Our Partners

The Maysles Cinema collaborates extensively with outside organizations and individuals. Their hard work and dedication plays a huge part in making the theater a multifaceted, unique, diverse space. If you or your organization are interested in co-presenting or co-curating programming, please e-mail us.

We also solicit recommendations for the films you, the audience, want to see for our "People's Choice" series - become curator for a night! E-mail us the film (or films) you'd like to see.
Hellura Lyle
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Hellura Lyle

The monthly Doc Watchers screenings are curated by Hellura Lyle, the Maysles Cinema's very first film screening partner. From Time Out New York: "'A woman named Hellura Lyle knocked on our window and wanted to find out what the place was,' programmer Philip Maysles recalls. 'She wanted to start up a documentary club. So we screened a film for them.' That was in early spring of 2008...And the rest was history.

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Keeling Beckford

Keeling Beckford, Reggae's most prolific videographer, founded his company in 1980 under the name Twelve Star Records. Even though the name has been changed many times since, the main goal of his company is to preserve the Jamaican/West Indian culture on videos. Today Keeling Beckford is one of the largest dealers in Jamaican audio/visual material in Brooklyn, New York operating out of 'Keeling's Reggae Music and Video', located in Crown Height's NY.

Every 1st Sunday of the month at the Maysles Cinema, Keeling Beckford shares his vast library of films, concerts and vintage dancehall parties in his series Keeling's Caribbean Showcase.

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Sylvia Savadjian

Sylvia Savadjian curates films at the Maysles Cinema where she's programmed The Cry of Jazz, Dark Days, the Master Class: Steve James film series among other films. She previously worked as a publicist at the documentary distributor Icarus Films, and the public relations agencies Donna Daniels PR and Sophie Gluck & Associates. She's also worked as the Director of Theatrical Marketing at Kino International and in marketing and business development at HBO.

National Jazz Museum in Harlem

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem has over the course of several years evolved into a major cultural presence in New York City.

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Shelley Worrell

CariBBeing is a non-profit organization and is independent of any public or private institution/organization. Our focus is on the Caribbean Basin and Diaspora such as Brooklyn's Flatbush, Toronto's Brampton and London's Notting Hill. Based in Fl@tbush, Brooklyn and founded in 1999, cariBBeing is the brainchild of Caribbean-American (Trinidadian) Shelley Vidia Worrell.

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Kim Ford

Ford is a seasoned entertainment and music media executive with 19 years experience in integrated marketing.  She created, produced, wrote, and directed "GET DOWN" a safe sex public service announcement targeting teens, young adults and their caregivers.  The GET DOWN campaign includes viral content, social media, events, youth education workshops, the No More Stigma Film Series and, soon, an online radio show.  The newly created No More Stigma Film Series, in conjunction with Maysles Cinema in Harlem, NY seeks to emotionally engage audiences with short and long form documentary and narrative content in order to stimulate dialogue, heighten awareness among at risk individuals and various stakeholders who have an impact in the HIV/AIDS prevention and testing field including health care providers, local government agencies, non-profit organizations, local community leaders and more.  The No More Stigma Film Series kicked of in advance of National Testing Day 2012 on June 21st at Maysles Cinema and included a sneak preview of the forthcoming feature documentary "25 To Life" by director Mike Brown and the feature length documentary "The Carrier" by director Maggie Betts.  The series will continue at 6:30pm on August 23rd, October 30th, and December 1st, 2012 – World Aids Day.

In 2011, Ford developed marketing, sales and community relations strategy for the newly established Ironbound Television and Film Studios, Newark's first ever 37,000 sq. ft. full-service media production facility.  Prior to that, she served as Associate Director, Multicultural Marketing at Coactive Marketing Group (US Concepts/Urban Concepts Agency), she focused on Experiential Marketing, Branded Entertainment, and Wine & Spirits Initiatives such as the roll out of the Ciroc Vodka – Sean "P. Diddy" Combs alliance. Over her career, she's created Branded Entertainment, such as Tanqueray's T&T Style Sessions featuring Grammy Award winning band The Roots, which garnered over 25 million consumer impressions.  Ford spent ten years at Vibe Magazine (1994-2004), including four generating non-traditional revenue by developing multi-faceted marketing programs that expand the magazine's brand.  Currently, she owns a multimedia production firm Lionqueen192 Productions, Inc. and recently launched her own marketing agency, Brand Whisperer, in 2012.

Get Down PSA on the Web: Twitter @getdownpsa, Blog, Facebook, Tumblr, Digg, Stumble Upon, My Space, Faces NY

Peter Buntaine

Peter Buntaine was born in Boston and moved to New York City in 1999, devoting himself to the craft of filmmaking. In 2004, Peter earned a BA from NYU in the field of Documentary Film and Photography. After graduating from his class with honors, Peter was invited to work for the Academy Award-nominated Albert Maysles of Maysles Films (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter). Over the past five years, Peter has worked professionally as a freelance cinematographer, director and editor while maintaining a steady output of his own short-form content. Professionally, Peter has worked on projects for a wide range of clients and audiences that include Samuel Adams, MTV, United Nations, Channel 4UK, and the World Wild Life Foundation. Some of Peter's own creative works include We Are The Streets, which premiered at the Harvard Film Archives, and Tokyo Fish, a provocative documentary shot in Japan. Peter is currently in post-production on a feature-length documentary titled Whistling Jim's Film and in development on Martha Hill – A Life in Dance. Peter also curates regular screenings at UnionDocs in Brooklyn. Email Peter Buntaine>.

Lorenzo Gattorna

Lorenzo Gattorna is an experimental documentary filmmaker and curator residing in New York City. He received a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in 2006. For the past three years, he has programmed screenings for Maysles Cinema of Harlem and UnionDocs of Brooklyn. Past program credits include Missing Allen/The Grandfather Trilogy, New York(er) Shorts, The Playing Field and Near and Dear. Since 2009 he has co-curated a quarterly series, The Experiment, at Maysles Cinema that screens films and videos exploring the convergence of 'experimental' and 'documentary' genres of cinema. Recently he participated in the Migrating Forms' E.P.I.C. artist dialogue series and presented his work at NYU's Experimental Film Workshop as a visiting artist. He has received grants from Warner Brothers and The Malcolm Ross Memorial Foundation. His 16mm films have screened in exhibitions associated with CCNY, Maysles Cinema, UnionDocs, LMAKprojects and Millennium Film Workshop. These films, produced within the last five years, have realized personal sentiments through rhythmic interpretations of natural landscape and body language. Lorenzo Gattorna continues the promotion of alternative approaches to cinema through personal productions and public exhibitions. Email Lorenzo Gattorna>

Nina Watson Johnson

Nina Watson Johnson, a Brooklyn native, is a sophmore at Yale University. She intends to major in Classical Civilization. She is a member of the academic program Prep for Prep, and graduated in the spring of 2011 from Trinity School in Manhattan. While not a director herself, Nina has a strong passion for film and the both educational and inspirational effect the medium often has on individuals. "The 5th Element", the Maysles CInema series that Nina created and curates, combines two of Nina's greatest passions, film and hip hop.

Lava 1 & 2

Lava started writing in 1970 when we wasn't taking care of business as Supreme Commander of all Captains of the Black Spades in the borough of Manhattan or creating the first Hip Hop Flyers with PHASE 2. The Black Spades went on to become Zulu Nation and Graf blew up in the 80's but a whole generation of pioneers stayed in the shadows.

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DJ Bobbito García

Robert "Bobbito" García is a Puerto Rican DJ, writer, entrepreneur, streetball player, sneakerfreak, and member of the Rock Steady Crew.

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ego trip Collective
Co-curators - Under the Influence of egotrip

ego trip was the name of a hip hop magazine started in New York City in 1994. It lasted four years and 13 issues and distinguished itself based on its irreverence and defiant attitude, eventually adopting the tagline, "the arrogant voice of musical truth." After closing the magazine, the ego trip team (Sacha Jenkins, Elliott Wilson, Jefferson "Chairman" Mao, Gabriel Alvarez and Brent Rollins) continued on to a series of multimedia projects, such as the old-school rap music compilation The Big Playback (Rawkus Records, 2000), inspired by their first book, ego trip's Book of Rap Lists (St. Martin's Press, 1999). Their second book ego trip's Big Book of Racism! (Regan Books, 2002) spawned a relationship with the VH1 cable network. The staff have written and produced three television shows for the cable network, including TV's Illest Minority Moments presented by ego trip, the three-part ego trip's Race-O-Rama!, ego trip's The (White) Rapper Show, and ego trip's Miss Rap Supreme. 'ego trip' is currently authoring a book on the history of white rappers.

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The Fuzzystar Organization

The Fuzzystar Organization is Harlem's art collaboration collective. How does it work? By bringing together artists across all disciplines to put on unforgettable, one-night-only art parties. Film, Theater, Art, and Music merge in a celebration of raw creativity. No censorship, No commercialism, just fun! ...Come out and party with us! Curated by Dan Cooper. Email him>

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Lynn True

Lynn True

Lynn True is a New York based filmmaker and editor with a particular interest in nonfiction storytelling. After growing up in South Korea, India, Chicago, Washington D.C., Arizona's Hopi reservation and suburban Oregon, Lynn settled in New York City. She received a joint degree in Urban Studies & Architecture from Brown University and began her film career as an assistant editor at NBC News and PBS. She has since gone on to make independent films including iThemba|Hope (Sundance Channel, 2005) -- about an HIV+ choir in South Africa -- and LUMO (Student Academy Award winner, PBS's P.O.V. series, 2007) -- about a young woman in the DR Congo recovering from traumatic fistula. Lynn's most recent film, Summer Pasture, about a nomad family in eastern Tibet, premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, winning the Inspiration Award Honorable Mention. Lynn has also served as a film programmer at New York's Maysles Cinema in Harlem where she and Nelson Walker are co-founders and directors of the Tibet in Harlem and Congo in Harlem film series.

Nelson Walker

Nelson Walker

Nelson Walker holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University. He began his career working on documentaries for Discovery Channel, History Channel, and PBS's NOVA. Nelson's directorial debut, iThemba|Hope – a documentary about an HIV+ choir from South Africa – aired on Sundance Channel in 2005. His second film, Lumo – about a young Congolese woman recovering from a traumatic fistula – won a Student Academy Award for Best Documentary, the President's Award at the Full Frame Film Festival and aired nationally on PBS's P.O.V. series in 2007. Nelson has worked extensively in Tibet, as a visiting instructor at Tibet University in Lhasa and contributor to the Tibetan & Himalayan Library. In 2006, he co-founded the Kham Film Project, an association of American and Tibetan filmmakers working together on participatory video projects, media training workshops, and documentary films. Nelson's most recent film, Summer Pasture, made as part of the Kham Film Project, has played in film festivals around the world, and is currently having a theatrical run in New York and Los Angeles. Along with Lynn True, Nelson programs the Congo in Harlem and Tibet in Harlem film series.

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Laura Coxson
Curator - JOCK DOCS

Laura Coxson has been working with Maysles Films, Inc for the past five years, co-producing numerous films including a series for Ovation Television entitled Close-Up: Photographers at Work, an Academy Awards Documentary Yearbook piece for the 81st Annual Academy Awards Show, as well as most recently Muhammad and Larry for ESPN's 30 for 30 series. This year IFC's “Stranger than Fiction” documentary blog chose her as one of the “Top 20 People under 40 working in Film.” She actively serves on the Board of the New York Film and Video Council.

Every month Laura Coxson curates Jock Docs, a series dedicated to screening the best in sports documentaries, focusing on a different sport each month.


From early on until this very moment, New York has been central to the jazz story and for (45 years) so has Jazzmobile. Jazzmobile first hit upon the idea of presenting free concerts in Harlem by first-class musicians and made education a fundamental part of its thrust, anticipating the future ways in which the information at the core of the music would be passed on. "…any celebration of New York jazz is also a celebration of Jazzmobile!"

Sundae Sermon

Sundae Sermon's mission is to support the spirit and strengthen the Harlem community by providing a platform to promote environmental, educational and recreational family friendly activities in a healthy, casual communal environment. It seeks to foster and connect fundraising and friendraising efforts of compatible charities and foundations through Musical Performances and Film Screenings.

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The Studio Museum in Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society.

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The Harlem International Film Festival

Committed to exhibiting, and encouraging the production of innovative, thought-provoking and entertaining films, the Festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, youth films and animated works from around the world. Other events include night life, panel discussions, the Brownstone Awards and the Renaissance Awards gala.

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Historic Harlem Parks Coalition

A coalition of volunteer advocacy groups representing Marcus Garvey, Morningside, St. Nicholas and Jackie Robinson Parks that organize community volunteers to get involved in park capital and beautification projects and to produce arts and cultural programming in their parks.

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The Friends of Morningside Park

Friends of Morningside Park, a 501c3 non profit organization founded in 198, is a catalyst for the rehabilitation and maintenance of Morningside Park in accordance with the ideals of its original designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and its well deserved status as a Scenic Landmark of New York City. It's goal is to raise private funds and advocate for public funds to implement capital improvements called for in the park.

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Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association

MMPCIA's goal is to improve the quality of life in the Mount Morris Park Historic District and sorrounding areas.

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New York African Film Festival

The New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) was established in 1993 with our festival co-organizer, the Film Society of Lincoln Center.Screenings feature critically acclaimed releases of feature- and short-format works by African directors of the global diaspora and their counterparts. The New York African Film Festival is presented annually at the Walter Reade Theater by African Film Festival, Inc. and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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David Henry Gerson
Curator - Veteran Verite: An Evening of Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran Readjustment Shorts
          David Henry Gerson is an actor and filmmaker. Film and television credits include David Mamet's HBO 'Phil Spector' Biopic with Al Pacino, 'The UNIT,' '8Bits' (Sundance 2011) and national promos for NBC. Stage work includes Stanley Kowalski in 'A Streetcar Named Desire,' and Count Almaviva in 'The Marriage of Figaro' (Dir. Diane Paulus). David's short documentary film, 'Ultra Violet for Sixteen Minutes,' (Slamdance Film Festival 2011) has screened at the Pompidou Museum in Paris, and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He trained in NY with Tony Greco (Method), Wynn Handman, and William Esper (Meisner), and in London at the British American Drama Academy. He graduated from Columbia University where he studied English as well as Film, Theatre and Visual Arts.

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Central Harlem CSA

The Central Harlem CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) partners with Roxbury Farm in upstate New York to bring healthy, flavorful organic vegetables to the Central Harlem community. Members of the CSA buy a share in the farm's harvest for its entire growing season. All extra produce is donated to African Services, a Harlem nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and self-sufficiency of the African community in New York City and beyond. .

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The GET DOWN Campaign

GET DOWN campaign, is the edgy HIV/AIDS public service announcement and ongoing multimedia campaign that frankly portrays sexually active teens/youth of various sexual identities, who are experimenting with multiple sexual partners, and the consequences they deal with as a result.

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Bleu Magazine

Bleu magazine is a celebration of the urban man and his experiences as expressed through fashion, entertainment, culture and music.

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Harlem United

Harlem United is a community-based organization providing a unique continuum of care. They integrate socially and economically disenfranchised people into a healthy and healing community. They also offer our clients access to a full range of medical, social, and supportive services.

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CAAAV: Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence

CAAAV's work originally came out of a response to rising anti-Asian violence that was happening across the country. They've developed community-based projects rooted in oppressed communities which focused on building the consciousness and leadership of our members. Today, they have a membership base of over 200 individuals, and a support base of over 3,000 people throughout NYC.

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JMT Films

JMT Films markets, sells and distributes audiovisual programs and films worldwide with more than 100 titles in its portfolio, exclusively representing the World Sales of numerous Award Winning films, made by Independent Producers and Filmmakers from Israel and worldwide.

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Cinema South International Film Festival

Since 2002, the Film and Television School of Sapir College has been coordinating the Cinema South Festival, which was held at the Sderot Cinemateque. The motto of the festival in the words of Avner Faingulerent, the executive director and initiator of the festival: “The Cinema South Festival is a cinematic weltanschauung that advocates a richly humanistic cinema operating on a shoestring budget”.

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The Visual and Audio Art Department at Sapir College

The Department offers a uniquely designed syllabus, combining the practical and the academic. The program includes history, theory and esthetics of screen arts, alongside cultural studies focusing on social and political aspects. There is considerable emphasis on creative and cinema studies in Israel's southern region as a philosophical approach, seeking to challenge the widely accepted dominance of creativity in the central region.

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Avner Faingulernt

Dr. Faingulernt received his PhD from the University of East London. His thesis explored the father figure in the modern European Journey films. He is the initiator and director of the Cinema South Festival as well as chief editor of the Cinema South Notebook magazine and the Curator Book of Cinema South Festival.

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Based in New York City, serves as an international network for video art and experimental films. As a video-sharing website and online community has helped to democratize the relationship between artists, curators, institutions, and the public worldwide. attracts both art and film industry professionals by merging the avant-garde with art and film establishments. An international network with a dynamic online community, has positioned itself as one of the most popular video art and experimental film websites in the world.

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The People's Survival Program

Shaka Shakur and his band of brothers and sisters run a people's survival program that provides food, clothing, and assistance in receiving healthcare and housing. Their program is a replica of the Black Panther program of the 60's and 70's.

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Clara Bastid

Clara was born in Marseille, south of France. Then she moved to the very North when she was accepted at Sciences Po in Lille, a school were she studied Political Sciences, Sociology, Anthropology, History and International Relations. In parallel she studied Cinema at the Public University in the same town. Then she took a year off and came to New York to intern in the Film Industry. Being curious about various aspects of the film industry she started interning with a distributor of independent movies, then had a chance to spend some time at Anthology Film Archives before she finally came to the Maysles Cinema. New York City gives Clara an opportunity to sharp her imagination. In addition, Clara likes to play backgammon.

Jodi Powell

Born and raised in Clarendon Jamaica, Jodi Powell believes the society she grew up in influences her daily. A nation where heightened creativity, corruption and beauty exists Powell claims can be quite the burden, for her though its quite the opposite. Jodi took the college experience all in when she switched the island experience for the Adirondack mountains where she attended Plattsburgh state University and majored in Broadcast Journalism, all whilst developing her interests in Student Government, International Affairs and creative writing. She believes that the drive towards the art of documentary filmmaking comes from the desire to tell stories that are lost in our consciousness or are just not visible and mould real peoples thoughts through extensive processes which are sometimes able to brake countless barriers. Powell enjoys traveling, dancing, fashion the beach and watching films.

Maira Nolasco

Maira Nolasco was born and raised in NYC.She studies Fine Arts, Cultural anthropology and Human Rights at Hunter College. She is a facilitator for Advocacy Lab, which provide in-class, human rights education and advocacy skills training throughout the school year. She plans to focus on Visual Anthropology, concentrating on Human Rights. She believes that documentaries are a powerful tool in luring the public to academic issues that they may not have access to otherwise.

Zack Taylor

Zack Taylor has a background in documentary photography, and has been living in the UK for the past year, where he has been expanding his craft to include filmmaking. Interested primarily in found people and their stories, Zack has photographed subjects as diverse as Mormon Ex-Convicts, the decay of Coney Island, and Las Vegas' Fremont Street. Zack is currently shooting a documentary about the cassette tape.

Filmstress Filmz

Filmstress Filmz is a creative multimedia production company specializing in social marketing.  They work with an array of agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations and government agencies to build and educate cause marketing campaigns through a wide range of video productions.

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Anthony Titus

Anthony Titus is the founder of Anthony Titus Studio, an interdisciplinary practice based in New York City. His studio has been a laboratory for the exploration of ideas related to the contemporary practices of art and architecture. Over the past decade the studio has been responsible for numerous experimental projects, including built works, site- specific installations and exhibitions of paintings and sculptures. Over the past decade, Anthony Titus has taught architecture at numerous schools including The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art and Pratt Institute. In addition to serving as a member of the faculty of these institutions, he has served as a guest lecturer and critic at institutions throughout the United States, including Cornell University, Columbia University, The New School for Social Research, Yale University, Art Center and SCI-Arc. Titus currently holds the position of Associate Professor, within the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Paul Dallas

Paul Dallas studied architecture at The Cooper Union and filmmaking at the Art Institute of Chicago. Paul was a 2008 Schindler Architecture Fellow at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles where he spent six months developing a mobile sculpture that travelled from Hollywood Blvd to the US-Mexico border. In 2011, Paul worked as the film programmer for the BMW Guggenheim Lab, an event space in downtown Manhattan that served as a place for public engagement on issues related to sustainability, community and the future of cities. Highlights included a panel discussion with key figures in the No Wave scene, a talk about the future of the American city by David Simon (The Wire), a special presentation by filmmaker Charlie Ahearn (Wildstyle) and an evening of short films curated for the Lab by Red Bucket Films (Daddy Longlegs).

Movement for Justice in El Barrio

The Movement for Justice in El Barrio fights for the liberation of women, immigrants, gays, lesbians, the transgender community, people of color, and indigenous communities. The Movement operates outside political parties and party politics.

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International Women's Day

International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements.

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Documentary in Bloom Livia Bloom

Livia Bloom, film curator, organizes the "Documentary in Bloom" film series at the Maysles Cinema. She is the editor of the book "Errol Morris: Interviews" (University of Mississippi Press), and her writing and interviews appear in the journals Cinema Scope, Filmmaker Magazine, and Film Comment. Ms. Bloom is the Director of Exhibition and Broadcast for Icarus Films. She studied film at Cornell University, La Sorbonne, and Columbia University.

Livia Bloom's series Documentary in Bloom is a monthly and bi-monthly program highlighting challenging, controversial, and though-provoking new documentary films of outstanding artistic merit. The series offers a unique opportunity for audience members to discuss the films with each other and with the films' creators in a community setting. Livia Bloom also curated the 2008 series Strangers in Strange Lands.

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The Harlem Swing Dance Society

The Harlem Swing Dance Society (THSDS) 501 (c) 3. A Cultural Community Association dedicated to preserving and promoting the Historic Savoy Ballroom Style of the Lindy Hop and Swing Dance Art form where it began: In Harlem, U.S.A. in the 1920's.

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The Man Up Film Festival

In recognition of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. The Man Up Film Festival is a non-profit series and the one-day festival is hosted in conjunction with Objective Cinema and Women's Voices Now.

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A non-profit corporation whose goal is to stop violence against women and girls. The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.

V-Day Website>'s mission is to change the way the world sees Africa and to be the online portal for the world's engagement with Africa. is a unique platform where Africans and the general public can learn about all aspects of the continent as well as for both business and world leaders to gain accurate information about the investment climate.>

Cultures of Resistance

Cultures of Resistance was established to identify and support diverse international initiatives that embody these values. We seek to fortify an international network of activists and agitators, educators and artists, insurgent musicians, vanguard gardeners, gourmands, and guerilla filmmakers.

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Helping to build a permanent constituency to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity.

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Friends of the Congo

A 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt advocacy organization based in Washington, DC whose goal is to raise the consciousness of the world community on the challenge of the Congo and support Congolese institutions in bringing about a peaceful and lasting change.

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HEAL Africa

Through hospital and community development work Heal Africa addresses the root causes of illness and poverty for the people of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Based in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, a region where war has claimed over 5 million lives since 1998, Heal Africa's medical, social, and economic initiatives foster peace and development.

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Man Up

Man Up is building a global community of organizations and individuals working to stop violence against women. This is a bold initiative and the first of its kind in that it is both youth led and informed. Over the course of the next five years and beyond Man Up will continue to expand both its resources and presence to build a worldwide community around our cause.

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Music Box Films

Founded in 2007, Music Box Films has quickly established itself as one of the leading movie distributors of non-English language feature films in the US in theatres, on DVD/Bluray and via Video-on-Demand.

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Mutaani FM

Mutaani FM (in the City FM) is a radio station, based on Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, highlighting urban culture in the Great Lakes region of Africa through in-depth broadcasts, analysis, and listener involvement. Mutaani FM has a high independent standard of media, crafting programming that is relevant to the daily lives of listeners.

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National Geographic Entertainment

The National Geographic Society is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation, and the study of the world culture and history.

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Now AfriCAN

One of Now AfriCAN's main goals is to promoteAfrican youth living in post-conflict regions of Africa through access to education and to # Inspire them through the media with its radio show and the publication of articles online and/or in the press.

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Panzi Foundation

The mission of the Panzi Foundation is to raise awareness about the challenges in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. They partner with Panzi Hospital to heal women and restore lives.

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Project Girl Performance Collective

Project Girl Performance Collective creates a fearless space for girls to write and perform their own work. Through workshops and performances, they try to activate youth to be the change in their community. They engage young women age 8-21 through a series of theater exercises, writing prompts, readings, and discussions. Their performances raise awareness of domestic and global issues affecting women and girls.

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Tabilulu Productions

Tabilulu Productions is dedicated to educating the world about Africa through its art of singing, dancing, writing, filming, designing, speaking, sculpting, drawing & happy living.

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Witness uses video to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. Through this medium Witness empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.

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Yole!Africa is a center for art creativity and cultural exchange based in Goma, East of the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Kampala, Uganda. Its mission is to promote peace through art and culture>

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Animae Caribe

AnimaeCaribe was founded to raise the awareness of animation and technology in the Caribbean. This provides an outlet for young, innovative animators in the Caribbean and exposes their talents to a wider audience.

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The New York International Children's Film Festival

Now in its 15th year, NYICFF is North America's largest festival of film for children and teens and stands at the forefront of a movement to define a new, more provocative and compelling film for kids.

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The First Corinthian Baptist Church Choir

One of the most ornate structures in Harlem, this church kicked off its life in 1913 as the Regent Theatre, one of the country's early movie palaces that replaced the nickelodeons. Its elaborately columned and arched facade loosely resembles the Doges' Palace in Venice.

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The Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church Choir

The Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church Choir is seeking voices of the City to sing melodies of change in the "Voices for a Living Wage" Choir. Church Choirs, Ensembles, Soloists, and those who simply love to sing.

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Konrad Aderer

Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker and freelancer. Masters candidate in Sociology at Brooklyn College. His independent documentaries have garnered grants & awards including a James Yee Fellowship from the Center for Asian American Media and a NYSCA grant for his first feature documentary, "Enemy Alien". Through his nonprofit multimedia project Life or Liberty (, Konrad Aderer produces documentaries on communities targeted by deportation and detention. Konrad is completing a Masters degree in Sociology at Brooklyn College

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Life Or Liberty

Life or Liberty ( is a nonprofit multimedia project producing documentaries and short videos to enhance the outreach, and organizing campaigns of the organizations involved in protecting the human rights of immigrants.

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Lillian Benson

The first African-American female editor selected for membership in American Cinema Editors (ACE), the internationally recognized honorary society of film editors. She is now the secretary of the ACE. She contributed to films that have garnered five Emmy nominations, and in 2004 Benson made her directorial debut with "All Our Sons - Fallen Heroes of 9/11", a half-hour documentary about the firefighters of color who died at the World Trade Center.

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Third World Newsreel

An alternative media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation and dissemination of independent film and video by and about people of color and social justice issues.

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The Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church

The Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church is "Unquestionably one of the oddest church buildings in New york, … clad in rough granite with vertical bands of gold Roman brick. It began as the "Mount Morris Presbyterian Church", until 1915 when it was renamed the "Harlem-New York Presbyterian Church". It's name was changed again in 1942, when the remaining white congregation decamped, finding themselves outnumbered by the black parishioners.

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Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Miller Theatre's mission is to develop the next generation of cultural consumers, to reinvigorate public enthusiasm in the arts nationwide by pioneering new approaches to programming, to educate the public by presenting specialized, informative programs inviting to a broad audience, to discover new and diverse repertoire and commission new works, and to share Columbia University's intellectual riches with the public.

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The Asian American International Film Festival

AAIFFʼs primary goal is to exhibit the most current achievements in Asian/Asian American independent media-making to broad audiences—some 100 short and feature films each year. Their goal is to create a setting where artists, scholars, and cultural enthusiasts can meet and explore how to push creative bounds and the development of relevant media. The AAIFF presents works by media makers from various ethnic backgrounds, religions, classes, and creeds, in order to promote an understanding that Asian and Asian American experiences are complex and multiple.

The Asian American International Film Festival>

Reel Harlem

Reel Harlem is an annual film festival that is held in the Harlem Parks during the month of July.

Reel Harlem Website>

Michael Henry Adams
Co-curator - Homo Harlem

Michael Henry Adams is a Harlem architectural historian, author and activist.

Angel L. Brown
Curator - Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival, 2009

Angel L. Brown is the founder and CEO of Our Stories Productions, a multi-media/theatre and consulting Production Company based in Brooklyn, NY. Angel is also the founder and programmer of Queer Black Cinema (QBC), New York's first and only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema and annual Film Festival. Angel has been a consultant for many large film festivals as a resource to Black LGBT films and production consultant for both

Angel Brown discusses Queer Black Cinema>

Red Channels

Red Channels is a series of film and video screenings happening in community and cultural spaces in New York City. The emphasis is on rare and radical works, re-contextualized and discussed in an open forum.

Red Channels Website>

Andreas Vingaard
Curator - Kings and Queens of the City / Under the Influence of egotrip

Andreas Vingaard moved to New York city from Denmark in 2007. He has worked with the Maysles Institute on several projects since its opening including a night of documentaries on New York street gangs featuring several original members present; the succesful graffiti film festival "Kings of the City"; and a collaboration with "ego trip" highlighting some of the more obscure early hip hop films. Andreas Vingaard works as a video journalist and still photographer. He has worked on assignments all across Europe and the US as well as Lebanon, Haiti, Iraq, Chile. He loves music from around the world as well as forgotten documentaries which he makes an extraordinary effort to track down.

Vingaard Films Website>

Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

An organization of Afrikans in America/New Afrikans whose mission is to defend the human rights of our people and promote self-determination in our community.

MXGM Website>

Universal Zulu Nation

The Universal Zulu Nation is an international hip hop awareness group formed and headed by hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa. Originally known simply as the Organization, it arose in the 1970s as reformed New York City gang members began to organize cultural events for youths, combining local dance and music movements into what would become known as the various elements of hip hop culture.

Universal Zulu Nation Website>

The Brecht Forum

The Brecht Forum is a place for people who are working for social justice, equality and a new culture that puts human needs first. Through its programs and events, the Brecht Forum brings people together across social and cultural boundaries and artistic and academic disciplines to promote critical analysis, creative thinking, collaborative projects and networking in an independent community-level environment.

The Brecht Forum Website >

Arts Engine

Arts Engine, Inc. supports, produces, and distributes independent media of consequence and promotes the use of independent media by advocates, educators and the general public.

Arts Engine Website >

Congo Global Action

Congo Global Action is a joint project of humanitarian, human rights, diaspora, student, environmental and faith-based organizations who want to advocate for the Democratic Republic of Congo and increase international support for peace, stability and economic justice for the Congolese people.

Congo Global Action Website>

Icarus Films

Distributing innovative and provocative documentary films from independent producers around the world.

Icarus Films Website >

Museum for African Art

The Museum for African Art is dedicated to the arts and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. Since 1984, it has become internationally recognized as a preeminent source for exhibitions and publications related to historical and contemporary African art, with programs that are as diverse as the continent itself.

Museum for African Art Website>

Human Rights Watch

One of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

Human Rights Watch Website>

Manhattan Short Film Festival

The festival's mission is to unite audiences across six continents of the globe for one week via the most compelling short films submitted each year. One World One Week One Festival is emblazoned within the rings that surround the Festivals Logo and it is this mantra that sets us apart from any other film event of the year.

Manhattan Short Film Festival Website >

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Bertolain Elysee
Co-curator - COUNTRY RAP 2: The Gulf States & KATRINA: Five Years Later (2010)

Bertolain Elysee, born and raised in New York City, is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Swarthmore College in Philadelphia. He is an avid rap fan and manages the hip-hop department for Swarthmore's independent radio station. He hopes to further study the relationship between the politics and aesthetics of black media after he graduates, primarily through music and film.

The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival

Founded by New Orleans artists and activists, the festival is dedicated to nurturing the city's human rights community, supporting the work of local organizers and organizations involved in these struggles, and providing a forum for artistic expression of local and international issues.

The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival Website >


Mochilla is a production company formed by photographers Eric Coleman and B+ in 1997. The pair were working together on a music video for DJ Shadow near the pyramids outside Mexico City. Ten years later Mochilla has produced five music videos, four documentaries, several ad campaigns, a remix album and more than forty album covers and continues to grow.

Mochilla Website>

Tools of War - grassroots Hip Hop

Specializing in Hip Hop Culture, Spreading the Word and Bringing People Together!

Tools of War Website >

Ballers Eve

Baller's Eve is the only radio show coming out of NYC reppin the Dirty South. Started in 2003, Ballers Eve airs every Wednesday from 10pm-12am on with DJ Dirrty, Minski Walker, Kat Daddy Slim & Sergio Vega (When he's not playing with the Deftones).

Ballers Eve Blog>
Listen to past EVR Ballers Eve Shows>


COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s. They build community and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy.

COLAGE Website >

East Village Radio

East Village Radio (EVR) delivers non-stop free streaming music and entertainment live from the streets of New York City. EVR streams 84 original shows each week, presented by 125 DJs from around the globe; a who's who of talent and styles including: Mark Ronson, Authentic Sh*t; Steve Lillywhite, The Lillywhite Sessions; Stretch Armstrong, Delancey Music Service; Andy Rourke, Andy Rourke's Jetlag; Schott Free and Matt Life, Frozen Files Presents; Andrew Andrew, Sound Sound; Mike Joyce, Mike Joyce's Coalition Chart Show...

East Village Radio Website>


Kevin Fountain
Curator - Kevin Fountain Presents: A Night of Art and Music


NYIHA MEDIA offers an engaging outlet for dialogue amongst established and emerging human rights defenders


Valerie Jo Bradley
Curator - Homo Harlem

Entrepreneur Valerie Jo Bradley is founder and CEO of The Bradley Group, Harlem Sole To Soul Tours and Harlem 144 Guest House, three business ventures that allow her to share her 40 years of experience working in media, politics, international affairs and with community-based organizations. A Harlem homeowner since 1980, Bradley has long played an activist role in advocating the preservation of Harlem's architectural treasures and promoting its cultural history and economic growth, and was the Executive Director of the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association, a Harlem neighborhood preservation organization. Ms. Bradley served as Assistant Commissioner at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and as a Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the New York State Department of Housing and Community Renewal. She also was the highest ranking African American woman at the United States Mission to the United Nations where she served as Deputy Counselor for Public Affairs during the Carter Administration. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Ms. Bradley is a graduate of Indiana University and completed graduate studies at the University of California Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism.


Women of Color Productions Inc

Harlem Children's Zone

The Harlem Children's Zone Project is a unique, holistic approach to rebuilding a community so that its children can stay on track through college and go on to the job market. Their goal is to create a "tipping point" in the neighborhood so that children are surrounded by an enriching environment of college-oriented peers and supportive adults, a counterweight to "the street" and a toxic popular culture that glorifies misogyny and anti-social behavior.

Harlem Children's Zone Website>

Denisse Andrade
Curator - Homeward

Asia Society

The leading global and pan-Asian organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of the United States and Asia. Since 1956, Asia Society has been a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, and Washington, DC.

Asia Society Website>

Sen One

Sen One is a graffiti artist and member of the Universal Zulu Nation.

Sen One Myspace Page>

Evotek Media Group

Evotek Media specializes in video editing, graphic design, music production and film making and aims to provide complete media solutions for small and big businesses.

Evotek Media Group Website>

Wheels In Motion & C0

Wheels In Motion is an Action Sports Production company based in New York City. They are committed to support, promote and produce viable action sports events and programs that stress the importance of safe fitness habits to ensure the success and wellbeing of participating athletes.

Wheels in Motion Website>

Miriam Bale
Curator - Film-on-Film / A Woman is a Woman: The Female POV

Miriam Bale is a film curator, feminist, freelance writer and occasional filmmaker.

Miriam Bale's blogs:

The Nibbler>
Comedy v. Criticism>
Articles by Miriam Bale on House Next Door blog>

The Standby Program, INC

A non-profit media arts service organization founded in 1983, dedicated to fostering the creation and preservation of media art work by democratizing access to media technology, providing technical information and consultation, and creating resources which advance the development of the field as a whole.

The Standby Program Website>

Columbia University Modern Tibetan Studies

The first program in the West dedicated to teaching about the society, history, culture and economics of modern Tibet.

Columbia University-Modern Tibetan Studies Website>

Trace Foundation

Started in 1993, based on a collection of ideas and aspirations based on the personal experiences of the founder as a Tibetan, Trace now is a foundation whose goal is to contribute in a way that would be meaningful to the Tibetan people.

Trace Foundation Website>

Kham Film Project

The Kham Film Project is an association of American and Tibetan filmmakers working together on documentary and participatory video projects that convey contemporary issues and experiences from inside Tibet. Through collaboration and participation we aim to engage Tibetans in the process of filmmaking and create unique films that contribute to the quality and diversity of knowledge about Tibet.

Kham Film Project Website>


A nonprofit organization working to develop new opportunities for education, capacity-building and innovation on the Tibetan plateau.

Machik Website>

dGenerate Films

A non-theatrical distributor of independent contemporary films from China.

dGenerate Films Website>

360 Media Group

360 Media Group is a multimedia firm covering video, print, web, new media, design, marketing and managing.

360 Media Group Website>

Santiago Esteinou
Curator: Straight Outta Mexico

Esteino's film, Chronic Pain>

Union Docs

UnionDocs is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to present a broad range of innovative and thought-provoking non-fiction projects to the general public, while also cultivating specialized opportunities for learning, critical discourse, and creative collaboration for emerging media-makers, theorists, and curators.

Union Docs Website>


FREE! (Families Rally for Emancipation and Empowerment)

A women-led, grassroots collective of people with incarcerated loved ones, empowering, and mobilizing to create viable community alternatives to, and impact public policy around the destructive, profit-driven prison industry.

FREE! Website>

East Coast Black Panther Party Commemoration Committee

Black Panther Party Commemoration Committee Blog>

Field Up Productions

Field Up Production's mission is to produce thought provoking educational works, which quenches the consumers' thirst and need for great documentary film cinema. Their niche is a specialized market that provides autobiographical documentaries and high-end dramatic features within the pre and post Civil Rights Movement era.

Field Up Productions Website>

Its About Time Black Panther Party Alumni

Its About Time BPP Website>

Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival

Founded by Angel L. Brown in 2007/8, Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival is a progressive socially conscious film festival that brings you the best Black LGBTQ theme films from around the world. The Annual festival provide a platform for both gay and straight filmmakers of African descent an opportunity to display their film work about the Black LGBT experience. The four-day festival consists of not only groundbreaking films but also panel discussions and industry professional lead including a Black LGBTQ Film & Book Market. The Festival takes place mid October and plays a key role in the success of Queer Black Cinema Institute programming throughout the year.

Queer Black Cinema Website>


Safiya Bukhari-Albert Nuh Washington Foundation

The Safiya Bukhari - Albert Nuh Washington Foundation's mission is to nationally provide Freedom/Justice Campaigns with funds, technical assistance and other resources that are needed to support the family, legal and health/medical needs of these captured and exiled freedom fighters.

Safiya Bukhari-Albert Nuh Washington Foundation Blog>

The Black Student Union At City College

The purpose of the BLACK STUDENT UNION is to empower the young black mind with tools needed to succeed in their finance, mindset and legacy.

The Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Center

The Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Community Center was named in 1989 for Shakur, convicted in the 1973 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, and Morales, a former member of FALN, which is a Puerto Rican liberation group that claimed responsibility for a rash of bombings in New York in the mid-1970s.

The Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Center Website>

Little Cash Productions

Lenis Guess is the ultimate producer having produced albums, a TV show and 5 Off Off Broadway musicals. His most recent project is a movie, which he wrote, produced, directed and starred in called "Lash."

Lenis Guess Website>

B-Side Entertainment

Using the power of audience to discover and market films.

B-Side Entertainment Website>

Film Club

A Manhattan-based monthly screening series dedicated to enriching our understanding of film by exploring and explicating great films of the past. Films are presented with an introduction by notable film critics, historians, theorists and filmmakers.

Film Club Website>

Michael DiBenedetto
Co-Curator - The Horror!

Michael graduated from Brown University where he created a class on modern American horror films. He spent a number of years working for Chat the Planet, a production company specializing in socially responsible documentaries. Most notably, Michael associate produced and managed distribution for the triple Webby Award-winning series Hometown Baghdad. He is currently pursuing an MBA at Columbia Business School where he is studying media management and entrepreneurship.

Yatt Ndindory Video

Yatt Ndindory Video is located on 365 Lenox Ave sells African-American and Chinese Videos, CDs and Cassettes and T-Shirts.

Zeitgeist Films

Zeitgeist Films is an American independent film distributor based in New York City founded in 1988 by co-Presidents Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo.

Zeitgeist Films Website>

Carlos “Mare 139” Rodriguez

Carlos Rodriguez AKA Mare 139 is a veteran New York subway painter.

Mare 139 Website>

Crowing Rooster Arts/

Crowing Rooster Arts is a non-profit media corporation.

Crowing Rooster Arts Website>

Tats Cru

TATS CRU, Inc. is a group of Bronx-based graffiti artists turned professional muralists.

Tats Cru Website>


Alain "KET" Maridueña was a prolific train painter in Brooklyn in the 80's. KET stopped tagging when his first child came along, and has since become involved in fashion, publishing and a variety of other things, including still painting murals – with permission, of course.

Kim Weston-Moran and the Rhythcolor Associates

A creative service company whose mission is to partner with the arts community,corporations,business and academia to expedite special events i.e. festivals, benefits, conferences and workshops.

Asian CineVision

A nonprofit media arts organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Asian and Asian American media expressions by helping to develop and support both emerging and experienced Asian American film and video makers and other media artists working in a range of genres and styles.

Asian CineVision Website>

Valeria Mogilevich

Valeria, a native New Yorker, coordinates education projects and public programs for the Center for Urban Pedagogy. She comes from a background in visual studies and film and architectural theory with a degree from Brown University in Modern Culture and Media. In addition to working many years in the non-profit sector, she is an independent film curator specializing in scientific films.

Hip Hop Association

An award winning non-profit community building organization formed in 2002. Hip Hop Association fosters international social change through the use of media, popular culture, social entrepreneurship, leadership development and diplomacy.

Hip Hop Association Website>

David Belle

Founder and Director Ciné Institute, Haiti.

Masculinity Project

A partnership between the National Black Programming Consortium and the Independent Television Service with funding by the Ford Foundation.

Masculinity Project Webpage>

Les Blank

Les Blank is a prize-winning independent filmmaker, best known for a series of poetic films that led Time Magazine critic Jay Cocks to write, "I can't believe that anyone interested in movies or America...could watch Blank's work without feeling they'd been granted a casual, soft-spoken revelation." John Rockwell, writing inThe New York Times, adds, "Blank is a documentarian of folk cultures who transforms anthropology into art." And Vincent Canby, also in The Times, declared that Blank "is a master of movies about the American idiom... one of our most original filmmakers."

Les Blank Website>

Center for Urban Pedagogy

CUP creates and implements educational projects about places and how they change, founded in a belief that the power of imagination is central to the practice of democracy, and that the work of governing must engage the dreams and visions of citizens.

CUP Website>

Harlem/New Black Panther Party

New Black Panther Party Website>