Indian miniature painting: night scene of a women playing sitar on red boat with elephant figurehead

These special programs offer audiences a forum for dynamic conversations about the festival theme, close looks at unique collaborations, and opportunities to engage with artists and scholars.

To purchase tickets by phone, please call Central Reservations at (212) 769-5200, Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm.

Sneak Peek: NARI

Friday, October 23 | 8 pm | F32 | Buy Tickets

A live mash up of film and music, NARI is the unsung story of the lives of Lakshmi Shankar and her daughter Viji, two extraordinary artists who helped bring Indian music to the West in the 1970s through their close collaborations with Ravi Shankar and George Harrison. Join us for select live performances from the piece as well as a Q&A with artists Gingger Shankar, Dave Liang, and Sun Yunfan.

This program is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

Special Thanks to the Ford Foundation.

Culture Labs: Collaborations with Makers, Scholars, and Communities

Saturday, October 24 | 5:30 pm | Wallach Orientation Center | Free with a 2015 Mead Ticket

This year’s festival participants discuss the ways they have crossed the thresholds of diverse cultural worlds in their media, embracing and revealing many boundaries, borders, and breakthroughs of the human experience. These filmmakers have traveled with asylum seekers living in limbo between nations and  exposed the societal borders drawn by differences in class and gender. They have highlighted the political art and activism of Australia’s Aboriginal inner-city community Redfern, and helped audiences understand  the unique challenges faced by autistic teens. This discussion will also include Mongolian artist Tuguldur Yondonjamts speaking to the global, visual conversation seen in his festival installation, Between Two Giants.

The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Faye Ginsburg, director of the NYU Center for Media, Culture and History, while the virtual reality cinematic documentary Herders will be introduced by the Center's associate director, Dr. Pegi Vail.

Albert Maysles Tribute

Sunday, October 25 | Noon | F31 | Buy Tickets

In honor of the iconic filmmaker Albert Maysles, who participated in the festival numerous times and who died on March 5, 2015, this year’s retrospective screening features three of the many projects he worked on over his long career.

Moth at the Mead Festival Untold Story: Documentary Filmmakers on the One That Got Away | 1999 | 10 mins
Maysles tells five mini-stories, including a behind-the-scenes retelling of the making of Orson Welles in Spain.

Orson Welles in Spain | 1963 | 10 mins
Orson Welles pitches a largely improvised bullfighting movie to wealthy arts patrons, expounding on the arts of both filmmaking and bullfighting.

Primary | Robert Drew | 1960 | 60 mins
This landmark cinéma vérité work—the first feature-length film Albert Maysles worked on—follows John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey during the 1960 Wisconsin primary.

Read more about the Albert Maysles Tribute