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BAMcinématek 2015

 
 

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

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PAST EVENTS
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
 
 
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
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
 
 
Film
Caribbean Film Series: God Loves the Fighter
 

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

Tue, Apr 7, 2015
 
 
Film
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
 
 
Film
The Chicago Party
 

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

Fri, Apr 24, 2015
 
 
Free
Film
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
 
 
Film
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
 
 
Film
David Garland presents Naked Lunch
 

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

Wed, May 6, 2015
 
 
Film
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
 
 
Film
Arun Venugopal presents I Vitelloni
 

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

Fri, May 8, 2015
 
 
Film
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
 
 
FILM SERIES
Artists, Amateurs, Alternative Spaces
 

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

May 19—May 28, 2015
 
 
Film Series
FilmAfrica
 

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
 
 
Programs
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
Indie 80s
 

A six week, 60+ film series spotlighting independent filmmakers of the 1980s.

Jul 17—Aug 27, 2015
 
 
Film Series
Animation Block Party
 

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

Jul 31—Aug 2, 2015
 
 
Film
Found Footage Festival's Salute to Weirdos
 

A showcase of video treasures from thrift stores and garage sales throughout America.

Thu, Aug 20, 2015
 
 
Film Series
Period Rohmer: The Marquise of O... and Other Films
 

BAMcinématek screens Rohmer’s five period films.

Aug 28—Sep 3, 2015
 
 
Film
Sneak Preview: Sleeping With Other People
 

A special sneak preview of a new comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie.

Tue, Sep 1, 2015
Sneak preview
 
 
Film Series
Set It Off: LA Hip-Hop on Film
 

Ice Cube, Tupac, and more star in these classics of LA hip-hop on screen.

Sep 4—Sep 8, 2015
 
 
Film
Time Out of Mind
 

Richard Gere stars in this heartbreaking drama about homelessness in New York City.

Tue, Sep 8, 2015
Sneak preview
 
 
Film
The Apu Trilogy
 

Satyajit Ray’s three-part coming-of-age saga screens in dazzling new 4K restorations.

Sep 9—Sep 12, 2015
 
 
Theater | Film Series
Ingrid Bergman at BAM
 

On the centennial of her birth, BAMcinématek pays tribute to the radiant Ingrid Bergman.

Sep 12—Sep 29, 2015
 
 
Film Series
Overdue
 

Critics Nick Pinkerton and Nicolas Rapold introduce this series of unsung cinematic gems.

Sep 16—Sep 17, 2015
 
 
Film
The Caribbean Film Series: Better Mus' Come
 

Dangerous love blooms in this “gorgeous” (The Village Voice) snapshot of 1970s Kingston.

Wed, Sep 30, 2015
 
 
Film
Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives
 

This doc gets the inside story on the most influential hip-hop radio show of the ‘90s.

Oct 1—Oct 8, 2015
US Theatrical Premiere
 
 
Film Series
Interesting Women, Interesting Lives
 

BAMcinématek and kate spade new york celebrate interesting women of all eras and ages.

Oct 2—Oct 6, 2015
 
 
Film
Taxi
 

Acclaimed Iranian auteur Jafar Panahi’s third feature after being banned from filmmaking.

Tue, Sep 29, 2015
Sneak preview
 
 
Film Series
Diaries, Notes, and Sketches: Cinematic Autobiography
 

A showcase of film masters who turned the camera on themselves.

Oct 7—Oct 14, 2015
 
 
Film
The American Dreamer
 

A mesmerizing portrait of New Hollywood enfant terrible Dennis Hopper.

Sun, Oct 11, 2015
Newly restored
 
 
Film Series
The Waking Dreams of Wojciech Has
 

BAMcinématek presents a comprehensive retrospective of Polish auteur Wojciech Has.

Oct 15—Oct 27, 2015
 
 
Film
Brooklyn
 

A deeply felt adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s acclaimed novel, scripted by Nick Hornby.

Tue, Oct 27, 2015
Sneak preview
 
 
Film Series
Behind the Mask: Bamboozled in Focus
 

Spike Lee’s controversial satire screens with related works. Q&A with Spike Lee on Oct 28.

Oct 28—Nov 3, 2015
 
 
Film
The Unknown
 

Tod Browning (Freaks) reached new heights of perversity with this psychosexual chiller.

Sat, Oct 31, 2015
Halloween screening
 
 
Film
OUT 1: Noli me Tangere
 

Jacques Rivette’s masterpiece is the “cinephile’s holy grail” (The New York Times).

Nov 4—Nov 19, 2015
World Theatrical Premiere
 
 
Film
Entertainment
 

This disquietingly funny festival hit stars Gregg Turkington as a broken, aging comedian.

Tue, Nov 10, 2015
Sneak Preview
 
 
Film Series
Turkeys for Thanksgiving
 

BAMcinématek presents a series of infamous box office bombs that are ripe for reappraisal.

Nov 20—Nov 29, 2015
 
 
Film Series
Chung Mong-hong
 

This Taiwanese auteur is one of the boldest voices in contemporary Asian cinema.

Nov 30—Dec 2, 2015
 
 
Film
45 Years
 

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay star in a new drama from the director of Weekend.

Wed, Dec 2, 2015
Sneak preview
 
 
Film
The Caribbean Film Series: Cristo Rey
 

This powerful drama chronicles the clash between Haitians and Dominicans in Santo Domingo.

Thu, Dec 3, 2015
 
 
Film
A Married Woman
 

This modernist melodrama is an overlooked masterwork from Godard’s 60s period.

Dec 4—Dec 10, 2015
Newly restored
 
 
Film
Where to Invade Next
 

An expansive and subversive new documentary by Michael Moore.

Wed, Dec 16, 2015
Sneak preview