In 2005, documentary film pioneer Albert Maysles founded the Maysles Documentary Center – an intimate cinema and event space in central Harlem that is home to an education program offering filmmaking opportunities to young people from the neighborhood.

Image by Savio Zigbi-Johnson, MDC Alum

After many years we are finally glad to be back hosting several screenings at Maysles during the second week of the 18th Annual Harlem International Film Festival, featuring a specially curated program that includes a full course of local cinema.

In the meantime, you can join us this Saturday, April 22 for a celebration of the Maysles Documentary Center and its vital place in the Harlem community.  If you can’t make the benefit event please consider giving a donation to support the services they provide our community as the only independent theater Uptown devoted to documentary cinema and instruction.

“Over the years, we have built a reputation for our intimate screenings and unique Q&As, and have worked hard to support all forms of documentary and independent filmmaking. But now, we need your support. Over the past year, we have been faced with the challenges of a lingering pandemic, increasingly competitive funding streams, and a rapidly changing industry. We are reaching out with a special sense of urgency, to ensure that we can continue our programming – both in our cinema and our education classes.”

The evening will feature an array of work to watch in the theater, live music in the reception area and signature spring cocktails.

Saturday, April 22
Maysles Documentary Center Spring Benefit
343 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027