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.


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


Triggering Wounds Website:

Triggering Wounds Trailer:

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 (

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).


Friday, April 26th, 7:00pm

Harlem Hospital Center Auditorium

506 Lenox Avenue at 135th Street

Admission is free

Triggering Wounds Website:

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

Triggering Wounds Website:

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.




Friday, March 15th, 4:00pm


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.

Oscar Buzz

Friday , February 15th-Saturday, February 16th, 7:30pm

Oscar Buzz

(Oscar winning documentaries, nominees and shortlisted films.)


Officially shortlisted for the 2013 Best Documentary Oscar**

Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, 2012, 91 min.

Detroit's story has encapsulated the iconic narrative of America over the last century— the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now . . . the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos. With its vivid, painterly palette and haunting score, Detropia sculpts a dreamlike collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution. As houses are demolished by the thousands, automobile-company wages plummet, institutions crumble, and tourists gawk at the "charming decay," the film's vibrant, gutsy characters glow and erupt like flames from the ashes. These soulful pragmatists and stalwart philosophers strive to make ends meet and make sense of it all, refusing to abandon hope or resistance. Their grit and pluck embody the spirit of the Motor City as it struggles to survive postindustrial America and begins to envision a radically different future. From the directors that brought us the Academy award nominated Jesus Camp.  

There will be a Q&A with director Heidi Ewing following Saturday’s