African Film Festival Inc, Doc Watchers' Inc, and Maysles Cinema Present: Five Days of African Docs

Thursday, May 2nd, 7:30pm

Uprising

Fredrik Stanton, 2012, 85 min, Egypt

Produced by an Academy Award-winning team including the Executive Producer of Taxi to the Dark Side and the Editor of Inside Job, Uprising tells the inside story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its principal leaders and organizers, including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees. Their success in forcing the downfall of a brutal dictatorship has changed the face of the Middle East and provided hope for millions of oppressed people across the world. Above all, it is a story of profound hope, and of courage rewarded.

Post-Screening Q&A with Director Fredrik Stanton followed by reception.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-zI-HefD3M

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Triggering Wounds

Wednesday May 1st, 7:30pm, Thursday May 2nd - Friday May 3rd, 5:00pm

Triggering Wounds

2013, 15 min.

Directed and produced by students in The Maysles Institute Teen Producers Academy, and their production company No Straight Media, in partnership with Harlem Hospital Center and The New York County District Attorney’s Office.

Triggering Wounds tells the moving real-life story of a young man from Harlem coming to terms with the impact of gun violence on his life and his community. Scenes with families, emergency responders, community leaders, and law enforcement interweave in this documentary film to provide an intimate portrait of a community struggling to understand, heal, and transform in the face of this devastating violence.

Nominated for Best Documentary, 2013 Tribeca Film Festival’s “Our City, My Story” Youth Showcase

Triggering Wounds Website: http://mayslesinstitute.org/triggeringwounds/
 

Triggering Wounds Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1_Wn_JCyGw&feature=player_embedded

The Maysles Cinema run of Triggering Wounds will be preceded by a short film titled Bullets in Hood: A Bed-Stuy Story.

Bullets in the Hood: A Bed-Stuy Story

Terrence Fisher and Daniel Howard, 2005, 22 min.  

Terrence Fisher, a teen living in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, had seven of his friends shot and killed by a gun violence. What could Terrence do to stop gun violence in Bed-Stuy before losing another friend, or his own life? Terrence and a fellow teen filmmaker, Daniel Howard, picked up a camera to tell the story about gun violence in Bed-Stuy.  A few months into the production, Terrence lost another friend. This time, Timothy Stansbury who was his best friend from elementary school, was shot and killed by a police officer right in front of Terrence.  This film follows their journey to pay tribute to Timothy so that this story can spread to the world outside of Bed-Stuy.

Bullets in the Hood Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4ZWX6Zn3vA

Post-Screening Panel Breakdown

Wednesday, May 1st, 7:30pm -- "Guns, Masculinity and Violence" with Triggering Wounds filmmakers, Dorothy Payne (Harlem Mothers Save), Operation Harlem SNUG, Darnell Moore (writer and activist), Daniel José Older (writer and organizer), and moderated by Andrea Plaid (Racialicious.com).

Thursday May 2nd, 5:00pm -- "How Do We Get There: Creating Solutions (Part 1)” with Triggering Wounds filmmakers, Lillian Ranson (Harlem Mothers Save), Operation Harlem SNUG, Esther Armah (playwright and WBAI radio host), Nellie Hester Bailey (organizer and radio host), and moderated by King Righteous (Universal Zulu Nation).

Friday May 3rd, 5:00pm -- "How Do We Get There: Creating Solutions (Part 2)” with Triggering Wounds filmmakers, Denise Paul (Harlem Mothers Save), Akiba Solomon (Colorlines), Sonia Balaram (Harlem Community Justice Center), Marlon Peterson (S.O.S. Crown Heights, Associate Director), W. Franc Perry (Family Court Judge)  and moderated by Christine Peng (Education Director).

For information about the film contact education@mayslesinstitute.org

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Triggering Wounds Website: http://mayslesinstitute.org/triggeringwounds/

 

Triggering Wounds

Friday, April 26th, 7:00pm (Premiere at Harlem Hospital)

Saturday, April 27th, 7:30pm (Maysles Cinema)

Sunday, April 28th, 2:00pm (Maysles Cinema)

Monday, April 29th - Wednesday May 1st, 7:30pm (Maysles Cinema)

Thursday May 2nd - Friday May 3rd, 5:00pm (Maysles Cinema)

Triggering Wounds

2013, 15 min.

Directed and produced by students in The Maysles Institute Teen Producers Academy, and their production company No Straight Media, in partnership with Harlem Hospital Center and The New York County District Attorney’s Office.

Triggering Wounds tells the moving real-life story of a young man from Harlem coming to terms with the impact of gun violence on his life and his community. Scenes with families, emergency responders, community leaders, and law enforcement interweave in this documentary film to provide an intimate portrait of a community struggling to understand, heal, and transform in the face of this devastating violence.

***WINNER***

Best Documentary, 2013 Tribeca Film Festival’s “Our City, My Story” Youth Showcase

 

Triggering Wounds Website: http://mayslesinstitute.org/triggeringwounds/
 

Triggering Wounds Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1_Wn_JCyGw&feature=player_embedded

The Maysles Cinema run of Triggering Wounds  (Saturday, April 27th- Friday, May 3rd) will be preceded by a short film titled Bullets in Hood: A Bed-Stuy Story.

Bullets in the Hood: A Bed-Stuy Story

Terrence Fisher and Daniel Howard, 2005, 22 min.  

Terrence Fisher, a teen living in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, had seven of his friends shot and killed by a gun violence. What could Terrence do to stop gun violence in Bed-Stuy before losing another friend, or his own life? Terrence and a fellow teen filmmaker, Daniel Howard, picked up a camera to tell the story about gun violence in Bed-Stuy.  A few months into the production, Terrence lost another friend. This time, Timothy Stansbury who was his best friend from elementary school, was shot and killed by a police officer right in front of Terrence.  This film follows their journey to pay tribute to Timothy so that this story can spread to the world outside of Bed-Stuy.

Post-Screening Panel Breakdown For Maysles Cinema Run (April 27th-May 3rd)

Saturday, April 27th, 7:30pm -- "Interrupting Violence: From NY to Chicago” with Triggering Wounds filmmakers, Ms. Patricia Simmonds (Harlem Mothers Save), Ameena Matthews via Skype (Chicago Violence Interrupter), and moderated by Christine Peng (Education Director).

Sunday, April 28th, 2:00pm --"Framing the Story: A Conversation with Filmmakers and Journalists" with Triggering Wounds filmmakers, Ms. Iris Bailey (Harlem Mothers Save), Jaisal Noor (Journalist), Anjanette Levert (The Documentary Forum at CUNY) and moderated by Ashley Farmer (Scholar).

Monday, April 29th, 7:30pm -- "Fists and Guns: Harlem Then & Now” with Triggering Wounds filmmakers, Ms. Otissa Dillard  (Harlem Mothers Save), Cleo Silvers (Community & Labor Organizer), Joseph Jazz Hayden (activist), Bro. Shaka Shakur (People’s Survival Program/Black Souljahz), Annette Dickerson (Center for Constitutional Rights) and moderated by Jessica Green (Cinema Director).

Tuesday, April 30th, 7:30pm -- "Harlem Through a Lens: Representations of Urban Gun Violence” with Triggering Wounds filmmakers, Albert Maysles (filmmaker and Maysles Institute founder), Jamal Joseph (Impact founder and “Panther Baby” author), and Cidra Sebastien (Brotherhood/Sister Sol, Associate Director), Jon Alpert (filmmaker and DCTV founder) and moderated by Jessica Green (Cinema Director).

Wednesday, May 1st, 7:30pm -- "Guns, Masculinity and Violence" with Triggering Wounds filmmakers, Dorothy Payne (Harlem Mothers Save), Operation Harlem SNUG, Darnell Moore (writer and activist), Daniel José Older (writer and organizer), and moderated by Andrea Plaid (Racialicious.com).

Thursday May 2nd, 5:00pm -- "How Do We Get There: Creating Solutions (Part 1)” with Triggering Wounds filmmakers, Lillian Ranson (Harlem Mothers Save), Operation Harlem SNUG, Esther Armah (playwright and WBAI radio host), Nellie Hester Bailey (organizer and radio host), and moderated by King Righteous (Universal Zulu Nation).

Friday May 3rd, 5:00pm -- "How Do We Get There: Creating Solutions (Part 2)” with Triggering Wounds filmmakers, Denise Paul (Harlem Mothers Save), Akiba Solomon (Colorlines), Sonia Balaram (Harlem Community Justice Center), Marlon Peterson (S.O.S. Crown Heights, Associate Director), W. Franc Perry (Family Court Judge)  and moderated by Christine Peng (Education Director).

Premiere

Friday, April 26th, 7:00pm

Harlem Hospital Center Auditorium

506 Lenox Avenue at 135th Street

Admission is free

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Triggering Wounds Website: http://mayslesinstitute.org/triggeringwounds/

The Harlem Hospital premiere of Triggering Wounds will include a youth performances (TBA), and be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, Harlem Mothers Save and Operation Harlem SNUG after the screening.

Week Long International Theatrical Premiere

Saturday, April 27th - Friday, May 3rd

The Maysles Cinema

Suggested donation $10

For information about the film contact education@mayslesinstitute.org

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Triggering Wounds Website: http://mayslesinstitute.org/triggeringwounds/

Film Voyagers: Juanita Jones

Sunday, April 14th, 2:00pm

Film Voyagers

A program of films for younger children age 3 to 7 and their caregivers: films from around the world --most animation -- geared toward a young audience. $8 Suggested Donation

Juanito Jones

2002, 53 min, Spain

Juanito uses his imagination to travel on fantastic adventures and confronts all sorts of dangerous situations and always remembers never to use violence. Instead, he uses wit, skill, intelligence and help from his friend Sombra, a loveable teddy bear.

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This Ain't California

Friday April 12th- Thursday April 18th, 7:30pm

4:00pm Matinee on Saturday, April 13th Just Added

Curated by Sylvia Savadjian

This Ain't California

U.S. Theatrical Premiere  

Marten Persiel, 2012, 90 min.

A hymn to the subversive power of vitality, this fast-paced documentary takes us on a trip through the strange unknown world of the ‘Rollbrettfahrer’ as skateboarders were known in the GDR (East Germany), a country where besides those loyal to the regime, there was also an avowed political resistance. Apart from this, there was also a movement of young rebels whose only raison d’être was the illusion of staying young, immortal and non-committal. In This Ain't California three kids discover their love of skateboarding on the cracked asphalt of the GDR – a madcap, even unacceptable sport that was perhaps so incredibly exciting because of its nuttiness. This punk fairytale created by a bunch of kids who luckily possessed sufficiently manic levels of energy to record their lives on Super-8mm film, shows us life in the GDR life as it has never been seen before. The film follows its three main protagonists from their childhood in the seventies, through their turbulent teens in the eighties right up to that autumn of 1989 when they were twenty and suddenly, everything they had known up to that point was about to change forever. Winner of the Dialogue en perspective prize at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival.

Following the 4:00pm screening on April 13th there will be a Skype Q&A with director

Marten Persiel

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2V2RX3fWok

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Third World Newsreel Presents: Working in the Props Dept - and Making "Changing Face of Harlem" with Shawn Batey

Thursday, April 11th, 6:30pm

Third World Newsreel Presents Working in the Props Dept - and Making "Changing Face of Harlem" with Shawn Batey

A Co-sponsored workshop with the Maysles Institute

100% Free

Shawn Batey, TWN workshop alum, is a long time Props Assistant for television, commercials and feature films, on shows including “30 Rock,” Roll Bounce, Miracle's Boys, Inside Man, “Chicago Hope,” “Law and Order” and more. On top of this, she is also an award winning filmmaker. Her work includes Hair-Tage, Through My Eyes, 60+, Making the World Feel Better, and more. Shawn's films have screened at festivals and museums, and she is currently finishing her documentary, Changing Face of Harlem. Shawn will talk about how one gets into the industry in fields like Props, and how does one balance being an independent filmmaker at the same time.

Seats are limited - so register now by emailing workshop@twn.org.

Changing Face of Harlem Trailer: http://vimeo.com/26143081

Keeling's Caribbean Showcase: Roots Rock Reggae

Sunday, April 7th, 7:30pm

Keeling's Caribbean Showcase

Curated by Keeling Beckford

Roots Rock Reggae

Jeremy Marre, 1977, 60 min

Director Jeremy Marre places the viewer in the center of the Jamaican reggae scene at its pinnacle in this remarkable documentary. The film is worth it just to see The Gladiators perform a never released song, "Play on Mr. Music" with Lee Perry at the boards of his legendary Black Ark recording studio. But Roots Rock Reggae offers so much more, including performances by Jimmy Cliff, Joe Higgs, the Abyssinians and U-Roy. In addition, Roots Rock Reggae places the music in the social context from which it emerged, offering views of Jamaican life in Kingston and the countryside, Rastafarianism and political turmoil. This is a must see for any fan of conscious roots music at the height of its brilliance.

Trailer:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2JyMg1LWgQ

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The Invisible & Impactful Role of the Film Editor with Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez

Tuesday, April 2nd, 7:30pm

The Invisible & Impactful Role of the Film Editor with Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez

Join Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez, acclaimed filmmaker of Bragging Rights: Stickball Stories and editor of award-winning documentary Soul Food Junkies as well as Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch and Antonia Pantoja, Presente! for a special guest workshop on the impactful role of the editor.  Sonia will share her expertise on craft of documentary editing, director/editor relationships, and how to keep up-to-date on current trends in digital storytelling.

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The Karlton Hines Story

Monday, April 1st, 7:00pm

Doc Watchers

Curated by Hellura Lyle

The Karlton Hines Story

Troy Reed, 2005, 57 min

Karlton Hines was one of the most fierce basketball players on the streets of New York City. From the age of 12, he dominated the game. His talent caught the eye of every top Division I college in the nation. Coaches and scouts flocked from suburban areas into the inner-city projects to recruit him. In the end, he disappointed them all.

Post-screening Q&A with director Troy Reed.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCJqLeFJo3c

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Ms.Mujer.Mwanake.

Friday, March 29th, 6:30pm

Ms.Mujer.Mwanake.

Women around the world have something in common: Power.

Documentaries on making history.

Curated by Amanda Lopez, Tatiyana Jenkins and Erika Howard of Docwomen.com

A Women's History Month Special

**Winner of the 2013 Best 'Documentary Short Subject' Oscar**

Inocente

Andrea Nix and Sean Fine, 2012, 40min

In San Diego, a young teenage girl’s eyes stare into a compact mirror. She paints a dramatic black swirl around her eye. She never knows what her day will bring, but she knows at least it will always begin with paint. Inocente is an intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. Hers is not just a story of survival, but of resilience. At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Color is her personal revolution and its extraordinary sweep on her canvas creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past— a past punctuated by a father deported for domestic abuse, an alcoholic and defeated mother of four who once took her daughter by the hand to jump off a bridge together, and an endless shuffle year after year through the city’s overcrowded homeless shelters.

Post screening Q&A with Inocente producer Yael Melamede.

This is the first of a quarterly series with Erika Howard and Docwomen.com

Docwomen is a film screening series highlighting social issues that affect women and girls within the US and internationally. The initiative also creates meaningful outreach and audience engagement through insightful panel discussions, and collaborates with art institutions, universities, and non-profit organizations to inspire advocacy and social change on grassroots and policy levels.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=008ZofyIRHo

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Under the Influence of Ego trip Pt. 3

Thursday, March 28th, 7:30pm

Under the Influence of ego trip Pt. 3

Presented with Andreas Vingaard

(ego trip, the New York-based creative collective behind the top-rated VH1 reality programs The (White) Rapper Show and Miss Rap Supreme, as well as the critically-acclaimed “Book of Rap Lists” and “Big Book of Racism!” proudly presents the follow up to its celebrated 2011 Classic Hip Hop film series, Under the Influence of ego trip Pt. 2.)

The Big Breakdance Contest

Joanne Wolper and Diane Dates, 21 minutes, 1983

Originally aired on New York’s WABC in 1983, The Big Breakdance Contest documents a Tri-State wide b-boying competition at world-renowned NYC nightclub The Roxy. The prize: $2500, an appearance on music video program New York Hot Tracks and a role in the film Beat Street. Hosted by actress Leslie Uggams and WKTU radio legend Carlos DeJesus, produced by Larry Rickel and featuring an oddball crew of celebrity judges (e.g. footballer Hershel Walker, soap opera stars Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams and New York Knick legend Earl “The Pearl” Monroe amongst them), it’s a highly entertaining time capsule of early ’80s pop culture. But beyond the headspins, windmills and electric boogie maneuvers (provided by dance crews like the Magnificent Force, Uptown Express, the Fantastic Duo, the Flash Dancers, Larry Watson and Jason Twigg, the Heartbreakers, and the Dynamic Breakers), it’s a reverential celebration of hip-hop at one of its early high points of global influence. A brief video package featuring Afrika Bambaataa that precedes the compeititon touts hip-hop as, “The first youth culture since the ’60s [to] put a premium on individual imagination.” And it don’t stop…

Post screening Q&A with Kim-A-Kazi (Dynamic Dolls), Duce Martinez (Dynamic Breakers), Loose Joint (Fantastic Duo / Elite Forice) and moderated by Chairman Mao of ego trip.

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Ms.Mujer.Mwanake.

Friday, March 22nd, 6:30pm

Ms.Mujer.Mwanake.

Women around the world have something in common: Power.

Documentaries on making history.

Curated by Amanda Lopez and Tatiyana Jenkins

A Women's History Month Special

 

The Anderson Monarchs

Eugene Martin, 2012, 76 min.

The Anderson Monarchs is a feature length documentary about an all-girls soccer team competing, living, and thriving in an at-risk urban neighborhood in Philadelphia. The Anderson Monarchs play soccer with virtually no funding on a borrowed patch of field just like the great players of the world did when they were children - Messi, Rooney, and Marta.  But they have something special, a sisterhood that is supported by their community of parents and their coach, Walter Stewart. And they win all the time against well heeled suburban opponents.  Nominated in 2008 by Sports Illustrated as Sports Team of the year, they were also hailed as "the future of American soccer" in the London newspaper, The Guardian. Over three years, we follow five girls, their families, and their dedicated head coach, Walter Stewart.  Coach Walt gave up a partnership in a prestigious Philadelphia law firm to become an elementary school teacher and coach all three Select teams of The Anderson Monarchs year round.  His story and the story of the girls who play on the Monarchs are intimate, personal, and profound. One supporter calls the film "soccer as ballet meets justice".

Q&A with director Eugene Martin to follow screening.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ser7zBl8neU

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Monday, March 25th, 6:30pm

Ms.Mujer.Mwanake.

Women around the world have something in common: Power.  Documentaries on making history.

Curated by Amanda Lopez and Tatiyana Jenkins

A Women's History Month Special

 

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

Sharon La Cruise, 2011, 78 mins.

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock is the story of a seven-year journey by filmmaker Sharon La Cruise to unravel the life of a forgotten civil rights activist named Daisy Bates. Unconventional and egotistical, Bates became a household name in 1957 when she fought for the right of nine black students to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. As head of the Arkansas NAACP and protector of the nine students, Bates achieved instant fame as the drama played out on national television and in newspapers around the world. In the late ‘80s when she talked to journalists about her role in the 1957 crisis she said, “When we took on segregation in the Little Rock schools I don’t think we had any big idea we were gonna win it then. But they were gonna know they had had a fight!” Their struggle culminated in a constitutional crisis — pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself. But that fame proved fleeting and Bates paid a hefty price for her attempts to remain relevant. When historians and filmmakers began retelling the stories of the Movement—there was no place for a Daisy Bates in that history. Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock asks why and offers a rare opportunity for viewers to experience the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of one of its female leaders. The film travels with Daisy Bates on her long and lonely walk from orphaned child to newspaperwoman to national Civil Rights figure to her last days in Little Rock. Bates’ journey, full of triumphs and defeats, parallels the ongoing struggle of generations of African Americans who have challenged America to live up to what it claims to be for more than 200 years.

A woman who was both beautiful and deeply flawed—Bates was fearless in her quest for justice, stepping into the spotlight to bring national attention to issues — and some say herself. The approach to Bates and her life is what makes Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock such a unique film. In attempting to resurrect Bates’ place in American history the film deliberately steered away from the easy path of hagiography. Instead it tells the story of a complex woman who was as hated as she was loved, who stood apart because she refused to allow society to define her. In the bitter irony of history, Bates’ fight to be accepted on her own terms ultimately led to her being forgotten beyond her native state. Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock tells her story and that of the unspoken price that was paid by America’s civil rights pioneers.

Q&A with Ernest Green, one of the Little Rock Nine and director Sharon La Cruise, moderated by daughter of Ernest Green and Maysles Cinema director Jessica Green.

Reception to follow Q&A.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW_3cgDcAQM

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Documentary in Bloom

Monday, March 18th-Sunday, March 24th, 7:30pm

(Friday, March 22nd at 4:00pm only)

Documentary in Bloom

(Curated by Livia Bloom)

 

108 (Cuchillo de Palo)

U.S. Theatrical Premiere

Renate Costa Perdomo, 2010, 91 min.

When Rodolfo Costa was found naked on the floor of his home in Paraguay, he

had been dead for days. He also had a secret fortune, a secret alias—Héctor Torres—and an entirely secret life. In a powerful debut feature that unfolds like a mystery novel, director Renate Costa Perdomo investigates the shadowy circumstances of Rodolfo's death. Witnesses and clues gradually reveal Rodolfo's true identity as a persecuted gay man and his encounter with the terrifying "108" homosexual blacklists that ruined lives, careers, and families.

"Critic's Pick! The style is simple but the emotions highly sophisticated...Patiently photographed by Carlos Vasquez, 108 peels back layers of delusion and dishonesty." —Jeannette Catsoulis,

The New York Times

link to: http://movies.nytimes.com/2013/03/18/movies/108-cuchillo-de-palo-directed-by-renate-costa.html?ref=movies&_r=0

 

"9/10 Stars! An extraordinary documentary...The film reveals how such history comes to be repressed. It’s frightening to contemplate, certainly, and also shapes your understanding of the world, your place in it, and your capacity to affect it." —Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters

 

"Full of quiet artistry...Costa understands the power of awkward silences, holding the camera to explore discomfort and her own accusatory gaze. Even when discussing the horrors of the dictatorship, she maintains an unwavering calm that cuts through the hedging and the calculated avoidance of larger issues—hers is a selfless righteousness that nevertheless confronts her personal history." —Jay Weissberg, Variety


Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVQyiGCu9ZU

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Ms.Mujer.Mwanake.

Friday, March 15th, 4:00pm

Ms.Mujer.Mwanake.

Women around the world have something in common: Power.

Documentaries on making history.

Curated by Amanda Lopez and Tatiyana Jenkins

A Women's History Month Special

 

Cuban Women Filmmakers U.S. Showcase

 

La Costurera (The Seamstress)

Ivette Ávila, 2010, 6 min

A seamstress tries to fix the pains and evils of the world in this animated short.

 

El Pez De La Torre Nada En El Asfalto (The Fish of the Tower Swims on the Asphalt)

Adriana F. Castellanos, 2007, 3 min

A writer is trying to make a poem while his son is watching

a rated-R movie and his wife is complaining about the unbearable

heat. Desperate, he uses violence in order to find inspiration. Fiction.

 

Itacas (Ithacas)

Yanahara Mauri, 2009, 2 min

The Island and the man as territories of isolation, frontier

and lack of communication. Animated.

 

El Mundo de Raul (Raul's World)

Jessica Rodríguez, 2010, 22 min

Raúl lives a calm life in his town. He is in charge of his

sick mother and is a commendable worker. However, he is hiding a

secret in this documentary.

 

Espiral (Spiral)

Miriam Talavera, 1992, 14 min

An approach to a living myth of dance, Alicia Alonso, from

the viewpoint of her passion, tenacity and devotion to art. This documentary short

includes fragments of the ballet Giselle, choreographed by her, based on the

original by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, and of the La Diva (The

Diva), choreographed by Alberto Méndez.

 

Post-screening Q&A with Award-winning filmmaker and head of the Cuban Women Filmmakers Mediatheque, Marina Ochoa; award-winning Afro-Cuban documentary filmmaker, Gloria Rolando; award-winning feature filmmaker Milena Almira and one of Cuba’s most internationally acclaimed film and theater actresses, Claudia Rojas.

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The National Jazz Museum in Harlem Presents Under the Influence of “Tajah” Murdock

Tuesday, March 12th, 7:00pm

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem Presents

Under the Influence of “Tajah” Murdock

(A Women’s History Month Special)

Famed dancer and historian Jacqie "Tajah" Murdock hosts an evening of jazz dance film from the 1930's and 40's. She danced at the Apollo Theater with the Count Basie band in 1948, and went on from there to a distinguished career, and now lectures for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Last year, Tajah was featured in a major Lanvin ad that ran around the world!

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Film Voyagers

Sunday, March 10th, 2:00pm

Film Voyagers

A monthly program of films for younger children age 3 to 7 and their caregivers: films from around the world --most animation -- geared toward a young audience. $8 Suggested Donation.

Junior And Karlsson

Boris Stepantsev, 1969, 20 min, Russia

Karlsson-on-the-Roof (Swedish: Karlsson på taket) is a fictional character in a series of children's books created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. The cartoon adaptation became popularised in the USSR with its release in the 1970s. To this day, the adaptations are still celebrated as an integral part of the Russian cartoon industry, with Karlsson being recognised as a national icon, together with Cheburashka and other such characters.

Винни-Пух (Winnie-the-Pooh)

Fyodor Khitruk, 1969, 10 min, Russia

Based on Chapter 1 of the original Winnie The Pooh story.

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The Fifth Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival

Saturday, March 9th, 7:30pm

The Fifth Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival

(ReelAbilities takes place in New York in over 25 venues, across eight counties, from March 7th through March 12th followed by a new expansion into New Jersey from March

13th  through  17th.  The  festival  will  feature  over  20  NY  premieres  of  internationally

acclaimed films, and bring to the public the lives and stories of the largest minority in

America – the disabled community.)

 

Dancing Outside the Box

David Block, 2012, 15 min

Wheelchair users and able-bodied partners bring their two worlds together on the dance floor - proving that everyone can dance.

 

Getting Up

Casky Ebeling, 2012, 73 min

After being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease and rendered almost completely paralyzed, graffiti artist TemptOne regains his creative voice through technology that reads the movement of his eyes and enables him to create art once again.

Post screening Q&A with Alex Truesdell (Founder and Executive Director of Adaptive Design Association, a design firm developing adaptive design and technology for the disabled) & Ben Lieman (Assistive Technology Specialist at ALS Association NY, which develops provides technology solutions specifically for people who have ALS) and Dancing Outside The Box director David Block.

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Dancing Outside the Box Trailer:

Getting Up Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM30JGnnvno

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Doc Watchers Curated by Hellura Lyle

Monday, March 4th, 7:00pm

Doc Watchers

Curated by Hellura Lyle

(A Women’s History Month Special)

 

Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê

Carolina Moraes-Liu, 2010, 20 min

Directed by Carolina Moraes-Liu

Filmmaker Carolina Moraes-Liu's documentary Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê tells the story of three young women searching for identity and self-esteem as they compete to be the queen of Ilê Aiyê. The documentary explores the contest’s role in reshaping the idea of beauty around Afro-centric notions of beauty, as opposed to prevailing standards in Brazil, a country famous for slim supermodels and plastic surgery.

Cinderella of the Cape Flats: Volume 2 of Real Stories from a Free South Africa

Jane Kennedy, 2004, 58 min.

Everyday the working class women of color in the garment industry of the windswept flats around Cape Town toil anonymously to make clothes so that other women will look beautiful. Invariably they cannot afford these garments themselves. But for one day a year they come out in all their glory at the Annual Spring Queen pageant. The pageant is created by the workers and their trade union to bring their families together for an evening of solidarity and fun. After working for weeks on glamorous costumes, which one will be queen for a day? Set against the preparation for the 2003 pageant, this film explores the lives of working women and celebrates them as creators of beauty. Although the end of apartheid has not taken away the drudgery of repetitive factory labor, this pageant shows working class women inventing their own lively folk culture.

Reception to follow screening.

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Oscar Viewing Party

Sunday, February 24th, 7:00pm

Oscar Viewing Party

100% Free

Our Elections Returns Party worked out so well that we are doing it all over again. A free community event where any and all donations are welcomed. Come watch the Academy Awards with us in our main screening room as well as our downstairs lounge. Stop by or stick it out until the very end. Big bonus: you get to tell us when to flip the channels on the red carpet pre-show. Also, as always, we’ll provide unlimited refills of organic popcorn.

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The Future is Changing: Experimenting with Rituals for Spatial Change

Thursday, February 21st, 7:30pm

The Future is Changing: Experimenting with Rituals for Spatial Change

A screening of the film Brewster Douglass, You're My Brother accompanied by performance and experimentation in video, song and dialogue.  

Brewster Douglass, You're My Brother

Oren Goldenberg and Paul Abowd, 2012, 27 min.

Brewster Douglass,You're My Brother is a response to the 'blank canvas' narrative that has been perpetrated by local and national media campaigns about Detroit. In 1935 Eleanor Roosevelt came to Detroit to break ground on the Brewster Homes, the first public housing project in the country built for black people. Seventy-five years later, half of the neighborhood has been demolished and redeveloped. The other half stands windowless and seemingly vacant. This 27 minute documentary takes an unconventional look inside the historic buildings, introducing the viewer to lifelong residents, activists who fought to keep the projects open, and squatters – themselves former residents – who struggle to stay warm through Detroit’s harsh winter.

TIme I Change

Oren Goldenberg, 2012, 4 minute loop

A new work by Oren Goldenberg featuring the dancing of Haleem Rasul (a.k.a. Stringz) of Hardcore Detroit and the sounds of Sterling Toles. An experiment of spatial transformation through body movement, this piece depicts a man and his image struggling through the changes in history.  

Music

Improvisational musical performance and accompaniment by Kwami Coleman.

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Trailer: https://vimeo.com/44287434