spark to lasting relationships, and a source of entertainment. It ignites heated discussions around Disease, Abortion, Molestation, Rape, Divorce, Virginity, Love and so much more. So watch, explore, and discover more about Sex! The Unspoken Birds and Bees.

August 4th,
7:30 pm

Master Class: Steve James
Identifying and surveying exemplary careers in documentary production through an expansive lens. Curated by Sylvia Savadjian.

At the Death House Door
Dir. Steve James and Peter Gilbert, 2008, 94 min.
At the Death House Door follows the remarkable career journey of Carroll Pickett, who served 15 years as the death house chaplain to the infamous "Walls" prison unit in Huntsville, Texas. During that time he presided over 95 executions, including the very first lethal injection done anywhere in the world. After each execution, Pickett recorded an audiotape account of that fateful day. The film also tells the story of Carlos De Luna, a convict whose execution affected Pickett more than any other. Pickett firmly believed the man was innocent and two Chicago Tribune reporters turn up evidence that strongly suggests he was right.


Master Class At the Death House Door

One Week Theatrical Engagement!    
5th** - 6th &
8th - 11th
at 7:30pm
August 7th
at 4:00pm


Shown in Conjunction with Master Class: Steve James


The Interrupters

Dir. Steve James, 2011, 125 min.
Winner of the Special Jury Award at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three "Violence Interrupters" who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. From acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here), this film is an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities. Shot over the course of a year out of Kartemquin Films, The Interrupters captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in our cities. The city was besieged by high-profile incidents, most notably the brutal beating of Derrion Albert, a Chicago High School student, whose death was caught on videotape.
The film's main subjects, Ameena, Cobe and Eddie work for an innovative organization, CeaseFire, which believes that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source. The singular mission of the "Violence Interrupters"—who have credibility on the streets because of their own personal histories—is to intervene in conflicts before they explode into violence. The Interrupters follows these three "Violence Interrupters" as they go about their work, and while doing so reveals their own inspired journeys of hope and redemption. "A gut-wrenching documentary" says Manohla Dargis of The New York Times. A Cinema Guild release
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Video interview with director Steve James>

**Friday August 5th: Followed by Q&A with Operation S.N.U.G.'s (modeled after Chicago's Ceasefire) Robin Holmes (Project Director of Operations), Karim Chapman (Outreach Worker Supervisor), Courtney Bennett (Community of Government Relations for The New York Mission Society), and local, Harlem based violence interrupters.


The Interrupters





Thursday, August 11thFREE!!!
  Summer of Music: Harlem Outdoor Music and Screening Series
In Honor of the Centennial of Romare Bearden's birth, September 2, 1911
The Studio Museum in Harlem In Collaboration with the Maysles Cinema Presents:

@ The Courtyard at the Studio Museum
144 West 125th Street

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Music: DJ Ski Hi
(100 years of music)

8:30 pm



Bearden Plays Bearden
Dir. Nelson E Breen, 1981, 60 min.
Features conversations with Ntozake Shange and Joseph Campbell, among others, about Romare Bearden and his legacy as well as Bearden's own observations and time with him in his studio. A painter, collagist, muralist, and set designer whose influence reverberates still, Romare Bearden, one of the founders of the Studio Museum and a featured artist in the current exhibition Spiral: Perspectives on an African-American Art Collective, is widely recognized as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.
Food and drink will be available for purchase in the Atrium Cafe
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The Maysles Cinema's Outdoor Screening Series brought to you with support from Target®

August 12th,

The Asian American International Film Festival Presents:

Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words
Yunah Hong, 2010, 57 min.
Transcending from the silent era into sound film, the legendary Anna May Wong co-starred with the likes of Marlene Dietrich and Douglas Fairbanks. The first Chinese American movie star is captured in this documentary through rich archival footage, interviews with studio colleagues, commentary by filmmakers, scholars and re-enactments of her letters and diary by actress Doan Ly.


Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words

Sunday, August 14th




  Stalin K Presents:

India Untouched

Dir. Stalin K, 2007, 108 min.
This award-winning documentary is the most comprehensive look at the "untouchables" in India. Motivated by ancient religious edicts, no amount of governmental encouragement has been able to stem the tragic custom that separates human beings according to their birth. Those considered untouchable suffer more than isolation, they are forced to fulfill menial tasks in their communities, drink from separate containers, remove their shoes on the street as a sign of respect and perform or exhibit many other outward signs of their perceived inferiority. While the media projects a positive image of a democratic India, filmmaker Stalin K spends four years traveling the country to expose the continued oppression of the Dalits, "the broken people," in a wide variety of communities, including Sikhs, Christians and Muslims.

Stalin K is a human rights activist and award-winning documentary filmmaker. In recent years, he has become known for his pioneering 'community media' work with urban and rural communities, in which local people produce their own videos and radio programs as an empowerment tool.  He is the Director of Video Volunteers, a media and human rights organization.  He is a renowned public speaker and has lectured or taught at over 20 institutions ranging from the National Institute of Design and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in India, to New York University and Stanford and Berkeley in the US.
India Untouched is Stalin's second film on the issue of caste—his earlier film Lesser Humans, on manual scavenging, won the Silver Conch at the Mumbai International Film Festival and the Excellence Award at Earth Vision Film Festival, Tokyo, and helped to bring international attention to the issue of caste.

*Silver Dhow, Second-best Documentary, Zanzibar International Film Festival, Tanzania, July 2008
*Golden Conch, Best Documentary, Mumbai International Film Festival, February 2008
*Best Film of the Festival, Mumbai International Film Festival, February 2008
*Best Documentary, Mahindra IAAC Film Festival, New York, November 2007
*Best Film, One Billion Eyes Film Festival, Chennai, India, August 2007 

India Untouched

Aug.15 - 21*
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  Documentary in Bloom: New Films Presented by Livia Bloom   Documentary in Bloom LogoSummer Pasture
Summer Pasture

Dreams of the Divine
Dreams of the Divine



Summer Pasture
Dir. Lynn True, Nelson Walker, and Tsering Perlo, 2010, 85 min.

"Enthralling" - Stephen Holden, NY Times, 8/14/2011
"Worth the journey: This austerely beautiful and deeply intimate having a one-week run at Maysles... Trust us: This one is a cut above many others in its small genre. " - NY Magazine *Critics Pick*
"Summer Pasture is remarkable not merely for documenting the disappearing way of life, but for registering the depth of Yama and Locho's uncertainty about moving on from it." - Benjamin Mercer, The Village Voice, August 10, 2011
Local New York City filmmakers True and Walker achieved unprecedented access to a community of Tibetan nomads, working closely with their subjects and co-director Tsering Perlo to create the remarkable cinematic meditation Summer Pasture. It is increasingly difficult for many Tibetan nomads to maintain their way of life. Rigid government policies, rangeland degradation, and the allure of modern convenience and culture have prompted many once nomadic families to settle permanently in towns and cities. Summer Pasture chronicles one young family during a season of change and uncertainty as they face these decisions. Husband Locho, wife Yama, and their infant daughter, Jiatomah, spend the summer in eastern Tibet's Zachukha grasslands. It's an area known as Wu-Zui or "5-Most," the highest, coldest, poorest, largest, and most remote county in Sichuan Province, China. In this gentle film, which involved the subjects in their own cinematic portrait, traditional life confronts rapid modernization onscreen.

Preceded by:
Dreams of the Divine: A Trilogy
Dir. Olivia Wyatt, 2011, 27 min. - World Premiere
This powerful short work documents a religious ceremony of the Celestial Church of Christ on Rockaway Beach; a hipster drum performance by the all-girl drum corps Chica Vas in Manhattan; and a Haitian vodou ritual honoring the Ghede family of spirits in Brooklyn. Wyatt’s fluid, mobile camerawork and dexterous editing offers an insider’s view of three New York City communities pulsing with life and conviction.

* Thursday, August 18: Skype discussion with Summer Pasture directors Lynn True and Nelson Walker, moderated by Sara Maysles.
* Friday, August 19: Discussion with Dreams of the Divine: A Trilogy director Olivia Wyatt, moderated by Anthony Sweeney.

Thursday, August 18th
  Summer of Music: Harlem Outdoor Music and Screening Series
Jazzmobile and The Friends of Morningside Park Present:

@ Morningside Park
Morningside Drive @ 113th Street

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Thelonius Monk: Straight No Chaser




Jazzmobile Presents: Will Calhoun

(Live Jazz)

8:30 pm



Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser
Dir. Charlotte Zwerin, 1988, 90 min.
Filmmakers Bruce Ricker and Charlotte Zwerin utilize Michael and Christian Blackwood's 1968 footage of modern jazz innovator, Thelonious Monk, to create a singular portrait of this Jazz master's life both onstage and off. Charlotte Zwerin brings her editing genius (Gimme Shelter, Salesman) to the fore as she weaves new interviews, archival photos and music through the Blackwoods' verité footage to deliver a comprehensive biography while maintaining the open, meditative space that characterizes Monk's compositions. Of the films she made with Albert and his brother David Maysles, Al says, "Charlotte is gone now, but she is still the best editor I know of."

The Maysles Cinema's Outdoor Screening Series brought to you with support from Target®

August 26th
  Summer of Music: Harlem Music and Screening Series
At the Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts 2960 Broadway at 116th Street


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8:00 pm
(Doors at 6pm, Seating at 7pm, Performance at 8pm)


Oscar Micheaux's Within Our Gates

Original score by Wycliffe Gordon
A Jazzmobile Commission
In Collaboration With Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts and the Maysles Cinema

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Jazzmobile commissioned and will present acclaimed jazz trombonist and composer Wycliffe Gordon who has composed a 78 minute score to Within Our Gates, a film by Oscar Micheaux—one of the most prolific and innovative African American filmmakers of the early 20th Century. Screened and performed with an 18 piece big band and 2 guest vocalists, Gordon picks up the baton and masterfully captures the essence, culture, and historical significance of the film in stunning composition while seeking to interpret our past, define the present, and imagine the future.

A talk-back with Wycliffe Gordon follows the performance

RSVP recommended: 212-866-4900 ext 307

The Maysles Cinema's Summer of Music Series brought to you with support from Target®

Saturday, August 27th
  Summer of Music: Harlem Music and Screening Series
The Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church

**Please Note: Our SATURDAY, AUGUST 27th event at the Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church was CANCELLED (along with the block party that was to precede it) due to the Hurricane. We will reschedule the gospel concert and screening of Rejoice and Shout for a weekend in September - Stay tuned!**

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Mount Morris Ascension Presbetyrian Church

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.
NYSCA logo   NYSCA logo This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.