BAM's Cinema Feast

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We at BB love film, be it the smart docs we screen at our Drinks on the Docs series (which continues tonight at the Bell House) or the outdoor flicks at Rooftop, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Summerscreen.

But BAMcinematek promises to one up everyone with a brand-new, mind-bogglingly good film festival, BAMcinemaFEST, debuting June 17 to July 2.

The idea grew out of Sundance at BAM, a festival co-presented by the Sundance Institute that happened around this time of year for the past three.

Bitten by the festival bug, BAMcinematek decided to launch one this summer to coincide with their 10th anniversary. There will be repertory classics like Do the Right Thing, dance parties, hot docs like Reporter, a Sunday of shorts, two outdoor screenings, and a ton of great new features.

If you want to see the creme de la cinemaFEST, the hottest tickets (on sale since Monday) include the NY premieres of Humpday — a sly riff on Apatow’s “bromances” that was a huge hit at Sundance and recently screened at the prestigious Cannes Fortnight program; Beeswax, about twin sisters in Austin played by real-life siblings and directed by indie star/auteur Andrew Bujalski; Big Fan, the directorial debut of Wrestler screenwriter Robert Siegel; and Ry Russo-Young’s You Won’t Miss Me, starring Stella Schnabel (Julian’s eldest) in an update of Cassavetes’ A Woman Under the Influence. Tickets for the opening night screening of Don’t Let Me Drown, a Brooklyn love story directed by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Cruz Angeles, followed by a big bash in the lobby and BAMcafe, will go quickly, too.

True to BAMcinematek’s eclectic programming, the fest offers more than just new releases. Film buffs will relish an evening with world-renowned French filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin and the centerpiece event is a screening of the silent classic, Metropolis, accompanied by the Irish ambient rock outfit 3epkano (“three”-epkano), followed by multiple movie marathons on BAM’s four screens, with kitschy themes like “All Night Bong” and “Before They Were Scientologists.” Like BAM’s Takeover nights, a dance party will keep you on your toes between screenings.

BAMcinemaFEST, June 17-July 2. Tickets for general films are $11; special screenings range from $15-$20, less for members. Full schedule here.

Sent by Nicole. Top two photos courtesy BAM.

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