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“The city’s best independent film showcase”
—The New Yorker
Best Film Festival in New York
—The Village Voice
“Brooklyn’s most vital showcase for essential new indie cinema. This year’s lineup might be their best yet.”
—Time Out New York
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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This moving tribute to David Foster Wallace stars Jason Segel in a career-best performance.
This neon-lit romp follows a transgender working girl on the hunt for her cheating beau.
Elisabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston star in indie wunderkind Alex Ross Perry’s latest.
An alternate history to avant-garde filmmaker Shirley Clarke’s Portrait of Jason.
A sober commune is torn apart by a new arrival in this 90s-era ensemble piece.
This dizzying portrait of a woman on the verge won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at SXSW.
A briskly paced chronicle of William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal’s infamous TV debates.
A seventh-grade Brooklyn metal band goes viral, lands a deal, and steps into adulthood.
Sebastián Silva (Crystal Fairy) directs this comedy starring Kristen Wiig and Tunde Adebimpe.
This absurdist romp follows a bizarre quest to make a sequel to Joe Swanberg's Uncle Kent.
This new documentary charts radical video collective the Videofreex in the 1960s and 70s.
An unemployed mother contemplates altering her identity in this feminist dystopian sci-fi.
Kevin Bacon stars as a rotten cop who’ll stop at nothing to get his patrol car back.
This meditation on mortality follows the director and an alter ego’s battle with cancer.
Cobie Smulders stars in Kris Swanberg’s latest, a sensitive depiction of modern motherhood.
A family grapples with the death of a newborn son in this masterfully controlled drama.
Bobcat Goldthwait examines the life of his mentor, comedian-activist Barry Crimmins.
New shorts by Jennifer Reeder, Joe Callander, Owen Kline & Andrew Lampert, and Terence Nance.
A 17-year-old comes to terms with faith and desire in this exquisite character study.
This harrowing film uncovers the lasting effects and enduring mysteries of the Chernobyl disaster.
Karyn Kusama’s (Girlfight) slow-burn thriller takes place at a sinister dinner party.
Revealing and empathetic, this documentary chronicles a community of sex offenders.
Jem Cohen’s latest captures a range of ephemeral moments with an elegiac tenderness.
An engrossing exposé of the sexual abuse committed by cult leader Warren Jeffs.
This candid documentary is the ultimate record of the LA 80s punk subculture.
Larry Clark’s vérité portrait of urban adolescence starring Chloë Sevigny and Rosario Dawson.
Richard Linklater’s freewheeling comedy is a touchstone of 90s indie filmmaking.
Les Blank’s intimate portrait of country-rock legend Leon Russell at his creative peak.
A special sneak preview of Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig’s latest comedy.