The Spook Who Sat By The Door

Thursday, April 7th, 7:30pm

Under the Influence of Sam Greenlee

The Spook Who Sat By the Door

Ivan Dixon, 1973, 103 min.

The Spook Who Sat by the Door is based on the novel by the same name by Sam Greenlee. It is both a satire of the civil rights struggle in the United States of the late 1960s and a serious attempt to focus on the issue of black militancy. Dan Freeman, the titular protagonist, is enlisted in the Central Intelligence Agency's elitist espionage program as its token black. Upon mastering agency tactics, however, he drops out to train young Chicago blacks as "Freedom Fighters." As a story of one man's reaction to ruling-class hypocrisy, the film is autobiographical and personal. The novel and the film also dramatize the CIA's history of giving training to persons and/or groups who later utilize their specialized intelligence training against the agency.

Reading and Q&A with Sam Greenlee

Americana

Monday, April 4th, 7:00pm

Doc Watchers

Curated by Hellura Lyle

Americana  

Dir. Topaz Adizes, 2010, 91 min.

The compelling stories of two American teenagers in their last months of high school before enlisting in the U.S. Army are juxtaposed with conversations between Americans and locals overseas of what it means to be ‘American’ and ‘free’. Shot all over the world from Vietnam and Hiroshima, to Belgrade and Istanbul, Americana is an epic exploration of American identity at home and abroad.

The Upsetter: The Life & Music of Lee Scratch Perry

Sunday, April 3rd, 7:30pm

Keeling's Caribbean Showcase

Curated by Keeling Beckford of Keeling's Reggae Music and Videos

The Upsetter: The Life & Music of Lee Scratch Perry

Dir. Ethan Higbee & Adam Bhala Lough, 2008, 90 min.

An in depth exploration of one of the most fascinating and influential artists of our times, Lee Scratch Perry. This documentary probes into Perry's mysterious youth as well as the notorious events of his peak production years in Kingston. Scratch mentored a young Bob Marley, created the sound of Reggae as we now know it, pioneered a new genre of music called Dub, invented what was to become the remix and produced international hit songs for artists from Junior Murvin to The Congos to Paul McCartney to The Clash all while working out of the infamous Black Ark Studio, a shack that he built with his hands then later burned to the ground in a fit of drug addled rage. Equally a documentation of a musical culture and a fascinating character study of genius and madness, The Upsetter is a sight and sound clash of visual and aural styles, utilizing archival footage, photographs, concert video, audio clips, music video clips both old and new, and an exclusive, candid interview with the mastermind himself at his home in Switzerland. Filmed in Jamaica, London, Switzerland, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Colorado, The Upsetter charts Perry's influence on all reaches of the globe.

 

After the Movie: Q&A with co-director Adam Bhala Lough

 

Reception Sponsored by Sugar Hill Ale

Continuing Ed: "Waiting For Superman" and Education Reform

Friday, April 1st- Sunday, April 3rd

Continuing Ed

This on-going series presents films and speakers in order to advance discussion about the future of education and education reform. Themes covered in this series include charter vs. public, integration vs re-segregation, multi-cultural curriculum, home-schooling and other alternative sites of learning, access to institutions of higher learning and the future of education professionals.

 

Friday, April 1st, 7:30pm

Harlem Homegrown: Films made for, by or about Harlem

Waiting for Superman

David Guggenheim, 2010, 102 min.

For a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates. Despite increased spending and politicians’ promises, our buckling public-education system, once the best in the world, routinely forsakes the education of millions of children. Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education “statistics” have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the foundation of Waiting for Superman. By embracing the belief that good teachers make good schools as well as critiquing the role of unions this film explores some of the approaches taken by education reformers and charter schools.

 

Panel Discussion

Ernesteine Augustus, teacher, Harlem, People Power Movement

Lisa Donlan, Community Education Council District 1, Grassroots Education Movement

Julie Cavanagh, Teacher, Grassroots Education Movement

Noah Gotbaum, Community Education Council District 3

 

Saturday, April 2nd

4:30pm

Waiting for Superman

David Guggenheim, 2010, 102 min.

For a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates. Despite increased spending and politicians’ promises, our buckling public-education system, once the best in the world, routinely forsakes the education of millions of children. Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education “statistics” have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the foundation of Waiting for Superman. By embracing the belief that good teachers make good schools as well as critiquing the role of unions this film explores some of the approaches taken by education reformers and charter schools.

 

7:30pm

The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman

Dir. The Grassroots Education Movement, 2011, 55 min.

A group of New York City public school teachers and parents from the Grassroots Education Movement wrote and produced this documentary in response to the Davis Guggenheim's film, Waiting for Superman. The Inconvenient Truth provides a critique of an increasingly free-market driven education system, the undermining of teachers unions and the overall faith in the idea that charter schools are just what the country needs. This film highlights the real-life experiences of public school parents and educators inside schools and in our society and takes a holistic look at education reform.

Panel Discussion with the Grassroots Education Movement

Sat: Mark Torres, Teacher, Harlem, People Power Movement

Khem Irby, Community Education Council District 13, The MANY

Julie Cavanagh, Teacher, Grassroots Education Movement

Sam Coleman, Teacher, GEM/NYCORE

 

Sunday, April 3rd, 5:30pm

The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman

Dir. The Grassroots Education Movement, 2011, 55 min.

A group of New York City public school teachers and parents from the Grassroots Education Movement wrote and produced this documentary in response to the David Guggenheim's film, Waiting for Superman. The Inconvenient Truth provides a critique of an increasingly free-market driven education system, the undermining of teachers unions and the overall faith in the idea that charter schools are just what the country needs. This film highlights the real-life experiences of public school parents and educators inside schools and in our society and takes a holistic look at education reform.

Under The Influence Of ego trip Pt. 2

Thursday, March 31st 7:30 PM

“Under The Influence Of ego trip Pt. 2”

Curated by Andreas Vingaard and ego trip

 

Rap City

Dir. Glenn Holsten and Lisa Marie Russo (1988) 27 min.

Rap City (1988), directed by Glenn Holsten and Lisa Marie Russo, spotlights Philadelphia and features rare and candid footage of Illadelph legends DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince and Schoolly-D, as well as then-rising female emcee Yvette Money.

 

Writing on the Wall

Dir. Sandra King (1986) 28 min.

Writing On the Wall (1986), directed by Sandra King, tells the poignant story of a young Newark, NJ graffiti artist, MIKAH, struggling to make a name for himself. But the film also wins big points for historical significance by presenting a snapshot of legendary New York City cult figure, KEO – graf writer, artist and designer, and emcee – while still a teenaged member of MIKAH’s crew.

 

Scheduled to appear

Filmmakers Glenn Holsten and Sandra King, KEO X-MEN, Micah Kelly aka MIKAH, the subject of the film,  and other guest TBA

Jock Docs Finale: “Base to Base, Borough to Borough: Baseball in NYC!”

Wednesday, March 30th, 7:30pm

Jock Docs Finale: “Base to Base, Borough to Borough: Baseball in NYC!”

Curated by Laura Coxson

 

I’m Keith Hernandez

Dir. Rob Perri, 2009, 20 minutes

Part baseball documentary, part anti drug film, part socio-political satire, I’M KEITH HERNANDEZ utilizes a version of Hernandez life as a vehicle to discuss how male identity is shaped by TV/film, sports, advertising, and pornography.

By examining the aforementioned types of media in conjunction with Lacan’s “Mirror Theory”, a clearer picture of masculinity emerges. As part of this discourse, the physical attribute of the mustache is explored as a symbol of male virility. Other topics include the Iran/Contra Affair and the resulting “Crack Explosion”, celebrity obsessed culture, and the subtleties of children’s television programming.

 

Director Rob Perri in attendance.

 

Wolf Ticket

Dugan Beach, 2009, 9 minutes

Dock Ellis again! This time, Ellis recounts the infamous details surrounding his ongoing feud with Reggie Jackson in the 1970s. Pitching (while drunk on vodka) during an all-star game, Ellis gave up a massive home run to Jackson. When something else Reggie did got Dock’s goat, Dock resorted to beaming him in the head in a subsequent game (here, he boldly confesses to being upset that he only broke Jackson’s glasses and not his jaw).

 

Plus Clips from “Dem Bums: The History of the Brooklyn Dodgers” and “A Man Named Mays”

 

Ed Randall--host of the radio program  “Ed Randall’s Talking Baseball” will moderate the screening and discussion!

Cosponsored by Bat for the Cure

 

Screening Followed by a Reception Sponsored by Sugar Hill Ale

JockDocs Finale--Baseball!!!

JockDocs Finale--Baseball!!!

Curated by Laura Coxson

Tuesday, March 29th, 7:30pm

 

Dock Ellis and the LSD No-No

James Blagden and Christopher Isenberg, 2010, 5 minutes

In celebration of the greatest athletic achievement by a man on a psychedelic journey, this is the animated tale of Dock Ellis' s legendary LSD no-hitter.

Animator James Blagden in attendance

 

Lost Son of Havana

Jonathan Hock, 2009, 102 minutes

At the age of 67, Luis Tiant has come back to Cuba, the island he had left at age 20 for a trip he thought would last a month and became nearly a half‐century. But is this still home? What is home for an exile that becomes a star in his new land, leaving former teammates to play for their government and country in isolation and poverty? What is home for a man who never had a sister or brother and whose parents are dead? Where can he go to sort out the guilt and the glory? And is it too late?

Winner “Best Film 2009” at the Baseball Film Festival.

Filmmaker Jonathan Hock in attendance!  Q&A to follow.

 

Inside Job

True Crime New York

Wednesday, March 23rd, Friday, March 25th, Sunday, March 27th, 7:30pm

Inside Job

Charles Ferguson, 2010, 108 mins.

Bigger than NYC, but where would this 2010 Best Documentary Academy Award winner be without Wall Street’s criminal class? Inside Job provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China.

 

Post Screening Audience Led Discussion with Gale and Ben Armstead, Humanitarians and Long Time Harlem Residents, on Wednesday, March 23rd.

 

Post Screening Q&A with Carl Dix on Friday, March 25th

 

Carl Dix is the national spokesperson for the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. He was a member of the United States Army, but when he was called to go to Vietnam he refused. He served two years in prison as a result of this action. He then joined the Black Workers Congress. Carl Dix has since become a leader of the RCP, and an outspoken activist for that organization. He is currently embarking on a nationwide conversation with Cornel West on “Race and Politics in the Era of Obama.”

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer

True Crime New York

Tuesday, March 22nd, Thursday, March 24th, Saturday, March 26th, 7:30pm

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer

Alex Gibney, 2010, 117 mins.

Almost exactly three years after the fall from grace of New York governor Elliot Spitzer, the Maysles Cinema inaugurates quarterly series, True Crime New York with Alex Gibney’s Client 9.  This film is an in-depth look at what Spitzer himself refers to as greek tragedy. The conspiracy to take down Spitzer, his undeniable hubris, Spitzer’s take down of Wall Street and Albany. Its all here. A high level, white, starched-collar crime cornucopia. Including interviews with the scandalized, former politician as well as those he sought to destroy and, in turn, those same good men that sought to destroy him.

Q&A with dir. Alex Gibney on Thursday, March 24th

Dark Days

Monday, March 21st, 7:00pm

Introduced by David Dinkins, the 106th Mayor of New York City

Dark Days

Marc Singer, 2000, 94 mins.

"Dark Days" is the multi-award winning documentary from Marc Singer about a community of homeless people illegally living in the “Freedom” tunnel beneath Manhattan, unofficially named for the graffiti artist Chris “Freedom” Pape and his series of pieces that famously adorn the endless tunnel. The film depicts a way of life that is unimaginable to most of those who walk the streets above. In the pitch black of the tunnel, rats swarm through piles of garbage as high-speed trains leaving Penn Station tear through the darkness. Dark Days is an eye-opening work that sheds a spotlight on a world generally shrouded in darkness and now provides a look back at a literal underground community at the turn of 20th century New York City.

Q&A with Dir. Marc Singer and Mary Brosnahan, Executive Director of the Coalition for the Homeless

 

A portion of the proceeds from this screening will go to the Coalition for the Homeless

 

Curated by Sylvia Savadjian

Night Catches Us

Wednesday, March 16th-Saturday, March 19th, 7:30pm

Night Catches Us

Tanya Hamilton, 2010, 89 min.

“Although Night Catches Us, is haunted by the threat and the memory of violence, its tone is sober and calm, almost serene. Staking out volatile, myth-enshrouded historical territory — Black Panther militancy, police brutality, the ebbing of the revolutionary intensity of the ’60s — Ms. Hamilton tells a modest, complex story with admirable clarity and nuance. That her film is so quiet, so evidently invested in contemplation rather than confrontation, gives it power as well as insight. The large dramatic gestures and sweeping implications are off-screen, between the lines, discernible as a kind of negative afterimage of what is actually seen. At the center of this story is Anthony Mackie, one of the most consistently interesting and surprising movie actors around: watchful, reserved and unassumingly magnetic. “- A. O. Scott, the New York Times.

Also stars the great Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce with music by the Roots and Tariq

Trotter aka Black Thought in double time also playing Mackie’s brother.

 

On the Thursday, March 17th the screening will be followed by Q&A with Donna Murch,

author of Living For the City.

 

Donna Murch is the author of "Living for the City" and an Associate Professor of History at University of California Berkley. She is the co-director of the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis and the Black Atlantic Lecture Series. She is currently finishing a new book on youth culture and underground economy.

 

On Friday, March 18th the screening will be followed by a Q&A with Black Panther Party Member Cleo Silvers and Panther Cub Orlando Green.

 

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.  

 

Orlando Green is a Panther cub, organizer and activist and one of the founders of the National Hip Hop Political Caucus and National Hip Hop Political Convention. He has also served on the steering committee of United for Peace and Justice.  

 

On Saturday, March 19th the screening with be followed by a Q&A with Dir Tanya Hamilton and Black Panther Party Member Jamal Joseph as well as a reception sponsored by Sugar Hill Ale.

 

Tanya Hamilton was formally trained as a painter and Night Catches Us is her first film.  

 

Jamal Joseph is a U.S. writer, director, producer, poet, activist, and educator. While incarcerated for his active participation in the Black Panther Party, Joseph earned two college degrees, and wrote five plays and two volumes of poetry. He is currently a professor and Chair of Columbia University’s Graduate Film Division and the artistic director of the New Heritage Theater in Harlem. He has been featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, BET's American Gangster and on Tupac's Shakur's "The Rose That Grew From Concrete" Volumes 1 & 2.

The Experiment

Saturday, March 12th, 7:30pm

The Experiment

Curated by Peter Buntaine and Lorenzo Gattorna

Melting Ground

Dirs. Richard Garet and Asher Thal-Nir, 2011, 16mm on video, b&w, sound, 40 min.

"...As if Erik Satie and Albert Pinkham Ryder had taken a helicopter ride in Alaska together in order that they might locate a cipher or secret alphabet in the clouds, the mist and the glacial moraine below. Aerial adumbrations of wilderness unfolding in time like a Chinese landscape painting from the Sixteenth Century. Topography as stand-in for the unconscious. With geology and waterfall as phantasm, a panorama of lost places flickering in the eidetic harbor of dream. Of what was and never will be again, as much in metaphor, in mind, in memory as in actual place. Who am I? Where am I going? What can I become?" - David Baker on 'Melting Ground'

 

At Sea

Dir. Peter Hutton, 2004-07, 16mm, color, silent, 60 min.

"The momentum of more than forty thousand tons is as absolute as the darkness" (John McPhee, Looking for a Ship). Hutton's most recent film—a riveting and revelatory chronicle of the birth, life, and death of a colossal container ship—is unquestionably one of his most ambitious and profound. A haunting meditation on human progress, both physical and metaphorical, At Sea charts a three-year passage from twenty-first-century ship building in South Korea to primitive and dangerous ship breaking in Bangladesh, with an epic journey across the North Atlantic in between.

 

Filmmakers Peter Hutton and Richard Garet in person for a Q&A's following the screenings and a reception sponsored by Sugar Hill Ale

Sing Me A Swing Song: Great Jazz Vocalists – Ethel Waters

Tuesday, March 8th, 7:00pm

The National Jazz Museum Harlem Presents An International Women’s Day Celebration:

Sing Me A Swing Song: Great Jazz Vocalists – Ethel Waters

Hosted by Father Peter F. O'Brien

Performance footage including her Emmy award nominated episode of Route 66, “Goodnight Sweet Blues.”

 

Vocalist and actress Ethel Waters (1896-1977) was a key figure in the development of African American culture between the two world wars. She broke barrier after barrier, becoming the first black woman heard on the radio, the first African American to perform in an integrated cast on Broadway, the first black woman to perform in a lead dramatic role on Broadway and the first black woman nominated for an Emmy for her role in the drama Route 66. In this episode, which will be screened in its entirety, Waters plays a dying blues musician longing to have her group reunited for one last gig. Father O’Brien has also selected her filmed performances clips to present the dynamic range of Ms. Water’s illustrious and influential career.

 

Father Peter O’Brien is the Executive Director of the Mary Lou Williams Foundation.

12th & Delaware

Monday, March 7th, 7:00pm

Doc Watchers

Curated by Hellura Lyle

 

12th & Delaware

Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing, 2009, 80 min

On an unassuming corner in Fort Pierce, Florida, it’s easy to miss the insidious war that’s raging. But on each side of 12th and Delaware, soldiers stand locked in a passionate battle. On one side of the street sits an abortion clinic. On the other, a pro-life outfit often mistaken for the clinic it seeks to shut down.

As the pro-life volunteers paint a terrifying portrait of abortion to their clients, across the street, the staff members at the clinic fear for their doctors' lives and fiercely protect the right of their clients to choose. Shot in the year when abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was murdered in his church, the film makes these fears palpable. Meanwhile, women in need become pawns in a vicious ideological war with no end in sight.

 

One of the filmmakers will be present for post-screening Q&A

The Cool Ruler: Gregory Isaacs (1951-2010)

Sunday, March 6th, 7:30pm

Keeling’s Caribbean Showcase

7:30pm

The Cool Ruler: Gregory Isaacs (1951-2010)

Prod. Keeling Beckford, 1985-89, 90 min.

Vintage Dancehall & Concert Video Mix from the Vaults of Keeling Reggae Video.

Nothing defines Lover’s Rock better than the velvet smooth voice of Gregory Isaacs. This month, Keeling shares concert footage of Mr Isaacs at the height of his powers that has long been unavailable.

9:00pm

Bongo Man

Dir. Stefan Paul, 1981, 95 min.

This documentary follows Jimmy Cliff on an international tour in 1980, a year of violence leading up to the replacement of Michael Manley with Edward Seaga as Jamaica’s prime minister. Cliff returns to Jamaica as a “roots man” - and explores Jamaican history, society and culture from a deep Rastafari perspective,  disengaged with “politricks”. While his visit with African Maroons in the Blue Hills and his return to his hometown are memorable, Cliff’s live concert performances stand out above all.

The Revolution and Wikileaks

Thursday, March 3rd, 7:30 pm

Red Channels, Bushwick Project for the Arts and The Maysles Cinema Present:

The Revolution and Wikileaks

A 100% Free Event!

(An open discussion, Wikileaks and multi-media presentation on transparency, new media, the middle east and the ongoing popular struggle for democratic change)

In the wake of the momentous and historical events sweeping the Middle East, we revisit the significance of Wikileaks and the Palestine Papers in furthering the causes of transparency and perhaps democracy. This follow-up to the first open discussion held about Wikileaks at Bushwick Project for the Arts re-examines some of the same issues in the crucible of the harsh struggle for democracy now taking place in Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Iran, Yemen, Jordan, Algeria, Morocco, Libya and the U.S. Territory of Wisconsin.  

Under the Influence of ego trip Pt. 2

Thursday, February 24th, 7:30pm

“Under the Influence of ego trip Pt. 2”

Curated by Ego Trip and Andreas Vingaard

 

Founding Fathers

Ron Lawrence and Hassan Pore, 2009, 75min.

Founding Fathers is a chronicle of 70s park jam era emcees/dj/promoters in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan and their roles in the development of hip-hop and NYC sound system culture. This film delivers history of the core roots of this popular music as it plays out on the streets, parks and nightclubs in the late 60’s/early 70’s. Directors Ron Lawrence and Hassan Pore take an amazing journey through the boroughs rediscovering DJ’s with massive sound systems.

 

Q&A with Director Hassan Pore, Disco Twins, DJ Lance, Fab 5 Freddy & DJ Divine of Infinity Machine

 

Reception Sponsored By Sugar Hill Ale to follow screening and discussion!

New Films Presented by Livia Bloom

Monday, February 14th-Sunday, February 20th, 7:30pm

Documentary in Bloom: New Films Presented by Livia Bloom

 

The Day Was a Scorcher

Ken Jacobs, 2009, 8min.

In this remarkable stroboscopic work, New York City avant-garde filmmaker Ken Jacobs takes a dynamic approach to the notion of documentary. The director animates photographs of his wife and children taken on a trip to Rome in the 1970s, re-visiting and re-living the past in a distinctly modern way.

 

Port of Memory

Kamal Aljafari, 2009, 71min.

In this art world hit, director turns his camera inward: On his Palestinian family and the details of their lives in Israel; on Jaffa and Ramle, the cities of his youth; and on the decaying architecture that is the silent battleground for Israeli and Palestinian social and cultural conflict and the site of his childhood. Aljafari begins his exploration in Ramle with a lyrical split-screen study of the bare structural bones of innumerable terraces and porticos that once overlooked the city in Balconies, a prologue to Port of Memory. He then moves across Jaffa in the midst of gentrification, studying the faces of his family as they brace themselves in the face of the harrowing specter of losing their family home. Aljafari deftly integrates fictional cinematic techniques reminiscent of Antonioni and Bresson into vivid, emotional, and contemporary documentary.

Director Kamal Aljafari will be available for a post screening Q&A on Friday, February 18th and Saturday, February 19th

 

Friday’s screening and discussion will also be followed by a reception sponsored By Sugar Hill Ale!  

A Black History Month Celebration of The Grass Roots of Urban Aerosol Art

Saturday, February 12th, 6:00pm

Lava 1 & 2 Presents:

A Black History Month Celebration of

The Grass Roots of Urban Aerosol Art

Featuring the artwork of legends Dose, Clyde, Bama, Slave, Rozone TC5, Stay High 149 and many more legends. Short films screened will include “New York Art Cypher” and “Tuff City Art Styles.” Will include a panel discussion with Aerosol Art legends, an art show and a reception.

Jazz on Film: The 1940s—From Swing to Bebop

Tuesday, February 8th, 7:00 pm

The National Jazz Museum Harlem Presents:

Jazz on Film: The 1940s—From Swing to Bebop

The 1940s—the years in which the fate of the world hung in the balance of World War II—was the decade that the world of jazz transitioned from the big band era of Swing to the small group dynamism of bebop. Come see and hear the metamorphosis on film with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, Lester Young, Milt Jackson, Sarah Vaughan, Mary Lou Williams and others.