Film Festivals

Buzzworthy Cinema in Fort Greene

BAMcinemaFest showcases the best new indies in one of Brooklyn’s most prized venues.

Golden Exits / Photo by Sean Price Williams

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM to its friends and many fans) has to be one of our favorite venues for performances and movies. Conveniently located in Fort Greene, the cavernous arts space anchors BK’s culture scene and has lured adventurous audiences with its eclectic offerings since 1861, back when Brooklyn was really cool.

Over the past few years, BAMcinemaFest has become a must-attend event where smart viewers catch early screenings of films like Boyhood, which had its East Coast premiere at the venerable theater in 2014.

Why You Should Go: This year’s BAMcinemaFest is packed with buzzy indies from some of the best directors and actors working today. Here are a few screenings we’re excited about.

BAMcinemaFest 2017 / Photo courtesy of NEON Films

The Incredible Jessica James

Jessica Williams, the incredibly likable former Daily Show With Jon Stewart correspondent, costars in this Brooklyn-set romance about a playwright and a recent divorcé (played by Bridesmaids sweetheart Chris O’Dowd). Expect to see locations in and around BAM’s neighborhood, as well as a career-making performance by Williams.

Details:
The Incredible Jessica James
Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene
Friday, June 16, 7 p.m.
$16; $11 for members

I Am Another You

Prepare to have your preconceptions overturned by this documentary following a middle-class young man who’s chosen life on the streets. Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang discovered her subject, Dylan, while in Florida and followed him as he expresses his determined beliefs about freedom while living as a vagabond. This film won the Special Jury Award for Excellence in Documentary Storytelling at SXSW and is sure to spark some spirited debates.

Details:
I Am Another You

Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene
Sunday, June 18
7 p.m.
$16; $11 for members

Whose Streets?

Sabaah Folayan and Damond Davis’s documentary is a timely exploration of police misconduct and civil unrest. Filmed in Ferguson, Missouri, following the police shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown, this film takes an unblinking look at how a community united—and ruptured—in the wake of an all-too-thinkable act of abuse.

Details:
Whose Streets?

Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene
Monday, June 19, 7 p.m.
$16; $11 for members

The Big Sick

You probably know Kumail Nanjiani, the star and cowriter of The Big Sick, from his role as Dinesh on HBO’s Silicon Valley or his oddball guest appearances on Portlandia. But you’ll see him in a new light in this romantic comedy, based partially on his real-life experience as a Pakistani-American falling in love with an American woman who becomes ill during their courtship. (Nanjiani wrote the script with his wife, Emily V. Gordon.) The movie was directed by Michael Showalter (MTV’s The State and Wet Hot American Summer) and produced by comedy emperor Judd Apatow.

Details:
The Big Sick

Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene
Wednesday, June 21, 6:45 p.m.
$16; $11 for members

A Ghost Story

This metaphysical tale of love and loss stars Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara as a couple separated by death but united by something greater. A Ghost Story’s message about grief and the continuity of life will move you, and its images will haunt you (no pun intended). Directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), the film also stars genius singer-songwriter Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy.

Details:
A Ghost Story
BAM Harvey Theater
651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene
Thursday, June 22, 7:30 p.m.
$25; $20 for members

A Ghost Story / Photo courtesy of A24 Films

Ingrid Goes West

This is the #Perfect satire for our social media #Obsessed age. Aubrey Plaza (deadpan scene-stealer April from Parks and Recreation) plays Ingrid, a millennial whose life spirals out of control due to her obsession with Instagram. Expect this #NoFilter movie (directed by Matt Spicer and costarring Elizabeth Olsen) to show us just how #Insane our world of “likes” has become.

Details:
Ingrid Goes West
Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene
Friday, June 23, 7 p.m.
$16; $11 for members

Golden Exits

BAMcinemaFest’s closer is another Brooklyn story—or, in this case, multiple stories. Directed by Alex Ross Perry (32-year-old director of 2014’s Listen Up Philip), this ensemble piece offers glimpses into the lives of Brooklynites and features hipster darlings Jason Schwartzman and Chloë Sevigny, Beastie Boy–turned–actor Adam Horovitz, and the always excellent Mary-Louise Parker. Besides, celebrating the complex—let’s be honest, downright messy—lives of locals isn’t a bad way to end a hometown film fest.

Details:
Golden Exits
BAM Harvey Theater
651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene
Saturday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.
$25; $20 for members

Make it a perfect Fort Greene summer night with bold art installations and bolder Mediterranean plates.