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Crime And Punishment
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Spotlight: Crime + Punishment
Sun, Jun 24, 2018
 
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NEW YORK PREMIERE
 
Spotlight: Crime + Punishment
Sun, Jun 24, 2018

Twelve black and Hispanic police officers, a private investigator, and young man stuck in Rikers risk everything to expose racism and corruption within the NYPD in this galvanizing 21st-century Serpico.

+ Q&A with Stephen Maing and film subjects

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leave no trace
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Centerpiece: Leave No Trace
Mon, Jun 25, 2018
 
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NEW YORK PREMIERE
 
Centerpiece: Leave No Trace
Mon, Jun 25, 2018

Eight years after Winter’s Bone, Debra Granik returns with an arresting portrait of life on the margins starring Ben Foster and newcomer Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, in a mesmerizing breakout performance.

+ Q&A with Debra Granik and Ben Foster

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eight grade
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Spotlight: Eighth Grade
Wed, Jun 27, 2018
 
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NEW YORK PREMIERE
 
Spotlight: Eighth Grade
Wed, Jun 27, 2018
 
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Comedian Bo Burnham makes the leap to filmmaker with this refreshingly real, sharply observed, and devastatingly funny look at growing up in the age of Snapchat.

+ Q&A with Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher

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madelines madeline
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Closing Night: Madeline’s Madeline
Sat, Jun 30, 2018
 
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NEW YORK PREMIERE
 
Closing Night: Madeline’s Madeline
Sat, Jun 30, 2018

One of independent cinema’s most exciting new voices, Josephine Decker continues to push boundaries with this tour-de-force head trip about teenage girl’s fractured psyche. Starring Miranda July.

+ Q&A with Josephine Decker

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the washington society
Film
The Washing Society + Documentary Shorts Program
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
 
The Washing Society + Documentary Shorts Program
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

When you drop off a bag of dirty laundry, who’s doing the washing and folding? A poetic, illuminating look at the hidden labor that goes into cleaning your clothes. Preceded by a documentary shorts program.

+ Q&A with filmmakers
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Feast of the Epiphany
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Feast of the Epiphany
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
 
Feast of the Epiphany
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
WORLD PREMIERE
 

What begins as the seemingly simple story of a dinner party gone awry gives way to multiple meanings and realities in this ingenious documentary-narrative shape-shifter.

+ Q&A with Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert, and Farihah Zaman
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skate kitchen
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Skate Kitchen
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
 
Skate Kitchen
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 
 
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The Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle brings New York City’s coolest all-girl skate crew to the big screen.

+ Q&A with Crystal Moselle and cast
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Wild Nights With Emily
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Wild Nights With Emily
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
 
Wild Nights With Emily
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

Forget everything you thought you knew about Emily Dickinson: Molly Shannon stars in Madeleine Olnek’s delightfully funny reappraisal of the poet as a spirited, rebellious lesbian icon and trailblazer.

+ Q&A with Madeleine Olnek
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distant constellation
Film
Distant Constellation
Sun, Jun 24, 2018
 
Distant Constellation
Sun, Jun 24, 2018
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

This ghost-like tour through an Istanbul retirement home is a hypnotic meditation on time, memory, and the endless human cycle of life and death.

+ Q&A with Shevaun Mizrahi
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Polly
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Polly: Recent Films and Collaborations by Kevin Jerome Everson
Sun, Jun 24, 2018
 
Polly: Recent Films and Collaborations by Kevin Jerome Everson
Sun, Jun 24, 2018
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

Journeying from 16th-century Florence to the 2017 solar eclipse, the latest works from the restlessly inventive experimentalist blend past and present to illuminate hidden fragments of black life and history.

+ Q&A with Kevin Jerome Everson & Claudrena N. Harold, moderated by Ja'Tovia Gary
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Chained For Life
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Chained for Life
Sun, Jun 24, 2018
 
Chained for Life
Sun, Jun 24, 2018
WORLD PREMIERE
 

Robert Altman-crossed-with-David Lynch only begins to describe this brilliantly oddball, acerbically funny foray into gonzo surrealism, featuring a deft tragicomic performance from Jess Weixler (Teeth).

+ Q&A with Aaron Schimberg, Jess Weixler, and Adam Pearson
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shirkers
Film
Shirkers
Mon, Jun 25, 2018
 
Shirkers
Mon, Jun 25, 2018
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

Sandi Tan turns the central mystery of her life—what happened to the stolen feminist road movie she shot as a teenager in Singapore 25 years ago?—into a captivating essay on the dashed dreams of youth.

+ Q&A with Sandi Tan and film subject Sophie Siddique
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minding the gap
Film
Minding the Gap
Mon, Jun 25, 2018
 
Minding the Gap
Mon, Jun 25, 2018
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

In his emotionally stunning debut feature, rising documentary talent Bing Liu reimagines the skate video as a vehicle for raw personal expression.

+ Q&A with Bing Liu
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Dont Worry
Film
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot
Tue, Jun 26, 2018
 
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot
Tue, Jun 26, 2018
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

Joaquin Phoenix delivers a transformative performance as oddball cartoonist John Callahan in Gus Van Sant’s irresistibly irreverent tale of addiction and redemption.

+ Q&A with Gus Van Sant and musician Kim Gordon
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america
Film
América
Wed, Jun 27, 2018
 
América
Wed, Jun 27, 2018
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

Three acrobatic brothers return home to Colima, Mexico, to care for their ailing grandmother in this sunny, warmhearted celebration of the infinite love coursing between generations.

+ Q&A with Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside
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Two Plains And A Fancy
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Two Plains & a Fancy
Thu, Jun 28, 2018
 
Two Plains & a Fancy
Thu, Jun 28, 2018
WORLD PREMIERE
 

Time travelers, sex ghosts, spirit cats, and cowboys wander the Colorado desert in this deliciously deadpan, lo-fi acid western shot on shimmering, sun-splashed 16mm.

+ Q&A with Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn
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the pain of others
Film
The Pain of Others + The Water Slide
Thu, Jun 28, 2018
 
The Pain of Others + The Water Slide
Thu, Jun 28, 2018
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

Assembled entirely from YouTube clips, this provocative found footage work is a chilling deep dive into the internet-fueled mass hysteria known as Morgellons disease.

+ Q&A with Penny Lane
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bisbee
Film
Bisbee ’17
Fri, Jun 29, 2018
 
Bisbee ’17
Fri, Jun 29, 2018
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

A small town in Arizona reenacts a dark episode in its distant history, bringing to light contemporary tensions between labor and management, union-building and capitalism, immigrants and nationalists.

+ Q&A with Robert Greene
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Relaxer
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Relaxer
Fri, Jun 29, 2018
 
Relaxer
Fri, Jun 29, 2018
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

Michigan’s greatest underground auteur, Joel Potrykus, returns with this daringly demented black comedy—a noxiously funny vision of Gen X complacency hurtling towards oblivion.

+ Q&A with Joel Potrykus
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Fucked Like A Star
Film
Shorts Program
Sat, Jun 30, 2018
 
Shorts Program
Sat, Jun 30, 2018
 

From a black hair horror comedy to a trance-inducing pas de deux, women filmmakers explore race, identity, gender, and relationships in these bold, stylistically daring short works.

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the task
Film
The Task
Sat, Jun 30, 2018
 
The Task
Sat, Jun 30, 2018
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

Taboo-breaking artist Leigh Ledare stages a radical social experiment and documents the explosive fall out.

+ Q&A with Leigh Ledare
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Crime And Punishment
Film
Encore: Crime + Punishment
Sun, Jul 1, 2018
 
Encore: Crime + Punishment
Sun, Jul 1, 2018
 

Twelve black and Hispanic police officers, a private investigator, and young man stuck in Rikers risk everything to expose racism and corruption within the NYPD in this galvanizing 21st-century Serpico.

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Outdoor Screening
Film
Outdoor Screening: Eve’s Bayou
Thu, Jun 28, 2018
 
Outdoor Screening: Eve’s Bayou
Thu, Jun 28, 2018
 

Sex, lies, and voodoo: this scintillating family drama—steeped in Creole folklore, magic, and mysticism—is one of the most distinctive films of the 1990s.

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Sat, Jun 23, 2018
 
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Sat, Jun 23, 2018
 

BAMcinemaFest presents a free day of panels featuring industry tools and tips from established filmmakers and film professionals.

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Remembering Robin Holland
 
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Remembering Robin Holland
BAM pays tribute to photographer Robin Holland, who passed away early in 2018. From 2013 to 2017, Holland donated her time and incredible talent to BAM as the official portrait photographer for BAMcinemaFest


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PAST EVENTS
sorry to bother you
Film
Opening Night: Sorry to Bother You
 

Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson star in this deliriously inventive anarcho-comedy.

Wed, Jun 20, 2018
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 
 
gospel
Film
The Gospel of Eureka
 

Christian piety and a thriving queer community collide in an Ozarks oasis.

Thu, Jun 21, 2018
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 
 
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Clara’s Ghost
 

Bridey Elliott casts her own family as the Reynolds, the showbiz family from hell.

Thu, Jun 21, 2018
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 
 
Support The Girls
Film
Support The Girls
 

Regina Hall stars in Andrew Bujalski’s funny, big-hearted ode to female empowerment.

Fri, Jun 22, 2018
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 
 
A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.
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A Boy. A Girl. A Dream
 

Two strangers embark on a profound emotional journey on election night 2016.

Fri, Jun 22, 2018
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 
 
 
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