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Jan 1—Dec 31, 2020
 
 

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

 
 
 
 
 
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Leadership support for BAM Film programs
provided by The
Thompson Family Foundation

 
2020 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts
Film
2020 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts
Now Playing
 
2020 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts
Now Playing
 

The Oscar nominees for Best Live Action Short Film include stories of Tunisia, Belgium, Guatemala, and New York.

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2020 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts
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2020 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts
Jan 31—Feb 27, 2020
 
2020 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts
Jan 31—Feb 27, 2020
 

The Oscar nominees for Best Animated Short Film include an unlikely animal friendship, a painter whose world is mutating, and tales of families in the USA, Czech Republic, and China.

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Cane River
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Cane River
Feb 7—Feb 27, 2020
 
Cane River
Feb 7—Feb 27, 2020
 

Horace Jenkins’ long-lost gem of Black independent cinema is both a romantic melodrama and an incisive exploration of long-simmering social tensions within an African-American community in the rural South.

+ Post-screening Q&As opening weekend
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Portrait of a Lady on Fire
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Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Now Playing
 
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Now Playing
NEW RELEASE
 

Love blooms between a young female painter and her subject, a reluctant bride-to-be, in 18th-century Brittany in Céline Sciamma’s (Girlhood, Tomboy) latest.

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Parasite
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Parasite
Now Playing
 
Parasite
Now Playing
NEW RELEASE
 

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

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Happy Birthday, Toni! A Celebration of Black Women
Film Series
Happy Birthday, Toni! A Celebration of Black Women
Feb 18—Feb 25, 2020
 
Happy Birthday, Toni! A Celebration of Black Women
Feb 18—Feb 25, 2020
FILM SERIES
 

A festival curated by Black women, celebrating Black women, in honor of Toni Morrison’s 89th birthday.

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Cunningham
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Cunningham
Now Playing
 
Cunningham
Now Playing
NEW RELEASE
 

A poetic tribute to one of the world’s greatest modern dance artists, tracing Merce Cunningham’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery.

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Beyond the Canon: The Hitch-Hiker + Badlands
Film Series
Beyond the Canon
Feb 22—Mar 8, 2020
 
Beyond the Canon
Feb 22—Mar 8, 2020
FILM SERIES
 

This monthly program challenges the cinema canon by presenting one iconic, highly regarded classic alongside a thematically or stylistically related—and equally brilliant—film traditionally excluded from that discussion.

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Film Series
Screen Epiphanies
Feb 25—Mar 30, 2020
 
Screen Epiphanies
Feb 25—Mar 30, 2020
FILM SERIES
 

We welcome prominent artistic or cultural figures to present the films that inspired their passion for cinema.

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Kelly Reichardt Selects: First Cow in Context
Film Series
Kelly Reichardt Selects: First Cow in Context
Feb 28—Mar 4, 2020
 
Kelly Reichardt Selects: First Cow in Context
Feb 28—Mar 4, 2020
FILM SERIES
 

Filmmaker Kelly Reichardt curates an eclectic series of films that served as inspiration in creating her perceptive and tender new frontier drama First Cow.

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Beanpole
Opens Feb 28, 2020
 
Beanpole
Opens Feb 28, 2020
NEW RELEASE
 

Russian director Kantemir Balagov won Un Certain Regard’s Best Director prize at Cannes for this harrowing portrait of two young women in post-World War II Leningrad and the persistent scars of war.

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Extra Ordinary
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Extra Ordinary
Opens Mar 6, 2020
 
Extra Ordinary
Opens Mar 6, 2020
NEW RELEASE
 

Will Forte and Maeve Higgins star in this Irish comedy about a young woman with supernatural abilities.

+ Sun, Mar 8 at 4pm: Q&A with actress Maeve Higgins and author and film critic Thelma Adams
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Rise Up!: Portraits of Resistance
Film Series
Rise Up!: Portraits of Resistance
Mar 6—Mar 12, 2020
 
Rise Up!: Portraits of Resistance
Mar 6—Mar 12, 2020
FILM SERIES
 

In anticipation of the explosive new social thriller Bacurau, we look back at the rich history of revolutionary cinema with a survey of films that center oppressed communities fighting for self-determination.

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Bacurau
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Bacurau
Mar 13—Mar 26, 2020
 
Bacurau
Mar 13—Mar 26, 2020
 

This no-holds-barred sci-fi survival thriller, set in a not-too-distant future Brazil, explodes with the force of a Molotov cocktail hurled straight into the eye of racial and political oppression.

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First Cow
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First Cow
Opens Mar 13, 2020
 
First Cow
Opens Mar 13, 2020
NEW RELEASE
 

Kelly Reichardt trains her perceptive eye on the Pacific Northwest in the early 19th century in this tale of a loner who travels west and goes into business with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune.

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Film Programmers' Notebook: On Solitude
Film Series
Programmers’ Notebook: On Solitude
Mar 20—Mar 31, 2020
 
Programmers’ Notebook: On Solitude
Mar 20—Mar 31, 2020
FILM SERIES
 

Inspired by Vitalina Varela, the breathtaking new film from Portuguese titan Pedro Costa, we present a selection of profound, illuminating films that explore the rich experience of being alone with oneself.

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Our Time Machine
Film
ReelAbilities Film Festival: Our Time Machine
Thu, Apr 2, 2020
 
ReelAbilities Film Festival: Our Time Machine
Thu, Apr 2, 2020
 

A new film that captures the making of Chinese artist Maleonn’s ambitious new theater project in response to learning of his father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

+ Q&A with director S. Leo Chiang, Moderated by Nicole Tsien, Co-Producer, Programming & Production at POV
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PAST EVENTS
Knives Out
Film
Knives Out
 

A fresh, modern-day murder mystery from writer-director Rian Johnson featuring an ensemble cast.

Nov 26, 2019—Feb 20, 2020
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Bombshell
Film
Bombshell
 

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie star in this explosive story of Fox News.

Dec 19, 2019—Jan 8, 2020
NEW RELEASE
 
 
A Hidden Life
Film
A Hidden Life
 

A historical drama based on real events from writer-director Terrence Malick (Tree of Life).

Dec 20, 2019—Jan 2, 2020
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Little Women
Film
Little Women
 

Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, and Emma Watson star in Greta Gerwig’s take on a classic.

Dec 25, 2019—Feb 13, 2020
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Clemency
Film
Clemency
 

Alfre Woodard gives a devastating performance as a prison warden carrying out executions.

Jan 3—Jan 9, 2020
NEW RELEASE
 
 
1917
Film
1917
 

Sam Mendes directs this Best Picture Oscar nominee about two young British soldiers at the height of the First World War.

Jan 9—Feb 6, 2020
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Just Mercy
Film
Just Mercy
 

The tale of Walter McMillian, a wrongly convicted black man, based on Bryan Stevenson’s memoir.

Jan 9—Jan 30, 2020
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Amazing Grace
Film
Amazing Grace
 

The legendary, long-unseen concert film companion to Aretha Franklin’s iconic album.

Mon, Jan 20, 2020
 
 
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Parasite
Film
Parasite (B&W Version)
 

The Academy Award-winningnew thriller from master director Bong Joon-ho.

Feb 7—Feb 13, 2020
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Long Weekend of Love
Film Series
Long Weekend of Love
 

All the passion, pain, and bittersweet yearning your heart can handle.

Feb 14—Feb 17, 2020
FILM SERIES