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UPCOMING SCREENINGS AND EVENTS AT THE MAYSLES CINEMA
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NOVEMBER 2013
 
Wednesday,
Nov. 20th
  The Maysles Cinema and the Center for Constitutional Rights Present:
7 Days of Dirty Wars
 
through
Tuesday,
Nov. 26th
7:30 pm



Facebook Event
  Dirty Wars
Rick Rowley, 2013, 87 min
Dirty Wars follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, author of the international bestseller Blackwater, into the heart of America’s covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond. Part political thriller and part detective story, Dirty Wars is a gripping journey into one of the most important and underreported stories of our time. What begins as a report into a U.S. night raid gone terribly wrong in a remote corner of Afghanistan quickly turns into a global investigation of the secretive and powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Drawn into the stories and lives of the people he meets along the way, Scahill is forced to confront the painful consequences of a war spinning out of control, as well as his own role as a journalist. We encounter two parallel casts of characters.

The CIA agents, Special Forces operators, military generals, and U.S.-backed warlords who populate the dark side of American wars go on camera and on the record, some for the first time. We also see and hear directly from survivors of night raids and drone strikes, including the family of the first American citizen marked for death and being hunted by his own government. Dirty Wars takes viewers to remote corners of the globe to see first-hand wars fought in their name and offers a behind-the-scenes look at a high- stakes investigation. We are left with haunting questions about freedom and democracy, war and justice.

On Wednesday, November 20th there will be a post screening Q&A with director Rick Rowley.

On Thursday, November 21st there will be a post screening Q&A with co-writer and co-editor David Riker.

On Friday, November 22nd there will be a post screening Q&A with CCR Legal Director Baher Azmy and independent journalist Madiha Tahir, who has recently completed Wounds of Waziristan, a film about drone strikes in Paksitan.

On Tuesday, November 26th there will be a post screening Q&A with CCR Senior Staff Attorney Pardiss Kebriaei. She is lead counsel for CCR in Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta, a federal lawsuit that challenges the legality of the US drone strikes that killed three American citizens whose stories are narrated in Dirty Wars.

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is co- counsel with the ACLU in a federal lawsuit challenging the legality of the US drone strikes that killed three American citizens whose stories are featured in Dirty Wars. One of these dead is Abdulrahman Al-Aulaqi, a 16-year-old boy who was killed in October 2011 while he was eating dinner with his teenage cousin at an open-air restaurant in Yemen. His family is still looking for answers, along with many other families who have lost their loved ones to US drone strikes.


 

DECEMBER 2013
 
Sunday,
Dec. 1st,
5:00pm
  GET DOWN Campaign, Maysles Cinema, and Global Network of Black Pride
Invite You To An Evening of Film and Fellowship in Honor of World Aids Day 2013 (In partnership with Until There's A Cure)
No More Stigma Film Series Presents: You Are Not Alone
 
You Are Not Alone


Facebook Event
  5:00pm
Reception
6:00pm
Screening
7:30pm
Holiday Fellowship Potluck Mixer

You Are Not Alone

Antoine Craigwell, 2012, 90 min
As a documentary, You Are Not Alone is a little more than a run-of-the-mill film. While containing the basic elements of its genre – interviews with subjects telling their stories and mental health professionals placing these experiences and anecdotes in perspective, and at the same time presenting relevant statistics to support their respective positions; it nudges the envelope of understanding and acceptance a little further along. This film breaks a taboo in the Black community, through examples of many of the underlying issues Black gay men are dealing with, but never talked about. It exposes the raw truths behind the silent pain many Black gay men experience and live with: issues of denial of sexual identity and sexual orientation; racism; discrimination and stigma; sexual abuse and trauma; an HIV positive diagnosis; the propagation and promotion of homophobia from religious leaders and their congregants; the perils of loneliness; and a sense of isolation and abandonment felt by those Black gay men growing older, are all explored in the film.

$25 GET DOWN/Until There’s A Cure Ticket Includes screening, Until There's A Cure fundraising red bracelet, potluck dinner mixer and beverages.



 
Monday,
Dec. 2nd,
7:00pm
  NY African Film Festival & Doc Watchers Present:
The Contradictions of Fair Hope

Curated by Hellura Lyle
 

The Contradictions of Fair Hope S. Epatha MerkersonRockwell Metcalf


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  The Contradictions of Fair Hope
S. Epatha Merkerson & Rockell Metcalf, 2012, 67 min
July 1865. Over 4 million slaves have been freed. Forced to roam the antebellum countryside, many of them are ill prepared and unable to cope with the realities of their newfound freedom. This documentary examines a little known aspect of American history, when newly freed slaves throughout the South formed “benevolent societies” to respond to abject hunger, illness and the fear of a pauper’s grave. The documentary sets the stage in rural Alabama, prior to Emancipation, and traces the development, struggles, contributions and gradual loss of tradition of one of the last remaining African American benevolent societies, known as “The Fair Hope Benevolent Society” in Uniontown, Alabama. Through gripping human stories of some of the last surviving society members and interviews with historians and local residents, the film provides an unprecedented look at the complex and morally ambiguous world of Fair Hope juxtaposed against the worldly pleasures of what has become known as the annual “Foot Wash” celebration.

Q&A with directors S. Epatha Merkerson & Rockell Metcalf.



 
Thursday,
Dec. 5th,
7:00 pm
  Masterclass: Marc Levin
(Identifying and surveying exemplary careers in documentary production through an expansive lens)
  Slam


Facebook Event
  Slam: A 15th Anniversary Celebration
@ the Dempsey Auditorium (127 West 127th street)

7:00pm
Performance from Darian Dauchan, Samantha Thornhill and Jon Sands

7:30pm
Slam - Introduced by Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire, the Wire)

Marc Levin, 1998, 100 min
Filmmaker Marc Levin won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d'Or at Cannes for his feature dramatic directorial debut that helped catalyze the global spoken word movement. Slam, starring Saul Williams, Sonja Sohn (of "The Wire") and Bonz Malone, is a prison drama about a young black poet jailed on minor drug charges, who uses his gift with words to regain his freedom. Real-life poets Williams and Sohn wrote their own material. Of the film, Hollywood Reporter wrote, “Brace yourself for a slam-dunk of a movie, in an in-your-face cinema verite-style that makes Godard's ‘Breathless’ seem like a cartoon.” Slam was produced by Levin, New York nightclub owner Henri Kessler, and Prison Life magazine founder Richard Stratton, who spent eight years in prison on marijuana charges. Levin first encountered Williams during a 1996 poetry reading at New York's Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

9:15pm
Q&A with Saul Williams, Sonja Sohn, Bonz Malone, Bob Holman, Richard Stratton, Liza Jessie Peterson, Marc Levin and moderated by DJ Spooky.
 
Friday,
Dec. 6th,
7:30 pm
  Masterclass: Marc Levin
(Identifying and surveying exemplary careers in documentary production through an expansive lens)
  Whiteboyz


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  Whiteboyz
Marc Levin, 1999, 92 min
Whiteboyz is a is a black white comedy (or a white black comedy depending how you see it) starring Danny Hoch, Piper Perabo, Dash Mihok, and Mark Webber, and featuring rapper Snoop Dogg. Written by Garth Belcon, Richard Stratton, and Hoch--known for his acclaimed one-man shows Jails, Hospitals & Hip Hop and Some People--Whiteboyz takes a fresh, off-beat look at race and urban culture, as it follows three white Iowa teenagers dreaming of gansta rap stardom. Fat Joe, Dead Prez, Mic Geronimo, Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh also appear in the film.

Q&A with Danny Hoch, Marc Levin, Piper Perabo, Garth Belcon, and Richard Stratton.
 
Saturday,
Dec. 7th,
4:00 pm
  Masterclass: Marc Levin
(Identifying and surveying exemplary careers in documentary production through an expansive lens)
  Bangin' in Little Rock


Facebook Event
  Gang War: Bangin' in Little Rock
Marc Levin, 1994, 60 min


Back in the Hood: Gang War 2
Marc Levin, 2004, 53 min

Gang wars in sleepy Little Rock, Arkansas, home of newly elected President Clinton? Gang War: Bangin' in Little Rock is the HBO documentary that shocked the country, sounding the startling wake-up call that the gangs of LA and Chicago had metastasized to middle America. Made possible by unprecedented access to major figures on the scene, Gang War offers an unflinching look into the lives of local boys and girls (black and white), who claim to be "G"s for life. Back in the Hood: Gang War 2 follows Leifel Jackson, one-time leader of the OGCs (Original Gangster Crips), as he is released from prison after almost a decade behind bars.

Q&A with producers Daphne Pinkerson and Michael Skolnik, Director Marc Levin and and Gang War subjects Leifel Jackson (via Skype) and Steve Nawojczyk (via Skype).

 
Saturday,
Dec. 7th,
7:30 pm
  Masterclass: Marc Levin
(Identifying and surveying exemplary careers in documentary production through an expansive lens)
 
Rick Ross
Mr. Untouchable


Facebook Event
  Preview of "Freeway: Crack in the System," Marc Levin's forthcoming feature documentary.
The real Rick Ross is not a rapper. He's an urban legend in South Central LA, a black godfather figure whom most people have never seen, but know by name and reputation. He's "Freeway" Rick Ross, the man who stood at the center of the crack epidemic, and whose name has been inextricably linked to the CIA-Contra-Crack connection. His story defies all odds and stereotypes and proves that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

Mr. Untouchable
Marc Levin, 2007, 92 min
This is the story of the real American gangster-- Harlem's godfather, the biggest black drug kingpin in the history of New York City--Nicky Barnes. Featuring exclusive interviews with Barnes for the first time since receiving his life sentence, Mr. Untouchable is the true-life story of a junkie turned multimillionaire drug lord, who came to dominate the heroin distribution business and build his own powerful crime family.

Q&A with Marc Levin, Joseph 'Jazz' Hayden (former Nicky Barnes associate, Mr. Untouchable subject), and ‘Freeway’ Rick Ross (via Skype) followed by a reception.

 
Sunday,
Dec. 8th,
4:00 pm
  Documenting Urban America: A Masterclass with Marc Levin, Mark Benjamin, and Dan Levin
(Identifying and surveying exemplary careers in documentary production through an expansive lens)
 


Facebook Event
 
This masterclass is all about looking through the lens of the street, exposing the gritty, raw reality, and celebrating it as the incubator of America's popular culture. It's about capturing a naked truth--sometimes beautiful, sometimes brutal--and giving a voice to the voiceless. The conversation will focus on how to shape and style these urban stories and characters in a way that reaches a broad audience without sacrificing authenticity.
Clips to be shown: Brick City, Captured, CHICAGOLAND, the forthcoming docu-series for CNN.
 
Sunday,
Dec. 8th,
7:30 pm
  Masterclass: Marc Levin
(Identifying and surveying exemplary careers in documentary production through an expansive lens)
  Protocols of Zion


Facebook Event
 
Protocols of Zion
Marc Levin, 2005, 95 min.
After the twin towers fell twelve years ago on September 11th, an outlandish and bigoted rumor rose up that claimed that no Jews had died in the attack. Marc Levin first came upon this in a conversation with an Egyptian taxi driver, who said that all Jews had been warned to stay home that day and that everything was written in the 100-year-old book, "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion." How could this discredited forgery fuel this resurgence of post-9/11 anti-semitism across the globe? In the film, Levin talks with Black Nationalists, Arab Americans, Kabbalist Rabbis, and the founder of the website Jew Watch, among others, in an attempt to understand the roots of this virulent and outrageous strain of anti- semitism.

Q&A with Marc Levin and Albert Maysles.
 
Wednesday,
Dec. 11th
  Maysles Documentary Center Fall Fundraiser
In Partnership with Zero Point Zero Production and The New York Society For Ethical Culture
(All Proceeds to benefit The Maysles Documentary Center)
 


Facebook Event
  6:00pm-7:00pm - Pre-Reception

7:30pm to 9:00pm - Main Event

A Conversation with Anthony Bourdain and Albert Maysles
At The New York Society For Ethical Culture
(2 West 64th Street)

The Maysles Documentary Center in association with Zero Point Zero Production and The New York Society for Ethical Culture is proud to present a conversation about film and food with Anthony Bourdain and Albert Maysles, featuring special guest Marcus Samuelsson. We will feature clips from legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles' genre defining work in film, and Emmy award winning chef, author and travel journalist Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown television series. Join us as the two speak about the art of auteur filmmaking, serendipitous dining, and how cameras connect diverse peoples around the globe. The conversation will be moderated by Michaela Angela Davis.
 
Monday,
Dec. 16th,
through
  Documentary in Bloom
Curated by Livia Bloom
**U.S. Theatrical Premiere**
 
Two Lessons
Sunday,
Dec. 22nd
at 7:30 pm

Full week Run!




Facebook Event
  Two Lessons
Wojciech Staron, 1998-2013, Poland, 114 mins

In 1996, Wojciech Staron documented Malgosia, his girlfriend, as she traveled the Siberian city Usolie-Sibirskoe and gave Polish language lessons to the descendants of exiled Poles. Captured on beautiful 16mm film, Siberian Lesson is the candid diary of a young teacher acclimating and falling in love, as well as a portrait of a community still reeling from the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Many years after their Siberian journey, now a married couple with two children, Wojciech and Malgosia traveled to a very different place: Azara, a remote village in northern Argentina, where Malgosia once again taught Polish to fellow emigrants. In the gorgeous, startlingly intimate Argentinian Lesson, Wojciech also turns his 16mm camera on Janek, his 8-year-old son, and his friend Marcia, a bright Argentinian girl of Polish descent bravely contending with poverty.
As independent episodes, Siberian Lesson (1998) and Argentinian Lesson (2011) have screened at film festivals including True/False, RIDM and IDFA where they have earned Staron, today a renowned cinematographer who received a 2011 Berlinale Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement in Cinematography, a reputation as a gifted documentarian. The Maysles Cinema is proud to premiere Two Lessons, a film that brings the two halves of Staron's project together for the first time.

Co-presented with Nonfiction Cinema Releasing.
Special thanks to Chris Boeckmann.

 
The Maysles Cinema is located at:
343 Malcolm X Boulevard / Lenox Avenue (between 127th and 128th Streets)