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BAMcinemaFest Kicks Off Opening Night With Casey Affleck & Rooney Mara-Led Outlaw Tale 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • June 20, 2013 2:45 PM
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Last night the Brooklyn Academy of Music kicked off its 5th annual BAMcinemaFest, a 10-day showcase of independent films culled from Cannes, Sundance, TIFF, Berlin, SXSW and other festivals from around the world. Highlights from this year’s lineup include James Ponsoldt's teen romance "The Spectacular Now," Sebastian Silva's druggy road trip adventure "Crystal Fairy," Joe Swanberg's relationship comedy "Drinking Buddies," Dustin Cretton's heartrending foster care facility-set drama "Short Term '12" and many, many more. Check out the full line-up here. But for opening night they scored the NYC Premiere of perhaps the buzziest film out of Sundance this year, David Lowery's "Ain't Them Bodies Saints." When we caught the film at Sundance we called it, "a wholly engrossing and impressive piece of work that the movie world will be talking about all year long."

Exclusive: Trailer For 2013 BAMcinemaFest Celebrating Its 5th Anniversary

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2013 9:58 AM
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If you didn't hit the slopes of Sundance, get a chance to taste the BBQ of SXSW or gallivant around the south of France at Cannes, not to worry because BAMcinemaFest has got you covered. Celebrating its fifth year in 2013, the rising festival is quickly becoming a midyear highlight, gathering the best of festivals from around the world while becoming a place to catch premieres as well. And with the kick off just under two weeks away, we're happy to unveil the trailer for this year's festivities.

Exclusive: Full Schedule For 5th Annual BAMcinemaFest; 'Peaches Does Herself,' 'William & The Windmill' & More Added

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 24, 2013 4:08 PM
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In a few weeks the fifth annual BAMcinemaFest at the Brooklyn Academy of Music kicks off, bringing a wide away of stellar content to New York’s hippest borough. Today, the full line-up has been revealed for the festival, which runs from June 19th to the 28th, which includes the New York premiere of the documentary “Peaches Does Herself” about punky synth pop star Peaches (complete with a live performance by the star) and the New York premiere of “I Used to Be Darker,” the new film by Matthew Porterfield. Get your subway tickets ready: it’s going to be a good one.

BAMcinemaFEST 2013 Lineup Includes 'Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,' 'Short Term 12,' 'The Spectacular Now' & Much More

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • May 9, 2013 10:24 AM
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The BAMcinemaFEST film festival, run by BAMcinématek out of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and now in its fifth year, has announced the complete lineup for 2013. Previous years included films from the likes of Lena Dunham, Nicolas Winding Refn and Lynn Shelton, and this year brings a fittingly eclectic collection of narrative and documentary movies as well, with 22 New York premieres and one world premiere in a schedule packed with upcoming indie talent and a few better-known faces.

Noah Baumbach Talks ‘Kicking And Screaming’ On The Eve Of BAMcinemaFest 17th Anniversary Screening

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  • June 29, 2012 4:41 PM
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That internet movie legend is false: filmmaker Noah Baumbach’s debut feature, “Kicking And Screaming,” was never almost accepted to the Cannes Film Festival and then rejected because the director refused to cut fifteen minutes from the film as requested.

BAMcinemaFest: Craig Zobel Talks Conversation-Starting True-Crime Tale 'Compliance'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • June 28, 2012 2:45 PM
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As many festivalgoers know, attending a film festival can be both an exhausting and rewarding experience. Fortunately for those NYC-ers who don’t have the stamina to attend Sundance, Cannes or SXSW, BAM has culled some of the best of those lineups and selected a few dozen favorites, which are now playing during BAMcinemaFest. One of the films that we caught at Sundance that hasn’t eased it grip is Craig Zobel’s “Compliance.”

BAMcinemaFest: Ry Russo-Young, Lena Dunham & 'Nobody Walks' Cast Discuss The Film At Lively Q&A

  • By Cory Everett
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  • June 27, 2012 1:56 PM
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BAMcinemaFest is now in full swing and Brooklyn cinephiles are getting a chance to sample some of the films they might have missed at Sundance, Cannes and SXSW. Though the festival is already halfway over, there are still plenty of interesting films coming up, including So Yong Kim’s “For Ellen,” Josh Radnor’s “Liberal Arts” and Craig Zobel’s “Compliance” among others. Check out the full line-up here. One of the highlights of the fest so far has been Ry Russo-Young’s “Nobody Walks.” The dramedy centers on young artist Martine (Olivia Thirlby) who comes to stay in the pool house of a Los Angeles family while she completes her short film.

BAMcinemaFest Kicks Off Its Opening Night With A Celebration Of Brooklyn Featuring Mike Birbiglia's 'Sleepwalk With Me'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • June 22, 2012 11:00 AM
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On Wednesday night the Brooklyn Academy of Music kicked off its 4th annual BAMcinemaFest, a 10-day showcase of independent films culled from Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, SXSW, and other festivals from around the world. Highlights from this year’s line-up include Sundance sensation “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” controversial true crime story “Compliance,” found-footage horror anthology “V/H/S,” psychosexual comedy “Nobody Walks” and many, many more. Check out the full line-up here. While some might have guessed ‘Beasts’ to be an obvious choice to open the fest as it's the film coming off the festival circuit with the most deafening buzz, BAM instead selected Mike Birbiglia’s “Sleepwalk With Me.” After seeing the film, which set and filmed in Brooklyn, it was clear that it was the perfect choice. Based on Birbiglia’s autobiographical one-man show, the story follows Matt Pandamiglio, (a proxy for the comedian), a struggling stand-up who moves in with his long term girlfriend and develops a sleeping disorder that causes him to act out his dreams. Both hilarious and surprisingly sincere, the film is a triumph for Birbiglia who directed, co-wrote and stars in the film.

BAMCinemaFest: Ry Russo-Young Talks Creating Complex Characters & Collaborating With Lena Dunham For 'Nobody Walks'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • June 21, 2012 12:07 PM
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With BAMcinemaFest kicking off this week, New Yorkers who didn’t get the chance to attend Sundance, Cannes or SXSW this year will have a opportunity to sample the best of both fests alongside other cinematic special events. The lineup includes festival favorites “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Compliance,” and “Nobody Walks" among many more (check out the full lineup here). And while the latter hasn’t generated quite as much buzz as some of the other entries just yet, we called it “a sensual, emotionally complex film” and “one of the best at [Sundance.]” The third feature from writer/director Ry Russo-Young centers on a young New York artist who comes to stay with a Los Angeles family while she completes her short film and ends up affecting the lives of each family member.

Watch: Filmmaker Interview Series From BamCinemaFest Which Kicks Off This Week

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 19, 2012 11:48 AM
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The fourth annual BAMcinemaFest kicks-off tomorrow and runs June 20 - July 1. This exciting festival showcases emerging voices in American independent cinema with NY and North American premieres of films from Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, SXSW, Berlin, and beyond. The fest from BAMCinematek in Brooklyn starts things off with its opening night screening of "Sleepwalk With Me" by director Mike Birbiglia. Starring Birbiglia himself and Lauren Ambrose, the film was co-written by "This American Life" host Ira Glass and centers on a burgeoning stand-up comedian who struggles with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore (read our SXSW review here).

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