“The city’s best independent film showcase”
—The New Yorker

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Launched in 2009 as a showcase for new independent films, the annual festival is an extension of BAM’s year-round film program, collecting the most innovative new work from festivals in the US and around the world and bringing them to New York City audiences. This year’s festival features blazingly personal works by filmmakers who have defied industry odds to realize their singular visions. Overflowing with funny, moving, challenging, and thought-provoking discoveries from the cutting edge of independent film, BAMcinemaFest is a celebration of all that movies can be when bold, uncompromising artists are empowered to tell their own stories.

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Steinberg Screen at the BAM Harvey Theater is made possible by The Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust

 

 
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PAST EVENTS
Farewell
Film
Opening Night: The Farewell
 

A gently humorous and achingly tender reflection on home, heritage, and family bonds.

Wed, Jun 12, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 
 
Give Me Liberty
Film
Centerpiece: Give Me Liberty
 

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

Mon, Jun 17, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 
 
De Lo Mio
Film
Closing Night: De Lo Mio
 

An achingly alive look at cherishing the past while learning to let go.

Sat, Jun 22, 2019
WORLD PREMIERE
 
 
Jawline
Film
Jawline
 

A disquieting look at teen dreams and disillusionment in the age of social media stardom.

Thu, Jun 13, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 
 
The Sound of Silence
Film
The Sound of Silence
 

Peter Sarsgaard is a silence-obsessed man confronting the realities of a dissonant world.

Fri, Jun 14, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 
 
Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary
Film
The Amazing Johnathan Documentary
 

A documentary about the famed magician-comedian careens wildly off the rails.

Fri, Jun 14, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 
 
Suicide By Sunlight
Film
Narrative Shorts Program
 

Tales of childhood wonder, black vampires, queer intimacy, and more.

Sat, Jun 15, 2019
 
 
Its Going To Be Beautiful
Film
The World is Full of Secrets
 

A trancelike fusion of avant-garde aesthetics and classic old-dark-house atmospherics.

Sat, Jun 15, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 
 
The Cancer Journals Revisited
Film
The Cancer Journals Revisited
 

A poetic, healing rumination on the words of womanist icon Audre Lorde.

Sun, Jun 16, 2019
WORLD PREMIERE
 
 
The Hottest August
Film
The Hottest August + Best Picture
 

A funny, urgent, and provocative look into our apocalyptic future as seen from the perilous present.

Sun, Jun 16, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 
 
Selah and the Spades
Film
Selah and The Spades
 

A potent, hyper-stylish immersion into the dark side of the teenage drive to be “perfect.”

Sun, Jun 16, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 
 
Sunrise/Sunset
Film
Sunrise/Sunset + Leave The Bus Through The Broken Window
 

Bittersweet reflections on what it means to be a stranger adrift in a strange land.

Tue, Jun 18, 2019
WORLD PREMIERE
 
 
Olympic Dreams
Film
Olympic Dreams
 

Nick Kroll stars in this heart-racing tale of human connection shot at the 2018 Olympics.

Wed, Jun 19, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 
 
Midnight in Paris
Film
Midnight in Paris
 

A vital, warmly human look at prom night in Flint, Michigan.

Wed, Jun 19, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 
 
Vision Portraits
Film
Vision Portraits
 

An inspiring, thought-provoking philosophical journey about what it means to truly see.

Thu, Jun 20, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 
 
It Started as a Joke
Film
It Started as a Joke
 

Eugene Mirman reflects on the end of an era in New York City comedy.

Thu, Jun 20, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 
 
The Mountain
Film
The Mountain
 

Jeff Goldblum stars in this eerie, enigmatic odyssey into the dark side of 1950s America.

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

The incredible story of undocumented activists who infiltrated an ICE detention center.

Fri, Jun 21, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 
 
Neighborhood
Film
Documentary Shorts Program
 

Eye-opening dispatches from the margins of American society.

Sat, Jun 22, 2019
 
 
Caballerango
Film
Caballerango + Ghosts of Sugar Land
 

Death haunts a close-knit Mexican community in this evocative documentary spellbinder.

Sat, Jun 22, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 
 
South Mountain
Film
Encore: South Mountain
 

Family ties become a trap from which a woman must find a way to escape.

Sun, Jun 23, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 
 
Premature
Film
Encore: Premature + Music from the Edge of the Allegheny Plateau
 

A tender, achingly raw journey through the joys and pains of first love.

Sun, Jun 23, 2019
NY PREMIERE
 
 
So Pretty
Film
Encore: So Pretty
 

A luminous, bracingly intimate snapshot of contemporary queer Brooklyn.

Sun, Jun 23, 2019
US PREMIERE
 
 
Filmmaker Talks
Film
BAMcinemaFest Industry Panels
 

BAMcinemaFest presents a free day of panels featuring industry tools and tips.

Sat, Jun 15, 2019
 
 
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