The Documentary Forum

CCNY Center for Film, Journalism, and Interactive Media


Double Lens: Harlem DocFest is presented by the Documentary Forum @ CCNY, Maysles Documentary Center, Third  World Newsreel, New York Latino Film Festival, and Harlem Stage. Co-sponsored by Imagenation, the City College Center for the Arts, the Department of Media and Communication Arts and the Black Studies Program at CCNY.   This festival was made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rifkind Center for the Humanities and the Arts at the City College of New York.


Documentary Forum
Shepard Hall rm 291 on the City College Campus.  259 Convent Avenue @ W. 140th Street.
(#1 train to W. 137 St. or A/D trains to W. 145th St.)

The Documentary Forum at CCNY is a new center dedicated to supporting and encouraging the creation, exhibition, and study of documentary film, journalism, and non-fiction visual story-telling through multi-platform media. The Forum aims to build a bridge between the college’s media-making community, the Harlem community in which it resides, and a growing international online audience. The Documentary Forum exists to foster, produce and study media-making that incorporates students, faculty, alumni and the Harlem community into the global documentary conversation.


Maysles Documentary Center
343 Lenox Ave. between W. 127th/128th Streets
(#2,3 train to W. 125 Street.)

Maysles Documentary Center, a not for profit organization, is dedicated to the exhibition and production of documentary films that inspire dialogue and action. Through our cinema and education programs we engage diverse communities in creative self-expression, communicating ideas and advocating needs. 


Harlem Stage
150 Convent Avenue @ W. 135th Street
(#1 train to W. 137 Street.)

Harlem Stage is the performing arts center that bridges Harlem’s cultural legacy to contemporary artists of color and dares to provide the artistic freedom that gives birth to new ideas. With a long-standing tradition of supporting artists and organizations around the corner and across the globe, Harlem Stage boasts such legendary artists as Harry Belafonte, Max Roach, Sekou Sundiata, Abbey Lincoln, Sonia Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri, Maya Angelou and Tito Puente, as well as contemporary artists like Mumu Fresh, Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Tamar kali, Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jason Moran, José James, Nona Hendryx, Bill T. Jones, and more. Our education programs serve over 2,300 New York City school children each year.


2031 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10027
(#2,3 to W. 125th street)

ImageNation Cinema Foundation is a Harlem-based media arts group, founded with the goal of establishing a chain of art-house cinemas dedicated to progressive media by and about people of color. Through a variety of exhibitions and programs, ImageNation edifies its audience. We foster media equity, media literacy, solidarity, cross-cultural exchange and highlight the humanity of Pan-African people worldwide.


New York Latino Film Festival

The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) is the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. Since its founding in 1999, the NYLFF produces culturally relevant and entertaining experiences that build audiences for Latino cinema, support the film community with professional development and foster relationships for Latino talent. Programming includes the flagship film festival in New York City, competition programs and community programs.


Third World Newsreel

Third World Newsreel (TWN) is an alternative media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation and dissemination of independent film and video by and about people of color and social justice issues. It supports innovative work of diverse forms and genres made by artists who are intimately connected to their subjects through common bonds of ethnic/cultural heritage, class position, gender, sexual orientation and political identification. TWN promotes the self-representation of traditionally marginalized groups as well as the negotiated representation of those groups by artists who work in solidarity with them.


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