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June 23—30, 2022
On-sale dates:

Thu, May 12 for BAM Members & Patrons
Thu, May 19 for General Public

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.

Lead sponsor of BAMcinemaFest:

Onyx ABC HuluLeadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.

Jerome L. Greene Foundation

 

Leadership support for BAM Film provided by the Ford Foundation and The Thompson Family Foundation ­

 
Aftershock
Film
Aftershock
Thu, Jun 23, 2022
 
Aftershock
Thu, Jun 23, 2022
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

A powerful documentary that shines a light on the Black women, and bereaved partners, who are failed by the US maternal health system.

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Ferny luca
Film
Ferny & Luca
Fri, Jun 24, 2022
 
Ferny & Luca
Fri, Jun 24, 2022
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

An award-winning lo-fi rom-com, shot in Brooklyn, that follows the hot and cold relationship of a naive pretty boy and a rough and tumble disco queen.

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Cheese
Film
Chee$e
Fri, Jun 24, 2022
 
Chee$e
Fri, Jun 24, 2022
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

An award-winning breakout debut by up-and-coming director Damian Marcano about a young father’s eccentric scheme to sell weed.

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100 Ways To Touch The Border
Film
100 Ways to Cross the Border
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
 
100 Ways to Cross the Border
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
WORLD PREMIERE
 

A daring, self-reflexive documentary on the extraordinary Mexican/Chicanx performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña and his troupe La Pocha Nostra’s radical artistic practice and work in “queering the border.”

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Actual People
Film
Actual People
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
 
Actual People
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

Desperate to control something in her life, a college grad decides to win the affections of a boy from her hometown in Kit Zauhar’s exciting, honest film about a young woman launched into adulthood.

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When Its Good
Film
BAMcinemaFest Shorts Program 1
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
 
BAMcinemaFest Shorts Program 1
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
 

From activists fighting for the rights of incarcerated pregnant people to singles searching for touch during the pandemic, these shorts focus on family, connection, and trauma.

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The Unknown Country
Film
The Unknown Country
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
 
The Unknown Country
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

In this narrative/documentary hybrid, Lily Gladstone stars as a grieving woman traveling to the Texas-Mexico border to reunite with her Oglala Lakota family.

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Sirens
Film
Sirens
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
 
Sirens
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

Moroccan-American filmmaker Rita Baghadi captures the unexpected, uplifting behind-the-scenes story of the Middle East’s first all-female thrash metal band.

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Nothing Lasts Forever
Film
Nothing Lasts Forever
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
 
Nothing Lasts Forever
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

Jason Kohn pushes the documentary into thriller territory with this riveting investigation of the secretive diamond industry.

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Crows are White
Film
Crows Are White
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
 
Crows Are White
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

A filmmaker searches for answers in a strict Buddhist monastery and at the bottom of a sundae in this doc-existential comedy.

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What theyve been taught
Film
BAMcinemaFest Shorts Program 2
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
 
BAMcinemaFest Shorts Program 2
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
 

A selection of formally inventive short films ask questions about art and history.

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Almas rainbow
Film
Alma’s Rainbow + Hair Piece: A Film for Nappyheaded People
Mon, Jun 27, 2022
 
Alma’s Rainbow + Hair Piece: A Film for Nappyheaded People
Mon, Jun 27, 2022
 

New restorations of African-American filmmaker Ayoka Chenzira’s visionary work center Black womanhood.

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Free Chol Soo Lee
Film
Free Chol Soo Lee
Tue, Jun 28, 2022
 
Free Chol Soo Lee
Tue, Jun 28, 2022
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

This extraordinary portrait of community activism follows the wrongful conviction of Chol Soo Lee and the complex legacy—and human cost—of becoming the symbol of a movement.

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Happers Comet
Film
Happer’s Comet + The Last Days of August
Wed, Jun 29, 2022
 
Happer’s Comet + The Last Days of August
Wed, Jun 29, 2022
 

From prairie towns in Nebraska to the quiet nightlife of suburban Long Island, these visually stunning films capture the quiet essence of humanity.

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2nd Chance
Film
2nd Chance
Thu, Jun 30, 2022
 
2nd Chance
Thu, Jun 30, 2022
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

This critically acclaimed first documentary from Ramin Bahrani follows the life and contradictions of the man that created, and self-tested, the bulletproof vest.

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