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BAMcinemaFest

June 19

Wed, Jun 14 7:30pm: Opening NightGemini (HT)
Thu, Jun 15
7pm: The Force (BRC)9:30pm: Signature Move (BRC)
Fri, Jun 16
7pm: The Incredible Jessica James (BRC) 9:45pm: The Strange Ones (BRC)
Sat, Jun 17 1:30pm: Princess Cyd (BRC) 4:15pm: Columbus (BRC) 7pm: Where is Kyra? (BRC)7:30pm: SpotlightLandline (HT) 
9:45pm: Bitch (BRC)
Sun, Jun 18
1:30pm: Dina (BRC)4:15pm: Wind River (BRC)5:30pm: CenterpieceEn el Séptimo Día (HT)7pm: I Am Another You (BRC)9:30pm: Dear Renzo + Educators Men + All Good Things (BRC)
Mon, Jun 197pm: Whose Streets? (BRC)9:45pm: Snowy Bing Bongs + Hardware + Lance Lizardi (BRC)
Tue, Jun 20
7pm: Common Carrier (BRC)9:30pm: Walking Out (BRC)
Wed, Jun 21
6:45pm: Big Sick (BRC)9:45pm: Most Beautiful Island + Innards (BRC)
Thu, Jun 22 
7:30pm: SpotlightA Ghost Story (HT)7pm: Marjorie Prime (BRC)Sundown: Free Outdoor ScreeningOur Song (BKBP)
Fri, Jun 23
7pm: Ingrid Goes West + Harvest (BRC)9:45pm: Lemon (BRC)Sat, Jun 242pm: Escapes (BRC)4:45pm: The Work + Have No Fear (BRC)7:30pm: Closing NightGolden Exits (HT)
 The Big Sick (Michael Showalter) NY Premiere NarrativeComedian and Silicon Valley scene-stealer Kumail Nanjiani scores a brilliant big screen breakthrough asthe co-writer (with Emily V. Gordon) and star of this hilarious and poignant romantic comedy based on hisown life. When struggling Chicago standup Kumail (Nanjiani) meets grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) theyquickly spark. At first their romance seems threatened by his fear of disappointing his traditional Pakistaniparents who want nothing more than for their son to settle down with a nice Muslim girl. But when fatethrows the young couple a life-or-death curve ball, Kumail is forced to do some serious growing up.Working with director Michael Showalter and producers Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel. Nanjiani brings afresh and personal perspective to this cross-cultural love story. An Amazon Studios/Lions Gate Filmsrelease

 

 Bitch (Marianna Palka) NY Premiere NarrativeA suburban family goes to the dogsliterallyin this savage feminist satire. Unappreciated by her fourbratty kids and treated like garbage by her chauvinist husband Bill (Jason Ritter), tormented housewife Jill(Marianna Palka) has an epic breakdown from which she emerges as a snarling, feral canine. Withmommy now under the delusion that she is a wild dog, all order breaks down and Bill is forced to eitherconfront his toxic behavior or watch his family unravel. Blending pitch-black comedy with subversive socialcommentary, Bitch is a daring, provocative domestic horror show

 

 Bitch (Marianna Palka) NY Premiere NarrativeA suburban family goes to the dogsliterallyin this savage feminist satire. Unappreciated by her fourbratty kids and treated like garbage by her chauvinist husband Bill (Jason Ritter), tormented housewife Jill(Marianna Palka) has an epic breakdown from which she emerges as a snarling, feral canine. Withmommy now under the delusion that she is a wild dog, all order breaks down and Bill is forced to eitherconfront his toxic behavior or watch his family unravel. Blending pitch-black comedy with subversive socialcommentary, Bitch is a daring, provocative domestic horror show

 Ingrid Goes West (Matt Spicer) NY Premiere Narrative
Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) is an unhinged social media stalker with a history of confusing “likes” formeaningful relationships. Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) is a Instagram-famous “influencer” whoseperfectly curated, boho-chic lifestyle becomes Ingrid’s latest obsession. When Ingrid moves to LA andmanages to insinuate herself into the social media star’s life, their relationship quickly goes from #BFF to
#WTF. Built around a brilliantly disarming performance from Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West (winner of theWaldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundanceis a caustically funny journey into the dark side of ourobsessively on-brand, Insta-perfect age. A NEON release.
 Landline (Gillian Robespierre) NY Premiere NarrativeOn the heels of their breakout hit Obvious Child, whirlwind talent Jenny Slate and writer-director GillianRobespierre once again tackle a thorny subject with contagious irreverence. Landline tracks the splintersthat form within a Manhattan family when sisters Dana (Jenny Slate) and Ali (Abby Quinn) discover thattheir father (John Turturro) is cheating on their mother (Edie Falco), as they themselves give in to their owntaboo temptations. Set amid the retro-wonderland of the 1990s with period-perfect detailfrom stone-ageMacintosh desktops to stonewashed jeansthis brash comedy is counterbalanced with deeply feltobservations on family, relationships, and commitment. A Magnolia Pictures release. Lemon (Janicza Bravo) NY Premiere NarrativeDestined to be the most audacious feature debut of the year, Janicza Bravo’s brilliantly bizarro, black-as-the-void comedy is as unnerving as it is subversively funny. It follows the singularly strange travails ofIsaac (Brett Gelman), a neurotic (to put it mildly), failed actor whose life goes into freefall when his blind
girlfriend (Judy Greer) walks out on him. Along the way he directs an unhinged staging of Chekhov’s TheSeagull, attends the Passover Seder from hell (culminating in a weirdly catchy sing-along about matzoballs), and attempts to woo a new flame (Nia Long). With its startlingly stylized visuals, off-the-wall musicalcues, and head-spinningly absurdist humor, Lemon has the earmarks of a cult classic in the making. AMagnolia Pictures release. Marjorie Prime (Michael Almereyda) NY Premiere NarrativeIf you had the chance to remember your life differently, would you? In a not-too-far-off future, octogenarianwidow Marjorie (Lois Smith) reconnects with her deceased husband. Or, rather, with an artificialintelligence hologram of his younger self (played by Jon Hamm) who feeds off the information he gleans
through conversations with her. It’s an opportunity for Marjorie not only to relive her past, but to reshape it,
bringing comfort to the old woman but raising troubling issues for her daughter (Geena Davis). Driven byvirtuoso performances from its powerhouse cast, the new film from the restlessly adventurous MichaelAlmereyda poses provocative questions about love, technology, memory, and mortality. A FilmRise release Most Beautiful Island (Ana Asencio) NY Premiere Narrative                                                                  The directorial debut from Ana Asensio, winner of the Narrative Grand Jury Prize at South by Southwest, isa gritty, nerve-shredding thriller that  plumbs  the dark flipside of the American dream. Luciana (played byAsensio herself) is an undocumented Spanish woman living in the shadows of New York City as she
struggles to get by on demeaning odd jobs. When she’s offered a chance to make what seems like an easy
$2,000, she jumps at the opportunity. But the money, she soon finds, comes with a sadistic catch. Inspiredby the director’s own experiences overstaying her visa, Most Beautiful Island combines twisted genre thrillswith a sobering depiction of life on the margins. Our Song (McKay, 2000), Narrative Over the course of a sweltering summer in Crown Heights, best friends Lanisha (Kerry Washington, in herfilm debut), Maria (Melissa Martinez), and Joycelyn (Anna Simpson) navigate a host of teenage anxieties
the closing of their high school, unplanned pregnancy, and tumultuous family livesall between rehearsalswith the legendary Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band (who punctuates the movie with rousingperformances). Jim McKay’s (En el Séptimo Día) refreshingly honest, nuanced depiction of femalefriendship captures the growing pains of adolescence, as well as the sights, sounds, and feelings ofBrooklyn summer. An IFC Films release Princess Cyd (Stephen Cone) NY Premiere NarrativeNine years after a traumatic childhood incident, brash 16-year-old Cyd (Jessie Pinnick) heads to Chicagoto spend the summer with her aunt (Rebecca Spence). Spending languorous, sunny days at the beach andbarbecues, Cyd develops a budding relationship with the androgynous Katie (Malic White) while grappling with issues of sexuality and spirituality. Featuring naturalistic performances and moments of unexpectedlyricism, this new film by Stephen Cone (Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, BAMcinemaFest 2015) is aportrait of a young woman testing the waters of the real world for the first time
 Signature Move (Jennifer Reeder) NY Premiere NarrativePakistani-American lawyer Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza) juggles a demanding job, a budding romance withLatina bookstore owner Alma (Sari Sanchez), and a newfound hobby: lucha libre wrestling. On top of allthat, she’s adapting to living with her recently widowed, traditionalist Muslim mother (Indian superstar
Shabana Azmi), to whom she’s not out of the closet. As Zaynab’s relationship with Alma grows moreserious, she’s forced to reconcile her love for her girlfriend with her love for her mother. Set against themulticultural mosaic of Chicago’s immigrant communities, Signature Move is a tender, vividly realized lookat falling in love from the perspective of queer women of color. Snowy Bing Bongs (Alex H. Fischer and Rachel Wolther) World PremiereNarrativeThis blissfully bonkers whatzit from unclassifiable dance-comedy trio Cocoon Central Dance Team is partpsychotropic performance art spectacle, part absurdist sketch show. The three Bing BongsTallie Medel,Sunita Mani & Eleanor Pientalounge about, pass gas, and periodically break into wondrously strangedance routines, with outer space interludes, a serious consideration of doctor boners, and a 90s-style girlgroup meltdown along the way. It all plays like a live action cartoon piped in from a cotton-candy-coloredalternate universe. The Strange Ones (Lauren Wolkstein & Christopher Radcliff) NY Premiere NarrativeFollowing a violent incident, two young men (Alex Pettyfer & James Freedson-Jackson) go on the runthrough a desolate rural landscape. As relationships, identities, and realities shift in unexpected ways,tensions mount, creating an atmosphere rife with unease. This masterful feature debut by LaurenWolkstein and Christopher Radcliff, hauntingly lensed to emphasize both the majesty and menace ofnature, is a spellbinding psychological mystery.
 Walking Out (Alex Smith & Andrew Smith) NY Premiere Narrative
Fourteen-year-old David (Josh Wiggins) heads to a remote stretch of Montana for an annual visit with his reclusive father Cal (Matt Bomer). After reluctantly agreeing to accompany his dad on a hunting trip in the  wilderness, David must rise to the occasion when a series of extreme events leaves an injured Caldependent on his son to make it back alive. Strikingly shot against dramatic mountain landscapes, Walking Out is a moving survival tale, forgoing easy thrills in favor of harrowing realism and genuine emotional heft.An IFC Films release. 
 Where is Kyra? (Andrew Dosunmu) NY Premiere Narrative Michelle Pfeiffer delivers a coolly devastating performance in this noir-tinged portrait of a middle-agedBrooklyn woman driven to extremes. Following the death of her mother, Kyra finds herself jobless andheavily in debt. Desperate to keep from losing her apartment, and with the help of her concerned quasi-boyfriend (Kiefer Sutherland), she resorts to a shocking scheme. Stunningly shot in moody, color-saturated twilight tones, this new film from Andrew Dosunmu (Mother of George, BAMcinemaFest 2013) simmers with slow burn suspense until its shattering conclusion. Whose Streets? (Directed by Sabaah Folayan, Co-Directed by Damon Davis) NY 
“Our streets!” This electrifying, on-the-ground dispatch from the frontlines of America’s ongoing civil rights
struggle captures how the protests that erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, following the police shooting ofunarmed black teenager Michael Brown grew into a worldwide movement. Weaving together original
footage, smartphone video, and social media records, it’s an unfiltered look at the protests from the points of view of the community members and activists who took to the streetsand faced down a heavilymilitarized police forceto demand justice. The result is a much-needed counter-perspective to theprevailing media narrative and an essential record of a galvanizing moment in American history. AMagnolia Pictures release. The Work (Jairus McLeary & Gethin Aldous) NY Premiere DocumentaryWinner of the Documentary Grand Prize at South by Southwest, The Work takes you behind the walls of
California’s notorious Folsom State Prison and brings you face to face with a group therapy session unlike
any other. Over the course of four explosive days, three inmates and three men from the outside worldengage in an intense emotional exorcism as part of a program designed to benefit both convicts andcivilians. As they delve into their deepest fears, traumas, and failings, macho posturing gradually gives way. 

to raw vulnerability. For the prisoners and free men alike it’s a cathartic, soul-shaking experience. Forviewers, it’s a riveting emotional rollercoaster that proves disarmingly moving. Wind River (Taylor Sheridan) NY Premiere NarrativeThis striking directorial debut from Oscar-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (SicarioHell or HighWater) is a tense, engrossing murder mystery set in the desolate tundra of a Wyoming Native Americanreservation. A wildlife officer (Jeremy Renner) discovers the body of a teenage girl, setting off aninvestigation that will find him partnered with an FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) and reopening unresolvedwounds from his past. Sheridan channels the existential spirit of both hardboiled noir and classic 70s crimeprocedurals, abetted by a plaintive score from Nick Cave and fellow Bad Seed Warren Ellis. The WeinsteinCompany release.Shorts ProgramAll Good Things 25min NY PremiereDocumentaryDirected by Chloe Domont
Director Chloe Domont turns the camera on her own parents’ unconventional love story, from finding oneanother at an AA meeting to the surprising way they’ve made their marriage work.Dear Renzo 19min NY PremiereNarrativeDirected by Agostina Gálvez, Francisco LezamaFate throws together three young Argentines in New York City, where each is caught up in a web ofproblems revolving around money, language, and love.
Educators 4min World PremiereNarrative
Directed by Jay GiampietroOver mushroom barley soup and ketchup-laden kasha, two teachers in a New York diner complain aboutbeing abused at school. When the conversation turns to Trump, an opportunity for a history quiz arises.
Hardware 15min  NY PremiereNarrative Directed by Stephen Jacobson An electronic-drum enthusiast’s plan to find the perfect business partner at a housewares trade show goes
horribly awry in this dark comedy.Harvest 12min NY PremiereDocumentary Directed by Kevin Byrnes As we follow Jenni over the course of a week, we join a growing audience interested in tracking her every move in this unsettling, voyeuristic documentary.
Have No Fear 18min NY PremiereDocumentaryDirected by Beata Calinska & Sarah JacobsonChoreographer and activist Adia Whitaker has a mission: to protect young children from police brutality.Since too many kids from her community have been harmed or killed, she creates a performance piecedesigned to engage people in a new way.
Innards 11min World PremiereNarrative Directed by Tyler Rubenfeld   Over the course of a long night, a former child actor reconnects with his twin brother to discuss a role theyonce sharedas the lead in a cruddy, shot-on-video cannibal film, Innards.
Lance Lizardi 8min NY PremiereNarrative Directed by Xander Robin A young man takes his love for lizards to the extreme.
Men 17min World PremiereDocumentary Directed by Dane MainellaA group of young men shoot off fireworks, get drunk, take mushrooms, and dance around a fire over thecourse of a day and night in the woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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June 19
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BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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