As if we didn't already love BAM enough, the second installment of BAMcinemaFEST has arrived to remind us just how badly New York City needed a festival like this one. Be sure to visit the BAMcinemaFEST Overview at Hammer to Nail daily to see what's playing now through Sunday June 20th.
While there are many great movies for the taking, my biggest revelation of this year's fest has got to be Am I Black Enough For You?, a documentary portrait of Philly soul legend Billy Paul that was directed by a Swede (Goran Olsson) and shot on celluloid. Paul is going to be in attendance for a Q&A following the 9pm screening on Saturday, June 19, which makes it an absolute must-attend event. Having been only faintly familiar with Paul's work prior to watching the film, I can confirm that one need not know this man to appreciate Olsson's film. It's a frank, loving, soulful, and cinematic treat.