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BAMcinématek

 
 
Jan 1—Dec 31, 2017
 

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

 
 
 
 
 
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"The four screening rooms nestled into a stately palace on Lafayette Avenue provide a year-round menu of new independent releases and smartly programmed series." —A.O. Scott, The New York Times

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4 by Frances McDormand
Film Series
4 by Frances McDormand
Oct 6—Nov 17, 2017
 
4 by Frances McDormand
Oct 6—Nov 17, 2017
Film Series
 

To celebrate the release of her brilliant new film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, BAMcinématek revisits some of the most memorable characters brought to life by the inimitable Frances McDormand.

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For Ahkeem
Film
For Ahkeem
Now Playing
 
For Ahkeem
Now Playing
Limited Engagement
 

In this intimate coming-of-age documentary set in St. Louis, just before the events in Ferguson, 17-year-old Daje Shelton navigates love, family, and a system that has set up black youth like her to fail.

+ Oct. 13, 7pm: Q&A with filmmakers Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest. Oct 15, 4:30pm: Panel discussion on the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
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Black Girl
Film Series
Black Skin, White Masks: Cinema Inspired by Frantz Fanon
Oct 18—Oct 26, 2017
 
Black Skin, White Masks: Cinema Inspired by Frantz Fanon
Oct 18—Oct 26, 2017
Film Series
 

A series of unabashedly radical, subversive, and politically charged films that grapple with the trenchant, still-relevant insights of anti-colonialist philosopher Frantz Fanon.

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Black List Live! and Warby Parker present CAPTAIN INFINITY
Film
A Black List Live! Reading of Captain Infinity
Mon, Oct 23, 2017
 
A Black List Live! Reading of Captain Infinity
Mon, Oct 23, 2017
 

Black List Live! returns, featuring a live reading of Harry Tarre’s Captain Infinity, about a boy who convinces his brother that his cancer treatment is part of a top secret program to become a superhero.

+ Starring Tony Revolori, Benjamin Revolori, Peter Scolari, Matt Pavich, Grant Rosenmeyer, Tavi Gevinson
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Mudbound
Film
Sneak Peek: Mudbound
Tue, Oct 24, 2017
 
Sneak Peek: Mudbound
Tue, Oct 24, 2017
Special Screening
 

Carey Mulligan, Mary J. Blige, Garrett Hedlund, and Jason Mitchell star in Dee Rees’ (Pariah) new film about the fraught bonds between two families—one white, one black—in the Deep South during World World II.

+ Followed by a Q&A between filmmaker Dee Rees and Ashley Clark, senior programmer of cinema, BAM
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alucarda
Film Series
Holy Blood: Mexican Horror Cinema
Oct 27—Nov 2, 2017
 
Holy Blood: Mexican Horror Cinema
Oct 27—Nov 2, 2017
Film Series
 

Brimming with Gothic atmosphere and cinematic invention, these head-spinningly surreal classics of Mexican horror are some of the wildest, freakiest, and most unique chillers ever made.

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True West: Sam Shepard on Film
Film Series
True West: Sam Shepard on Film
Nov 3—Nov 9, 2017
 
True West: Sam Shepard on Film
Nov 3—Nov 9, 2017
Film Series
 

BAMcinématek pays tribute to the late, legendary actor and playwright who, in his indelible screenplays and performances, explored the mythologies of masculinity and the American West.

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Miracle St Anna
Film Series
Strange Victories: Black Soldiers and World War II
Nov 10—Nov 16, 2017
 
Strange Victories: Black Soldiers and World War II
Nov 10—Nov 16, 2017
Film Series
 

To mark the release of Dee Rees’ extraordinary new epic Mudbound, BAMcinématek presents a cross section of films that illuminate the long overlooked experiences of black Americans who served in World War II.

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PAST EVENTS
I Been Done Was Is, One Way or Another: Black Women’s Cinema, 1970-1991
Film Series
One Way or Another: Black Women’s Cinema, 1970-1991
 

BAMcinématek celebrates the trailblazing work of black women filmmakers.

Feb 3—Mar 2, 2017
 
 
Mr. Gaga
Film
Mr. Gaga
 

A propulsive documentary about visionary choreographer Ohad Naharin.

Mon, Jan 30, 2017
Special Screening
 
 
Sold Out
 
Tokyo Story
Film Series
Tokyo Story and Make Way for Tomorrow
 

One of classic Hollywood’s greatest weepies screens alongside Ozu’s exquisite remake.

Feb 10—Feb 12, 2017
 
 
TO BE OR NOT TO BE
Film
To Be or Not To Be
 

Carole Lombard and Jack Benny star in Ernst Lubitsch’s sparkling World War II-era satire.

Tue, Feb 14, 2017
 
 
Rosemary's Baby
Film Series
Jordan Peele: The Art of the Social Thriller
 

Jordan Peele curates a series of films designed to get you ready to Get Out.

Feb 17—Mar 1, 2017
 
 
Generation Revolution
Film
Generation Revolution
 

An urgent, on-the-ground look at the struggle for racial and economic equality in the UK.

Wed, Feb 22, 2017
NY premiere
 
 
Oshima/Godard
Film Series
Oshima X Godard
 

BAMcinématek presents a double dose of truly revolutionary cinema by these renegade auteurs.

Mar 3—Mar 16, 2017
 
 
TAIPEI STORY
Film
Taipei Story
 

Edward Yang’s long unavailable second feature is a touchstone of the Taiwanese New Wave.

Mar 17—Mar 23, 2017
 
 
Major League: Wesley Snipes in Focus
Film Series
Major League: Wesley Snipes in Focus
 

BAMcinématek highlights the work of one of America’s most versatile screen actors.

Mar 31—Apr 9, 2017
 
 
Migrating Forms
Film Festival
Migrating Forms
 

This "genre-busting festival" (The New York Times) showcases cutting-edge film and video.

Mar 24—Mar 30, 2017
 
 
Peggy and Fred in Hell: Beginning Middle End, Leslie Thornton
Film Series
Leslie Thornton
 

A comprehensive retrospect of avant-garde filmmaker and artist Leslie Thornton.

Apr 3—May 8, 2017
 
 
Hooligans sparrow, Polk Awards
Film
Polk Awards: Hooligan Sparrow
 

A gut punching, guerrilla exposé from the frontlines of China’s human rights struggle.

Wed, Apr 5, 2017
 
 
Coco Road, Caribbean Film Series
Film
Caribbean Film Series: The House on Coco Road
 

What happened to Grenada’s short-lived socialist revolution?

Tue, Apr 11, 2017
 
 
Book of Mary, A Woman’s Work: Anne-Marie Miéville
FILM SERIES
A Woman’s Work: Anne-Marie Miéville
 

BAMcinématek explores the relentlessly probing work of Anne-Marie Miéville.

Apr 12—Apr 19, 2017
 
 
Do What I Want: Arthur Russell on Film
Film
Do What I Want: Arthur Russell on Film
 

A poignant, dreamily impressionistic tribute to avant-garde visionary Arthur Russell.

Thu, Apr 20, 2017
Special Screening
 
 
Dark Mirror, The Inkblots: Rorschach on Film
Film Series
The Inkblots: Rorschach on Film
 

To mark the release of Damion Searls’ new biography of Hermann Rorshach, The Inkblots, BAMcinématek revisits two of the best of these vintage psycho-shockers.

Sat, Apr 8, 2017
 
 
Kings Of The Road, Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy
Film Series
Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy
 

Travel the open roads of Wim Wenders’ trio of ‘70s masterpieces.

Apr 21—Apr 23, 2017
 
 
Gang of the French Caribbean
Film Series
New Voices in Black Cinema
 

Narratives, documentaries, and shorts that examine the black experience.

Apr 26—Apr 30, 2017
 
 
Jiang Wen
Film Series
Jiang Wen Rising
 

BAMcinématek lets loose the wild man of contemporary Chinese cinema.

May 3—May 11, 2017
 
 
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Peak Performances
Film Series
Peak Performances
 

BAMcinématek celebrates the return of David Lynch’s avant-visionary soap opera.

May 12—May 24, 2017
 
 
Le Balon d'or
Film Series
FilmAfrica 2017
 

Featuring the best narrative and documentary films from across Africa and beyond.

May 26—May 29, 2017
 
 
Lions love
Film Series
Varda in California
 

America, as seen through the eyes of French New Wave force Agnès Varda.

May 31—Jun 13, 2017
 
 
Film
Caribbean Film Series: Play the Devil
 

A potent study of power and sexuality set against Trinidad’s Carnival.

Tue, Jun 6, 2017
 
 
BAMcinemaFest 2017
Programs
BAMcinemaFest 2017
 

The ninth annual showcase of the best in American film returns in June, with the lineup announcement May 3.

Jun 14—Jun 25, 2017
 
 
Baby Doll
Film Series
Southern Gothic
 

The wildest, lustiest, and sweatiest tales of the macabre from below the Mason-Dixon.

Jun 26—Jul 26, 2017
 
 
Reservoir Dogs
Film Series
Edgar Wright Presents Heist Society
 

It’s all about high risks, big scores, and breathless getaways in these caper classics.

Jun 27—Jul 23, 2017
 
 
Dreamgirls
Film Series
FAB Flicks
 

BAMcinématek & FAB Alliance present a series of free outdoor screenings at Putnam Triangle Plaza.

Jul 6—Jul 27, 2017
 
 
Friday the 13th
Film Series
Notes on Camp
 

Relive the halcyon summer days of your youth with these camp classics.

Jul 12—Jul 18, 2017
 
 
Husbands
Film
Husbands
 

John Cassavetes’ freewheeling, gonzo-comic epic of male misbehavior.

Jul 19—Jul 25, 2017
 
 
Made for more
Film Series
Animation Block Party 2017
 

The East Coast’s premier animation festival returns for its 14th annual edition.

Jul 28—Jul 30, 2017
 
 
Fade to Black
Film Series
In Concert
 

BAMcinématek brings you a cinematic playlist of era-defining concert films.

Jul 31—Aug 13, 2017
 
 
Jonathan Demme: Heart of Gold
Film Series
Jonathan Demme: Heart of Gold
 

A tribute to the late, beloved humanist of American cinema.

Aug 4—Aug 24, 2017
 
 
Fox And His Friends
Film
Fox and His Friends
 

German New Wave rebel Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s heart-shattering queer classic.

Aug 25—Aug 31, 2017
 
 
One From The Heart
Film Series
4 by Teri Garr
 

BAMcinématek salutes the scene-stealing character actress extraordinaire.

Sep 1—Sep 4, 2017
 
 
Moko Jumbie
Film
The Caribbean Film Series Special Sneak Preview: Moko Jumbie
 

Vashti Anderson’s debut about a girl in rural Trinidad and a short capturing life in Jamaica.

Wed, Sep 6, 2017
Special Sneak Preview
 
 
Va Savoir
Film Series
Plus ça change: French New Wave in the New Millennium
 

A showcase of late-career masterworks by titans of the French New Wave.

Sep 8—Sep 17, 2017
 
 
Crooklyn
Film
One Film, One New York: Crooklyn
 

BAM participates in the campaign to get New York City to unite around one great film.

Wed, Sep 13, 2017
 
 
Free
Stormy Weather
Film Series
Lena Horne 100
 

BAMcinématek celebrates the singer, actress, and activist on the 100th anniversary of her birth.

Sep 18—Sep 20, 2017
 
 
Penetentiary
Film Series
Jamaa Fanaka: L.A. Rebel
 

The daring, subversive, and unabashedly entertaining films of the LA Rebellion renegade.

Sep 22—Sep 27, 2017
 
 
Watched
Film
Watched
 

An intimate exploration of two women coming of age under the gaze of surveillance.

Wed, Oct 4, 2017
Special Event
 
 
7852
Film
78/52
 

A frame-by-frame unpacking of Hitchcock’s taboo-shattering shower scene in Psycho.

Thu, Oct 5, 2017
Sneak Peek