Watch Movies with the Maysleses

(Laura Coxson).jpgNext time you’re in Harlem, why not stop in to catch a movie with legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles? Now you can, sort of, thanks to Maysles Cinema (pictured at left), a new non-profit theater dedicated to the exhibition of documentary film and video. According to today’s New York Sun:

The cinema, which on Sunday will begin Strangers in Strange Lands, an 11-film series of travelogues by noted French directors, occupies the street level of a Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Boulevard building (between 127th and 128th streets) that also houses the offices of Mr. Maysles’s production company, Maysles Films, as well as the Maysles Institute, which runs film education programs. The institute was launched three years ago, around the time the production company relocated to Harlem.

As for the strange choice of programming, it and most of the cinema’s line-up is overseen by Philip Maysles, Albert’s son, who serves as the institute’s youth programs director. Meanwhile, we’re intrigued by the note on the Maysles Cinema webpage, which notes that, “The space can be rented out for video screenings, lectures, theatrical readings, live music, and sometimes dance parties.” We think Only Sometimes Dance Parties sounds like a great documentary!