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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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PAST EVENTS
Film
Opening Night: The End of the Tour
 

This moving tribute to David Foster Wallace stars Jason Segel in a career-best performance.

Wed, Jun 17, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
Closing Night: Tangerine
 

This neon-lit romp follows a transgender working girl on the hunt for her cheating beau.

Sun, Jun 28, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
Centerpiece: Queen of Earth
 

Elisabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston star in indie wunderkind Alex Ross Perry’s latest.

Jun 22—Jun 28, 2015
North American Premiere
 
 
Film
Jason and Shirley + Mondo Cane
 

An alternate history to avant-garde filmmaker Shirley Clarke’s Portrait of Jason.

Thu, Jun 18, 2015
World Premiere
 
 
Film
Stinking Heaven
 

A sober commune is torn apart by a new arrival in this 90s-era ensemble piece.

Thu, Jun 18, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
Krisha + Porcupine
 

This dizzying portrait of a woman on the verge won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at SXSW.

Fri, Jun 19, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
Best of Enemies + Maryland Public Television…
 

A briskly paced chronicle of William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal’s infamous TV debates.

Sat, Jun 20, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
Breaking a Monster
 

A seventh-grade Brooklyn metal band goes viral, lands a deal, and steps into adulthood.

Sat, Jun 20, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
Nasty Baby
 

Sebastián Silva (Crystal Fairy) directs this comedy starring Kristen Wiig and Tunde Adebimpe.

Sat, Jun 20, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
Uncle Kent 2 + Muck
 

This absurdist romp follows a bizarre quest to make a sequel to Joe Swanberg's Uncle Kent.

Sat, Jun 20, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
Here Come the Videofreex + The School is Watching
 

This new documentary charts radical video collective the Videofreex in the 1960s and 70s.

Sun, Jun 21, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
Advantageous
 

An unemployed mother contemplates altering her identity in this feminist dystopian sci-fi.

Sun, Jun 21, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
Cop Car
 

Kevin Bacon stars as a rotten cop who’ll stop at nothing to get his patrol car back.

Sun, Jun 21, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
A Woman Like Me
 

This meditation on mortality follows the director and an alter ego’s battle with cancer.

Mon, Jun 22, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
Unexpected + Actresses
 

Cobie Smulders stars in Kris Swanberg’s latest, a sensitive depiction of modern motherhood.

Tue, Jun 23, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
The Grief of Others
 

A family grapples with the death of a newborn son in this masterfully controlled drama.

Tue, Jun 23, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
Call Me Lucky
 

Bobcat Goldthwait examines the life of his mentor, comedian-activist Barry Crimmins.

Wed, Jun 24, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
Shorts Program
 

New shorts by Jennifer Reeder, Joe Callander, Owen Kline & Andrew Lampert, and Terence Nance.

Wed, Jun 24, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
Henry Gamble's Birthday Party + Judy Judy Judy
 

A 17-year-old comes to terms with faith and desire in this exquisite character study.

Thu, Jun 25, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
The Russian Woodpecker
 

This harrowing film uncovers the lasting effects and enduring mysteries of the Chernobyl disaster.

Fri, Jun 26, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
The Invitation + Pink Grapefruit
 

Karyn Kusama’s (Girlfight) slow-burn thriller takes place at a sinister dinner party.

Fri, Jun 26, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
Pervert Park
 

Revealing and empathetic, this documentary chronicles a community of sex offenders.

Sat, Jun 27, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
Counting
 

Jem Cohen’s latest captures a range of ephemeral moments with an elegiac tenderness.

Sat, Jun 27, 2015
North American Premiere
 
 
Film
Prophet's Prey
 

An engrossing exposé of the sexual abuse committed by cult leader Warren Jeffs.

Sat, Jun 27, 2015
NY Premiere
 
 
Film
The Decline of Western Civilization
 

This candid documentary is the ultimate record of the LA 80s punk subculture.

Fri, Jun 19, 2015
Newly Restored
 
 
Film
Kids: 20th Anniversary
 

Larry Clark’s vérité portrait of urban adolescence starring Chloë Sevigny and Rosario Dawson. 

Thu, Jun 25, 2015
 
 
Film
Outdoor Screening: Slacker
 

Richard Linklater’s freewheeling comedy is a touchstone of 90s indie filmmaking.

Thu, Jun 25, 2015
 
 
Canceled
 
Film
A Poem Is A Naked Person
 

Les Blank’s intimate portrait of country-rock legend Leon Russell at his creative peak.

Sat, Jun 27, 2015
Newly Restored
 
 
Film
Sneak Preview: Mistress America
 

A special sneak preview of Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig’s latest comedy.

Wed, Jun 24, 2015
Sneak preview
 
 
 
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