Studio Screen: Hustler's Convention

  • Maysles Cinema 343 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, NY, 10027 United States

Hustlers Convention

Mike Todd, 2015, 96 min

Join us for the third, and final, installment of our Studio Screen series, featuring a special showing of Hustlers Convention. The film sheds a new light on the seminal yet largely unknown album “Hustlers Convention.” Released in 1973, the album is often regarded as a cornerstone in the evolution of Hip Hop. Centering on its creator, Lightnin' Rod aka Jalal Nuriddin of The Last Poets, the film uses archival footage, specially commissioned animation as well as interviews with influential figures like the late Amiri Baraka, KRS One and executive producer Chuck D to unveil the story behind this lost classic.

Q&A with Hustlers Convention Director of Photography Quenell Jones and Jamila Lyiscott, educator and spoken word artist. Jamila is the founder and co-director of Cyphers for Justice, a program that appretices young people as critical social researchers through hip-hop, spoken word, and digital literacy.

Studio Screen: A Series in Collaboration with the Studio Museum in Harlem

December 2016 – February 2017

Presented in partnership with The Studio Museum in Harlem, Studio Screen is a nonfiction film series addressing the on and off screen legacies of socially engaged cultural movements of the 1970s. Drawing thematic inspiration from two of the Museum’s current exhibitions, Circa 1970 and The Window and the Breaking of the Window, the selected films highlight the chosen methods and leaders people turn to when everyday injustices move them to protest. Each screening will be followed by a talkback session featuring local community organizers which will serve as a space for intergenerational reflection on contemporary protest practices and the ways history is present in all that we do.

All audience members must arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled
showtime in order to be guaranteed a seat.

All audience members must arrive 15min before the scheduled start tme to be guaranteed a seat.
There is a $1.00 service fee added to all online presale pickets. All tickets at the door are $10.00 suggested donation. 

All proceeds from the screenings will support the work of Maysles Cinema, at the MDC, a not for profit organization dedicated to the exhibition and production of documentary films that inspire dialogue and action.