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BAM Cinemafest

June 22, 2016

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Every day until June 26, 2016
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Opening the festival is the New York premiere of Ira Sachs’
Little Men, an achingly empathetic drama that confronts the complexities of gentrification by oneof American independent cinema’s most perceptive filmmakers. After the death of his father,struggling actor Brian (Oscar nominee Greg Kinnear) inherits a Brooklyn house and moves in withhis family. His artistically inclined teenage son Jake finds an inseparable friend in his neighbor
Tony, but the strength of their bond is tested when Brian decides to raise the rent on Tony’s 

mother (Paulina Garcia, who won the Silver Bear for her performance in 2013’s Gloria), a Chileanimmigrant who runs a dress shop on the ground floor. Suffused with hard-won compassion andhonesty, this follow-up to 2014’s acclaimed Love Is Strange captures the joy and pain of coming of age in a rapidly changing neighborhood. 
Little Men is a Magnolia Pictures release scheduled for theatrical release on August 5.
This year’s Closing Night selection is the New York premiere of Brooklyn filmmaker Tim Sutton’s third
feature, Dark Night. Called “among the country’s most intriguing cinematic anthropologists” (Variety),Sutton’s latest is loosely inspired by the multiplex shooting that devastated Aurora, Colorado. The filmobserves six strangers as their lives intersect at the site of imminent brutality. Boasting evocativecinematography by Hélène Louvart (PinaThe Wonders) and a haunting score by Maica Armata, DarkNight is an impressionistic journey into the dread lurking beneath the placid surface of suburban life.As a special Centerpiece selection, BAMcinemaFest presents the New York premiere of Todd Solondz’s
macabre comedy Wiener-Dog. Two decades into a career of mining the varieties of human dysfunction,celebrated independent filmmaker Solondz (Welcome to the DollhouseHappiness) casts new light on thegrotesque suburban landscape through the eyes of man’s best friend. With Danny DeVito, Greta Gerwig,Julie Delpy, and Ellen Burstyn and shot by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Edward Lachman (Carol).Wiener-Dog is an Amazon Studios/IFC Films release.This year’s Spotlight selections are Ti West’s western In a Valley of Violence and Jeff Baena’s comedy
Joshy. In a Valley of Violence stars Ethan Hawke as a mysterious drifter who has a run-in with a smarmy gunslinger (James Ransone) who happens to be the son of the local marshal (John Travolta). The run-in soon escalates into a bloody and berserk battle of revenge. In a Valley of Violence is a Focus World release. Featuring a score by Devendra Banhart and an ensemble cast of hilarious comedic talents
including Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Adam Pally (Happy Endings), Jenny Slate (Obvious Child),and acclaimed filmmaker Alex Ross Perry (Queen of Earth, BAMcinemaFest 2015 Centerpiece)JeffBaena’s sophomore feature Joshy is a wickedly amusing portrayal of male bonding and emotional incompetence. After his engagement suddenly ends, Joshy and a few his friends decide to take advantage of what was supposed to be his bachelor party in Ojai, California. In their attempt to help Joshy deal with the recent turn of events, the guys turn the getaway into a raucous weekend filled with drugs, booze, debauchery, and hot tubs. Joshy is a Lionsgate release.The complete BAMcinemaFest 2016 slate includes:
 OPENING NIGHT: Little Men (Ira Sachs) NY Premiere Narrative
 CLOSING NIGHT: Dark Night (Tim Sutton) NY Premiere Narrative
 CENTERPIECE: Wiener-Dog (Todd Solondz) NY Premiere Narrative
 SPOTLIGHT: In a Valley of Violence (Ti West) NY Premiere Narrative
 SPOTLIGHT: Joshy (Jeff Baena) NY Premiere Narrative
 The Alchemist Cookbook (Joel Potrykus) NY Premiere NarrativeYoung outcast Sean has isolated himself in a trailer in the Michigan backwoods, setting out on alchemical
pursuits with his cat Kaspar as his sole companion. Filled with disdain for authority, he’s escaped asociety that has no place for him, but when he turns to black magic to crack nature’s secret, he rouses a
malevolent force that threatens to dismantle both his otherworldly goals and his very being. This micro-budget genre-bender echoes the absurdist, visceral tones in Potrykus’s previous films, Buzzard and Ape,which were showcased in a BAMcinématek retrospective in 2015. An Oscilloscope Laboratories release.  Another Evil (Carson Mell) NY Premiere NarrativeThere are spirits in the secluded vacation home of Dan (Steve Zissis) and Mary (Jennifer Irwin). Fed upwith this supernatural nuisance, Dan hires Os, a professional exorcist (Mark Proksch) whose fragileemotional state after a recent divorce leads him to cling to his client as a potential new best friend. After aboozy week of bonding, it becomes clear Os answers to a boss much greater than his client, and will goto great lengths to please him. An inventive, risk-taking blend of horror and comedy, Silicon Valley writer
Carson Mell’s feature debut explores the unholy mess that emerges when a paranormal infestation is accompanied by a woefully human one. Author: The JT LeRoy Story (Jeff Feuerzeig) NY Premiere DocumentaryArmed with a tortured backstory and some scintillating subject matter, gender-non-conforming teen author JT LeRoy burst onto the literary scene in the late 90s, finding friends and champions among the likes of Winona Ryder, Billy Corgan, and Gus Van Sant. Two novels, one film adaptation, and several media appearances later, this much-publicized wunderkind was exposed as the fabrication of LauraAlbert, a Brooklyn mother with a fake British accent and a troubled past of her own. Drawing on tell-all interviews and a wealth of archival material, including an unforgettable phone recording with CourtneyLove, Author authoritatively unravels one of the most elaborate hoaxes in contemporary American fiction.
An Amazon Studios/Magnolia Pictures release.
 The Childhood of a Leader (Brady Corbet) North American Premiere NarrativeIndependent film mainstay Brady Corbet (Mysterious SkinMartha Marcy May Marlene) delivers one ofthe most audacious directorial debuts of the year (winning two major awards at the Venice Film Festival)with this allegory of totalitarianism in the wake of World War I. Loosely inspired by the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre and Margaret MacMillan, The Childhood of a Leader is a nightmarish coming-of-age talecharting the early stirrings of despotism in a French choirboy (chillingly assured newcomer Tom Sweet),whose father is a high-ranking diplomat assisting President Woodrow Wilson in the signing of the Treaty
of Versailles. Corbet’s ambitious reflection on the dark forces of history features a special appearance by
Robert Pattinson and a thunderous orchestral score by avant-garde icon Scott Walker. A SundanceSelects release.
  collective:unconscious (Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Josephine Decker,Lauren Wolkstein) NY Premiere Narrative
Five of New York’s most innovative independent directors adapt each other’s dreams for the big screen in
this ambitious omnibus film. Formally audacious and wildly unpredictable, this cinematic descent into thesurreal ranges from the ominous to the absurd: a gym class is conducted from inside a volcano; the GrimReaper hosts a chilling game show; one man’s risky quest changes a brainwashing tower signal; former
prison inmates reflect on their first moments of freedom; and a mother-to-be realizes a beast is growing inher womb. Producer Dan Schoenbrun’s (The School is Watching, BAMcinemaFest 2015) project capturesthe hypnotic visions that result when gifted filmmakers are given unlimited creativity. Fraud (Dean Fleischer-Camp) NY Premiere DocumentaryWhile digging through the cyber-heaps of footage readily available on YouTube, filmmaker DeanFleischer-Camp (Marcel the Shell) came upon more than 100 hours of home movie video documentingthe birthday parties, afternoons spent at the playground, and mall trips of an unknown American family.Commenting on the fluid natures of digital storytelling and voyeurism, Fleischer-Camp masterfully re-edited the footage to create Fraud, a provocative narrative that paints a wild new portrait of the family andtheir day-to-day lives. A found-footage film in the truest sense, Fraud explores what happens when anew, unexpected narrative is imposed on the virtual detritus of our lives. Goat (Andrew Neel) NY Premiere Narrative
Binge drinking, threats of forced bestiality, loads of piss and vomit: Andrew Neel’s dystopian vision ofcollege Greek culture doesn’t skimp on the grotesque details. This unflinching adaptation of Brad Land’s
memoir (co-scripted by David Gordon Green) dives into the merciless pledge period at Phi Sigma Mu, thefraternity that sensitive-but-jockish freshman Brad (Ben Schnetzer) hopes to join, and to which hisswaggering older brother Brett (Nick Jonas, in a breakthrough performance) proudly belongs. Recently avictim of a car robbery and assault, Brad sets out to reaffirm his masculinity by submitting to thehumiliation of the society’s hazing rituals. Cataloging the vagaries of this grueling process, Goat is bothan indictment of sadistic machismo and a surprisingly sensitive look at brotherly intimacy. A FilmArcade/Paramount Pictures release.
 Kate Plays Christine (Robert Greene) NY Premiere Documentary
In 1974, Florida newscaster Christine Chubbuck made headlines (and became an inspiration for SidneyLumet’s Network) when she committed suicide on live television. In this Sundance Special Jury Award-winner, actress Kate Lyn Sheil (House of CardsThe Girlfriend Experience) heads to Sarasota toinvestigate the facts as she prepares to star in “a stylized cheap 70s soap opera” version of the story that
may or may not be in production. Questioning the assumptions that often fuel cinematic recreations of thepast, Robert Greene’s latest film is a mercilessly self-interrogating nonfiction thriller that explores theethical pitfalls of media representation. A Grasshopper Film release.
 Little Sister (Zach Clark) NY Premiere Narrative“Fail to see the tragic, turn it into magic!”—Marilyn Manson. Zach Clark’s (White Reindeer,BAMcinemaFest 2013) fifth feature is an insightful, oddball exploration of family and trauma set during therun-up to the 2008 presidential election. Ex-goth-girl-turned-nun Colleen (Addison Timlin) returns to herchildhood home in North Carolina to reconnect with her recently-disfigured military vet brother (KeithPoulson). Though she uprights the cross above her bed upon arrival, her teenage feelings of angst andalienation soon resurface. GWAR dance sessions, awkward mother-daughter conversations (featuring awildly entertaining Ally Sheedy), and drug-fueled Halloween parties ensue over the course of her visit.Clark “pleasingly meshes a scuzzy digital aesthetic with dreamy pop-art intrusions” (Variety), resulting in afeel-good trip about despair, joy, and everything in between. Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (Werner Herzog) NY Premiere DocumentaryIndefatigable chronicler of curiosities grand and modest, Werner Herzog sets his latest sights on the mostawe-inspiring wonder of our times: the Internet. The virtual world grows exponentially largerand moreinvasive, interactive, and dynamiceach day. Comprising interviews with an eclectic selection ofsubjectsvictims of online harassment, video game addicts, advanced robotics engineers, and brilliantpioneers who envision life on MarsLo and Behold contemplates the greater implications for humankind.These fascinating snapshots offer avenues through the endless digital expanse, allowing Herzog to askthe big questions about love, morality, and the future. A Magnolia Pictures release. The Love Witch (Anna Biller) NY Premiere Narrative
“She loved men… to death.” A gorgeous throwback to 60s Technicolor erotic movies, Anna Biller’s tale
about a love-starved, murderous witch is wicked feminist fun. Beautiful enchantress Elaine (SamanthaRobinson) uses every spell at her disposal in order to make men fall in love with her. Once entranced,however, these would-be lovers reveal themselves as wholly unappealing romantic partners. The bodycount rises in her luscious gothic Victorian apartment as she disposes of her failures and pines ever moredesperately for a worthy sweetheart. Shot and presented on sumptuous, color-soaked 35mm, The LoveWitch offers a stylish, fantastical examination of gender and female desire. Morris from America (Chad Hartigan) NY Premiere NarrativeThis heartwarming coming-of-age comedy centers on Morris (Markees Christmas, in an incrediblebreakout performance), a 13-year-old who has just relocated with his father, Curtis (Craig Robinson), toHeidelberg, Germany. Morris is a complete fish-out-of-watera self-proclaimed budding Notorious B.I.G.in an EDM world.  He falls hard for a cool, rebellious classmate, and sets out against all odds to take thehip-hop world by storm and win the girl of his dreams. Chad Hartigan’s (This is Martin Bonner,BAMcinemaFest 2013) delightfully original take on growing up and finding your voice won two prizes at
this year’s Sundance Film Festival: the Waldo Salt Screening Award and a Special Jury Award for
Robinson, whose touching, nuanced performance has been receiving tremendous praise. An A24release.
 Newtown (Kim A. Snyder) NY Premiere DocumentaryIn this devastating documentary, community members of Newtown, Connecticutpolice officers, parents,emergency responders, teachersspeak out on the grief and trauma that will weave them togetherforever. Given exclusive access to the homes of those who lost loved ones in the 2012 Sandy HookElementary School shootings, documentarian Kim Snyder captures intimate cycles of mourning andanger, coping and disbelief, electing to document the reverberations one act of violence can have on atown and its residents. This compassionate portrait suggests that while grief echoes far and wide, thecollective conscience of this heartbroken town is also bonded by empathy, resilience, and hope.
 Radio Dreams (Babak Jalali) NY Premiere NarrativeIn this Rotterdam Film Festival award-winning comedy, beloved singer-songwriter Mohsen Namjoooftenhailed as “the Bob Dylan of Iran”—stars as Hamid, an esteemed author who moves to San Francisco andmakes a career shift as the director at a financially struggling Farsi-language radio station. With hisEinstein-ian shock of hair and cantankerous disposition, he presides over a resolutely uncommercialprogram, whose owners hope to cash in with an on-air jam session featuring Afghan rock band KabulDreams and their longtime idols, Metallica. Charting the course of a day at the station’s claustrophobic
offices, where the staff wait anxiously for the arrival of Metallicawhose drummer Lars Ulrich ultimatelymakes a special appearanceRadio Dreams explores art, commerce, and assimilation with a deft blendof deadpan humor and melancholy. Slash (Clay Liford) NY Premiere NarrativeFifteen-year-old Neil is both a shy, questioning high-school freshman and a burgeoning author of slashfictionsteamy stories written with a homoerotic bent about iconic characters in fantasy and sci-fi popculture. When his writing is involuntarily shared at school, Neil is ostracized by everyone in the communitysave uninhibited classmate Julia. A fellow erotic writer, Julia encourages him to share his prose aboutVanguard, the hyper-masculine hero of a major sci-fi franchise who, with Neil’s help, has explosivepansexual encounters across the galaxy. Clay Liford’s (My Mom Smokes Weed, BAMcinemaFest, 2010;WussEarthling) compassionate exploration of adolescence, fandom, and sexuality finds its heroesdiscovering the courage it takes to be their most authentic selves. Spa Night (Andrew Ahn) NY Premiere NarrativeAndrew Ahn’s debut feature is an atmospheric journey through the churches, karaoke bars, and 24-hourspas of Los Angeles’ Korean immigrant community. Tight-lipped 18-year-old David Cho (SundanceAward winner Joe Seo) struggles to balance the pressures of college admissions with the odd jobs hetakes to help his financially struggling parents. When a gig at an all-male spa gives him his first glimpse atan underworld of gay hookups, he begins to explore his burgeoning sexual desires. Interweaving familydrama with scenes of frank eroticism, this luminously shot drama upends clichés of the gay coming-of-
age film. A Strand release.
 A Stray (Musa Syeed) NY Premiere NarrativeOn the run from a host of misfortunes, Somali immigrant Adan (Barkhad Abdirahman, Captain Phillips)finds himself on the streets of Minneapolis after his mother kicks him out and his friends deny him refuge.
His prospects start looking up when he finds shelter and a new job at a local mosque, but he’s evicted
when he brings in a stray dog, whose presence is deemed impure by members of the Muslim community.Homeless again, he must navigate the pressures brought on by his newfound faith, past friends and anold flame, and an FBI agent who hopes to enlist him as an informant. Gritty and beautifully shot, MusaSyeed’s sophomore feature is a moving look at the Twin Cities’ underrepresented refugee community. Suited (Jason Benjamin) NY Premiere DocumentaryThe HBO documentary film SUITED, directed by Jason Benjamin, spotlights Bindle & Keep, a bespoketailoring company based in Brooklyn that caters to a diverse LGBTQ community and looks beyond thegender binary, creating custom-made suits for gender non-conforming and transgender clients. Clothier
duo Rae and Daniel take a holistic approach to their work, considering each client’s personal narrative,which becomes inextricable from the creation of the perfect suit. From Derek’s emotional journey as he
prepares for his wedding, to Everett, a law student in a conservative environment, to Mel, who simplywants to look good for her 40th birthday partythe need for well-fitting garments represents deepermeaning around identity, empowerment, and feeling good.  Produced by Lena Dunham and JenniKonner, the film documents a cultural shift that is creating a new demandand responsefor eachperson’s right to go out into the world with confidence. A HBO Documentary Films release. Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell (Martin Bell) NY Premiere DocumentaryThirty-two years after the landmark documentary Streetwise introduced viewers to an indelible teenage girl known as Tinythen a 14-year-old prostitute living on the streets of Seattledirector Martin Bell revisits the tumultuous life of Erin Blackwell. Chronicling her rocky path from drug addiction and poverty to an all-too-fragile stability as the mother of ten children, this intimate follow-upproduced by the late,legendary photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who chronicled Blackwell’s life for 32 years—is a compassionate portrait of a woman scarred by life, but who remains resilient.
 A Woman, A Part (Elisabeth Subrin) North American Premiere NarrativeForty-something, Ritalin-dependent TV star Anna Baskin (Sons of AnarchyMad Men, and BillionsMaggie Siff) is in emotional free fall. In the hopes of escaping her Emmy-winning screen persona, shei mpulsively walks of the set of her LA show and flies back to New York. Squatting in her old rent stabilizedBrooklyn apartment, she makes awkward attempts to reconnect with friends from her old theater company, unleashing unresolved dynamics from the past. Multidisciplinary artist Elisabeth Subrin, whose credits include critically acclaimed films and installations such as Lost Tribes and Promised Lands (2010)and Shulie (1997), makes her narrative feature debut with this “poignant and compelling” (Artforum)examination of sexism, professional burnout, and the porous boundary between our authentic and performed selves.

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June 22, 2016
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BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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