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Smile It’s Your Close Up: New York Futurism

  • Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St. New York (map)

Class Divide

Marc Levin, 2015, 74 min
Rising inequality, the elephant in the room of New York City’s future, is the subject of Class Divide which investigates hyper-gentrification in Chelsea through the eyes of local young people. This program also includes shorts from the Maysles Documentary Center Education program that ask the question, “What is New York’s future?,” in unexpected and inspiring ways. Join Marc Levin and students for a discussion of the films.

Preceded by

En El Barrio
Kati Perez, 2015, 2 min
A small portrait on Taco Mix, a taco shop in Harlem and it's evolution to accept that the taco is changing alongside its neighborhood. Produced in the Maysles Documentary Center’s Teen Producer's Academy.
How to Be Bad
Vicky Lee, 2016, 7 min
An elderly free-spirit with a stubborn anti-work philosophy reflects on his life. Produced in the Maysles Documentary Center’s Van Lier Fellows Program.

The Come Up
Rahkim Hawkins, Charles Mejias, 2017, 11 min
The story of two young fathers striving to shed the mistakes of their past and
become better men for the sake of their children. Produced in the Maysles Documentary Center’s Community Producers Program.

Followed by a panel discussion with Maysles Documentary Center filmmakers Kati Perez, Vicky Lee, and Rahkim Hawkins, and Class Divide director Marc Levin, moderated by Maysles Cinema director Jessica Green.

Smile, It’s Your Close Up: New York’s Documentaries, a nonfiction film series co-programmed by Jessica Green and Edo Choi of the Cinema at the Maysles Documentary Center and the Museum of the City of New York, zooms in on key moments, individuals, and communities to pose the question, “what makes New York New York?” Each program includes an introduction or conversation with filmmakers or other notable guests.

  • $15 for adults | $12 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $10 for Maysles Documentary Center members and Museum of the City of New York members. Includes Museum of the City of New York admission and Twizzlers Licorice Candy.

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  • Groups of 10 or more get discounts and priority seating, email or call us at or 917-492-3395.

This event is co-sponsored by CUNY Graduate Center Film Studies Program, Hunter College Film and Media Studies Department, Manhattan College Department of Visual & Performing Arts, and The Documentary Forum @ City College of New York.

Earlier Event: June 23
In Transit
Later Event: June 28