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Jan 1—Dec 31, 2019
 
 

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

 
 
 
 
 
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The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Film
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Now Playing
 
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Now Playing
NEW RELEASE
 

Jimmie Fails plays a version of himself in this funny and poignant odyssey about a rapidly changing San Francisco. Presented with The Racial Imaginary Institue

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Midsommar
Film
Midsommar
Now Playing
 
Midsommar
Now Playing
NEW RELEASE
 

Ari Aster (Hereditary) directs this dread-soaked cinematic fairy tale about a group of friends who head to an insular Swedish village for a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival.

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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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Film Series
Intimate Epics
Jul 19—Jul 23, 2019
 
Intimate Epics
Jul 19—Jul 23, 2019
FILM SERIES
 

These monumental masterpieces may be sprawling in ambition, but they are deeply personal in their richly observed details and profound human insight.

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Good Time
Film Series
We Can’t Even: Millennials on Film
Jul 24—Aug 6, 2019
 
We Can’t Even: Millennials on Film
Jul 24—Aug 6, 2019
FILM SERIES
 

This genre-spanning survey explores how a complex, extraordinarily diverse, and much misunderstood generation has been represented on screen and how, more recently, it has come to represent itself.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Film
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Opens Jul 25, 2019
 
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Opens Jul 25, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 

Screening on 35mm

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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Beyond the Canon: 3 by Maya Deren + Mulholland Drive
Film Series
Beyond the Canon
Feb 16—Aug 31, 2019
 
Beyond the Canon
Feb 16—Aug 31, 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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Desperately Seeking Susan
Film Series
Punks, Poets & Valley Girls: Women Filmmakers in 1980s America
Aug 7—Aug 20, 2019
 
Punks, Poets & Valley Girls: Women Filmmakers in 1980s America
Aug 7—Aug 20, 2019
FILM SERIES
 

From Hollywood to the indie underground, from New York No Wave to the LA Rebellion, these brilliant women directors defied the Reagan-era status quo to bring their stories to the screen.

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Whitney
Film
Special Screening: Whitney + discussion
Fri, Aug 9, 2019
 
Special Screening: Whitney + discussion
Fri, Aug 9, 2019
 

This uniquely unflinching, rawly revealing documentary sheds complex light on Whitney Houston, the cultural icon and the troubled soul.

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The Harder They Come
Film
The Harder They Come
Aug 21—Aug 27, 2019
 
The Harder They Come
Aug 21—Aug 27, 2019
 

Legendary roots musician Jimmy Cliff is an aspiring singer who becomes an anti-establishment outlaw in this vivid time capsule of 1970s Jamaica which introduced reggae to the world.

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No Place Like Home
Film
No Place Like Home
Aug 23—Aug 29, 2019
 
No Place Like Home
Aug 23—Aug 29, 2019
US PREMIERE
 

Perry Henzell’s rarely seen, long-lost follow-up to The Harder They Come is a politically conscious, reggae-infused journey through rural Jamaica.

+ Aug 23, 7pm: Q&A with filmmaker and producer Justine Henzell
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The Tree Of Life
Film Series
Programmers’ Notebook: On Memory
Aug 28—Sep 5, 2019
 
Programmers’ Notebook: On Memory
Aug 28—Sep 5, 2019
FILM SERIES
 

Some of cinema’s most visionary artists evoke the emotional experience of past and present colliding in these poetic, surreal, and intensely personal reflections on childhood, history, and human relationships.

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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—Jul 18, 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
 
 
Penny Lane Presents Exit Through the Gift Shop
Film Series
Screen Epiphanies
 

Artists and cultural figures present the films that inspired their passion for cinema.

Feb 26—Jul 17, 2019
FILM SERIES