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The Maysles Cinema will bring the sweet sounds and sights of summer to parks around Harlem through funky, live outdoor music and films.

Since 2008, The Maysles Cinema in Harlem has been a beacon of documentary and independent film in upper Manhattan. Founded by documentary film pioneer Albert Maysles and directed by Jessica Green, the only film house north of 96th street, the mission of the cinema has always been to exhibit new, unique and classic documentary films. All while enhancing the exhibition with discussion, performance and other forms of community engagement. 

For the past two summers,  in the spirit of community, the cinema has brought thematic, free, live music and dj sets, followed by music documentaries and concert films, to the public. Held in various scenic parks around Harlem, the festival has played a role in the neighborhood's long-standing tradition of engagement, and has provided community-fostering entertainment to thousands of New Yorkers.

Join the Maysles Cinema as we produce the "Summer of Music" this summer. We need your support to find the best music and film yet, and bring it to the people of New York. We will partner with local parks to find the ideal locations to listen to music, dance, and watch films - all brought to the public for free! We will bring together incredible musicians and DJs to provide the soundtrack for five nights of music on the screen. 

Our five night program will be spread across the summer, and will cost a total of $10,000. We are reaching out to all of our friends on Kickstarter to help us raise half of that - $5,000. Join us as we bring talented musicians and filmmakers together for this special summer series. 

We hope that you'll be able to support us now at any level you can, and please help us this summer by joining in the fun of the 3rd annual "Summer of Music!"

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    Give $5 and we will put your name on a banner at every outdoor "Summer of Music" event. We give you a shout out and dedicate one song at each event to our donors - come to the events and see which song has your name on it! Come to all 5 festival shows and get a one year membership to the cinema (which admits you to all the Maysles Cinema screenings for free).

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    Give $25 and we will give you a one year cinema membership card (a $50 value) and include your name on the festival banner. Also if you bring a friend with you to all 5 festival shows they will get a free membership card too!

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    SPECIAL REWARD: Get a "Doin' It in The Park" poster signed by Bobbito García (there are a limited number, so get your poster today). As an added bonus, you get a membership to the Maysles Cinema!

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    For $50 you can attend a special screening with Albert Maysles (we will have 3 dates so that you can choose one that works for you). We will show one of Albert's films and he will discuss it afterward.

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    Give $100 and Albert Maysles will call you - ask him about his 60 years of experience as a legendary documentary filmmaker or about his latest project or your latest project. You will also get all of the rewards above.

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    Your $500 pledge lets you make the cinema yours for an evening (4 hours) - invite up to 25 of your friends and show your favorite film. Plug in music downstairs and have a dance party. You will also receive all of the above rewards.

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    Your $1,000 pledge will not only pay for one Adult (Documentary Filmmaking) Class tuition fee at the institute, but you will get a special 30 minute meeting with Albert Maysles to discuss your vision and film career. You will also receive all of the rewards above.

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    Your $5,000 pledge entitles you to a complementary and delicious lunch with Albert Maysles at Red Rooster during which you can leisurely ask him about meeting (and filming) some of the most fascinating people of the 20th and 21st century - or whatever you like. Chef and owner Marcus Samuelsson will stop by your table and personally thank you for your pledge. You will also get everything above.

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