Nowadays Announces Lineup for Summer Film Series, Including a Tribute to Muhammad Ali

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Nowadays has announced the lineup of their Monday-night film series with Maysles Cinema, the Harlem-based film house started by the late Albert Maysles in 2008. Starting on June 20th, the Ridgewood bar will be screening nonfiction and mockumentary films at their expansive outdoor space. The series came about when Nowadays co-owner Justin Carter was introduced to the cinema director at Maysles through a filmmaker friend.

“We saw each other outside a screening of a friend’s film at MoMA, and I told him we wanted to do a film series at Nowadays, and he introduced me to Jessica Green, the cinema director at Maysles. The rest is history!,” says Carter.

Photo via Maysles Cinema Facebook

The chosen nonfiction and mockumentary films will display legendary directors and subjects like Les Blank, Werner Herzog and Julie Taymore. Maysles Cinema has even arranged for D.A. Pennebaker, the nonagenarian who captured this iconic Dylan moment, to come in person and introduce “Monterey Pop,” his film that immortalized Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire in 1967.

As a fitting tribute to the late, great Muhammad Ali, the first film to screen will be the Maysles’ “Muhammad and Larry,” which combines one-of-a-kind, never-before-seen archival footage from the infamous 1980 fight with recently-produced conversations with boxing experts, luminaries, and those who were at the fight. The film’s producer, Laura Coxson, will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions after the screening.

See the entire schedule of films below (all films start at sundown).

Monday, June 20th

Muhammad and Larry

Introduced by Producer Laura Coxson

Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Bradley Kaplan, 2009, 52 min

Monday, June 27th

Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau

Introduction TBA

Sam George, 2013, 100 min

Monday, July 11th

Stretch and Bobbito

Bobbito Garcia, 2015, 95 min

Monday, July 18th

Monterey Pop

Introduced by Director D.A. Pennebaker

D.A. Pennebaker, 1968, 78 min

Monday, July 25th

Herzog Eats His Shoes

Les Blank, 1980, 20 min

Burden of Dreams

Les Blank, 1982, 95 min

Monday, August 1st

Rubble Kings

Post Screening Q&A with director Shan Nicholson and film subjects (TBA).

Shan Nicholson, 2010, 68 min

Monday, August 8th

Midsummer’s Night’s Dream

Julie Taymor, 2014, 160 min

Monday, August 15th

The Look of Silence

Joshua Oppenheimer, 2015, 103 min

Monday, August 22nd

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One

William Greaves, 1968, 75 min

Monday, August 29th

This is Spinal Tap

Rob Reiner, 1984, 82 min

Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Ave between Wyckoff and Irving. Hours: Monday – Thursday 4pm – midnight, Friday 4pm – 2am, Saturday noon – 2am, Sunday 3pm – midnight.

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