The lineup for the third annual BAMcinemaFest, just announced today, further solidifies the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s annual series as the premiere showcase for new American independent cinema. The series, which runs June 16-26, has landed the coveted NYC premieres of a number of Sundance and SXSW favorites, with a strong showing from emerging locals, a few splashy imports, and a small but worthy repertory sidebar (so far). Five of the films in the program were submitted to BAM’s programmers directly; the rest were scouted on the festival circuit by an impressively small team (it’s rare, and impressive, for a festival of this stature to program by selection and invitation).
Bullet points: opening night is the NYC debut for the film I’m most kicking myself over missing at SXSW, the gay romance Weekend; closing night is French actor Mathieu Amalric’s burlesque road movie Tournee, finally playing here after debuting at last year’s Cannes; the sole world premiere is Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn’s documentary portrait Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer. Plus the NYC premieres of the latest from up-and-coming young Brooklynites Sophia Takal (Green) and Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel), and hopefully a fair amount of titles that should be familiar from SXSW (including a couple that will also play Rooftop this summer), including two of the best documentaries at the festival, Dragonslayer and Where Soldiers Come From. (The one repertory title thus far announced is a new print of Whistle Down the Wind, a Christ parable from future Stepford Wives director Bryan Forbes.)
The full lineup—featuring 25 new films to last year’s 19—with premiere status courtesy BAM, after the jump.
Another Earth (Mike Cahill, US) A Fox Searchlight release.
The Catechism Cataclysm (Todd Rohal, US) An IFC Midnight release. NY Premiere
The Color Wheel (Alex Ross Perry, US) NY Premiere
Green (Sophia Takal, US) NY Premiere
Jess + Moss (Clay Jeter, US) NY Premiere
Letters from the Big Man (Christopher Munch, US) NY Premiere
On the Ice (Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, US) NY Premiere
Septien (Michael Tully, US) NY Premiere
Stranger Things (Eleanor Burke & Ron Eyal, US) NY Premiere
Surrogate Valentine (Dave Boyle, US) NY Premiere
Terri (Azazel Jacobs, US) An ATO Pictures release.
Tournée (On Tour) (Mathieu Amalric, France) NY Premiere—Closing Night
Weekend (Andrew Haigh, UK) NY Premiere—Opening Night
The Woods (Matthew Lessner, US) NY Premiere
The Ballad of Genesis & Lady Jaye (Marie Losier, US)
Dragonslayer (Tristan Patterson, US) NY Premiere
Elevate (Anne Buford, US) NY Premiere
If a Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front (Marshall Curry, US) An Oscilloscope Laboratories release.
Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer (Charlie Ahearn, US) World Premiere
Last Days Here (Don Argott & Demian Fenton, US) NY Premiere
Magic Trip (Alex Gibney, US) A Magnolia Pictures release. NY Premiere
The Redemption of General Butt Naked (Daniele Anastasion & Eric Strauss, US/Georgia/Liberia) NY Premiere
Senna (Asif Kapadia, UK/France/US) A Cinetic Media release.
Separado! (Dylan Goch & Gruff Rhys, Wales/Argentina/Brazil) NY Premiere
Where Soldiers Come From (Heather Courtney, US) NY Premiere
Special Events (more, but maybe not much more, TBA):
Whistle Down the Wind (Bryan Forbes, UK, 1961) New 35mm print.
Shorts Programs TBA