SUNDAY @ Maysles

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Hi Noon! (12 PM)

Family World Program

A Geek’s Guide To Love And Romance
Nickolas Gavin (US, 13 min) 2014

Alley Poindexter recounts his high school experiences as an awkward teen and his hopeless crush on Trini Darling, the love of his life.

Code Oakland
Kelly Amis (US, 21 min) 2015
Harlem International (Hi) Alum

This film examines the evolution of Oakland through the eyes of social entrepreneurs who are determined that youth of color not be left on the sidelines as Silicon Valley spreads across the Bay and into the home of the second largest black community in California. Kalimah Priforce, whose first success as a social justice rebel was a hunger strike at the age of eight to get books for his group home, and Kimberly Bryant, a successful electrical engineer turned founder of Black Girls Code, are organizing large-scale hackathons to prepare youth to redesign the future through the power of digital coding. Joined on the national stage by #YesWeCode founder Van Jones, their work represents the cusp of a movement to change both the face and use of technology in America. Is Silicon Valley ready to be hacked?

Q & A with the filmmakers to follow.

Golden Shot
Gokalp Gonen (Turkey, 9 min) 2015

Imagine the sun, by looking at a light bulb.

Rusty machines living in their small houses, imagine that the sun will come and take them to the sky someday. A small light, keeps them alive and dreaming. But one of the machines wants to see the sun itself and he has a plan for that.

Keeper Of The Past
Marco J. Riedl (Germany, 28 min) 2015

Farmer Finn van Hagen is faced with a difficult choice once he opens an old music box, revealing his long forgotten past. If Finn should ever open the music box he not only might lose his family forever, he might bring to end the world as he knows it.

The Yellow Festival
Kamal Sethu (India, 35 min) 2015

Bubbly little Meenakshi can’t wait for her school’s cultural festival. It is after all an opportunity for her to grab the coveted position of School Pupil Leader. But her plans come crashing down when she comes to face to face with an unexpected roadblock – puberty. Meenkashi decides to hide the news from Gomathi, her conservative mother, only for the scheme to backfire. While Gomathi wants her daughter to go through the traditional Coming of Age ceremony of Manjal Neeratu Vizha – The Yellow Festival, at the expense of school, Meenakshi is not prepared to accede to her mother’s wishes and lose her chance at school glory. In this conflict between age-old traditions and modern pragmatism, who will emerge with the last word?

Bicycle Notes _ By Fernanda Torres
Fernanda Torres (UK, Colombia, Australia, 4 min) 2014

This is a fantasy story made from the experimentation between art and music in one piece, pursuing an approximation of symbols that aim to show the power of music on people’s feelings.

1:30 PM

The Beauty That I Saw
Benjamin Abrams (US, 51 min) 2014
Harlem Spotlight

What makes up a living neighborhood?

In 1989, acclaimed writer William Melvin Kelley began a video diary as a way to capture the beauty of living in Harlem, and times that are better seen than described in words. The film is a document made with these tapes, showing life in what was still a predominantly African-American community in the fleeting moment between The Crack Wars and Rent Hikes. Reflecting from the twenty-first century, Kelley’s voice riffs on Harlem, life in America, the myth of race, and raising an artistic family by your own values.

Q & A with the filmmakers to follow.

preceded by
I’ve Just Had A Dream
Javier Navarro (Spain, US, 7 min) 2014

Irene is eight and she just woke up from a horrible dream.

3:15 PM

In An Ideal World
Noel Schwerin (US, 83 min) 2014

Direct from the frontlines of America’s locked down racial system, follow three men over seven years inside one California prison. Their stories expose and honor the human drama at its core, revealing the institutional nature of racial hierarchies, and the hope and hidden risks of transformative change.

It is an immersive story told firsthand, without outside experts or narration. A white warden at ease with authority, a separatist mafioso and a black gangbanger, all three men come from different worlds.

preceded by
First Degree
Roger Weisberg (US, 25 min) 2015

The expression,’sent up the river,’ was coined by convicts who were sent up the Hudson River to do their time at the infamous Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, NY. The film finds hope in this seemingly hopeless place by investigating an unusual college behind bars that is preventing Sing Sing inmates from being sent back up the river after their release. Nationwide, over half of released inmates return to prison within 5 years, but for the past 14 years, less than 1% of the inmates that received a college degree at Sing Sing returned to prison.

Q & A with the filmmakers to follow.

5:25 PM
Iranian Shorts Program
Blue Eyed Boy
Amir masoud Soheili, Masoud Soheili (Iran, 18 min) 2014

What if you saw the world blue? Blue Eyed Boy explores this concept through the narrative of a young village boy who sees the world only as shades of blue. His traditional family, worried about his bizarre condition, take him to the doctor who confirm the boy is healthy. This  film deals with the idea of individualism and the struggle with the traditional family to accept the boy’s unique perception of the world.

It Hit Upon The Roof
Teymour Ghaderi (Iran, 4 min) 2014

A house in a village, where only an old woman and a child live, the rain falls and starts dripping from the ceiling. The child tries to do something about the drips.

Single Room
Saman Namnik (Iran, 11 min) 2015

“You make me sick, but I throw up when I’m not with you!”

The Story of a Rainy Night
Mehdi Fard Ghaderi (Iran, 24 min) 2015

It is night and raining, the old man is alone in the house. He gives milk to a cat that has been soaked by the downpour. Meanwhile, his children one by one start to arrive, to help him celebrate his birthday.

Junk Girl
Mohammad Zare (Iran, 17 min) 2014

Inspired by the story by Tim Burton.

There once was a girl
who was made up of junk.
She looked really dirty,
and she smelled like a skunk.

She was always unhappy,
or in one of her slumps-perhaps ’cause she spent
so much time down in the dumps.

The only bright moment
was from a guy named Stan.
He was from the neighborhood
garbage man.

He loved her a lot
and made a marriage proposal,
but she already thrown herself
in the garbage disposal.


7 PM – 8:30 PM
Screenplay Showdown!


9:30 PM


For more information and to purchase tickets please visit Brown Paper Tickets at this link:

Tickets can also be purchased at Maysles Cinema before the show.