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Check Out These Five Uptown Film Festivals Happening Over the Next Month

Updated: Jun 7

These Four Uptown Film Festivals Kick Off Soon, Ranging from East Harlem to Inwood
The Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem.

It's film festival season again in Upper Manhattan, with a wide variety of screenings celebrating indie talents from the neighborhood and beyond.

Do you have your tickets yet?

May 8-May 30

Maysles Documentary Center, 343 Malcolm X Boulevard between W 127th and W 128th Sts

Featuring more than 50 unique films telling stories from across Africa and the diaspora.

May 16-26

• The Forum at Columbia University, 605 W 125th St and Broadway

• Maysles Documentary Center, 343 Malcolm X Boulevard between W 127th and W 128th Sts

This film fest kicks off with a string of free screenings at Columbia's Forum, including a feature-length doc about a trio of inspirational women who climb Mount Kilimanjaro and a shorter one about jazz trumpeter Eddie Henderson. The event moves to the Maysles the following week for ticketed screenings of short and feature-length movies, including "My Motherland" from France, about a widow who takes in a young, homeless migrant from Afghanistan.

May 23-26

Columbia University's Campbell Sports Center, 505 W 218th St and Broadway

Now in its sixth year, this uptown film festival has 30 movies lined up over three days, including short, long-short and feature-length productions by up-and-coming filmmakers from Inwood and beyond.

May 30-June 1

AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9, 2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 124th St

There's quite the lineup of indie films, shorts, and documentaries here, including the world premiere of "The Black Spades," a documentary about one of the largest and most feared gangs in the Bronx.

June 10-16

• The Kota Alliance, 43 St Nicholas Pl between W 152nd and W 153rd Sts

Manhattan Neighborhood Network El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center, 175 E 104th St between Third and Lexington Aves

Producers Club Theaters, 358 W 44th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves

A weeklong deep dive into the work of up-and-coming Latino filmmakers, including features and shorts, plus panels and workshops.

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