“The city’s best independent film showcase”
—The New Yorker

Best Film Festival in New York
—The Village Voice

Now in its seventh annual edition, BAMcinemaFest presents the New York premieres of 35 of this year’s most daring and innovative independent films.

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Opening Night: The End of the Tour
Wed, Jun 17, 2015
 
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NY Premiere
 
Opening Night: The End of the Tour
Wed, Jun 17, 2015

Upon the release of his landmark novel Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) goes on the road with Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky for a revealing five-day interview.

Followed by BAMcinemaFest Opening Night party at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. For Screening + Party ticket holders only.

+ Intro with James Ponsoldt, Jason Segel & others

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Closing Night: Tangerine
Sun, Jun 28, 2015
 
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NY Premiere
 
Closing Night: Tangerine
Sun, Jun 28, 2015

Expertly shot on an iPhone 5s, this neon-lit romp from writer/director/editor Sean Baker (Starlet) follows a transgender working girl on the hunt for her cheating beau.

+ Q&A with Sean Baker, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor & James Ransone

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Centerpiece: Queen of Earth
Mon, Jun 22, 2015
 
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North American Premiere
 
Centerpiece: Queen of Earth
Mon, Jun 22, 2015

Elisabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston star as best friends in indie wunderkind Alex Ross Perry’s acerbic dissection of isolation and entitlement, steeped in homage to 70s auteurs.

+ Q&A with Alex Ross Perry & Elisabeth Moss

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Jason and Shirley + Mondo Cane
Thu, Jun 18, 2015
 
Jason and Shirley + Mondo Cane
Thu, Jun 18, 2015
World Premiere
 

Jason and Shirley imagines an alternate history to legendary avant-garde filmmaker Shirley Clarke’s Portrait of Jason, tracing the dizzying power struggle between the director and her subject. Screening with Michael Almereyda's short film Mondo Cane.

+ Q&A with Stephen Winter, Jack Waters, cast, and crew
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Stinking Heaven
Thu, Jun 18, 2015
 
Stinking Heaven
Thu, Jun 18, 2015
NY Premiere
 

A safe house for recovering addicts is torn apart by a mysterious new arrival in this raw and restless ensemble piece, set in the early 90s.

+ Q&A with Nathan Silver, cast, and crew
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Krisha + Porcupine
Fri, Jun 19, 2015
 
Krisha + Porcupine
Fri, Jun 19, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Trey Edward Shults' deeply personal debut feature—about a woman and her Texas family on the verge—won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at SXSW. Screening with Sam Fleischner and Iva Gocheva's short film Porcupine.

+ Q&A with Trey Edward Shults
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Best of Enemies + Maryland Public Television Interviews...
Sat, Jun 20, 2015
 
Best of Enemies + Maryland Public Television Interviews...
Sat, Jun 20, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Best of Enemies traces the birth of polarized political punditry to William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal’s infamous 1968 TV debates. Screening with Pacho Velez's short film Maryland Public Television Interviews the Reagans.

+ Q&A with Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon
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Breaking a Monster
Sat, Jun 20, 2015
 
Breaking a Monster
Sat, Jun 20, 2015
NY Premiere
 

In this funny documentary portrait, a trio of 7th graders go from recess to rock star when their Brooklyn speed-metal band lands a manager and a record deal.

+ Q&A with Luke Meyer
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Nasty Baby
Sat, Jun 20, 2015
 
Nasty Baby
Sat, Jun 20, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Sebastián Silva (Crystal Fairy) stars in and directs this offbeat comedy about a Brooklyn artist trying to start a family with his best friend (Kristen Wiig) and his boyfriend (TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe).

+ Q&A with Sebastián Silva
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Uncle Kent 2 + Muck
Sat, Jun 20, 2015
 
Uncle Kent 2 + Muck
Sat, Jun 20, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Todd Rohal’s ultra-meta absurdist romp follows storyboard artist Kent Osborne to Comic-Con on his bizarre quest to make a sequel to Joe Swanberg’s Uncle KentScreening with Bruce Smolanoff's short film Muck.

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Here Come the Videofreex + The School is Watching
Sun, Jun 21, 2015
 
Here Come the Videofreex + The School is Watching
Sun, Jun 21, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Here Come the Videofreex charts the radical video collective, tapping into a treasure trove of recently restored tapes, including interviews with Fred Hampton and Abbie Hoffman. Screening with Dan Schoenbrun's short film The School is Watching.

+ Q&A with Jon Nealon, Jenny Raskin, and members of the Videofreex
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Advantageous
Sun, Jun 21, 2015
 
Advantageous
Sun, Jun 21, 2015
NY Premiere
 

An unemployed mother contemplates altering her identity in this feminist take on dystopian sci-fi, which won a Special Jury Award at Sundance.

+ Q&A with Jennifer Phang & Jacqueline Kim
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Cop Car
Sun, Jun 21, 2015
 
Cop Car
Sun, Jun 21, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Jon Watts’ masterful second feature stars Kevin Bacon as a rotten cop who’ll stop at nothing to get his patrol car back from a pair of joyriding kids.

+ Q&A with Jon Watts & Kevin Bacon
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A Woman Like Me
Mon, Jun 22, 2015
 
A Woman Like Me
Mon, Jun 22, 2015
NY Premiere
 

This doc-narrative hybrid, which won SXSW’s Special Jury Prize for Directing, follows the co-director and a fictional alter ego’s experiences with cancer.

+ Q&A with Elizabeth Giamatti
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Unexpected + Actresses
Tue, Jun 23, 2015
 
Unexpected + Actresses
Tue, Jun 23, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Cobie Smulders stars in Unexpected, Kris Swanberg's sensitive depiction of modern motherhood tackling privilege, age, and wisdom with honesty and bite. Screening with Jeremy Hersh's short film Actresses.

+ Q&A with Kris Swanberg, Cobie Smulders, Gail Bean & Anders Holm
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The Grief of Others
Tue, Jun 23, 2015
 
The Grief of Others
Tue, Jun 23, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Writer-director Patrick Wang (In the Family) explores unspoken heartbreak in this ensemble drama about a family reeling from the death of a newborn son.

+ Q&A with Patrick Wang
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Call Me Lucky
Wed, Jun 24, 2015
 
Call Me Lucky
Wed, Jun 24, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Bobcat Goldthwait grapples with the life and career of his mentor, the long-unsung comedian-activist Barry Crimmins.

+ Q&A with Bobcat Goldthwait & Barry Crimmins
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Shorts Program
Wed, Jun 24, 2015
 
Shorts Program
Wed, Jun 24, 2015
NY Premiere
 

This program features new short films by Jennifer Reeder, Joe Callander, Owen Kline & Andrew Lampert, and Terence Nance.

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Henry Gamble's Birthday Party + Judy Judy Judy
Thu, Jun 25, 2015
 
Henry Gamble's Birthday Party + Judy Judy Judy
Thu, Jun 25, 2015
NY Premiere
 

This minutely observed character study follows the 17-year-old son of an evangelical preacher as he comes to terms with the gap between spiritual faith and carnal desire. Screening with C. Mason Wells' short film Judy Judy Judy.

+ Q&A with Stephen Cone, cast, and crew
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The Russian Woodpecker
Fri, Jun 26, 2015
 
The Russian Woodpecker
Fri, Jun 26, 2015
NY Premiere
 

This harrowing film, which won the Sundance Documentary Jury Prize for World Cinema, uncovers the lasting effects and enduring mysteries of the Chernobyl disaster.

+ Q&A with Chad Gracia
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The Invitation + Pink Grapefruit
Fri, Jun 26, 2015
 
The Invitation + Pink Grapefruit
Fri, Jun 26, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Karyn Kusama’s (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body) slow-burn thriller The Invitation finds a guest convinced that his invitation to a dinner party was extended with sinister intentions. Screening with Michael Mohan's short film Pink Grapefruit.

+ Q&A with Karyn Kusama, Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi
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Pervert Park
Sat, Jun 27, 2015
 
Pervert Park
Sat, Jun 27, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Revealing and empathetic, this documentary offers an unprecedented glimpse into the lives of a group of registered sex offenders living in an isolated community in Florida.

+ Q&A with Frida Barkfors & Lasse Barkfors
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Counting
Sat, Jun 27, 2015
 
Counting
Sat, Jun 27, 2015
North American Premiere
 

Veteran New York filmmaker Jem Cohen’s (Museum Hours, BAMcinemaFest 2013) latest work weaves 15 chapters into a tapestry that captures a range of ephemeral moments with an elegiac tenderness.

+ Q&A with Jem Cohen
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Prophet's Prey
Sat, Jun 27, 2015
 
Prophet's Prey
Sat, Jun 27, 2015
NY Premiere
 

Oscar nominee Amy Berg’s (Deliver Us From Evil) scorching documentary captures Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints leader Warren Jeffs’ journey from rising religious fanatic to convicted sex felon.

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The Decline of Western Civilization
Fri, Jun 19, 2015
 
The Decline of Western Civilization
Fri, Jun 19, 2015
Newly Restored
 

The ultimate record of the LA 80s punk scene, this raw, candid documentary captures interviews with and performances by legendary bands like Black Flag, X, Circle Jerks, Germs, Fear, and more.

+ Q&A with Penelope Spheeris
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Kids: 20th Anniversary
Thu, Jun 25, 2015
 
Kids: 20th Anniversary
Thu, Jun 25, 2015
 

Larry Clark’s startlingly raw, vérité portrait of urban adolescence follows a group of teens in downtown Manhattan and features breakout performances by Chloë Sevigny and Rosario Dawson. Standby ticketing only.

+ Q&A with Larry Clark, Harmony Korine, Chloë Sevigny, Leo Fitzpatrick & Rosario Dawson
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Outdoor Screening: Slacker
Thu, Jun 25, 2015
 
Outdoor Screening: Slacker
Thu, Jun 25, 2015
 

A touchstone of 90s indie filmmaking, Richard Linklater’s freewheeling comedy strings together a dizzying array of vignettes involving conspiracy theorists, anarchists, and all manner of Austin, TX oddballs.

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A Poem Is A Naked Person
Sat, Jun 27, 2015
 
A Poem Is A Naked Person
Sat, Jun 27, 2015
Newly Restored
 

Les Blank’s unreleased portrait of country-rock legend Leon Russell interweaves mesmerizing performance footage with intimate observations of rural American culture.

+ Harrod Blank in person
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