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Maysles Cinema

New York, NY

Who We Are:

The Maysles Cinema, a non-profit theater in Harlem, is dedicated to the exhibition of documentary film and video. The cinema extends the Maysles Brothers' principle that the lives of ordinary people not only deserve, but demand, our attention. We aim to foster a democratic viewing experience by selecting and presenting movies in collaboration with independent filmmakers, programmers, critics, local film clubs and organizations.

We work hard to solicit material and programs from amateur video-graphers, "hood" documentarians, street vendors, video store-owners, neighbors and citizen-activists. In addition to presenting the masterworks of the documentary tradition, overlooked or under-distributed gems and new releases, we build a space for meaningful social exchange. We offer a forum for the discussion of questions of social, racial, and economic justice and explore liminal areas of knowledge.

The space can be rented out for video screenings, lectures, theatrical readings, live music, and sometimes dance parties.

$10 General Admission (suggested).  The theater generally opens one hour before showtime. Limited seating available so be early.


Jazz on Film: This is Gary McFarland

September 08, 2015 7:00 PM

Presented by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem
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The Last Season

September 19, 2015 7:30 PM - September 20, 2015 7:30 PM

A film about a bond built between two former soldiers as their lives intersect.
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Jock Docs Presents: Fast Break

September 22, 2015 7:30 PM - September 23, 2015 7:30 PM

The best in sports documentaries. An amazing film highlighting the lives of the 1977 Portland Trailblazers' as individuals and as a team.
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Black Panther Party Film Festival: 1971

September 25, 2015 7:00 PM

A documentary film exploring the crime that revealed a secret, illegal FBI surveillance program
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Black Panther Party Film Festival: But You Can't Kill A Revolution & Murder of Fred Hampton

September 26, 2015 4:00 PM

Two films exploring the killing of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton by police
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Black Panther Party Film Festival: 365 Days of Marching and Justifiable Homicide

September 26, 2015 7:00 PM

Two films exploring killings by the NYPD and the resulting protests and investigations
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Black Panther Party Film Festival: Emory Douglas & Lords of the Revolution

October 02, 2015 7:00 PM

Using art as a tool for change, and a history of the Black Panther Party
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Black Panther Party Film Festival: Freeman Brothers & Vanguard of the Revolution

October 03, 2015 4:00 PM

Two documentaries tracing the history of the Black Panther Party
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Black Panther Party Film Festival: Jalil Abdul Muntaqim, (T)error, and Closing Reception

October 03, 2015 7:00 PM

Films exploring political imprisonment in the USA, experience a FBI raid first-hand, and the closing reception for the festival
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Maysles Cinema

343 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY 10027

(212) 537-6843 x 1



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