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BAMCINEMAFEST GALA SCREENINGS
Farewell
Film
Opening Night: The Farewell
Wed, Jun 12, 2019
 
Film
NY PREMIERE
 
Opening Night: The Farewell
Wed, Jun 12, 2019

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.

+ Introduction by filmmaker Lulu Wang

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South Mountain
Film
Spotlight: South Mountain
Sat, Jun 15, 2019
 
Film
NY PREMIERE
 
Spotlight: South Mountain
Sat, Jun 15, 2019

Family ties become a trap from which an artist and mother must find a way to escape in this absorbing, emotionally layered portrait of a woman coming apart in order to become whole.

+ Q&A with filmmaker Hilary Brougher

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Give Me Liberty
Film
Centerpiece: Give Me Liberty
Mon, Jun 17, 2019
 
Film
NY PREMIERE
 
Centerpiece: Give Me Liberty
Mon, Jun 17, 2019

A kaleidoscopic cross-section of American society passes through the van of a frenzied medical transport driver over the course of a crazy day in this wry, breathlessly freewheeling road movie.

+ Q&A with filmmaker Kirill Mikhanovsky

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De Lo Mio
Film
Closing Night: De Lo Mio
Sat, Jun 22, 2019
 
Film
WORLD PREMIERE
 
Closing Night: De Lo Mio
Sat, Jun 22, 2019

Sibling bonds are both rekindled and tested in this achingly alive tale of two sisters who travel to their family’s home in the Dominican Republic where they must confront the past while learning to let go.

+ Q&A with filmmaker Diana Peralta

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Join BAM Membership to get advance access to the festival, including the opening night party! Plus, save $5 on all festival screenings. Members get the best of BAM all year long, including special events, 50% off movies, and more. Memberships start at $85.

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Main slate at BAM Rose Cinemas
So Pretty
Film
So Pretty
Thu, Jun 13, 2019
 
So Pretty
Thu, Jun 13, 2019
US PREMIERE
 

A group of trans and genderqueer Brooklyn artists and activists attempt to carve out a utopian space for themselves in this luminous, bracingly intimate tale of love, literature, and collective struggle.

+ Q&A with filmmaker Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli
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Jawline
Film
Jawline
Thu, Jun 13, 2019
 
Jawline
Thu, Jun 13, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 

Unfolding in a millennial pink, vaporwave haze, Liza Mandelup’s disquieting documentary is a sobering look at teen dreams and disillusionment in the age of social media stardom.

+ Q&A with filmmaker Liza Mandelup
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The Sound of Silence
Film
The Sound of Silence
Fri, Jun 14, 2019
 
The Sound of Silence
Fri, Jun 14, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 

Peter Sarsgaard delivers a quietly compelling performance in this spellbinding tale of a silence-obsessed man searching for harmony in an often dissonant world.

+ Q&A with filmmaker Michael Tyburski
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Members get advance access and $5 off BAMcinemaFest screenings
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Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary
Film
The Amazing Johnathan Documentary
Fri, Jun 14, 2019
 
The Amazing Johnathan Documentary
Fri, Jun 14, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 

What begins as a documentary about magician-comedian The Amazing Johnathan becomes a playfully self-reflexive, wild ride story about a filmmaker’s own personal and artistic anxieties.

+ Q&A with filmmaker Benjamin Berman
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Suicide By Sunlight
Film
Narrative Shorts Program
Sat, Jun 15, 2019
 
Narrative Shorts Program
Sat, Jun 15, 2019
 

Tales of childhood wonder, black vampires, and queer intimacy are featured in this wide-ranging selection of shorts from vital new voices.

+ Q&A with filmmakers
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Premature
Film
Premature + Music from the Edge of the Allegheny Plateau
Sat, Jun 15, 2019
 
Premature + Music from the Edge of the Allegheny Plateau
Sat, Jun 15, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 

A young woman journeys through the joys and pains of first love on the way to becoming herself in this achingly raw, Harlem-set romance.

+ Q&A with filmmaker Rashaad Ernesto Green
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Its Going To Be Beautiful
Film
The World is Full of Secrets
Sat, Jun 15, 2019
 
The World is Full of Secrets
Sat, Jun 15, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 

A teenage sleepover in the 1990s becomes a prelude to unseen horror in this trancelike, visually sublime fusion of avant-garde aesthetics and classic old-dark-house atmospherics.

+ Q&A with filmmaker Graham Swon
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The Cancer Journals Revisited
Film
The Cancer Journals Revisited
Sun, Jun 16, 2019
 
The Cancer Journals Revisited
Sun, Jun 16, 2019
WORLD PREMIERE
 

In this poetic rumination on Audre Lorde’s memoir about her experiences with breast cancer, a chorus of women share healing, cathartic messages about what is means to be a woman dealing with illness.

+ Q&A with filmmaker Lana Lin
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The Hottest August
Film
The Hottest August + Best Picture
Sun, Jun 16, 2019
 
The Hottest August + Best Picture
Sun, Jun 16, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 

Filmmaker Brett Story turns to everyday New Yorkers to discover what the future holds in an era when global warming and late stage capitalism have seemingly set us on an apocalyptic path of no return.

+ Q&A with filmmakers Brett Story and Jay Giampietro
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Selah and the Spades
Film
Selah and The Spades
Sun, Jun 16, 2019
 
Selah and The Spades
Sun, Jun 16, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 

Tayarisha Poe’s hyper-stylish immersion into the competing cliques that control an exclusive Pennsylvania prep school is a potent look at the dark side of the teenage drive to be “perfect.”

+ Q&A with Tayarisha Poe
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Sunrise/Sunset
Film
Sunrise/Sunset + Leave The Bus Through The Broken Window
Tue, Jun 18, 2019
 
Sunrise/Sunset + Leave The Bus Through The Broken Window
Tue, Jun 18, 2019
WORLD PREMIERE
 

An American expat in Hong Kong and a Korean man in New York each experience the thrill and disorientation that comes with being a stranger adrift in a strange land in these bittersweet travelogues.

+ Q&A with filmmakers Jong Ougie Pak and Andrew Hevia
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Olympic Dreams
Film
Olympic Dreams
Wed, Jun 19, 2019
 
Olympic Dreams
Wed, Jun 19, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 

Nick Kroll and Olympian Alexi Pappas star in this funny, heart-racingly intimate tale of human connection shot on location during the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang.

+ Q&A with filmmaker Jeremy Teicher
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Midnight in Paris
Film
Midnight in Paris
Wed, Jun 19, 2019
 
Midnight in Paris
Wed, Jun 19, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 

With humor, vitality, and a subtle political conscience, this warmly human documentary profiles the 2012 graduating class at a majority-black high school in Flint, Michigan as they prepare for prom.

+ Q&A with filmmakers Roni Moore and James Bladgen
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Vision Portraits
Film
Vision Portraits
Thu, Jun 20, 2019
 
Vision Portraits
Thu, Jun 20, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 

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.

+ Q&A with filmmaker Rodney Evans
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It Started as a Joke
Film
It Started as a Joke
Thu, Jun 20, 2019
 
It Started as a Joke
Thu, Jun 20, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 

Eugene Mirman reflects on the end of an era in New York City comedy in this warm, generous, and hilarious inside look at the beloved annual festival he hosted for ten years.

+ Q&A with filmmakers Julie Smith Clem and Ken Druckerman
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Members get advance access and $5 off BAMcinemaFest screenings
Join BAM Membership to get advance access to the festival, including the opening night party! Plus, save $5 on all festival screenings. Members get the best of BAM all year long, including special events, 50% off movies, and more. Memberships start at $85.


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The Mountain
Film
The Mountain
Fri, Jun 21, 2019
 
The Mountain
Fri, Jun 21, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 

Jeff Goldblum weaponizes his idiosyncratic charm to sinister effect as a libidinous lobotomist in outsider provocateur Rick Alverson’s eerie, enigmatic odyssey into the dark side of 1950s American society.

+ Q&A with filmmaker Rick Alverson
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The Infiltrators
Film
The Infiltrators
Fri, Jun 21, 2019
 
The Infiltrators
Fri, Jun 21, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 

This electrifying mix of documentary and narrative brings to life the incredible true story of a group of young undocumented activists who risked everything to infiltrate an ICE detention center.

+ Q&A with filmmakers Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera
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Neighborhood
Film
Documentary Shorts Program
Sat, Jun 22, 2019
 
Documentary Shorts Program
Sat, Jun 22, 2019
 

Traveling from a black Southern barbershop to underground Bushwick to the US-Mexico border, these short form documentaries illuminate the margins of American society.

+ Q&A with filmmakers
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Caballerango
Film
Caballerango + Ghosts of Sugar Land
Sat, Jun 22, 2019
 
Caballerango + Ghosts of Sugar Land
Sat, Jun 22, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 

Death haunts a close-knit community in this evocatively spare, slow-burn documentary spellbinder about vanishing traditions and disappearing lives in rural Mexico.

+ Q&A with filmmaker Juan Pablo González and producer Farihah Zaman
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RELATED EVENT
Filmmaker Talks
Film
BAMcinemaFest Industry Panels
Sat, Jun 15, 2019
 
BAMcinemaFest Industry Panels
Sat, Jun 15, 2019
 

BAM and IFP present a free day of panels featuring industry tools and tips from established filmmakers and film professionals.

Entry is first come, first served for both seating and standing room. No RSVP necessary but it is encouraged via this form. Neither entry nor seating are guaranteed with RSVP.

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