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.
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
Sam George, 2013, 100 min
Monday, July 11th
Stretch and Bobbito
Bobbito Garcia, 2015, 95 min
Monday, July 18th
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
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.