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


"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

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Upcoming Programs
Film Series
Indie 80s
Jul 17—Aug 27, 2015
Indie 80s
Jul 17—Aug 27, 2015

BAMcinématek and Cinema Conservancy present this six week, 50+ film series spotlighting the independent films of the neglected decade between the golden age of 70s New Hollywood and the indie boom of the 90s.

Film Series
Animation Block Party
Jul 31—Aug 2, 2015
Animation Block Party
Jul 31—Aug 2, 2015

The East Coast's premier animation festival returns for its 12th annual edition. 

Film Series
John Carpenter: Master of Fear

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

Feb 5—Feb 22, 2015
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
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
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
Seymour: An Introduction

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

Tue, Mar 3, 2015
Sneak preview
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

Manfed Kirchheimer returns to BAMcinématek with a poetic documentary portrait.

Tue, Mar 24, 2015
Curator's Choice
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
Overdue: James B. Harris

BAMcinématek spotlights this unsung multi-hyphenate film veteran and Kubrick collaborator.

Apr 1—Apr 6, 2015
Film series
Space Is the Place: Afrofuturism on Film

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

Apr 3—Apr 15, 2015
Caribbean Film Series: God Loves the Fighter

An exploration of the gritty underworld of Trinidad’s capital, Port-of-Spain.

Tue, Apr 7, 2015
Return to Homs

This extraordinary film dives into the Syrian resistance with a frenzied immediacy.

Wed, Apr 8, 2015
Film Series
The Vertigo Effect

BAMcinématek presents a series of rich, fascinating works influenced by Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

Apr 16—Apr 30, 2015
Film Series
Mad Men at the Movies

Bid farewell to Don Draper and company with this trio of movies that inspired Mad Men.

Apr 22—Apr 23, 2015
The Chicago Party

A priceless time capsule of post-disco nightlife in 1980s Chicago.

Fri, Apr 24, 2015
5 Flights Up

Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman star in this charming Brooklyn-set romantic comedy.

Thu, Apr 30, 2015
New York Premiere
Film Series
3D in the 21st Century

This first-of-its-kind series surveys recent films that deploy 3D in wondrous new ways.

May 1—May 17, 2015
Brooke Gladstone presents Galaxy Quest

A trio of TV space-opera actors get whisked away on a real life galactic adventure.

Tue, May 5, 2015
David Garland presents Naked Lunch

David Cronenberg brings William S. Burroughs’ bizarro Beat novel to the screen.

Wed, May 6, 2015
John Schaefer presents The Man Who Fell to Earth

David Bowie is an alien who discovers the sick soul of America in this sci-fi mind-bender.

Thu, May 7, 2015
Arun Venugopal presents I Vitelloni

Fellini’s bittersweet buddy film follows five aimless men living in a seaside village.

Fri, May 8, 2015
Brian Lehrer presents The Last Waltz

Scorsese’s star-studded elegy for the classic rock era is the ultimate concert film.

Sat, May 9, 2015
Artists, Amateurs, Alternative Spaces

This series showcases the creativity and spirit of filmmaking in postwar Eastern Europe.

May 19—May 28, 2015
Film Series

This cinematic companion to BAM’s DanceAfrica celebrates the best in African film.

May 22—May 25, 2015
Film Series
Black & White ’Scope: International Cinema

This showcase of international black and white CinemaScope films follows up March’s Black & White ’Scope: American Cinema

May 29—Jun 16, 2015
Film Series
FAB Flicks

BAMcinématek and FAB Alliance present three free outdoor screenings of concert classics.

Jun 2—Jun 30, 2015
BAMcinemaFest 2015

“The city’s best independent film showcase” (The New Yorker) returns for its seventh year.

Jun 17—Jun 28, 2015
Film Series
Karen Selects

BAMcinématek gives Hopkins carte blanche to present some of her favorite films.

Jun 19—Jul 1, 2015
Film Series
Interesting Women, Interesting Lives

BAMcinématek and kate spade new york celebrate iconic women of all eras and ages on film.

Mon, Apr 20, 2015