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BAMcinématek Presents: Film School Shorts 2018

Wed, Sep 26, 2018
  • 7PM
RUN TIME: 85min
MEMBERS: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)
+  Post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers
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Wednesday September 26, 2018
Performances no longer available.
Part of Film 2018

This showcase, curated by Curtis Caesar John and BAMcinématek’s Natalie Erazo, celebrates new work by select student filmmakers from Brooklyn College, the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, Pratt Institute, Syracuse University, The New School, and NYU.

Special thanks to Jorge Oliver & Kara Hearn, Matthew Moore & Melanie Hill-Cantey, Michelle Materre, Vlad Nikolic & Dawnja Burris, Larry Banks, Owen Shapiro & Vasilios Papaioannu, Judith Kenny, Jaqueline Milles, James F. Richards, Brooklyn College, Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, The New School, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Pratt Institute, Syracuse University, and to all the students who submitted their wide array of films.

Post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers

Sexo Y Tortillas

Dir. Priscilla Alvarez (Brooklyn College)
2018, 13min, DCP


While visiting her rigid and estranged aunt in a small town in Mexico, a traveling saleswoman shocks the culture and vibrates the town, bringing the local women together.

The United States Of Paranoia

Dir. Rashan Castro (Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema)
2018, 15min, DCP


A middle-aged black man struggles to raise his impressionable son, care for his cantankerous father, and deal with constant, racially charged hallucinations, all while desperately trying to repair his air conditioner on the hottest day on record.


Dir. Gamar Markarian (The New School)
2018, 12min, DCP


With an observational style, this short film brilliantly captures and haltingly documents the life of everyday construction workers at New York City's latest major real estate development project, Hudson Yards.

My Nephew Emmett

Dir. Kevin Wilson Jr. (NYU, Tisch School of the Arts)
2018, 20min, DCP


At 2:30am on August 28, 1955, in the most racially divided state in the country, 64-year-old Mose Wright tries to protect his 14-year-old nephew Emmett Till from two racists out for blood.

I'm Working On It (I Promise I'm Really Trying)

Dir. Mayer Chalom (Pratt Institute)
2018, 8min, DCP


A short film exploring the creative process and its disjunctive nature. While preparing for a film I look for approval from my father who subsequently shoots down my various ideas. Those ideas subsequently play out on screen. Starring my father and made with love with some of my closest collaborators.

The Dick Appointment

Dir. Ja’Lisa Arnold (Syracuse University)
2018, 16min, DCP


As Jasmine waits for her latest hookup to come over, her roomates and some random surprise visitors distract her from the realization that homeboy just might not make it.

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