Doc Watchers Presents: Curated by Hellura Lyle

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

Katrina Browne, 2008, 86 min.

In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide.

Post-screening Reception  

Keeling’s Caribbean Showcase

W.A.R. Stories

Clairmont Chung, 2010, 88min.

This documentary looks at the life of Dr Walter Rodney, one of the region’s great intellectuals and activists whose reach extended far beyond his native Guyana. Author of How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, Rodney was a fearless champion of justice all over the world. His assassination in 1980 shocked the Caribbean and brought into focus the work he was doing. The story is told through archival footage and interviews with contemporaries and family members. It's a story of a man who dedicated his life, and ultimately, gave his life in the struggle for equal rights and justice. He did so through his considerable intellectual gifts and actual grassroots involvement everywhere he went. The people who knew him weave a tale of how they related to him and him them. In the process we see the growth of their friend, brother, father, husband, his ideology and how that changed over the years from his coming of age in racially divided Guyana through the cold war, the Black Power Movement, Pan-Africanism, Caribbean independence, and the idea of self emancipation.

Post screening  Q& A with Director Clairmont Chung

3rd Annual Black Panther Party Film Festival

Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the founding of the BPP

THEME: Remembering our Political Prisoners


September 30th, October 1st, 7th, 8th

Black Panther 10 Point Program#8: "WE WANT freedom for all black men held in federal, state, county and city prisons and jails. WE BELIEVE that all black people should be released from the many jails and prisons because they have not received a fair and impartial trial."


The Black Panther Film Festival

Saturday, October 1st, 4:00pm


Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Kouross Esmaeli, 2009, 84 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.



Q&A with producer Johanna Fernandez, Pam Africa and live telephone Q&A with Political Prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal






Sekou Odinga

Excerpt of interview with original BP and political prisoner Sekou Odinga.



Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers

Peralta TV, 2007, 60 min.

This comprehensive film tells the story of the late 1960's West Oakland, which was the birthplace of the Black Panthers. It seeks to address the broad roots of the movement and the impact the party had on social justice throughout the country. Featuring interviews with Richard Aoki, Billy X, Kathleen Cleaver, Emory Douglas and many more Bay Area Panthers.



The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975

Goran Hugo Olsson, 2011, 97 min.

Starting in 1967 a number of journalists for Swedish television sent film crews to the United States to interview major figures in the Black Panther Party and the larger Black Power movement. Filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson has used some of this archival footage as the basis for the documentary The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975, which includes vintage interviews with Angela Davis, Eldridge Cleaver, Huey P. Newton, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, and  Louis Farrakhan. The newsreels are accompanied by recent interviews with artists, activists, and cultural historians who discuss this period in American history, including Harry Belafonte, Abiodun Oyewole, Melvin Van Peebles, Erykah Badu, rapper Talib Kweli, and many others.

Post Screening panel with Original Black Panthers

True Crime New York: The Naked City

From the victimless to the devastatingly brutal, crime is in New York City's bloodstream. A meditation on the complexity of "true" crime in the rotten apple -- from the Central Park Jogger Case to Giuliani Time, Bernie Goetz to Bernie Madoff. Ripped from the tabloid pages to the big screen True Crime New York is  a quarterly film, speaker and performance series.


The Naked City

Dir. Jules Dassin, 1948, 96 mins.

“The Naked City,” an Academy Award winning film, was largely shot on location throughout the streets of New York. Based on the story by Marvin Wald, “The Naked City” follows a police investigation of the murder of a young model.  “The Naked City” offers a beautiful, gritty, timeless, semi-documentary portrait of the city and its people, leading the audience through a  twisty murder investigation and causing hearts to beat faster as detectives race to close the case. Offering the juxtaposition of the “naked,” corrupt, city and an everyday ho-hum cityscape, “The Naked City” is the proto-police procedural, and “Dragnet” and “Law and Order” are its children.  This film (and the story that inspired it) is also where the phrase “8 million stories in a naked city and this is one of them” originated. Indeed.


Thursday, June 30th, 7:30pm

Mothers of Bedford

Jenifer McShane, 2011, 93 min.

Mothering can be difficult at the best of times but imagine trying to raise your children from prison. Mothers of Bedford follows five women incarcerated at New York’s only maximum security prison, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. While trying to nurture relationships with their children and play central roles in their lives, these women are also facing face the day-to-day struggle of life behind bars. The inmates at Bedford Hills are supported by an innovative children's center that creates a space for positive change in the least likely of settings: prison. Mothers of Bedford is a deeply moving story about these women, their journey and what it means to be a mother. Filmmaker, Jenifer McShane (the mother of two boys), spent five years interviewing and visiting these women inside prison and the families awaiting their return. The result is an unusually compelling and nuanced look at mothers behind bars.


Panel Discussion with dir. Jenifer McShane, Mary Byrne, Lorie Smith Goshin and guests from the film tba


Mary Byrne, PhD, CPNP, MPH, FAAN, holds an endowed professorship at Columbia University. She is Principal Investigator in a long term NIH funded study of maternal-infant outcomes of the prison nursery program at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. Dr. Byrne was appointed first Director of the newly established Center for Children and Families where she continues to bring together and nurture both research and clinical projects that address children at risk.


Lorie Smith Goshin is an Associate Research Scientist at the Columbia University School of Nursing.  For the past fifteen years she has worked as a health educator and a nurse to care for vulnerable families and children. She is currently a co-investigator on a long-term study of outcomes for women and children who lived together in a prison nursery. She is also the lead investigator on a study of an innovative program in Brooklyn that allows convicted women to reside in a supportive housing setting with their children in lieu of incarceration.

Tuesday,  June 28th- Wednesday, June 29th, 7:30pm


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Third Annual Homo-Harlem Film Series

Curated by Michael Henry Adams

Co-sponsored by State Senator Bill Perkins, Harlem United, Sage Harlem, Men of All Colors Together Harlem Pride, Third World Newsreel and the Maysles Cinema the Homo-Harlem Film Series is Upper Manhattan’s foremost celebration and recognition of the cultural accomplishments of LGBT people of color.


Three Queer Mice

Supafriends/Global Action Project, 2008, 2 min

In Three Queer Mice, based on real stories, this at once quirky and tragic animated remake of the Three Blind Mice nursery rhyme hauntingly reflects the dangers and discrimination queer youth face.


Keisha Knows

Supafriends/Global Action Project, 2010, 8 min

Inspired by the intense love affairs of lesbian pulp-fiction novels, Keisha Knows is an homage to the film noir aesthetic.  Addressing hetero-normativity, Keisha Knows is not just any ordinary love story, but one that explores what is at stake when a community is divided.


Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project

Dir. Charles B. Brack, 2008, 58 min.

This documentary tells the little known story of Sakia Gunn, a 15 year old student who was fatally stabbed in a gay hate crime in Newark, New Jersey. Sakia held promise as a basketball player and was an "A" student, looking forward to becoming a senior at Newark's West Side High School.  "Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project" depicts the homophobia that caused this murder and questions the lack of media coverage of the murder of a Black Gay teenager. "This 15 year old black lesbian was murdered, and I didn't know about it", says activist Swazzi Sowo of Black Rap in San Francisco.  The documentary follows the reaction of the Newark community where several rallies and vigils were held, galvanizing the community and prompting several LGBT organizations to form, including the Newark Pride Alliance and Sakia Gunn Aggressives & Femmes, as well as a scholarship fund in her name.  May 23, the day Sakia was murdered, was declared by the city of Newark's Mayor as "No Name Calling Day.”


Sakia Film Website:

Three Blind Mice/Keisha Knows Film Website:

Discussion to follow, speakers TBA

Third Annual Homo-Harlem Film Series

Curated by Michael Henry Adams

Co-sponsored by State Senator Bill Perkins, Harlem United, Sage Harlem, Men of All Colors Together Harlem Pride, Third World Newsreel and the Maysles Cinema, the Homo-Harlem Film Series is Upper Manhattan’s foremost celebration and recognition of the cultural accomplishments of LGBT people of color.

Wednesday, June 22nd to Thursday, June 23rd

Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th street Free!!!!


A Black Man’s Burden: How Internalized Stereotypes Lead to LGBT Demonization featuring the films of Novo Novus Productions




Where Truth Lies

Carlton is an attractive, educated, young black male with funny, caring friends, a beautiful, loving girlfriend...and a handsome, devoted boyfriend (Terrell).  These relationships rattle, however, on the day of his one-year anniversary with Jasmine, when truths unspoken come to light.  Carlton's ability to balance the divergent interests of these three factions is put to the test, as is the sense and sensibility of his friends and lovers.


Drama Queenz

Drama Queenz is a hit comedy web series, now in its second season, about three friends and roommates dealing with life, love, and auditioning in New York City.  Each ten-minute webisode focuses on Jeremiah, a dreamer with ridiculously poor audition luck, Davis, a perfectionist whose hard work produces uneven results, and Preston, a realist whose inhibitions stir-up delightful "drama" for all to enjoy.  Through madcap auditions, burgeoning romances, and heartbreaking realizations, the trio from Queens takes viewers on the zany roller coaster ride that is the actor's life.


Fade In

Fade In is a webisodic documentary series featuring inspiring stories from homeless LGBTQ youth.  These 3-5 minute clips are not only designed to bring awareness to the fact that 35-40% of runaway or homeless youth in New York identify as being LGBTQ, but also to provide and promote a positive light forward for teens struggling with their identities due to personal, social, and familial factors.  Each segment will be based around a different virtue (e.g. beauty, acceptance, compassion, faith) and will feature up to three youths discussing an uplifting story that relates to said virtue.  Through smiles and laughter, tears and heartbreak, these touching stories shine a light on the truths of those forced to live in darkness.  Hosted by the cast of Drama Queenz.


Post Screening Q&A with Novo Novus Productions

Documentary in Bloom

June 13th -19th  7:30 p.m.

Co-Presented by Cinema Tropical

Curated by Livia Bloom


The Lips (aka Los Labios)

Dir. Iván Fund and Santiago Loza, 2010, 100 min.

Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress, a prize shared by the film's three leads, this subtle and challenging mix of documentary and narrative filmmaking follows three women who deeply inhabit their cinematic roles as social workers interacting with members of an impoverished rural Argentine community. Facing desperate poverty that threatens to overwhelm even the greatest reserves of calm, humor, and empathy, the trio moves into makeshift living quarters and records data on the needs of the community, while still taking time for an occasional night out.


Following Friday’s screening there will be a Q&A with the Lips producer Ivan Eibuszyc followed by a reception sponsored by Sugar Hill Ale.

Sunday’s screening will also be followed by a Q&A with Lips producer Ivan Eibuszy.




Cinema Tropical Website:


The Beales of Grey Gardens

Dir. Albert Maysles & David Maysles, 2006, 91 min.

The 1976 cinema vérité classic Grey Gardens, which captured in remarkable close-up the lives of the eccentric East Hampton recluses Big and Little Edie Beale, has spawned everything from a midnight-movie cult following to a Broadway musical, to a Hollywood adaptation. The filmmakers then went back to their vaults of footage to create part two, The Beales of Grey Gardens, a tribute both to these indomitable women and to the original landmark documentary’s legions of fans, who have made them American counterculture icons.



Grey Gardens

Dir. Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde & Muffie Meyer, 1976, 94 min.

Meet Big and Little Edie Beale—high-society dropouts, mother and daughter, reclusive cousins of Jackie O.—thriving together amid the decay and disorder of their ramshackle East Hampton mansion. An impossibly intimate portrait and an eerie echo of the Kennedy Camelot, Albert and David Maysles’s 1976 Grey Gardens quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen. The film and the Beales themselves have since inspired fashion lines, songs, a broadway musical, several off-broadway shows, and a 2009 HBO film.


Q&A with co-Director Albert Maysles

Reception to Follow Sponsored By Sugar Hill  Ale

STAUNCH FAMILIES: A Grey Gardens Celebration III

Curated by Rebekah and Sara Maysles


Back Walking Forward

Dir. Kavery Kaul, 2011, 40 min.

Back Walking Forward tells an inspiring story about the aftermath of brain injury. A car accident left Eric with traumatic brain injury. Modern medicine enables most brain injury patients to survive coma, but what happens after that? On the unpredictable road to recovery, an active young man suddenly bound to a wheelchair, unable to start college, Eric struggles to relearn life skills, as he searches for a place in a once-familiar world. His family must redefine happiness, as they too search for a "new normal". They wander the borderland between hope and despair. Will Eric walk again?


Followed by a Q&A with director Kavery Kaul, with the film subjects Eric, Susan and Isaac Michalowski in attendance


Kavery Kaul is an award-winning director and producer of documentaries that have been shown in theaters and on television, in the U.S. and internationally. Born in India and brought up in the U.S., her bicultural background crosses many borders. Often her films are driven by characters who challenge assumptions about who they are. They bridge worlds and break down the barriers separating "them" and "us". Kavery explains, "I was drawn to Eric --- his truths and untruths, the profound and the poignant, and his understanding of what's really important in life. In Back Walking Forward, I wanted to enter his inner world and trace his family's quest for a new normal in the face of such enormous uncertainty."



Grey Gardens

Dir. Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde & Muffie Meyer, 1976, 94 min.

Meet Big and Little Edie Beale—high-society dropouts, mother and daughter, reclusive cousins of Jackie O.—thriving together amid the decay and disorder of their ramshackle East Hampton mansion. An impossibly intimate portrait and an eerie echo of the Kennedy Camelot, Albert and David Maysles’s 1976 Grey Gardens quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen. The film and the Beales themselves have since inspired fashion lines, songs, a broadway musical, several off-broadway shows, and a 2009 HBO film.

Special Bonus Material TBA

STAUNCH FAMILIES: A Grey Gardens Celebration III

Beyond This Place

Dir. Kaleo La Belle, 2011, 93 min.

Kaleo La Belle, director and narrator of Beyond This Place, finally heard from his dad the day he turned 34. Born on a hippie commune in Maui to Cloud Rock La Belle and mother Marj, little Kaleo’s given name was “Ganja.” Cloud Rock, a spectacularly unrepentant deadbeat father who claims he’s been “stoned for 40 years,” suddenly invites his son to pedal with him on a 500-mile journey through the Pacific Northwest. Frustrated with his old man’s total lack of responsibility, and wounded by his abandonments, Kaleo asks Cloud Rock pointed questions about his motivation. But the old guy refuses to be drawn in. The only things he’s interested in are pursuing his own happiness, LSD, and cycling. “My life is not about disappointing a child. It’s about becoming a man. I love my freedom,” he grinningly tells his son. In an effort to comprehend this maddening person, Kaleo goes on a quest, interviewing commune members still living off the grid in Maui, his mentally ill brother Starbuck, and his mom in suburban Detroit. Simultaneously funny and devastating, Beyond This Place is a heartfelt journey of body and soul.

Q&A with director Kaleo La Belle via Skype

Staunch!: Grey Gardens 3

Curated by Rebekah and Sara Maysles

The 3rd Annual Grey Gardens Staunch Fest is a weekend long celebration of Staunch Families, June 10th-12th, 2011.

"But you see in dealing with me, the relatives didn't know that they were dealing with a staunch character. [...] S-T-A-U-N-C-H. There's nothing worse, I'm telling you. They don't weaken, no matter what." - Little Edith Beale.

   This year's Grey Gardens Staunch Celebration is a weekend exploring "staunch" families on film - families whose members despite everything 'don't weaken, no matter what', for better or worse. For Grey Gardens, in the decaying titular East Hampton mansion, a tight knit mother and daughter pair, while blocking out much of the outside world, over the years have expanded their family to include cats, raccoons, a singing cowboy, an effete pianist, a teenage handyman, a gardener, a local psychic, and a pair of visiting filmmakers. At the center, the bonds of blood between mother and daughter drive a complex relationship filled with regret, longing, anger, but above all, love. Our families, however we may define them, make us who we are - they can cultivate the best and the worst in us, drive us crazy, drive us forward and/or trap us.

Friday, June 10th to Sunday, June 12th

Under the Influence of Le Tigre

Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour

Dir Kerthy Fix, 2010, 72 min.

Who Took the Bomp? follows electronic feminist icons Le Tigre on the This Island tour across four continents and ten countries. Supported by a community of devoted fans and led by outspoken Riot Grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill), Le Tigre confronts sexism and homophobia in the music industry while tearing up the stage via performance art poetics, no-holds-barred lyrics, punk rock ethos, and whip-smart wit in this edgy and entertaining documentary.  Who Took the Bomp? features never before seen live performances, archival interviews, and revealing backstage footage with these trail-blazing artists. "Hysterically funny, shamelessly political and musically intense” says Rolling Stone.  

Post-screening Q&A with:  

Director Kerthy Fix’s credits include Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman with director Jennifer Fox, Hotel Gramercy Park with filmmaker Douglas Keeve, and Who Does She Think She Is?, airing on PBS this year. She also directed and produced Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields.

Kathleen Hanna is best known for her groundbreaking performances as a member of the seminal 90′s punk band, Bikini Kill, and her more recent multimedia group, Le Tigre.  She is currently making art, giving lectures and writing a new album with her band The Julie Ruin.

Johanna Fateman, a Harlem resident and "zine queen" is best known for her work with Le Tigre. She produces the band Men, is a frequent art and pop culture contributing writer at Art Forum and co-owns Manhattan's Seagull salon.  

Reception to Follow Sponsored By Sugar Hill  Ale


Le Tigre on Tour ('Deceptacon' video clip from Who Took the Bomp?):


Le Tigre interviewed in Time Out New York:

DocWatchers and the Central Harlem CSA Present:

Curated by Hellura Lyle


Ana Sofia Joanes, 2009, 72 min.

Fresh celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. Among several main characters, Fresh features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.


Post-screening Discussion and Reception to Follow



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Keeling’s Caribbean Movie Showcase

Curated by Keeling Beckford of Keeling Reggae Video

Duke Vin and the Birth of Ska

Dir. Gus Berger, 2008

London in the 1950's was a cold place in more ways than the obvious.

Or so it appeared if you were one of the thousands of newly arrived Jamaicans. Many were overqualified for their menial jobs. Thousands of others quite simply could not get work. Discrimination and racial tensions culminated in fierce riots in both Nottingham and Notting Hill Gate. It was in this environment that the Jamaican soundmen; Duke Vin and Count Suckle arrived in the UK. They both stowed away on a boat from Kingston and brought with them a sound that was sweeping across the small Caribbean island and would later change the face of music in the UK. This was the sound of ska!

AFTER THE SCREENING: Q&A with Australian Filmmaker Gus Berger



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Maysles Institute After School Program for Teen Filmmakers Debuts Documentary Shorts

Please join us for a fun-filled evening of short documentary films that reveal a much-needed perspective on the recession, pest control, gender identity, fashion subcultures, the arts and the urban outdoors. Throughout the school year young people from the wider Harlem community gather to produce short documentaries that reinterpret and challenge notions of self-awareness, community, and power. We strive to bridge the film experience between theory, analysis and practice.


6:00pm: Reception

7:00pm: Screening


Produced by Roxanne Mauras and L’Eunice Faust, 8 min.

A short documentary film that explores the daily challenges of an openly gay, 16-year-old Jewish teen as he navigates through school and personal relationships.


Three Dollars Outta Fifteen Cents

Produced by Samantha Ramos, 4 min.

An introspective look at the hustle and bustle of teenagers coping with an economic recession that leaves them with little or no disposable income.



Produced by Alejandro Rosario, 9 min.

Have you ever cringed at the sight of a teenager with saggy pants? This short documentary film explores the root causes of this fashion subculture through interviews with teen and adult saggers, teachers, parents, the fashion industry and the New York City community at large.


Booker T

Produced by Brittney Lopez, 8 min.

A short documentary film that delves into the artistic lives of two high school performance artists and the teacher that helps them sustain their passion.



Produced by Keionn Ausby, 3 min.

From the urban streets of France comes an innovative outdoor sport that is slowly capturing the imagination of inner city teens in New York City. Experience parkour through the eyes of a14 year-old enthusiast from the South Bronx.



Produced by Hatuey Rodriguez, 3 min.

Synopsis: Rodents and mice are an all too familiar relative of most New Yorkers. Hate them or love them, they are here to stay and will probably outlive us as a whole. What is left for us to do but create a short, experimental film on their existence?


Let’s Talk About Sex

Produced by Nataja Flood, 6 min.

Synopsis: The formative years for teens are filled with daunting challenges. Amidst pressure to excel in school and stay out of trouble, many of them begin to explore their bodies and urges. This short documentary film surveys the present day attitudes of teens and adults on sex and abstinence.

Harlem International Film Festival (Hi) Hi Wednesdays

Arna’s Children

Juliano Mer Khamis and Danniel Danniel, 2003, 84 min.

Arna's Children is a 2003 Israeli/Dutch documentary directed by Juliano Mer Khamis and Danniel Danniel about a children's theater group in Jenin in the Palestinian territories established by Arna Mer-Khamis, the director's mother, an Israeli Jewish political and human rights activist.The film portrays the lives of Arna Mer-Khamis and the young members of the theater including Ala el-Sabagr, Zakaria Zbeide, Daud Zbeide, Majdi Shadi, Haifa Esteti, Nidal Swetti, Yussef Swetti, Mahmoud Kaneri, Khairia Fakhri and Ashraf Abu-Alheji. The film won "Best Documentary Feature" at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival. Three of the theater children died in various miltant operations or while peacefully resisting the Israeli army, namely Ala, Nidal, and Ashraf. Yussef committed a suicide attack in Hadera in 2001, murdering four civilians. Two other children, Daud and Zakaria were later imprisoned. The director of the film Juliano Mer Khamis was assassinated in Jenin on 4 April 2011 by masked militants.

Q & A with Reem Khamis-Dakwar and Nancy Leigh (both cousins of Juliano) to follow screening.

Under the Influence of ESPO

A Love Letter For You

Dir. Joey Garfield, 2010, 59 min

Jail bound youth spray paints a love letter to his girl.

Espo Runs The Show

Dir. Joey Garfield, 2005, 25 min

An artist's manager tries to keep his client motivated for his debut solo show at a leading art gallery.


Got That Gary

Dir. Joey Garfield, 2000, 1min

Gary promotes the wares of the Street Market.


Style Wars, The Musical

Dir. Matt Lenski

A preview of the most beautiful musical on off Broadway.

Q&A with ESPO


More to come


Steve Powers aka ESPO was born and raised and Philadelphia, then moved to New York City in 1994. After stints as publisher of On the Go Magazine, author of the book The Art Of Getting Over, and full-time graffiti writer, Powers opened his studio in Janurary of 1998. Since then he has shown at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, The 49th Venice Bienalle, The Luggage Store in San Francisco, and had his first museum solo show at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in 2007. He founded the Dreamland Artist Club and partnered with Creative Time to commission over 45 artists to paint signs and rides in Coney Island and as a Fulbright Scholar, Powers painted a love story in the streets of Dublin and Belfast. He lives and works in Manhattan.


Concrete, Steel and Paint

Dir. Cindy Burstein & Tony Heriza, 2009, 55 min.

When men in a Pennsylvania state prison join with victims of crime to create a mural about healing, their views on punishment, remorse, and forgiveness collide. Finding consensus is not easy – but as the participants move through the creative process, mistrust gives way to surprising moments of human contact and common purpose. The film, featuring Philadelphia's internationally recognized Mural Arts Program, raises important questions about crime, justice and reconciliation–and dramatically illustrates how art can facilitate dialogue about difficult issues.

"Concrete, Steel and Paint informs us with piercing eloquence that, through art and honesty, salvation and transcendent understanding are possible." -- Huffington Post (link text "Huffington Post" to To learn more about the film and watch the trailer, visit 

Directors Cindy Burstein and Tony Heriza join a post screening dialogue led by King Downing, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Healing Justice Program


Panelists include:

Miguel Adams, Formerly Incarcerated

Riverside Prison Ministry (link to Riverside  to Campaign to End the New Jim Crow Denise Paul, Mother of Crime Victim, Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. (link to

Amy Sanaman, Director

Groundswell Community Mural Project (link to

Malcolm X on Film, Part Two

(In Celebration of Malcolm X’s 86th Birthday)

Doors Open at 6:00 pm

The Speeches of Malcolm

Malcolm’s speeches from 1963-1965 including several legendary Harlem speeches.


7:00pm Feature

El Hajj Malik el Shabazz (AKA Make It Plain)

Gil Noble, 1991, 60 min.

A "Like It Is" television program special presentation produced, written and reported by Gil Noble. This documentary covers the life of Malcolm X featuring tons of archival footage of Malcolm X’s speeches and rare interviews with various members of his family.



Michael Tyner, 2011, 11 min.

This three part series serves as an introduction to the late Manning Marable’s new book about Malcolm X, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. It goes through some of the primary contributions of the book, as explained by Marble himself, in terms of tearing down some of the myths about Malcolm X that have been popularized by the autobiography written by Alex Haley and movie directed by Spike Lee.


Panel Discussion with

Herb Boyd, Cleo Silvers, Immortal Technique, Shaka Shakur and moderated by Dr. Shaka-Zulu

Herb Boyd is an activist, historian, journalist, author and professor. Herb Boyd is the
co-editor of the American Book Award winning "Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black
Men in America". In 1999 he won three first place awards from the New York
Association of Black Journalists. He has recently been following and covering
President Obama and teaching at both the City College of New York and the College of New Rochelle.

Cleo Silvers states that the focus of her life "continues to be the improvement of conditions for working people in every aspect of their lives; housing, healthcare, education, integrity, peace and justice, criminalization of youth in communities of color, and culture." Among other endeavors she sits on the boards for the Harlem Tenants Council, Brecht Forum, National Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, David Sanes Rodriguez Brigade for Peace in Puerto Rico and the Maysles Institute. During the late 60's and early 70's Silvers was a member of both The Young Lords and The Black Panther Party.

Immortal Technique, is an American rapper of Afro-Peruvian descent as well as an activist. He was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Harlem, New York. Most of his lyrics focus on controversial issues in global politics. The views expressed in his lyrics are largely commentary on issues such as class struggle, poverty, religion, government and institutional racism.

Shaka Shakur is the former New York chairperson of the New Black Panther Party and an alumni of the Black Panther Collective. A member of the Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood Shakur also currently serves as Chairperson for the United Muslim Alliance which is one of the coordinating organizations of the People’s Survival Program (PSP) which politically focuses on feeding and clothing the needy along with 15 other organizations.

Dr. Shaka-Zulu is an entrepreneur and producer/co-host to the official "True School Radio Show" on WHCR 90.3.FM and also currently now "ZULU-TV.NET". He is the founder of the "Shaka-Jutsu Warrior Academy" teaching many young, old, women, children and men self-defense and protection. Dr. Shaka-Zulu is also the Chief Legal Detective for I.S.P.I. an international security & investigative firm. He is a facilitator and instructor at I.P.N. and also serves on the World Council of The Universal Zulu Nation.