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Jan 1—Dec 31, 2019
 
 

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The Farewell
Film
The Farewell
Now Playing
 
The Farewell
Now Playing
NEW RELEASE
 

A wedding celebration takes on a special poignancy in Lulu Wang’s wonderfully warm, bittersweet look at the intricacies of family dynamics featuring a bravura breakout performance from Awkwafina.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Film
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Now Playing
 
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Now Playing
NEW RELEASE
 

Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie star in Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.

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Birth Of Cool
Film
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
Now Playing
 
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
Now Playing
NEW RELEASE
 

Stanley Nelson Jr. (Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till) unpacks the life and career of Miles Davis, the musical visionary and cultural icon who embodied the word cool.

+ 9/18, 7pm: Post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Jr., Professor Farah Griffin, moderated by Greg Tate
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Purpose and Passion: The Cinema of John Singleton
Film Series
Purpose and Passion: The Cinema of John Singleton
Sep 13—Sep 20, 2019
 
Purpose and Passion: The Cinema of John Singleton
Sep 13—Sep 20, 2019
FILM SERIES
 

BAM presents a tribute to the late, groundbreaking filmmaker who brought stories of black urban life to the screen with never-before-seen depth and power.

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Beyond the Canon: Invisible Adversaries + Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Film Series
Beyond the Canon
Feb 16—Oct 13, 2019
 
Beyond the Canon
Feb 16—Oct 13, 2019
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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Nanfu Wang presents Symbiopsychotaxiplasm
Film Series
Screen Epiphanies
Feb 26—Sep 16, 2019
 
Screen Epiphanies
Feb 26—Sep 16, 2019
FILM SERIES
 

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

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Monos
Film
Monos
Thu, Sep 19, 2019
 
Monos
Thu, Sep 19, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 

Alejandro Landes' breathtaking feature, about a group of young commandos on a remote mountain in Latin America, examines the chaos and absurdity of war from the perspective of adolescence.

+ 9/19, 7:15pm: Q&A with director Alejandro Landes
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Film Series
Animation Block Party
Sep 20—Sep 22, 2019
 
Animation Block Party
Sep 20—Sep 22, 2019
FILM SERIES
 

The 16th annual Animation Block Party returns with a thrillingly diverse three-day program of animated shorts and keynote feature films of all genres and styles.

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Madonna: Truth or Dare
Film
Madonna: Truth or Dare
Mon, Sep 23, 2019
 
Madonna: Truth or Dare
Mon, Sep 23, 2019
 

This touchstone documentary captures the Queen of Pop onstage and behind the scenes for a provocative dissection of modern-day celebrity that’s as fearless, fascinating, and unfiltered as the icon herself.

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Film School Shorts
Film
BAM Presents: Film School Shorts 2019
Wed, Sep 25, 2019
 
BAM Presents: Film School Shorts 2019
Wed, Sep 25, 2019
 

Now in its second year, this showcase celebrates the premier work of select student filmmakers from New York and the surrounding area, curated by Curtis Caesar John and Natalie Erazo.

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10 Days Before the Wedding
Film Series
Contemporary Arab Cinema
Sep 27—Oct 2, 2019
 
Contemporary Arab Cinema
Sep 27—Oct 2, 2019
FILM SERIES
 

The beauty, complexity, and diversity of Arab culture shines through in this second annual survey of vital new works from some of the Middle East and North Africa’s boldest and most innovative filmmakers.

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Marat/Sade
Film
Marat/Sade
Thu, Oct 3, 2019
 
Marat/Sade
Thu, Oct 3, 2019
 

Peter Brook’s film adaptation and legendary staging of Peter Weiss’ explosive play pits Jean-Paul Marat’s radical idealism against the Marquis de Sade’s libertine nihilism in a 19th-century French insane asylum.

+ Pre-screening Q&A with Peter Brook and Anne Bogart
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Selena
Film
Selena
Oct 4—Oct 10, 2019
 
Selena
Oct 4—Oct 10, 2019
 

Jennifer Lopez gives a luminous breakout performance as Tejano singing sensation Selena, whose music made her an icon in the Chicano community and whose tragic death made her a legend.

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Ladies With Lenses
Film
Ladies With Lenses
Wed, Oct 9, 2019
 
Ladies With Lenses
Wed, Oct 9, 2019
 

Vimeo curator Meghan Oretsky hosts Ladies with Lenses, a celebration of short films by the best women-identifying creators from the Vimeo Staff Picks channel.

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Garrett Bradley's America
Film Series
Garrett Bradley’s America: A Journey Through Race and Time
Oct 11—Oct 17, 2019
 
Garrett Bradley’s America: A Journey Through Race and Time
Oct 11—Oct 17, 2019
FILM SERIES
 

Garrett Bradley’s stunning new short is presented with seven different programs, each offering a unique prism through which to consider the history—and future—of the construction of Blackness in American cinema.

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Vision Portraits
Film
Vision Portraits
Oct 18—Oct 20, 2019
 
Vision Portraits
Oct 18—Oct 20, 2019
 

As filmmaker Rodney Evans confronts the loss of his sight, he embarks on an inspiring artistic and philosophical journey to discover what it means to truly see.

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Fantastic Fungi
Film
Fantastic Fungi
Tue, Oct 29, 2019
 
Fantastic Fungi
Tue, Oct 29, 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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PAST EVENTS
The Favourite
Film
The Favourite
 

Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz star in Yorgos Lanthimos’ darkly funny period drama.

Nov 29, 2018—Feb 14, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
If Beale Street Could Talk
Film
If Beale Street Could Talk
 

Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) adapts James Baldwin’s fifth novel.

Dec 19, 2018—Mar 13, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Vice
Film
Vice
 

Christian Bale stars as Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s subversively comedic new film.

Dec 25, 2018—Feb 7, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Cold War
Film
Cold War
 

A sumptuous, jazz-cool romance from the Oscar-winning director of Ida.

Jan 4—Mar 7, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
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
 
 
Bao
Film
2019 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts
 

A showcase of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Animated Short Film.

Feb 8—Mar 13, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Marguerite
Film
2019 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts
 

A showcase of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Live Action Short Film.

Feb 8—Mar 13, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
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
 
 
Never Look Away
Film
Never Look Away
 

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) directs this suspense-packed drama.

Feb 15—Feb 24, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
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
 
 
Transit
Film
Transit
 

A German refugee steals the identity of a dead writer and falls in love with his wife.

Mar 8—Mar 21, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Apollo 11
Film
Apollo 11
 

A cinematic event that takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission.

Mar 8—Mar 21, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
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
 
 
Gloria Bell
Film
Gloria Bell
 

Julianne Moore is a free-spirited divorcée in Sebastián Lelio’s new romantic comedy.

Mar 14—Apr 11, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
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
 
 
Us
Film
Us
 

Jordan Peele's much-anticipated follow-up to Get Out, starring Lupita Nyong’o.

Mar 21—Apr 25, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
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
 
 
Diane
Film
Diane
 

Mary Kay Place is a woman in search of redemption in Kent Jones’ narrative debut.

Mar 29—Apr 4, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
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
 
 
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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
 
 
High Life
Film
High Life
 

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

Apr 11—May 9, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Amazing Grace
Film
Amazing Grace
 

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

Apr 11—Jun 6, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
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
 
 
Hail Satan
Film
Hail Satan?
 

A chronicle of the extraordinary rise of the Satanic Temple.

Apr 26—May 9, 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
 
 
Tolkien
Film
Tolkien
 

Nicholas Hoult stars in this chronicle of the Lord of the Rings author’s formative years.

May 9—May 23, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Non Fiction
Film
Non-Fiction
 

The latest film from acclaimed director Olivier Assayas.

May 9—May 30, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
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
 
 
Pasolini
Film
Pasolini
 

Willem Dafoe stars as Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini in Abel Ferrara’s latest.

May 17—May 22, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
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
 
 
Booksmart
Film
Booksmart
 

Olivia Wilde’s debut film about two high school overachievers who let loose in a single night.

May 23—Jul 18, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
The Souvenir
Film
The Souvenir
 

Honor Swinton Byrne gives a breakout performance in this story of young adulthood and first love.

May 24—Jun 13, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
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
 
 
The Dead Don't Die
Film
The Dead Don’t Die
 

Jim Jarmusch’s latest features Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, and more.

Jun 13—Jul 2, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
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
 
 
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Film
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
 

The life and career of legendary storyteller Toni Morrison comes to life.

Jun 28—Aug 22, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Pavarotti
Film
Pavarotti
 

Ron Howard directs this intimate portrait of the iconic tenor who brought opera to the people.

Jul 5—Jul 11, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
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
 
 
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Film
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
 

A wistful odyssey about a rapidly changing San Francisco.

Aug 2—Aug 8, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
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
 
 
The Nightingale
Film
The Nightingale
 

Jennifer Kent’s (The Babadook) latest about a woman seeking revenge in colonial Australia.

Aug 9—Aug 22, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Whitney
Film
Special Screening: Whitney + discussion
 

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

Fri, Aug 9, 2019
 
 
Give Me Liberty
Film
Give Me Liberty
 

A wry, freewheeling vision of American society as seen from a medical transport van.

Aug 23—Aug 29, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
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
 
 
Midsommar
Film
Midsommar: Director’s Cut
 

A summer holiday takes a sinister turn in Ari Aster’s (Hereditary) dread-soaked fairy tale.

Aug 30—Sep 5, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Jinn
Film
Jinn
 

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

Sep 6—Sep 12, 2019
 
 
Downton Abbey
Film
Sneak Peek: Downton Abbey
 

The beloved, award-winning PBS series becomes a grand motion-picture event.

Thu, Sep 12, 2019
SNEAK PEEK