The Movement Theatre Company Presents: TMTC Harlem Horror Nights

100% Free!!!!!

This evening will feature eclectic performances from a variety of artists who re-imagine classic horror films right before your eyes. Watch a re-interpretation of Psycho or a slam poet's take on Final Destination. Be prepared to meet Halloween's Michael Myers. How terrifying will Scream become when the story jumps off the screen? Don't miss this unique theatrical experience that will bring the things that go bump in the night right to you as The Movement Theatre Company brings HORROR films to LIFE. Films showcased throughout the evening include The Ring, Psycho, Carrie, Halloween, The Blair Witch Project, The Exorcist, Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Final Destination.

ALSO: We've got our tricks, but didn't forgot about treats. Harlem Brewing Company is providing Sugar Hill Golden Ale for the event, so come get a drink, sit, back, relax and enjoy a SCREAM of a good time!

Friends of the Congo, True-Walker Productions, and Maysles Cinema Present: Congo in Harlem 3

Congo in Harlem 3 is the third annual series of Congo-related films and special events at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem. This year’s program features a wide range of films by Congolese and international directors, representing some of the most important issues facing the Democratic Republic of Congo today. Most screenings will be followed by panel discussions, special events, musical performances, and receptions. Congo in Harlem 3 will provide audiences with more than the traditional movie-going experience -- it will offer opportunities to celebrate Congolese culture, learn about the ongoing humanitarian crisis, engage in dialogue, and get involved.


A critical focus of this year’s program will be the upcoming 2011 presidential elections in Congo, scheduled to take place in late November. Key issues will be addressed in panel discussions and post-screening Q&As.


Highlights of the program include Kafka in Congo and Murder in Kinshasa (October 19th and 20th) featuring post-screening discussions with directors Marlène Rabaud and Arnaud Zajtman; a dynamic duo of sensational music films, Kinshasa Symphony and Benda Bilili! (October 17th and 21st) ; and a special appearance by Djo Munga, acclaimed director of Viva Riva! (October 22nd and 23rd).


Throughout the series, there will be a silent auction of fashion items created by African designers, courtesy of Bel Esprit. Proceeds from the auction will help support the ongoing programming of Congo In Harlem.


Congo in Harlem 3 is a non-profit series. All events have been made possible by the generous support of DISH Africa TV, Caipirinha Foundation, V-Day, Panzi Foundation USA, and contributions from other organizations and individuals.


***Proceeds from Congo in Harlem will go toward a fund for emerging Congolese filmmakers ***


Series Partners and Friends: Friends of the Congo, V-DAY-Harlem, Man-Up, Now AfriCAN, New York African Film Festival, Project Girl Performance Collective, HEAL Africa, Panzi Foundation USA, Cultures of Resistance, Mutaani FM, Yole!Africa, V-Day, Tabilulu Productions, Music Box Films, National Geographic Entertainment


Friends of the Congo (, Man-Up (, Now AfriCAN (, Project Girl Performance Collective (, HEAL Africa (, Panzi Foundation (, Cultures of Resistance (, Mutaani FM (, Yole!Africa (, V-Day (, Tabilulu Productions, Music Box Films (, National Geographic Entertainment (


Congo in Harlem 3

Sunday, October 16, 3:00PM


Breaking the Silence: Congo Week

Cultures of Resistance, 2010, 3 min.


Blood in the Mobile

Dir. Franck Piasecki Poulsen, 2010, 82 min.

Director Franck Piasecki Poulsen embarks on a personal mission to uncover the origin of the minerals in his Nokia cell phone. Navigating the bureaucracy, corruption, and dangers of eastern Congo, he arrives at Bisie, one of the largest and most notorious illegal mines in the region, where armed groups maintain tight control and inhumane conditions, and child labor runs rampant. Determined to know if his cell phone is funding conflict in Congo, Poulsen works his way into Nokia’s corporate offices, where he confronts executives about their mineral supply chain.

Discussion with Sekombi Katondolo (producer of Blood in the Mobile and founder/director of MutaaniFM), David Aronson (freelance journalist and blogger), Mvemba Phizo Dizolele (writer, foreign policy analyst, and independent journalist), and other special guests.

Blood in the Mobile Trailer:



Monday, October 17, 7:30PM

Papa Wemba: Singing for a Democratic Congo

Cultures of Resistance, 2010, 4 min.


Kinshasa Symphony

Dir. Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer, 2010, 95 min.

In a country better known for conflict and corruption, a group of 200 individuals has managed to forge one of the most complex systems of human cooperation ever undertaken: a symphony orchestra. As the musicians prepare for a public performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, they must overcome a litany of challenges, including power cuts, traffic noise, makeshift instruments, and the rigors of survival in one of the world’s most chaotic cities. The result is a document of passion, cooperation, and the power of music.

Kinshasa Symphony Trailer:


Tuesday, October 18, 7:30PM

Co-Presented by Panzi Foundation USA



Re-contextualizing Rape Congo has been dubbed the “Rape Capital of the World”, but why? This panel will explore the complexities that contribute to gender-based violence in Congo, and examine the role of rape in popular understanding of Congo’s crisis. Panelists will discuss activist dilemmas in tackling the problem, offer perspectives from the ground, and suggest meaningful ways to make a difference.



Marie-Ange Bunga, Founder of Congo Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School Lee Ann De Reus, President of the Board, Panzi Hospital Foundation Shana Mongwana, Founder and director of AFRICALIVES! Productions + Other guests to be announced


Panel Preceded by:

Voices Without Borders: Project Girl Congo

Directed by Jessica Greer Morris

The Project Girl Performance Collective will perform an excerpt their theatrical piece “Voices Without Borders,” based on the experience, strength and hope of young girls in DR Congo and the US.


Women Beyond War: A World March in Africa

Cultures of Resistance, 2010, 5 min.


Congo: A Common Cause

Dir. Shana Mongwana, 2011, 15 min.


Zero Tolerance

Dir. Dieudo Hamadi, 2010, 18 min.


Wednesday, October 19, 7:30PM

Kafka in Congo

Dir. Marlène Rabaud and Arnaud Zajtman, 2010, 59 min.

Fifteen years ago, Gorette Mawuzu’s land was stolen from her. Too poor to hire an attorney, she had been representing herself in court for the past decade and a half without clear resolution. At the same time, Bahati Lukwebo, an administrator responsible for the National Congolese Assembly’s finances maneuvers to maintain his position within a dysfunctional bureaucracy. From opposite ends of the social spectrum, this elegantly observed film reveals the challenges and corruption built into Congo’s legal system.

Discussion with directors Marlène Rabaud and Arnaud Zajtman, moderated by attorney/activist Joseph Mbangu


Thursday, October 20, 7:30PM

Thembo Kash: Cartooning For Justice DRC/Congo

Cultures of Resistance, 2010, 5 min.


Murder in Kinshasa: Who Killed Laurent Désiré Kabila?

Dir. Marléne Rabaud and Arnaud Zajtman, 2011, 48 min.

On January 16th, 2001, Laurent Désiré Kabila, the President of DR Congo, was murdered by one of his bodyguards. Moments later, the bodyguard was shot and killed, setting the stage for one of Congo’s greatest mysteries. With unprecedented access to key actors in the assassination -- including a hidden camera passed to one of the accused in prison -- Murder in Kinshasa poses vital questions about a case that will likely go unsolved in the annals of Congolese history.

Discussion with directors Marlène Rabaud and Arnaud Zajtman

Murder in Kinshasa Trailer:


Friday, October 21, 7:30PM

Lexxus Legal: Hip Hop for Social Change

Cultures of Resistance, 2010, 4 min.


Benda Bilili!

Dir. Renaud Barret and Flaurent De La Tullaye, 2010, 85 min.

Courtesy of National Geographic Entertainment (

From the gritty slums of Kinshasa to packed concert halls in Europe, Benda Bilili! charts the improbable transformation of five paraplegics and a virtuoso street-kid into a global music phenomenon. Their band, Staff Benda Bilili (“Look Beyond Appearances”) is living proof that against all odds, dreams can become reality.

Reception featuring live Congolese music by Isaac Katalay


Benda Bilili Trailer:


Saturday, October 22, 7:30PM

Viva Riva!

Dir. Djo Munga, 2011, 96 min.

Courtesy of Music Box Films

Riva is a small time operator who has just returned to Kinshasa with a fortune in hijacked petrol. With wads of cash and out for a good time, Riva is soon entranced by a beautiful nightclub siren, who also happens to be the kept woman of a local gangster. Into the mix comes Riva’s Angolan crime-lord ex-boss, who is after his stolen fuel. Director Djo Munga’s high-octane thriller is the first major action film shot in Kinshasa in nearly two decades, and landmark film in Congolese cinema.

Discussion with director Djo Munga + Reception with Congolese food

Viva Riva Trailer:



Saturday, October 22, 2:00PM

***Special Riverside Church Screening***

Presented by Friends of the Congo



Room 9T

Riverside Church New York City 490 Riverside Drive New York, NY 10027


Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth

Friends of the Congo, 2011, 26min.

A sneak peak at a short version of the forthcoming film Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering The Truth, which will explore the role that the United States, Rwanda, and Uganda have played in Congo’s ongoing humanitarian crisis. The film unveils analysis and prescriptions from leading experts, practitioners, activists, and intellectuals, locating the Congo crisis in a historical, social, and political context.


Panel discussion and reception with Congolese food.

This screening is free and open to the public


Sunday, October 23, 3:00PM



Youth Power: From Cairo to Congo

Using the North African revolution as a starting point, this panel will explore the Congolese youth movement, and its potential impact on the upcoming elections as young Congolese strive to have greater say in the future of their country.


Jimmie Briggs, Journalist, author, and founder of the Man-Up campaign

Nathaniel Houghton, Founder and CEO of Congo Leadership Initiative

Priscillia Kounkou-Hoveyda, Co-Founder of NowAfriCAN

Kambale Musavuli, Activist and student coordinator for Friends of the Congo


Panel Preceded by:

Building Beyond Conflict: Inspiring Congolese Kids For A Brighter Future

Cultures of Resistance, 2010, 7 min.


Sunday, October 23, 7:00PM


Papy (Mon Histoire)

Dir. Djo Munga, 2007, 53 min.

When Papy, a policeman living in Kinshasa, discovers that he has AIDS his life begins to spin out of control. His wife abandons him, leaving him to care for their two children, and he is even rejected by his own sister. In order to get treatment, he must have a family member serve as a confidant, but with nobody to turn to, what will Papy do? Based on a true story, Papy is hard-hitting drama that ultimately inspires a message of hope.

Discussion with director Djo Munga + closing night reception featuring Congolese music by Isaac Katalay



The Best of the New York International Children’s Film Festival and Animae Caribe and the CariBBeing Film Festival’s Animated Shorts

The Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association and the Maysles Cinema Present

@ the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park (122nd Street and Mt. Morris Park West/Fifth Ave)


Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church (15 Mount Morris Park West at 122nd Street)

100% Free


Strictly for the Young and the Young at Heart!!!!!!


The Best of the New York International Children’s Film Festival


Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Dean Fleischer-Camp, 2010, 3 min.

An up-close and personal interview with Internet video star Marcel, a tiny shell with one eyeball, two shoes, and a really great personality!


Don’t Go

Turgut Akacik, 2010, 4 min.

Awesome, thumpy, electronic disco music propels this non-stop chase scene of a movie – as a cute, pink-bellied, one-eyed CGI bunny gets chased around an apartment by a live action black cat.



Renaud Hallee, 2009, 2 min.

Falling objects are synchronized to produce rhythms and patterns.



Malena Modéer, 2010, 4 min.

Colorful stop motion, goofy live action, surreal homemade sets, and a ridiculous pigeon costume come together to humorous effect in the story of Johnny – a hilariously narrated, tongue-in-cheek fable about what happens to little boys who don’t drink their milk!


Book Girl and Cabinet Girl

Jane Wu, 2010, 3.5 min.

Two girls realize the value of their friendship after a journey of broken hearts, torn pages and reconciliation.



Patrick Jean, 2010, 2.5 min.

Old-school video game icons take over New York City (and the world) in this music video for French techno-pop band Naïve New Beaters.


The Lost Thing

Andrew Ruhemann/Shaun Tan, 2010, 15.5 min.

A boy encounters a strange creature on a beach and decides to find a home for it in a world where everyone believes there are far more important things to think about. This beautifully animated film comes from Passion Pictures, producers of past NYICFF favorites City of Paradise and Dog Who Was a Cat Inside.



Rob Silvestri, 2010, 4 min.

Ormie is a Pig, in every sense of the word. Pig see cookie. Pig want cookie. But they are out of reach... or are they?


The Deep

PES, 2010, 2 min.

Metallic objects come to life in the depths of the sea, in the newest film from New York’s brilliant stop-motion artist PES – whose past NYICFF selections include Western Spaghetti, Dogs of War, and Game Over.

The Best of Animae Caribe and the CariBBeing Film Festival’s Animated Shorts


Jerk Chicken

Samuel Stewart, 2010, 6 min.

Jerk Chicken is an animated comedic short that explores the work day of a Jamaican jerk chicken chef named Ron. However, Ron’s passion for his craft is short lived as the frustrations of the chicken eventually emerge.


How Anancy Became Famous

Andrew Davies and Ananse Animation Project, 2010, 4:41 min.

Most times Anancy, without working hard, without playing by the rules, comes out on top. He has a way of getting into scrapes and a wonderfully cunning way of getting out of them. Anancy also represents the resilience and survival instinct of a people who can come through any situation.

Kina Sky

Corretta Singer, 2009, 6:13 min.

A robot girl trapped on a floating island longs for freedom and finally her dream comes true after a stroke of inspiration.


Krik Krak Anansi

Camille Selvon Abrahams, 2010, 7 min.

Anansi is not amused when he hears Brer Monkey announce that there is a shortage of Bananas. This is by far his favorite food and he cannot stand to have to share. But as usual, he concocts a mischievous plan. Pretending to be selfless and caring Lil Anansi tricks his friends into giving him a quarter of each of their Bananas. Little does Anansi know that what goes around comes around.


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Documentary in Bloom

October 10th - October 16th at 7:30 p.m.

Curated by Livia Bloom

Two Films by John Akomfrah: Seven Songs for Malcolm X and The Last Angel of History


In conjunction with the theatrical premiere of John Akomfrah's The Nine Muses (2011) at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Maysles Cinema presents the U.S. theatrical premiere of two foundational films by the British-Ghanaian pioneer filmmaker.


Seven Songs for Malcolm X

Dir. John Akomfrah, produced by the Black Audio Film Collective, 1993, 52 min.

An homage to the inspirational African-American civil rights leader, Seven Songs for Malcolm X collects testimonies, eyewitness accounts and dramatic reenactments to tell the life, legacy, loves, and losses of Malcolm X. Featuring interviews with Malcolm's widow Betty Shabazz, Spike Lee, and many other, SEVEN SONGS looks for the meaning behind the resurgence of interest in the man whose X always stood for the unknown.


The Last Angel of History

Dir. John Akomfrah, 1996, 45 min.

An examination of the relationships between Pan-African culture, science fiction, intergalactic travel, and computer technology, Akomfrah's Afro-futurist documentary posits science fiction as a metaphor for the Pan-African experience of displacement, alienation and otherness. The film intertwines the work of musicians including George Clinton and Sun Ra with the writing of black science fiction authors Samuel R. Delaney and Octavia Butler. Images of Pan-African life from different periods of history are edited together with interviews with leading cultural figures including DJ Spooky, musician Derek May, astronaut Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr., Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols, novelist Ismael Reed, and cultural critics Greg Tate and Kodwo Eshun.

Interview Excerpt with Assata Shakur


A Visit with Kamau Sadiki

Excerpt from political prisoner Kamau Sadiki’s visit with his daughter.



Eyes of the Rainbow

Gloria Rolando, 1997, 45 min.

Eyes on the Rainbow deals with the life of Assata Shakur, the Black Panther and Black Liberation Army leader who escaped from prison and was given political asylum in Cuba, where she has lived for close to 15 years.  This film also covers Afro-Cuban beliefs and culture, including the Yoruba Orisha Oya, goddess of the ancestors, of war, of the cemetery and of the rainbow.


Post screening panel with moderator Cleo Silvers, Rosemari Mealy (BPP), Pam Hanna (BPP) and her daughter Ksisay Torres and granddaughter Youri       






The Spirit of the Black Panther Fallen Comrades

Video Tribute



Video Tribute to past political exile Michael Tabor



In The Land Of The Free

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.



Closing Reception with Legendary DJ Afrika Bambaataa


Voices of Political Prisoners

The Freedom Archives, 2000, 40 min. excerpt

Nuh Washington – Call Me Nuh & Last Statement   

Jalil Muntaqim – Voice of Liberation



Free Em' All

Compilation of inspiring speeches from various political prisoners.



Legacy of Torture: The War Against The Black Liberation Movement

Andreas Alegria, Claude Marks & The Freedom Archives, 2005, 28 min.

In 1973, thirteen alleged "Black militants" were arrested in New Orleans connected to events in San Francisco. Some of them were tortured for several days by law enforcement authorities, in striking similarity to the horrors visited upon detainees in Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib. In 1975, a Federal Court in San Francisco threw out all of the evidence obtained in New Orleans. The two lead San Francisco Police Department investigators from over 30 years ago, along with FBI agents, have re-opened the case. Rather than submit to proceedings they felt were abusive of the law and the Constitution, five men chose to stand in contempt of court and were sent to jail.  They were released when the Grand Jury term expired, but have been told by prosecutors that "it isn't over yet."  This is the story to date: of history, repression, and resistance.

Post Screening Panel with moderator King Downing, Cisco Torres (San Francisco 8), Ashanti Alston (BPP) and Russell Shoats Jr. (son of Political Prisoner Russell Shoats Sr.)


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

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

Friday, September 30th, 7:00pm


Voices of Political Prisoners

The Freedom Archives, 2000, 40 min. excerpt

Nuh Washington – Call Me Nuh & Last Statement       

Albert 'Nuh' Washington passed away April 28, 2000, at the Regional Medical Unit at Coxsackie Correctional Facility.  Nuh (the Arabic form of Noah) was a committed member of the Black Panther Party and was arrested on August 28, 1971 in San Francisco. Call Me Nuh is based on an interview done with Nuh Washington in 1988 by Fiona Boneham and Paper Tiger TV in March, 2000.


Jalil Muntaqim – Voice of Liberation

Jalil Abdul Muntaqim (formerly Anthony Bottom) was 19 years old when he was arrested at the same time as Nuh Washington. A former member of the Black Panther Party, Jalil Muntaqim is one of the longest held political prisoners in the world. This documentary is a unique opportunity to visit and hear Jalil's story.


The Spirit of the Black Panther Fallen Comrades - Video Tribute



41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers

Gregory Everett, 2010, 120 min.

41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers is the first part in a documentary series that follows the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party from its Black Power beginnings through to its tragic demise. This film contains interviews with former Black Panther Party members along with archival footage detailing the history of racism in Los Angeles, including the Watt’s uprising from the perspective of the participants who engaged with the L.A.P.D. 41st & Central also gives the viewer an eyewitness account of Bunchy and John Huggins murders at U.C.L.A. in 1968.


Post-screening Q&A with Roland Freeman, original member of the BPP and co-producer of 41st and Central, Harold Taylor (San Francisco 8), Bullwhip Innis, Cleo Silvers, BJ Johnson, (All Original BPP members).


The Maysles Cinema and the Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church Present:

16-20 Mount Morris Park West (Southwest corner of West 122nd Street)


The First Corinthian Baptist Church Choir



The Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church Choir



Rejoice and Shout

Don McGlynn, 2010, 115 min.

"Theologians and clergy members of every religious stripe may debate the existence of God until the cows come home. But as demonstrated by “Rejoice and Shout,” Don McGlynn’s documentary history of African-American gospel music, reasonable arguments are nothing compared with the power of voices lifted in song to invoke the Holy Spirit. Your religion or lack of one doesn’t matter. At some point while watching the film, you may feel that music is God, or if not, a close approximation of divinity."

-- Stephen Holden

The New York Times, June 2, 2011


Brought to you with support from Target.
NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for Saturday, August 27th at Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church and was rescheduled due to Hurricane Irene.

The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975

Friday, September 23rd

Saturday, September 24th

Sunday, September 25th

Monday, September 26th

Tuesday, September 27th

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.

True Crime New York: The Post 9/11 Universe

A quarterly meditation on the complexity of "true" crime in and around the rotten apple


Robert Greenwald, 2004, 78 min.

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism takes a long, hard look at the Fox News Channel and its owner Rupert Murdoch, claiming that the channel is used to promote and advocate right-wing views. Outfoxed argues this pervasive bias contradicts the channel's claim of being “Fair and Balanced,” and that Fox News has been engaging in what amounts to consumer fraud. This film also deconstructs instances where Fox News commentators such as Bill O’Reilly attempt to intimidate guests with whom they disagree, such as author and activist Jeremy M. Glick. This film’s analysis is even more urgent and timely than ever considering recent events surrounding Murdoch and his empire on the other side of the pond in London.


Q&A with Jeremy M. Glick following screening


Jeremy M. Glick tragically lost his father, a Port Authority worker, in the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Time Magazine calls Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Glick one of the top 10 celebrity meltdowns of all time, which is certainly one way of looking at it. Jeremy has a PhD from Rutgers University in English, is an Assistant Professor at Hunter College and is currently writing a book on the Haitian Revolution. He is the co-author of Another World is Possible.


True Crime New York: The Post 9/11 Universe

A quarterly meditation on the complexity of "true" crime in and around the rotten apple


Control Room

Jehane Noujaim, 2004, 84 min.

Startling and powerful, Control Room is a documentary about the Arab television network Al-Jazeera's coverage of the U.S.-led Iraqi war, and conflicts that arose in managed perceptions of truth between that news media outlet and the American military. Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim ( catches the frantic action at Al-Jazeera headquarters as President Bush stipulates his 48-hour, get-out-of-town warning to Saddam Hussein and sons, soon followed by the network's shocking footage of Iraqi civilians terrorized and killed by invading U.S. troops. Al-Jazeera's determination to show images and report details outside the Pentagon's carefully controlled information flow draws the wrath of American officials, who accuse it of being an al-Qaida propagandist. Most fascinating is the way Control Room allows pro-democratic Arabs an opportunity to express views on Iraq as they see it--in an international context, and in a way most Americans never hear about.


True Crime New York: The Post 9/11 Universe

A quarterly meditation on the complexity of "true" crime in and around the rotten apple

Third World Newsreel,, Lillian Benson and the Maysles Cinema Present:



All Our Sons: Fallen Heroes of 9/11

Lillian Benson, 2003, 28 min.

Twelve African American firefighters were among the World Trade Center victims on September 11th, 2001. This moving documentary profiles these heroes, their families and the ultimate sacrifices they made.



Enemy Alien

Konrad Aderer, 2011, 82 min.

Enemy Alien, a first-person documentary, is the gripping story of the fight to free Farouk Abdel-Muhti, a Palestinian-born human rights activist detained in a post-9/11 sweep of Muslim immigrants. Told through the eyes of the filmmaker, the grandson of Japanese Americans interned during World War II, this documentary takes on unprecedented intimacy and historical resonance. As the filmmaker confronts his own family legacy of incarceration, his involvement in the current struggle deepens. Resistance brings consequences: In retaliation for organizing a hunger strike, Farouk is locked in solitary confinement, and a counterterrorism investigation into the documentary itself triggers the arrest of Farouk’s American-born son Tarek.


Post Screening Q&A with Director Konrad Aderer

The Experiment

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


American Falls

Philip Solomon, 2010, 55 min.

“American Falls is a single-channel triptych adaptation of a 55-minute, six-channel, 5.1-surround installation commissioned by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. It was inspired by a trip that I took to the capital at the invitation of the Corcoran in 1999, where I first encountered Frederick Church's great painting Niagara; took note of a multichannel video installation being projected onto the walls of the Corcoran rotunda; and went on walking tours of various monuments to the "fallen" throughout the DC area. The architecture of the rotunda in the vicinity of Niagara invited me to muse on creating an all-enveloping, manmade "falls", re-imagined as a WPA/Diego Rivera cine-mural, where the mediated images of the American Dream that I had been absorbing since childhood would flow together into the river with the roaring turbulence of America's failures to sustain the myths and ideals so deeply embedded in the received iconography.” - Philip Solomon


Hosted by Jessica Betz, former assistant of Philip Solomon who performed a great deal of the chemical, optical and installation work on American Falls.  Jessica will also be present for a Q&A following the screening.


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True Crime New York: The Post 9/11 Universe

A quarterly meditation on the complexity of "true" crime in and around the rotten apple

Programming the Nation

Jeff Warrick, 2011, 105 min.

Story goes since the late 1950's subliminal content has been tested and delivered through all forms of media, at an increasingly alarming rate. Programming the Nation examines the purported uses, influences and potential subconscious side-effects of what's going on beneath the surface of advertising, film, music and political propaganda. Also takes a hard look, with Amy Goodman commenting, at how in the post 9/11 universe Defense Department derived video packages air side-by-side with legitimate news stories on many TV news shows.  This film not only traces the history of several phenomenons, but seeks to determine the validity and potential threats that may or may not exist. Do you ever find yourself doing or buying things without any conscious reasoning? Why has consumer debt in America risen over 50% since 1990? How is it possible that the United States consumes about 25% of the world's resources while only making up 4.5% of the world's population? Are we all part of an elaborate scheme which has been "Programming the Nation"?

Q&A with director Jeff Warrick on Skype and Leroy Baylor (in person)
Leroy Baylor hosts two talk shows on WHCR 90.3FM (The Voice of Harlem). His shows are "The Communicators" which airs on Sundays (1-3pm) and "Respect for Life" which airs on Mondays 9am-10am.

True Crime New York: The Post 9/11 Universe

A quarterly meditation on the complexity of "true" crime in and around the rotten apple

Loose Change: Final Cut

Dylan Avery, 2007, 130 min.

The grandaddy of all 9/11 conspiracy theory films.  Loose Change: Final Cut is the third film in a series which argue that that 9/11 was planned and conducted by elements within the U.S government, and base the claims on perceived anomalies in the historical record of the attacks. The original 2005 film was edited and re-released as Loose Change: 2nd Edition (2006), and then subsequently edited a third time for the 2nd Edition Recut (2007), each time to tighten the focus on certain key areas and to correct some inaccurate claims and remove copyrighted material. Loose Change: Final Cut was released on DVD and Web-streaming format on November 11, 2007. Vanity Fair deemed it “the first internet blockbuster.” This film questions the plausibility of the Pentagon attack, World Trade Center collapse and United 93 phone calls and crash.

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem and the Maysles CInema Present: Jazz on Film

Celebrating A Masterpiece: Kind of Blue

Chris Lenz, 2008, 55 min.

Kind of Blue isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence. Why does Kind of Blue posses such a mystique? Perhaps because this music never flaunts its genius. It lures listeners in with the slow, luxurious bassline and gentle piano chords of "So What." From that moment on, the record never really changes pace -- each tune has a similar relaxed feel, as the music flows easily. Celebrating A Masterpiece is a behind-the-scenes look at Kind of Blue, the top selling Jazz album of all time. A companion piece to Ashley Kahn's seminal tome Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis masterpiece.

Celebrating A Masterpiece will also be followed by some short, key performance clips from Miles Davis.

Doc Watchers Presents: Curated by Hellura Lyle

An Unreasonable Man: A Documentary About Ralph Nader

Steve Skrovan & Henriette Mantel, 2007, 122 min.

In 1966, General Motors, the most powerful corporation in the world, sent private investigators to dig up dirt on an obscure thirty-two-year-old public interest lawyer named Ralph Nader, who had written a book critical of one of their cars, the Corvair. The scandal that ensued after the smear campaign was revealed launched Ralph Nader into national prominence and established him as one of the most admired Americans and the leader of the modern Consumer Movement. Over the next thirty years and without ever holding public office, Nader built a legislative record that is the rival of any contemporary president. Many things we take for granted including seat belts, airbags, product labeling, no nukes, even the free ticket you get after being bumped from an overbooked flight are largely due to the efforts of Ralph Nader and his citizen groups. Yet today, when most people hear the name "Ralph Nader," they think of the man who gave the country George W. Bush. With the help of exciting graphics, rare archival footage and over forty on-camera interviews conducted over the past two years, "An Unreasonable Man" traces the life and career of Ralph Nader, one of the most unique, important, and controversial political figures of the past half century.

Post-Screening Discussion and Reception with Director, Henriette Mantel