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Jan 1—Dec 31, 2019
 
 

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

 
 
 
 
 
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Parasite
Film
Parasite
Now Playing
 
Parasite
Now Playing
NEW RELEASE
 

Two families form an uneasy symbiotic relationship in the darkly comic, Palme d’Or winning new thriller from master director Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Okja).

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The Lighthouse
Film
The Lighthouse
Now Playing
 
The Lighthouse
Now Playing
NEW RELEASE
 

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson star in Robert Eggers’ (The Witch) hypnotic tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote New England island in the 1890s.

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Harriet
Film
Harriet
Now Playing
 
Harriet
Now Playing
NEW RELEASE
 

Based on the inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes.

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Downtown 81
Film
Downtown ’81
Nov 8—Nov 24, 2019
 
Downtown ’81
Nov 8—Nov 24, 2019
 

This essential slice of downtown scene cool stars a 19-year-old Jean-Michel Basquiat as a struggling young artist searching for a break amid the bohemian wonderland of 1980s Manhattan.

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The Hottest August
Film
The Hottest August
Nov 15—Nov 27, 2019
 
The Hottest August
Nov 15—Nov 27, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 

New York Exclusive Run

In this urgent documentary, director Brett Story forecasts our future as seen from the perilous present when global warming and late stage capitalism have seemingly set us on an apocalyptic path of no return.

+ Post-screening Q&As with Brett Story
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Waves
Film
Waves
Now Playing
 
Waves
Now Playing
NEW RELEASE
 

The epic emotional journey of a suburban family in South Florida from director Trey Edward Shults (Krisha, It Comes at Night).

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Film
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Now Playing
 
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Now Playing
NEW RELEASE
 

Tom Hanks portrays iconic children’s TV host Fred Rogers in a new film based on the real-life friendship between Rogers and a cynical journalist (Matthew Rhys).

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Programmers’ Notebook: In Case You Missed It
Film Series
Programmers’ Notebook: In Case You Missed It
Nov 22—Nov 27, 2019
 
Programmers’ Notebook: In Case You Missed It
Nov 22—Nov 27, 2019
FILM SERIES
 

We look back at an extraordinarily rich year in cinema by revisiting the under-the-radar revelations that moved, provoked, challenged, entertained, and stayed with us long after first viewing.

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Beyond the Canon: In The Cut + Klute
Film
Beyond the Canon: In the Cut + Klute
Sun, Nov 24, 2019
 
Beyond the Canon: In the Cut + Klute
Sun, Nov 24, 2019
 

Meg Ryan and Jane Fonda are the women at the dangerous center of the search for a serial killer in a subversive, Jane Campion-directed feminist thriller and Alan J. Pakula’s paranoid 1970s classic.

+ In the Cut will screen first, followed by Klute
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Knives Out
Film
Knives Out
Opens Nov 26, 2019
 
Knives Out
Opens Nov 26, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 

A fresh, modern-day murder mystery from writer-director Rian Johnson, featuring an ensemble cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, and Christopher Plummer.

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Fantastic Fungi
Film
Fantastic Fungi
Wed, Nov 27, 2019
 
Fantastic Fungi
Wed, Nov 27, 2019
 

A consciousness-shifting film that uncovers the potential of the fungi kingdom in addressing some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.

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Uncut Gems
Film
Uncut Gems
 
Uncut Gems
NEW RELEASE
 

The Safdie brothers’ electrifying follow-up to Good Time is a live-wire jolt of pure adrenaline starring Adam Sandler as a harried Manhattan jeweler trying to keep it together as his life spins out of control.

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Little Women
Film
Little Women
 
Little Women
NEW RELEASE
 

Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep star in Greta Gerwig’s fresh new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s universally beloved novel.

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PAST EVENTS
dolores
Film
Dolores
 

A powerful new film about one of the most important, yet least known, activists in US history.

Mon, Jan 21, 2019
 
 
Free
Horror Noire + Tales from the Hood
Film
Horror Noire + Tales from the Hood
 

A secret history of African-Americans in horror cinema plus a landmark cult classic.

Mon, Feb 4, 2019
 
 
Tongues Untied
Film Series
Race, Sex & Cinema: The World of Marlon Riggs
 

A complete retrospective of this fearless artist who gave cinematic voice to gay black men.

Feb 6—Feb 14, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Film Series
Programmers’ Notebook: On Love
 

A wide-ranging look at this most fundamental yet complex of emotions in all its forms.

Feb 14—Feb 21, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Dawn of the Dead
Film Series
Living with the Dead: The Films of George A. Romero
 

All-American nightmares from the father of politically charged horror.

Feb 22—Mar 3, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Fabulous Nicholas Brothers
Film
The Fabulous Nicholas Brothers presented by Bruce Goldstein
 

Bruce Goldstein presents rare footage of this dynamic performing duo.

Wed, Mar 6, 2019
 
 
Babylon
Film
Babylon
 

Franco Rosso’s incendiary 1980 film about a young dancehall DJ in South London.

Mar 7—Apr 11, 2019
US PREMIERE
 
 
Black Mother
Film Series
Caribbean Film Series: A 5th Anniversary Festival
 

Celebrating the richness, uniqueness, and viability of Caribbean cinema.

Mar 14—Mar 17, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
The Bureau of Creative Works: NYC Shorts
Film
The Bureau of Creative Works: NYC Shorts
 

A program of short films by a diverse network of emerging NYC-based filmmakers.

Tue, Mar 19, 2019
 
 
A Separation
Film Series
BAM and Triple Canopy: On Resentment
 

A cinematic exploration of the complex role that resentment plays in society and art.

Mar 20—Mar 28, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
35 Shots Of Rum
Film Series
Strange Desire: The Films of Claire Denis
 

The largest ever US retrospective of the singular cinematic mood-maker.

Mar 29—Apr 9, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
High Life
Film
Sneak Peek: High Life
 

Claire Denis launches Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche into the depths of the cosmos.

Wed, Apr 3, 2019
SNEAK PEEK
 
 
Sold Out
 
Daisies
Film Series
The Anarchic Cinema of Věra Chytilová
 

A career-spanning tribute to the Czechoslovak New Wave legend whose films are calls to rebellion.

Apr 10—Apr 18, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
If the Dancer Dances
Film
If the Dancer Dances
 

An iconic work by legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham is reborn.

Mon, Apr 15, 2019
 
 
Rafiki
Film
Rafiki
 

Young love flowers in the face of prejudice in this empowering Kenyan coming-of-age saga.

Apr 19—May 8, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Queen of Diamonds
Film
Queen of Diamonds
 

Nina Menkes’ lost underground classic is a hallucinatory study of female alienation.

Apr 26—May 2, 2019
 
 
The Feeling of Being Watched
Film
Reel Impact: The Feeling of Being Watched
 

A stunning documentary about a secret operation to surveil an Arab-American community.

Wed, May 1, 2019
SPECIAL SCREENING
 
 
Waiting To Exhale
Film Series
Black 90s: A Turning Point in American Cinema
 

Revisit a transformative decade in black-authored cinema.

May 3—May 22, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
I Am Easy To Find
Film
I Am Easy to Find + Mistaken for Strangers
 

An advance screening of Mike Mills’ and The National’s short film collaboration.

Tue, May 7, 2019
SPECIAL SCREENING
 
 
Trial by Fire
Film
Trial by Fire
 

Laura Dern and Jack O'Connell star in the true-life story of Cameron Todd Willingham.

Tue, May 14, 2019
SPECIAL SCREENING
 
 
Entitled
Film Series
FilmAfrica
 

The best new narrative, documentary, and short films from across Africa and the diaspora.

May 23—May 27, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Playing Frisbee in North Korea
Film Series
Creatively Speaking presents Through Her Eyes: The Personal is Political
 

This series offers a selection of films, all made by women of color, that cover a range of contemporary topics.

May 29—May 30, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Diamantino
Film
Diamantino
 

A soccer star’s fall from grace sends him on a delirious odyssey.

May 31—Jun 11, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
See You Yesterday
Film
Caribbean Film Series: See You Yesterday
 

A Spike Lee-produced time travel adventure.

Tue, Jun 4, 2019
 
 
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Film
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
 

A wistful odyssey about a rapidly changing San Francisco.

Wed, Jun 5, 2019
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 
 
BAMCinemaFest 2019
Programs
BAMcinemaFest 2019
 

“The city’s best independent film showcase” (The New Yorker) celebrates its 11th year.

Jun 12—Jun 23, 2019
 
 
Sprinter
Film
Caribbean Film Series: Sprinter + The Deliverer
 

A rousing underdog tale from one of the leading lights of contemporary Jamaican cinema.

Wed, Jun 26, 2019
 
 
Do the Right Thing
Film
Do the Right Thing: 30th Anniversary
 

Spike Lee’s Brooklyn classic remains an essential touchstone for a changing borough.

Jun 28—Jul 4, 2019
 
 
A Bread Factory Part One: For the Sake of Gold
Film Series
A Bread Factory Parts One and Two
 

Patrick Wang’s offbeat micro-epic about a small community arts center fighting to stay afloat.

Sat, Jul 13, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Film Series
Intimate Epics
 

Monumental masterpieces sprawling in scope and rich in human insight.

Jul 19—Jul 23, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Good Time
Film Series
We Can’t Even: Millennials on Film
 

A genre-spanning snapshot of a complex generation finding its way in an uncertain world.

Jul 24—Aug 6, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Desperately Seeking Susan
Film Series
Punks, Poets & Valley Girls: Women Filmmakers in 1980s America
 

From Hollywood to the underground, these brilliant women defied the Reagan-era status quo.

Aug 7—Aug 20, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Whitney
Film
Special Screening: Whitney + discussion
 

A uniquely unflinching portrait of Whitney Houston, cultural icon and troubled soul.

Fri, Aug 9, 2019
 
 
The Harder They Come
Film
The Harder They Come
 

Roots icon Jimmy Cliff stars in the “definitive postcolonial cult-movie musical.”

Aug 21—Aug 27, 2019
 
 
No Place Like Home
Film
No Place Like Home
 

The rarely seen, long-lost follow-up to The Harder They Come.

Aug 23—Aug 29, 2019
US PREMIERE
 
 
The Tree Of Life
Film Series
Programmers’ Notebook: On Memory
 

Poetic, surreal, and intensely personal reflections on childhood, history, and relationships.

Aug 28—Sep 5, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Jinn
Film
Jinn
 

A beautifully observed exploration of faith, family, and black Muslim identity.

Sep 6—Sep 12, 2019
 
 
Purpose and Passion: The Cinema of John Singleton
Film Series
Purpose and Passion: The Cinema of John Singleton
 

A salute to the trailblazer who brought black urban life to the screen with searing power.

Sep 13—Sep 20, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Film Series
Animation Block Party
 

Animation Block Party returns with a thrillingly diverse program of animated shorts and features.

Sep 20—Sep 22, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Madonna: Truth or Dare
Film
Madonna: Truth or Dare
 

A behind-the-scenes portrait as fearless, fascinating, and unfiltered as the icon herself.

Mon, Sep 23, 2019
 
 
Film School Shorts
Film
BAM Presents: Film School Shorts 2019
 

A showcase celebrating the premier work of select student filmmakers.

Wed, Sep 25, 2019
 
 
10 Days Before the Wedding
Film Series
Contemporary Arab Cinema
 

Vital new works from the Middle East and North Africa’s most innovative filmmakers.

Sep 27—Oct 2, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Marat/Sade
Film
Marat/Sade
 

Peter Brook introduces his film adaptation and legendary staging of this explosive play.

Thu, Oct 3, 2019
 
 
Selena
Film
Selena
 

Jennifer Lopez is luminous as the Tejano music icon.

Oct 4—Oct 9, 2019
 
 
Stephanie Zacharek Presents Top Hat
Film
Stephanie Zacharek Presents Top Hat
 

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in a pinnacle of Dream Factory elegance.

Tue, Oct 8, 2019
CURATOR’S CHOICE
 
 
Ladies With Lenses
Film
Ladies With Lenses
 

A celebration of short films by the best women creators from the Vimeo Staff Picks channel.

Wed, Oct 9, 2019
 
 
Garrett Bradley's America
Film Series
Garrett Bradley’s America: A Journey Through Race and Time
 

Garrett Bradley’s stunning new short and a consideration of Blackness in American cinema.

Oct 11—Oct 17, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Beyond the Canon: Girlfriends + Husbands
Film
Beyond the Canon: Girlfriends + Husbands
 

Female friendship and male misbehavior in 1970s New York.

Sun, Oct 13, 2019
 
 
Vision Portraits
Film
Vision Portraits
 

An inspiring, thought-provoking philosophical journey about what it means to truly see.

Oct 18—Oct 20, 2019
 
 
NYC Horror
Film Series
NYC Horror
 

BAM celebrates the witching season with a compendium of New York City terrors.

Oct 31—Nov 5, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Charlie's Records
Film
Caribbean Film Series: Charlie’s Records + Flight
 

The inspiring story of one man’s lifelong mission to bring calypso music to the world.

Wed, Nov 6, 2019
 
 
Prince of the City
Film
Prince of the City
 

Sidney Lumet’s masterful, morally complex study of power and corruption within the NYPD.

Thu, Nov 7, 2019
 
 
Michael R. Jackson Presents Happiness
Film
Michael R. Jackson Presents Happiness
 

Master of dark comic misery Todd Solondz at his most provocative and bitingly funny.

Sun, Nov 10, 2019
CURATOR’S CHOICE
 
 
In This Climate
Film Series
In This Climate: Brett Story Selects
 

An exploration of how we live now—and might live later—in an era of climate catastrophe.

Nov 12—Nov 14, 2019
FILM SERIES