* Please note that there is a location change today.  The 2 PM, 3:30PM and 5 PM shows only will be taking place at Maysles Cinema.  The Hi on HIP HOP screenings take place at Aaron Davis Hall.  Addresses of both venues are given at the head of their section below.


Maysles Cinema
343 Malcolm X Boulevard / Lenox Avenue
(Between 127th and 128th Streets)

2:00 PM


Majid Sarvini, 2010, 36 min

Sam suffers a mental disorder, which makes him fail to see familiar faces and only recognize the voices. His brother tries to help him but Sam’s delusions cause him to take his own brother as an enemy.

“Brings to mind Hitchcock transported to modern day Iran.”


Hanuk Lee, 2013, 49 min
South Korea

“An absolutely chilling and strangely haunting film.”

Some people never repent their sins. But what happens when they become attacker and victim at the same time?

3:30 PM


Jon Sherman/Jonathan Tazewell, 2012, 7 min

Eight-year-old Frieda Brown has her first encounter with racism while stopping in Breezewood, Pennsylvania, as she and her parents travel from Ohio to Virginia in June of 1968.


Rob Underhill, 2012, 70 min

In an acting tour de force, one man performs 36 roles in the telling of the Emmett Till tragedy. In DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till (*8 BEST FILM AWARDS*), experience the story, trial, and unbelievable confessions of those accused of Emmett’s murder in this riveting true-crime drama.

‘His death was a spark that ignited the Civil Rights Movement in America,’ Ed Bradley, Emmy Award-winning journalist. ‘A TRIUMPH …an exceptional film with multiple, powerful performances by Mike Wiley,’ 4.5/5 Stars FILM THREAT.

5:00 PM


Kamal Robinson, 2012, 107 min

FiGHT DANCE SiNG: A Capoeirista’s story, is a fun, first of its kind “online movie”, centered around the action packed fast changing life of New York City native Junie Lachman. Junie is reaching the point in his life where surviving day by day just isn’t cutting it. But it takes life’s own special blend of events to force him to do something about it. Junie is forced to face death, deal with an unexpected house-guest, and fight for his life. The only thing that “holds him down” through it all is his passion for the urban martial art of Capoeira.

The film also features Hip-Hop’s own classic figure Dres (Black Sheep) as the film’s main antagonist.

VENUE CHANGE – Evening shows are at the following location (today only):

City College
Aaron Davis Hall
138 Convent Avenue(West 135 Street and Convent Avenue)

Hi on HiP HOP!

A special tribute celebration to the 40th Anniversary of Hip Hop, featuring special live performances and screenings that highlight the impact the art form has had from its birthplace in New York City to every corner of the globe. It all takes place at the legendary Aaron Davis Hall (seen in the classic film Beat Street) and is hosted by Video Music Box’s one-and-only Kev Lawrence. This will be a historic night you won’t want to miss!

6:30 PM
FREE to all City College Students with valid ID
$10 general admission
$8 for seniors and other students with valid ID


A cinematic tribute to the joys and beauty of skateboarding.


Manauvaskar Kublall, 2013, 85 min

Although beatbox championships have taken place for years in other parts of the world, the first ever American Beatbox Championship never happened – until July 31, 2010. On that day beatboxers and fans from all over the world converged at Littlefield Performance and Art space in Brooklyn to participate in this historic event! Contestants from both genders and all races, from the north, south, east and west of the United States gave it their all, but when it finally gets down to the eight finalists only one can win and they’re being judged by the best in the business – Hip Hop Legends, Rahzel the “Godfather of Noyze”, Masai Electro, Parrish Smith of EPMD, as well as Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest!

8:45 PM

TALKING DRUMS – Harlem Spotlight

K. Lena Smith, 2012, 16 min
World Premiere

Baba Khunle, a master djembe drummer and elder, is determined to pass on his craft despite his age, affliction with Parkinson’s Disease, and the threats to displace the Harlem drumming community he fathered.


Deirdre Towers, 2013, 7 min
World Premiere

An optimist offers a pessimist a change of perspective, in this live action/animation short, shot in 2 boroughs of New York City with the aim of inspiring people to move more and experience the rush of imagination and joy once their endorphins kick in. Stars NYC parkour artists Spyder and Upgradee with After Effects animation by Gabrielle Lamb, score by Gisela Fulla-Silvestre, saxophone and flute by Jay Rodriquez, cinematography by Ted Ciesielski and Nadia Lesy.


Giulia Giorgi/Matteo De Angelis, 2013, 53 min
US Premiere

Flying in from five nations: Morocco (Lhiba King Zoo), Tunisia (Upper Underground Crew), Poland (Flava Magazine and Funky Rock Ass), France (mixed teams) and Italy (Maremma Flava, Marittima Funk, Battle Holex) to descend on Rome, Italy for 10 days of living, practicing and battling together, all towards the final realization of a show like none other. Along the way the filmmakers capture the heart of what moves these artists to do what they do and the similarities and differences in how their different native countries perceive Hip Hop culture.