The Cinema at the Maysles Documentary Center, the only independent film house north of Lincoln Center in Manhattan, is dedicated to the exhibition of documentary films, and it provides programming and forum discussions at least four nights out of every week. The Cinema is committed to a democratic experience, one where filmmakers are asked to attend the screenings of their work, and audiences have the opportunity to actively engage the films and each other in post-screening forums. Coupled with its scheduled series, they encourage the programming participation of local social and cultural organizations and citizen-activists to deepen community involvement and provide exposure for under-represented social issues and overlooked artists and their work. They have forged partnerships with organizations as diverse as The National Black Programming Consortium, the New Museum, and the Harlem Historic Parks Association, to name a few. Their suggested-donation ticket model allows for everyone to engage in their programming, regardless of his or her ability to pay. As a result of steady growth in attendance they have recently added capacity to accommodate their frequent overflow audiences.
HTB QUICK FACT: 2008, Director, film icon Albert Maysles. Showcases independent films with post-discussions by the filmmakers.