Maysles Documentary Center: Uptown Indies

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For a date night with an intellectual bent, take your sweetheart to a film screening at the Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem. Founded by legendary documentary film maker Albert Maysles in 2005, the center is dedicated to fostering independent documentary film in New York, offering film exhibitions and discussion forums at least four times a week. Start your night of uptown culture with an early dinner at nearby Red Rooster, then take in a 7:30 show. With documentaries the primary focus, the subjects span the globe. You might learn about African culture through Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars, or groove to a creative combination of music and images with Under the Influence of Beatmaker, Katakresis, and Anthony Sylvester: Audio:: Visual, which aims to “capture the essence of the human experience.” Whatever you see, you can feel good about it. Proceeds support the center’s other mission: offering kids ages 13-18 the opportunity to make their own films through after-school and summer film making programs. Some of them might grow to become legends in their own time, and you can say you saw their promise before anyone.

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Maysles Documentary Center

343 Lenox Ave New York NY 10027

(212) 537-6843

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