Programs

BAMcinématek

 
 

BAMcinématek presents classic films, premieres, festivals, and retrospectives, with appearances by filmmakers, actors, and critics.

 
 
 
 
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"The four screening rooms nestled into a stately palace on Lafayette Avenue provide a year-round menu of new independent releases and smartly programmed series." —A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Read more about the history of BAMcinématek.


 
Upcoming Programs
Film Series
Overdue: James B. Harris
Apr 1—Apr 6, 2015
 
Overdue: James B. Harris
Apr 1—Apr 6, 2015
 

BAMcinématek spotlights the work of unsung multi-hyphenate film veteran James B. Harris—best known for his collaborations with Stanley Kubrick—who has turned out a small but hugely impressive body of work.

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Film series
Space Is the Place: Afrofuturism on Film
Apr 3—Apr 15, 2015
 
Space Is the Place: Afrofuturism on Film
Apr 3—Apr 15, 2015
 

Join us on a kaleidoscopic journey of science-fiction, genre-bending global cinema, unorthodox documentary, and innovative music videos.

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The Caribbean Film Series: God Loves the Fighter
Tue, Apr 7, 2015
 
The Caribbean Film Series: God Loves the Fighter
Tue, Apr 7, 2015
 

Damian Marcano’s debut feature explores the gritty underworld of Trinidad’s capital, Port-of-Spain, dispelling the prevailing perception of the city as a Carnival-centric paradise.

+ Q&A with Damian Marcano
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Return to Homs
Wed, Apr 8, 2015
 
Return to Homs
Wed, Apr 8, 2015
 

This extraordinary film dives into the Syrian resistance with a frenzied immediacy, intimately capturing two friend’s haunting battle cry for justice.

+ Q&A with Talal Derki
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Film Series
The Vertigo Effect
Apr 16—Apr 30, 2015
 
The Vertigo Effect
Apr 16—Apr 30, 2015
 

BAMcinématek presents a series of rich, fascinating works in which Alfred Hitchcock’s towering 1958 masterpiece Vertigo looms large.

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Film Series
Interesting Women, Interesting Lives
 
Interesting Women, Interesting Lives
 

This year-long partnership between BAM and kate spade new york celebrates iconic women of all eras and ages leading interesting lives through monthly film screenings and live panel discussions.

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Film Series
Mad Men at the Movies
Apr 22—Apr 23, 2015
 
Mad Men at the Movies
Apr 22—Apr 23, 2015
 

BAMcinématek bids farewell to Don Draper and company with a trio of boozy, retro-cool movies that inspired Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner.

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The Chicago Party
Fri, Apr 24, 2015
 
The Chicago Party
Fri, Apr 24, 2015
 

BAMcinématek, Berg’n, and Numero Group present a priceless time capsule of post-disco nightlife in 1980s Chicago.

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Free
Film Series
3D in the 21st Century
May 1—May 17, 2015
 
3D in the 21st Century
May 1—May 17, 2015
 

From big-budget blockbusters to high-concept mind-benders by arthouse icons, this first-of-its-kind series surveys recent films that deploy 3D in retina-dazzling new ways.

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Brooke Gladstone presents Galaxy Quest
Tue, May 5, 2015
 
Brooke Gladstone presents Galaxy Quest
Tue, May 5, 2015
 

A trio of washed-up TV space-opera actors get whisked away on a real life galactic adventure. The one-liners come nonstop in this irresistibly goofball satire of Star Trek and its nerd fan culture.

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David Garland presents Naked Lunch
Wed, May 6, 2015
 
David Garland presents Naked Lunch
Wed, May 6, 2015
 

David Cronenberg brings William S. Burroughs’ bizarro Beat novel—about an exterminator who gets hooked on insecticide and winds up in the frighteningly surreal Interzone—to the screen, weirdness fully intact.

+ David Garland and Howard Shore in person
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John Schaefer presents The Man Who Fell to Earth
Thu, May 7, 2015
 
John Schaefer presents The Man Who Fell to Earth
Thu, May 7, 2015
 

David Bowie is a human-like alien who crash lands on Earth to retrieve water for his planet, but instead discovers the sick soul of American society in Nicolas Roeg’s science-fiction mind-bender.

+ John Schaefer and Simon Critchley in person
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Arun Venugopal presents I Vitelloni
Fri, May 8, 2015
 
Arun Venugopal presents I Vitelloni
Fri, May 8, 2015
 

One of Fellini’s earliest triumphs, this bittersweet buddy film follows five aimless young men dreaming, scheming, and chasing girls in a small seaside village.

+ Arun Venugopal in person
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Brian Lehrer presents The Last Waltz
Sat, May 9, 2015
 
Brian Lehrer presents The Last Waltz
Sat, May 9, 2015
 

Rock legends the Band say goodbye with a farewell performance for the ages, featuring Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Ringo Starr, and more. Scorsese’s elegy for the classic rock era is the ultimate concert film.

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PAST EVENTS
Film Series
Black & White ’Scope: American Cinema
 

This series spotlights some of the most stunningly photographed films of all time.

Feb 27—Mar 19, 2015
 
 
Film Series
Fog City Maverick: The Films of John Korty
 

Oscar-winning director John Korty’s refreshingly offbeat films are ripe for rediscovery.

Feb 24—Feb 26, 2015
 
 
Film
Seymour: An Introduction
 

Ethan Hawke’s first documentary is a meditative celebration of music and discipline.

Tue, Mar 3, 2015
Sneak preview
 
 
Film
The Animal Trilogy: Buzzard, Ape, Coyote
 

A sneak preview of Joel Potrykus’ acclaimed new film, followed by two previous works.

Wed, Mar 4, 2015
3 films for the price of 1
 
 
Film Series
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
 

This French film showcase features Q&As with Cédric Kahn, Christophe Honoré, and more.

Mar 7—Mar 12, 2015
 
 
Film Series
Cuba: Golden 60s
 

These masterworks of 1960s Cuban cinema are revolutionary in every sense of the word.

Mar 20—Mar 31, 2015
 
 
Film Series
New Voices in Black Cinema
 

New Voices in Black Cinema returns for its fifth year.

Mar 26—Mar 29, 2015
 
 
Film
Canners
 

Manfed Kirchheimer returns to BAMcinématek with a poetic documentary portrait.

Tue, Mar 24, 2015
Curator's Choice
 
 
Film
Stations of the Elevated + Claw
 

The first ever filmed document of graffiti screens with a poetic look at urban renewal.

Tue, Mar 24, 2015
 
 
Film Series
John Carpenter: Master of Fear
 

BAM pays tribute to the renegade auteur with a film retrospective.

Feb 5—Feb 22, 2015
 
 
Film
Valentine's Day: The Philadelphia Story
 

Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart star in George Cukor’s razor-sharp comedy.

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
 
 
Film
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
 

Spike Lee’s latest plays for one night only in this exclusive Brooklyn screening.

Thu, Feb 19, 2015
Brooklyn Exclusive