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Spike Lee & Cast Talk 'Do The Right Thing' At BAM 25th Anniversary Screening

  • By Eloise Banting
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  • July 2, 2014 12:41 PM
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The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences And BAMcinematek Present A 25th Anniversary Screening Of "Do The Right Thing" In New York
Walking the streets of Brooklyn now is quite a different experience than it was, say, about 25 years ago. Or is it? One might posit the same issues are still here, just repackaged. And based on the detailed representation of this urbanized-gentrified-evolving city in Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing,” the filmmaker wouldn’t disagree.

BAMcinemaFest Line-Up Includes ‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Boyhood’ & 25th Anniversary Screening Of ‘Do The Right Thing’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 6, 2014 2:41 PM
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BAMcinématek has announced the complete line-up for its annual BAMcinemaFest, and it might be the best in its six-year history. Running Jun 18-29, the closing night picture will be the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing,” with Lee and cast in attendance, the opening night picture will be Richard Linklater’s 12-year project “Boyhood” and the festival’s centerpiece will be Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer.” Other highlights include the spotlight film, David Wain’s “They Came Together,” Joe Swanberg’s “Happy Christmas,” Mike Cahill’s “I Origins” and many more.

David Lynch Makes Rare BAM Appearance, But Doesn’t Address His Cinematic Future

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 30, 2014 5:49 PM
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David Lynch, BAM
David Lynch is a tough interview subject. Reticent and reluctant, he doesn’t want to vaguely spell out anything and the filmmaker/artist is much more interested in your response to his work. New York Public Library's director of public programs Paul Holdengräber is also a bit of an odd individual. So as the host of Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)’s rare conversation with David Lynch, the duo made for a strange match.

David Gordon Green Talks ‘Joe’ & Reveals How He Convinced Nicolas Cage To Star In His Dark, Tiny Indie Drama

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 10, 2014 5:55 PM
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Joe, Nicolas Cage
While he stated early on that the eclectic careers of Danny Boyle, Steven Soderbergh and Gus Van Sant were the ones he strove to emulate, the career of David Gordon Green has nevertheless puzzled those who expected him to follow a singular track. Perhaps because he was touted as the heir apparent to Terrence Malick in his early indie filmmaking days a preconception was formed, but regardless, much has been made about Green's "about face" turn toward studio comedies (three in a row: "Pineapple Express," "Your Highness" and "The Sitter"). Perhaps settling into a pattern audiences and pundits alike are more comfortable with, Green has returned to his roots and quickly knocked out a succession of indie films. The latest is "Joe" a dark drama, but one that continues to defy genre and expectation.

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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Ain't Them Bodies Saints (skip)
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: 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: 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.

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