Albert Maysles, documentary filmmaker, the father of direct cinema in America has promised to do a 360 toe grab flying monkey triple twist if you come to the JockDoc screenings at Maysles Cinema this week… just kidding. But just because Albert can’t ollie or do a kick flip doesn’t mean he doesn’t love skating.
This Wednesday and Thursday, my good friends up in Harlem at the Maysles Institute will be screening skate films that are all about NYC!! Wednesday night will be showing “Deathbowl to Downtown: The Evolution of Skateboarding New York City” in honor of Andy Kessler. Followed by a screening on Thursday night of “Legends Never Die,” in honor of Harold Hunter, “15 Years of NYC Skateboard,” by R.B. Umali, “In the Streets,” by Steve Marino, and “55 Nights on Your Couch,” by 5boro.
Don’t forget to show up early on Thursday.. 6pm should be good, to skate at Lenox Ledges (110th and Lenox) before scooting your way up to the theater. Screenings start at 8pm, with a reception afterwards.
And if that wasn’t enough, the kind people at Commonwealth Stacks Skateboards (Thank you Michael Leon and Mark Schlosser!!) have donated boards for you to win!! Laura Coxson at the Maysles Institute was kind enough to send over some pics of Albert Maysles holding up the some of the decks that will be raffled off.
If you can’t skate or like me, have a bad hip and can only go 1 mile and hour, it doesn’t matter. It’s all about having a good time, supporting the arts, supporting skating and having a fun, fun time. See you there!