Mujeres Luchando, Al Mundo Transformando!: An International Women's Day Celebration

featuring "indignadas" from El Barrio, Occupy Wall St., and around the world!

As new social justice movements continue to explode from Egypt to Spain, from Chiapas to New York, and beyond, women remain front and center, as they valiantly fight for a new world. Join Movement for Justice in El Barrio for its annual International Women's Day Celebration, which recognizes and honors the struggles, contributions, and leadership of women fighting for justice and dignity from around the world. Video messages, short films, and Movement for Justice in El Barrio's own "Encuentros," a film detailing the organization's five Zapatista-inspired gatherings in NYC and Mexico, will be all screened.

Vigilante Vigilante

Max Good, 2011, 86 min.

A new breed of crime-fighter now stalks the urban landscape: the anti-graffiti vigilante.  These dedicated blight-warriors stop at nothing to rid their neighborhoods and cities of street art, stickers, tags, and posters. Yet several of these vigilantes have become the very menace they set out to eliminate. In their relentless attempt to stamp out graffiti, they have turned to illegally and destructively painting other people’s property.  Vigilante Vigilante is the story of two filmmakers who set out to expose these mysterious characters and discover a battle of expression that stretches from the streets to academia.

Following the March 7th screening there will be a panel discussion with director Max Good, artists ESPO and Lava 1 & 2, Wendy Feuer, the Assistant Commissioner for Urban Design and Art at the New York City Department of Transportation and Diona Phoenix, the program director of WCCR radio station at the City College of New York   

Following the March 9th screening there will be a conversation between director Max Good and retired Vandals Squad Cop Steve Mona.


Panelist Bios

Wendy Feuer has been the Assistant Commissioner for Urban Design & Art at the New York City Department of Transportation since June of 2007. She lead the team that produced the DOT Street Design Manual in May 2009, a comprehensive book that provides guidance for City agencies, design consultants and community groups on street designs. The Urban Design & Art office reviews all designs relating to the public right-of-way that are submitted to both Landmarks and the Public Design Commission. The office launched the Urban Art Program in the fall of 2008 and has installed over 90 temporary projects since then including an artist designed painting of 44,000 square feet of the plazas in Times Square.


Max Good spent the last 3 years following vigilante buffers and interviewing street artists and academics to bring you "Vigilante Vigilante".  He recently worked as an assistant producer and distribution manager on the Academy Award® nominated documentary feature The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009). Previously, he co-produced B.I.K.E (2006), a documentary feature on the underground culture of mutant bicycle gangs that screened at NYC’s MOMA, the Slamdance, Silverdocs, and Ann Arbor Film Festivals, and aired on Canal Plus (France) and HBO Poland. He has also directed several short films, including Gangster Administration (2005) and Smooth (2009), as well as Ungonquinlenos (2006).


Lava 1&2 is a legendary aerosol artist and one of the first individuals to conceive of and design (by hand) hip-hop party flyers in the 70s in New York City.


Steve Mona as he states on his blog is “a retired cop who doesn't care if people smoke pot as long as they don't do it while driving.” He “ran the NYPD Vandal Squad for over a decade” but believes “that graffiti isn't the problem, it's where they put it that is.”

Diona Phoenix is the program director of WCCR radio station at the City College of New York majoring in Public Relations and minoring in both Spanish and Theater. She is part of CCNY's MCA department and is looking forward to pursuing graduate school after graduation. Diona has always had a love for the performing arts and has participated in several plays throughout her lifetime, including a production of "The Other Shore" at City College and several student films. Likewise, Diona enjoys music and dancing and is best known at the station for "bustin' a move" whenever she hears Baltimore Club music.

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 the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. He lives and works in Manhattan.




Doc Watchers

Curated by Hellura Lyle


Violeta Ayala & Dan Fallshaw, 2009, 75 min.

In 2007, while attempting to make a feel-good documentary about the scheduled family reunion of a Saharawi woman who has been stranded in a refugee camp in Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony in North Africa, two Australian-based filmmakers stumble on something altogether more politically explosive and find themselves at the center of an international controversy. The UN-sponsored reunion uncovers a complex network of relationships amounting to nothing less than modern-day slavery. This exceptional film is a searing testimony to man's continued inhumanity to man. Stolen is a compelling, real-life cloak-and-dagger thriller.

Followed by a skype Q&A with co-directors Violeta Ayala & Dan Fallshaw and a reception.



Keeling’s Caribbean Showcase

Sunday, March 4th, 11th and 18th

Curated by Keeling Beckford

The Story of Lovers Rock

Menelik Shabazz, 2011, 101 min.

The Story of Lovers Rock documents a musical movement in Britain that defined a generation in the late 70s and 80s. Lovers Rock is romantic reggae that was uniquely British. It developed from a small UK scene to become a global brand through the likes of UB40 and Maxi Priest. Lovers Rock was particularly influential to a new generation of black British young women and men who identified with this music that reflected their experiences. Female artists like Louisa Marks, Janet Kay, Brown Sugar, Carroll Thompson led a ‘girl power explosion in it’s early phase. The music provided a coping mechanism against a backdrop of racial tension and riots across the UK as well as being a counterpoint to the male dominated ‘roots’ scene. The film combines live performances with some of the Kings and Queens of Lovers Rock with comedy sketches, interviews and archive material. Interviews include Denis Bovell, UB40, Levi Roots Linton Kwesi Johnson, Angie La Ma, Maxi Priest, Mykaell Riley, The comedy sketches are provided by the likes of Eddie Nestor, Robbie G, Wayne Rollins, Glenda Jaxson. Rudi Lickwood, John Simmit., Annette Fagon.



DocWatchers and Sylvia Savadjian Present A Black History Month Special: More Than a Month

Shukree Hassan Tilghman, 2012, 60 min.

Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African-American filmmaker, sets out on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. He stops in various cities, wearing a sandwich board, to solicit signatures on his petition to end the observance. He explains that relegating Black History Month to the coldest, shortest month of the year is an insult, and that black history is not separate from American history. Through this thoughtful and humorous journey, he explores what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a “post-racial” America. His road trip begins in Washington, D.C., crisscrosses the country during Black History Month 2010, and ends with an epilogue one year later. Each stop along the journey explores Black History Month as it relates to four ideas: education, history, identity, and commercialism. Tilghman’s campaign to end Black History Month is actually a provocative gambit to open a public conversation about the idea of ethnic heritage months, and whether relegating African American history to the shortest month of the year — and separating it from American history on the whole — denigrates the role of black people and black culture throughout American history. But it is also a seeker’s journey to reconcile his own conflicting feelings about his own identity, history, and convictions.  More Than a Month is not just about a yearly tradition, or history, or being black in America. It is about what it means to be an American, to fight for one’s rightful place in the American landscape, however unconventional the means, even at the risk of ridicule or misunderstanding. It is a film  about discovering oneself.


After the screening: Q&A with director Shukree Hassan Tilghman and Anthony Riddle, Managing Director of the Maysles Insitute and descendant of Dr. Carter Woodson, creator of Negro History Week. Reception to follow, co-presented by DocWatchers

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Filmmakers Henrik Regel and Björn Birg dives deep into the universe of  train-writers in Berlin with never befpre screened materials. The film investigates background information to specific actions and historical material from the legendary corner on the Friedrichstrasse, the place to meet for sprayers since the 90’s. The place where legends of the Berlin Writing- culture had its origins.

In this sense, UNLIKE U is not a normal Spray Painting Video, in which action after action and train after train gets shown, rather the Video is a sympathetic portrait of  scenes which has never  before shown. This film writes the fascinating story of a culture, which usually aims to exists undercover, but exhibits all the characteristics of an art historical movement with all its spacial and periodic developments.

The film makers have worked on this documentation for over 7 years and have thus established a good relationship in the scene, described as a ,closed party‘. Never the less the film makers never loose their desire to demonstrate the flip-side of the sprayer’s existence, social isolation, loosing of  reality in the moment and even suicide.

The intensity with which these artists live out  their passion is fascinating, but the film also shows the radical determination which one needs to pose in order to lead this lifestyle. Out every night, at half past one, just so they may know when the security guards do their rounds to plan the hit. To make the project colorful, to maybe see it on the tracks. This is not much, but for some, its life.


Fuzz’d Up Film Series

Contemporary Retakes of Cinema Classics,

Curated by Dan Cooper and The Fuzzystar Organization, A Harlem Based Art Collaborative


The Last (Fuzzy) Starfighter

Reedit by The Fuzzystar Organization, 2012, 60 min.

The Last Starfighter is one of the first films to use extensive computer-generated imagery (CGI). Although these graphics look cheesy now, the nearly 300 scenes containing computer graphics in the film which depict its many starships, environments and battle scenes were considered a great leap into the future compared to contemporary films such as 1983's Return of the Jedi, which still used static physical models shot by moving film cameras.


This reedit cuts out the soppy sub-plots and gets right into the thick of the CGI driven Starfighter scenes. Featuring new original scenes from the Fuzzystar crew, music videos, live action, and free popcorn!


Post-Screening party till midnight featuring Harlem's own DJ Danny Switchblade and Live video mixing by VJ Gil Raitses


Come along for the ride FuzzyStarfighter!

" have been recruited by the Star League to defend the Frontier against Xur and the Ko-dan Armada!"

E Ricard Presents: A Black History Month Celebration

E Ricard's Wide World Of Color

E Ricard Watson, 2007, 30 min.

E Ricard Watson in collaboration with Lenis Guess is offering up to the community a premiere screening of a new educational empowerment video series geared toward our youth. We invite your family to an invigorating afternoon of performance, pride, discussion and fun while celebrating African American and African diaspora heritage, resiliency and culture. Meet and greet our host, E Ricard Watson along with his good looking cavalcade of co-hosts from around the world. Special tribute to educators who have inspired and influenced Mr. Watson to engage and commit to this uplifting endeavor.

Q & A with E Richard to follow the screening

A Black History Month Special: All About the Pan Am Black Birds

Pan Am Black Bird photo slide show and short clips from the ABC show Pan Am

10 min.

Black Bird Panel Discussion

The Pan Am Black Birds are the African-American Stewardesses whose acclaimed beauty and electric personalities set the standard for career women in the 60's and 70's. These exuberant storytellers will shed fresh light on many aspects of their real-life and undoubtedly larger-than-life experiences.

Moderated by Lamonia Brown - Director of Programs, New York Women in Film & Television and President of The National Association of Market Developers



Dr. Sheila Nutt

A former Pan Am Stewardess, Dr. Nutt is the director of the upcoming documentary, The Black Birds of Pan Am. She is also the Director of Educational Outreach Programs, Office for Inclusion and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Nutt wrote her doctoral dissertation on flight attendants and occupational stress.


Edward E. Moon

Mr. Moon currently works as Command Duty Officer in the Transportation Security Operations Center (TSA). Originally from Miami, FL.  He is a former Air Force fighter pilot and was a Pilot for Pan Am from January 1967 to shutdown, and then flew for United until Nov. 2001.


Bonnie Jones Moon

She is a practicing attorney in Washington, DC and is originally from Philadelphia, PA and was a Stewardess for Pan Am between 1972 - 1989.


Alice Dear

She is an Africanist, businesswoman and former banker. Ambassador Alice Dear is President of A.M. Dear & Associates, a New York based business advisory boutique promoting private sector investment in Africa. She was appointed by President William J. Clinton as U.S. Executive Director of the African Development Bank, Africa's premier financial institution. Originally from Gary, Indiana, she joined Pan Am as a Stewardess in July 1969 after graduation from Howard University.

Stephanie Reynolds

She is a retired OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner, and is an ordained Baptist Minister. Currently active in the Clergy United for Community Empowerment, The United Missionary Baptist Assn., Borough of Queens Faith Based Cancer Task Force (NYCDOHMH).  She is the proud Mother of one Son Capt (USAF) Joseph Reynolds-Grant, space and missiles officer.  Stephanie worked for PAA from 1971-1985 as Stewardess, Flight Service Purser and Flight Instructor. She is from New York City.

Reception to follow co-presented by the National Association of Market Developers

A Black History Month Special Presentation: Remembering Black Wall Street 90 Years Later

(A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Tulsa Project, which is dedicated to the the battle for reparations for the survivors and descendants of the the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.)


Before They Die!: The True Story of the Survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot and the Quest for Justice

Reggie Turner, 2008, 92 min.

This is the story of what is perhaps the the worst race riot in the history of the United States that many people have never even heard of. On May 30th, 1921, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in less than 24 hours, the prosperous African-American section of Greenwood, also known as “Black Wall Street,” was completely destroyed. An estimated 300 killed, and over 10,000 people displaced overnight as a 42 square block area of their homes and businesses were burned to the ground by a white mob that had been deputized by the sheriff. This is the story of the survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot and their quest for justice.  This is the story of the struggle for the soul of America and the efforts to right a wrong that is long past due. Justice is the subject of the night’s film.


Q&A with director Reggie Turner



Documentary in Bloom

February 13th-19th, 7:30pm

Curated by Livia Bloom


Talking Landscape: Early Media Work, 1974-1984 (2012)

Andrea Callard, 2012, 80 min.

***World Premiere***

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jenny Holzer, Kiki Smith, Christy Rupp and Jack Smith were among the artists who filled a ex-massage parlor with artwork from top to bottom for The Times Square Show, a legendary exhibit co-organized by Andrea Callard as part of the 1970s powerhouse collective Colab. (Keith Haring even painted the air conditioner). Callard, whose own work will not long remain one of New York's best-kept secrets, includes her never-before-seen documentation of that event in Talking Landscape, her first feature film. This compendium of short pieces (including 11 thru 12, Fluorescent/Azalea, Flora Funera (for Battery Park City) and Lost Show Blues) here making its world premiere, was culled from a decade of her playful and strikingly innovative cinematic experiments. Dry wit and personal perception infuse Callard’s colorful, existential documentary interventions. Whether climbing a seemingly endless series of ladders in her downtown loft apartment; creating quirky, private games to play with the camera; or ruminating on the clover, Ailanthus trees, and azalea bushes sneakily colonizing New York’s parks and vacant lots, she casts a thoroughly original gaze on the city around her. Callard even visits New York’s U.S. Customs House, now the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, though a series of ten hand-colored print collages overlaid with text.


Q&A with director Andrea Callard, moderated by curator Livia Bloom, will follow the screenings on Thursday, February 16, and Saturday, February 18.

Callard's original prints will be on exhibit at The Maysles Cinema from February 1-March 1, 2012.

Future Documentary in Bloom programs include: Oki’s Movie dir. Hong Sang-soo (April 16-22, 2012) andTahrir dir. Stefano Savona (June 11-17, 2012).

DocWatchers and the African Film Festival Present: A Black History Month Special: Black Like Me

(The Current Australian Aborigine Black Power Movement in Australia)


Friday, February 10th, 7:00pm

Rabbit Proof Fence            

Phillip Noyce, 2002, 94 min.

The true story of three aboriginal girls who were forcibly taken from their homes in 1931 to be trained as domestic servants as part of an official Australian government policy. They make a daring escape and embark on an epic 1,500 mile journey to get back home -- following the rabbit proof fence that bisects the Australian continent -- with the authorities in hot pursuit. A verite-fiction classic.


Reception to immediately follow screening


Saturday, February 11th, 5:00pm

The Tracker                          

Rolf de Heer, 2002, 98 min.

The year is 1922 in this docu-drama. The Tracker (David Gulpilil) has the job of pursuing a fugitive, an aborigine who is suspected of murdering a white woman, as he leads three mounted policemen across the outback. As they move deeper into the bush and further away from civilization, the toxic forces of paranoia and violence begin to escalate, stirring up questions of what is black and what is white and who is leading whom. Their journey becomes an acrimonious and murderous trek that shifts power from one man to another.



Our Generation            

Sinem Saban & Damien Curtis, 2010, 73 min.

Our Generation is a powerful and upfront documentary on the Australian Aboriginal struggle for their land, culture and freedom -- a story that has been silenced by the Australian Government and mainstream media. In this film, national indigenous leaders, historians and human rights activists explore the ongoing clash of cultures that is threatening to wipe out the oldest continuing culture in the world.


Reception to immediately follow screening

Link to trailer for Our Generation:


Keeling’s Carribbean Showcase

Curated by Keeling Beckford

The Four Aces Story: Legacy in The Dust

Winstan Whitter, 2007, 100 min.

The Four Aces in Dalston played host to some of the biggest names in music during the Sixties and Seventies: Desmond Dekker, Prince Buster, Jimmy Cliff, Ann Peebles, Percy Sledge, Ben E King, Billy Ocean, Bob Marley, Chrissie Hynde, The Slits, Sex Pistols and Bob Dylan to name but a few.

During the Eighties the club became Labyrinth, playing an integral part in the birth of Acid House and the then nascent Rave scene - before taking Rave to an international audience, The Prodigy played their first ever show in the club on Dalston Lane.

Sadly, as with so many areas of East London, Dalston succumbed to Olympic regeneration, and the club was demolished in 2007. Winstan Whitter has preserved the legacy of this hugely important venue with his documentary film 'The Four Aces: Legacy In The Dust', a comprehensive history of the club as told by those who played there.


Blacks in Experimental Film

(Lost & Forgotten Images of Blacks on Film)

Curated by 8mmAnonymous

Reg. 8mm & Super8(Sound) only! All New Program! Never Seen Before!

Blacks in Experimental Film attempts to bridge the gap/fill in the space of what is left behind and out. This evening seeks to explore how our perceptions of ourselves have evolved or not evolved based on these representations. We will explore whether its “racist" to show this stuff or even worse to sweep it under the rug and deny it ever existed. Materials shown are likely to include an excerpt from Ralph Bakshi’s Coonskin, a minstrel show from the 1939 World’s Fair in San Francisco, Little Black Sambo, Bert Williams performance footage, excerpts from African Pygmy Thrills and Our Gang, footage of the Harlem Globetrotters, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali and Duke Ellington’s Black and Tan Fantasy and mid-century Black home movies and travelogues (Europe! Paris!).  Excerpts from “Stories For Those With Short Attention Spans” (with “Blind Professor/raconteur/writer (“Groove, Bang & Jive Around”) editor & publisher/gallery owner (A Gathering of Tribes) Steve Cannon) & “Ant Lois”, about (possibly) the first, if not one of the first Black, Classical, Concert pianists (in this country, if not the World) Lois Towles, there ever was(with footage of her sister, another relative, Dorothea Towles, the pioneering, “First” Black (Super) model )will be shown (as well)...


An audience led discussion will follow the screening