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 Maysles Cinema


343 Lenox Ave

New York, New York 10027



The Maysles Cinema is directed by Jessica Green  and founded by Documentary Filmmaker Albert Maysles.

 and made possible with public funds from the New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) and the Union Square Awards. 


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September 26th


Book Signing and Opening Reception for our 5th annual Black Panther Party Film Festival

Thurs, Sept 26 6- 9pm MLK Jr Labor Center 310 W 43rd St NY, NY 10036


Featuring: Jamal Joseph, his book is called "Panther Baby", Rosemari Mealy Author of "Fidel and Malcolm   

Alondra Nelson Author of "Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination" Maroon the Implacable: The Collected Writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz Maroon will be represented by his son Russell Shoatz III

Special Guest Ngoma:

He is a singer/songwriter and paradigm shifter, who for over 40 years has used culture as a tool to raise socio-political and spiritual consciousness through work that encourages critical thought. Ngoma serves up a helping of smokin' spoken word with jazz/funk/fusion with a slice or two of world beat. He weaves poetry and song that raises contradictions and searches for a solution to a just and peaceful


We invite you to help us celebrate our 5th year

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September 27th-28th

The 5th Annual Black Party Film Festival


8. WE WANT freedom for all black men held in federal, state, county and city prisons and jails. Remembering our Political Prisoners    



{Proceeds from our film festival, after expenses is used to supply commissary for Political Prisoners.}


Friday, September 27th, 7:00pm 




Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss 

Song Melvin Van Peebles, 1971, 97 min.

After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male sex worker goes on the run from "the man" with the help of the community and some disillusioned Hells Angels. Written, produced, and directed by, and starring Melvin Van Peebles and independently financed, in part with a $50,000 loan from Bill Cosby, Sweetback was initially screened at two theaters in the U.S. and went on to gross 5 million at the box office. Huey P. Newton welcomed the film's revolutionary values and Sweetback became required viewing for the Black Panther Party. It demonstrated to Hollywood that films that portrayed "militant" black characters could be highly profitable, leading to the creation of the Blaxploitation genre, although most don't consider Sweetback an exploitation film. Earth Wind & Fire, who did the score, were introduced to the world by this film. This verite, narrative jem also introduced fast-paced montages and jump-cuts to American audiences.


Post-screening panel discussion.



Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song - Trailer




Saturday, September 28th, 4:00pm



Justifiable Homicide

Jon Osman and Jonathan Stack, 2002, 85 min.

On Jan. 12, 1995, two young Puerto Rican residents of the Bronx, Anthony Rosario and Hilton Vega, were shot to death by detectives of the New York Police Department. The officers said they were acting in self-defense, firing on two men in the act of committing an armed robbery. A grand jury believed them, and no charges were brought against them. The makers of Justifiable Homicide suggest that the subsequent firings of the director of the review board and the investigators assigned to the Rosario-Vega case were a result of the Giuliani administration's desire to make the case go away. Justifiable Homicide is an exploration of the killings and their aftermath.

Post-screening panel discussion with Margarita Rosario




Justifiable Homicide - trailer




Saturday, September 28th, 7:00pm


The FBI's War on Black America

Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller, 1991, 47 min.

The FBI's War on Black America offers a thought provoking look at a government-sanctioned conspiracy, the FBI's counter intelligence program known as Cointelpro. This documentary establishes historical perspective on the measures initiated by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI which aimed to discredit black political figures and forces of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Combining declassified documents, interviews, rare footage and exhaustive research, it investigates the government's role in the assassinations of Malcolm X, Fred Hampton and Martin Luther King Jr. The film reflects the rigorous research which went into its making, and portrays the nation's unrest during the period it recounts. 












October 3rd-5th

The 5th Annual Black Party Film Festival



8. WE WANT freedom for all black men held in federal, state, county and city prisons and jails. Remembering our Political Prisoners    


{Proceeds from our film festival, after expenses is used to supply commissary for Political Prisoners.}  


Thursday, October 3rd, 7:00pm


Political Prisoners Short  (10 min.)


Yesterday Is Not Too Soon (Interview with Assata Shakur)

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, 1997

Assata interviewed by activist Dorsey Nunn.




Mama C. Urban Warrior in the African Bush

Joanne Hershfield, 2012, 60 min.

The film explores Mama C's decade's long project of coming to terms with who she is-an African American raised in Kansas City, KS, the "jazz-capital of the world," who has lived most of her life in Africa, the place from where her ancestors were forced to make the "middle-passage." When she first arrived in Tanzania she tried as hard as she could to "fit in," wearing khangas, carrying my babies on my back, basket on my head, chewing sugar cane sticks." As she writes in one of her published poems, "In my freshly-landed, just-got-off-the-boat enthusiasm of living in Africa, I tried to blend, to melt, homogenize, disappear, erase, the essence of what made me who I am, an African, who grew up in and was molded by the 'hoods' of America, and I almost lost myself, self."


Post-screening Q&A with director Joanne Hershfield and Attorneys Jill Soffiyah Elijah & Joan Gibbs


Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush - TRAILER



Friday, October 4th, 7:00pm


Political Prisoners Short  (10 min)




Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal Stephen Vittoria, 2013, 120 min.

Before he was convicted of murdering a policeman in 1981 and sentenced to die, Philadelphia Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal was a gifted journalist and brilliant writer. Now after more than 30 years in prison and despite attempts to silence him, Mumia is not only still alive but continuing to report, educate, provoke and inspire. The film features many supporters of Mumia, including actress Ruby Dee, Cornell West, writer Tariq Ali, and author Michelle Alexander ("The New Jim Crow").


Post-screening Q&A with director Stephen Vittoria.


Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal (official trailer 1)




Saturday, October 5th, 4:00pm


Political Prisoners Short  (10 min)




In My Own Words

2011, 48 min.

Prison interview with the long-jailed Ojore Lutalo. Ojore touches on many issues, from what prisons are, to why he is in prison to the nature of the black radical struggle. Ojore was released in 2009, only to be rearrested a few months later as the alleged "Amtrak Terrorist" in Colorado. All charges were dropped after no one was able to provide any evidence of wrongdoing.

Post-screening panel discussion with Ojore Lutalo & Bonnie Kerness


An Anarchist in Solitary: Ojore Lutalo




Saturday, October 5th, 7:00pm

Hard Time

Ronald Harpelle, 2013, 40 min.

Hard Time is a film about Robert Hillary King, the only one of the Angola 3 to have been released. King was a political prisoner who spent 29 years in solitary confinement in the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. The film focuses on racism and human rights in the U.S. penal system, and draws attention to the plight of Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, the other members of the Angola 3, who have been held in solitary confinement for more than 40 years. Together they formed a prison chapter of the Black Panther Party to fight for better conditions, security for inmates and justice behind bars.



Herman's House

Angad Bhalla, 2012, 80 min.

Herman Wallace may be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the United States-he's spent more than 40 years in a 6-by-9-foot cell in Louisiana. Imprisoned in 1967 for a robbery he admits, he was subsequently sentenced to life for a killing he vehemently denies. Herman's House is a moving account of the remarkable expression his struggle found in an unusual project proposed by artist Jackie Sumell. Imagining Wallace's "dream home" began as a game and became an interrogation of justice and punishment in America. The film takes us inside the duo's unlikely 12-year friendship, revealing the transformative power of art.


Followed by Closing Reception and Party.


Herman's House Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Documentary Movie HD




Invited Director Melvin Van Peoples

Featured Speakers: Directors Margarita Rosario, Stephen Vittoria, & Joanne L. Hershifield. Attorneys Jill Soffiyah Elijah & Joan Gibbs. Panthers Bullwhip, Cleo Silvers, Pam Hanna, Cisco Torres, Shaba-Om, & Jamal Josephs. Also King Downing, Shaka Shakur, Ojore Lutalo and Bonnie Kerness.



Produced by the Black Panther Commemoration Committee, in conjunction with Maysles Cinema.


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