Hustlers Convention at Maysles Cinema
Join us for a special showing of Hustlers Convention (2015, 96 min), the third and final, installment of our Studio Screen series with Maysles Cinema. The film sheds new light on the seminal, yet largely unknown, album “Hustlers Convention.” Released in 1973, the album is often regarded as a cornerstone in the evolution of Hip Hop. Centering on its creator, Lightnin' Rod aka Jalal Nuriddin of The Last Poets, the film uses archival footage, specially commissioned animation as well as interviews with influential figures like the late Amiri Barka, KRS One and executive producer Chuck D to unveil the story behind this lost classic. Join us after the screening for a talkback with poet and educator Jamila Lyiscott and the film’s cinematographer Quenell Jones.
Drawing thematic inspiration from two of the Museum's current exhibitions, Circa 1970 and The Window and the Breaking of the Window, this nonfiction film series addresses the on- and off-screen legacies of socially engaged cultural movements of the 1970s. Presented in partnership with Maysles Cinema, the selected films highlight the methods and leaders people turn to when everyday injustices move them to protest. Each screening will be followed by a talkback session featuring local community organizers, and serve as a space for intergenerational reflection on contemporary protest practices and the ways history is ever-present.
Admission is a $10 suggested donation. All proceeds from the screening will support the Cinema at Maysles Documentary Center, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the exhibition and production of documentary films that inspire dialogue and action.