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.

August 2017- July 2018


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Right to the City

Tuesday, August 1st, 6:30pm

In this program Metropolitan Avenue (1985), co-presented by POV, is followed by a Q&A with Miriam Greenberg and Penny Lewis, editors of "The City Is the Factory”, director Christine Noschese, Metropolitan Avenue subjects Marie Leanza and Dianne Jackson, former POV Executive Producer and creator Marc N. Weiss, and moderated by MDC cinema director Jessica Green. On 16mm!

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Thursday, October 19th, 6:30pm

This program includes Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016) about the incredible saga of the Sung family, Chinese immigrants and owners of the Abacus Federal Savings Bank in Chinatown, followed by Q&A with Jill Sung, Vera Sung and Chanterelle Sung, and Don Lee, Chinatown community activist.

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Warhol's Factory Workers

Wednesday, December 6th, 6:30pm

In this double bill, we present two of the foundational works of the 1960s underground on glorious 16mm, Flaming Creatures (1963), and Camp (1965). Speakers include  Claire Henry, Associate Curator of the Andy Warhol Film Project and Tom Kalin, Professor of Film, Columbia University School of the Arts.


Back to School with Frederick Wiseman

Sunday, February 11th, 1:00pm

Frederick Wiseman's High School II (1994)  preceded by an introductory discussion with Deborah Meier, the founder of the Central Park East, the subject of High School II, educators Nancy Mann and Marian Mogulescu, and former students Jason Warwin and Zawadi Powell. Speakers also include and Kaliris Salas-Ramirez and K.A. Dilday of the Central Park East 1 Parents Association. On 16mm!

Fania All-Stars

Wednesday, April 11th, 6:30pm

Fania All-Stars: Live In Africa (1974), co-presented by Fania, with conversation to follow with Fania All-Stars: Live In Africa director Leon Gast (When We Were Kings) and musician, music journalist, and historian Aurora Flores. 

Bronx Gothic

Tuesday, June 19th, 8:00pm

From director Andrew Rossi comes Bronx Gothic (2017) about Okwui Okpokwasili's lauded one-woman show by the same name. Introduction by Andrew Rossi to precede the screening. Screening to take place outdoors on museum's terrace overlooking Central Park Conservatory Garden. 


Under the Influence of the Maysles Brothers

Wednesday, July 11th, 8:00pm

1960s "Mad Men" era New York City through the lens of the Maysles Brothers. Films included are IBM: A Self Portrait (1964), Cut Piece (1968), With Love From Truman (1966) and Meet Marlon Brando (1966). Screening to take place outdoors on museum's terrace overlooking Central Park Conservatory Garden.