Past Event: I Remember Harlem

When: Sunday, April 23, 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Price: $12 and up | $10 for Museum members
William Miles and James Baldwin during production of "I Remember Harlem"

Please note that this program is now sold out.  There will be a wait list starting at 12:30 pm on the day of the program. Any additional seats will be released at 1:05 pm in the order the names were received. You must be physically present when your name is called or your place will be forfeited. We do not guarantee that any seats will become available.

Though arguably no other New York City neighborhood has generated as many conflicting representations as Harlem, one singular documentary stands out: I Remember Harlem (240 minutes,1981, 16mm film), directed and produced by legendary filmmaker William Miles. Miles’ epic lovingly renders the diverse, 350-year history of Harlem as both a living, breathing neighborhood and as the cultural hub of African-American life. The 240-minute film will be screened in two parts from 1 pm to 3 pm and from 3:20 pm to 5:20 pm, with a 20 minute intermission starting at 3pm. 

Richard Adams, Director of Photography, I Remember Harlem
Juanita R. Howard, Associate Producer, I Remember Harlem
Michael Henry Adams, Harlem historian
John Reddick, The New York Preservation Archive Project

Event Timeline:
1:00 pm
- Opening remarks by John Reddick from the New York Preservation Archive Project. 
1:05 - 3:05 pm - The first two hours of the film will be shown. 
3:05 - 3:20 pm - Intermission, complimentary beer from Sixpoint Brewery and Twizzlers will be served.
3:20 pm - Remarks by Harlem historian Michael Henry Adams. 
3:25 - 5:25 pm - The second two hours of the film will be shown. 
5:25 - 5:45 pm - Jessica Green from the Maysles Documentary Center moderates a conversation with Richard Adams, the film's director of photography, and producer Juanita Howard. 
6:00 pm - The Museum closes. 

Includes Museum admission and beer provided by Sixpoint Brewery.

Smile, It’s Your Close Up, our nonfiction film series co-programmed with Jessica Green and Edo Choi of the Maysles Documentary Center, zooms in on key moments, individuals, and communities to pose the question: “What makes New York New York?” Each program includes an introduction or conversation with filmmakers or other notable guests.  

$15 for adults, $12 for seniors, students & educators (with ID), $10 for Museum and Maysles Documentary Center members.

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Groups of 10 or more get discounts and priority seating, email or call us at or 917-492-3395.


Presented in collaboration with the Maysles Documentary Center.

Beer provided by Sixpoint Brewery.

"I Remember Harlem" is a part of the People Preserving Place: A Film Festival by the New York Preservation Archive Project and is co-sponsored by  the Columbia University Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Educating Harlem, the Harlem Historical Society, and the National Black Programming Consortium.

The Smile It's Your Close Up series is co-sponsored by CUNY Graduate Center Film Studies Program, Hunter College Film and Media Studies Department, Manhattan College Department of Visual & Performing Arts, On the Set of New York, and The Documentary Forum @ City College of New York

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