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Smile It's Your Close Up: Tabula Rasa

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

Wall Writers

Roger Gastman, 2016, 77 min
The commonly overlooked origins of the modern graffiti and street art movement in the late 1960s and early ‘70s in New York City and Philadelphia are the focus of Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence. This documentary explores not only early graffiti writing but also the writers who created it and the culture that drove them to write. 

Join us for a conversation after the film with director Roger Gastman and some of the featured graffiti writers including MIKE-171, Wicked Gary and COCO 144.

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.

  • Attention, Maysles Documentary Center members, MDC is your discount code for advance ticketing.
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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: March 17
I Am Not Your Negro (DCP)
Later Event: March 25
La Francophonie à Harlem