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Film Programming Internship

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The Maysles Institute is looking a cinematic programming intern. It’s a great opportunity to build your programming portfolio, work experience and obtain recommendations. Programming work at the Maysles Institute is an approach that takes place on many different levels. It is unique in its efforts to combine the independent approach of downtown independent movie houses, engaging one’s cinematic expertise and creative outlook, while at the same time staying grounded and focused with an eye towards curation that is creatively relevant and meaningful to the Harlem community.

They are constant looking for new ways to engage the audience and often times the work stretches beyond merely showing a film but goes on to incorporate lectures, panel discussions, readings, concerts and art exhibitions which is another factor that distinguishes Maysles Institute from most other independent cinema houses. Though the films selected normally fall within the realm of documentary, everything from verité to neo-realist narrative films are included. Film series at the Maysles Institute have focused on everything from the politics of reconstruction in Haiti, to Tibetan yak herding, to southern hip hop culture and music, to sports documentaries, legendary female documentarians to the legacy of the Black Panthers.

Beyond programming films, cinema interns will also have an opportunity to broaden their outreach skills working with graphic design interns on outreach materials, crafting press releases, press listings, and a weekly newsletter for wider release for the internet and members of the press, while also engaging street outreach through good old-fashioned door to door marketing with flyers, calendars etc. which is essential for a neighborhood institution like Maysles, that strives to connect international audiences, with film buffs, and with people around the corner from our theater. Outreach and programming go hand in hand and deeply inform each other within Maysles Institute where the line between curator, artist, and audience member is constantly blurred and rearranged.

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