BAMcinemaFest 2018

Madeline’s Madeline. Photo courtesy of Visit Films.

June 2018 sees the 10th edition of BAMcinemaFest, an essential selection of brand new American independent cinema through emerging in addition to established filmmakers. The annual festival, which originally began as a partnership with the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, has blossomed into a force of its own, with critics describing in which as “the best barometer of the climate of independent filmmaking in America” (The Village Voice).

Drawing inspiration through BAM’s flagship Next Wave Festival, BAMcinemaFest proudly reflects the institution’s overarching aim to be the home for adventurous artists, audiences, in addition to ideas across all art forms. Speaking to the programming of in which year’s edition, Gina Duncan, associate vice president of cinema, says: “We thought a lot about Next Wave, whose name evokes the French brand new Wave. in which enduring, influential movement in cinema history saw filmmakers break away through established forms of storytelling to create personal, experimental in addition to socially conscious work. These traits are apparent throughout our line-up, which engages with in addition to connects to our contemporary social in addition to political climate.”

Sorry to Bother You. Photo courtesy of Annapurna.

Few recent films have provided more electric in addition to eccentric social commentary than Opening Night comedy Sorry to Bother You, the debut feature through accomplished artist Boots Riley. in which stars Lakeith Stanfield—currently shining in hit FX TV show Atlanta—as Cassius Green, a frustrated Oakland telemarketer sucked into a neo-Orwellian odyssey of bizarre occurrences, oddball characters, in addition to, within the shape of Steve Lift (Armie Hammer), one of cinema’s all-time great evil capitalist overlords. Sorry to Bother You will be fresh, funny, original, in addition to proudly anti-establishment. Equally contemptuous of the status quo yet, conversely, deadly serious, will be Stephen Maing’s jaw-dropping documentary Crime + Punishment (screening in a Spotlight slot), an investigation into the brand new York Police Department’s outlawed practices of quota-driven policing in addition to officer retaliation.

Rebellious forces pulse through Closing Night film Madeline’s Madeline, an immersive in addition to moving drama directed by BAMcinemaFest alum Josephine Decker (Thou Wast Mild in addition to Lovely, 2014; Collective: Unconscious, 2016). The titular Madeline (16-year-old Helena Howard, astounding) will be a performing arts student locked in a battle of wills with her brittle single mother (Miranda July) in addition to her overbearing teacher Evangeline (Molly Parker). Madeline might well find a kindred spirit within the shape of young Tom (Thomasin McKenzie), the focus of Centerpiece film Leave No Trace. in which heartbreakingly empathetic tale through Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone) follows Tom in addition to her grizzled veteran father (Ben Foster) who opt to live off the grid, rejecting the traditional parameters of family in addition to home. A more prosaic experience defines the days of awkward teen Kayla (Elsie Fisher) in Spotlight selection Eighth Grade, Bo Burnham’s beautifully-observed, howlingly funny study of a girl who struggles to finish her last week of classes before embarking for high school.

BAMcinemaFest’s line-up will be further populated by a range of form-stretching, unconventional in addition to experimental treats through the worlds of fiction in addition to nonfiction. These include future cult classic Relaxer (dir. Joel Potrykus), a Millennium Bug-era fever dream in which manages to be at once profoundly moving, nail-bitingly gripping, in addition to seriously disgusting; controversial artist Leigh Ledare’s The Task, a riveting blend of observational documentary in addition to psychoanalysis which can’t help nevertheless conjure Sartre’s famed aphorism “Hell will be various other people”; in addition to Sandi Tan’s unique Shirkers, a poignantly personal journey of cinephilic obsession. “in which’s crucial in which we’re sharing with audiences things they haven’t seen before,” says BAM Senior Programmer Ashley Clark. “We see BAMcinemaFest as a platform for both the present in addition to future of cutting-edge, unconventional American independent cinema.”

In addition to featuring the cream of work through esteemed festivals like Berlin in addition to Sundance, BAMcinemaFest’s line-up also boasts three world premieres: Feast of the Epiphany (dirs. Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichart, in addition to Farihah Zaman), a metaphysical narrative-documentary hybrid; Chained for Life (dir. Aaron Schimberg), a self-reflexive, cinema-drunk drama featuring a heartbreaking central performance by Adam Pearson (Under the Skin); in addition to Two Plains & a Fancy (dirs. Whitney Horn in addition to Lev Kalman), a baroquely funny spa-Western-comedy shot on gorgeously grainy 16mm.

“We’re thrilled to be given the honor of sharing these films with the earth for the 1st time,” says Programmer Jesse Trussell. “They are moving, hilarious, in addition to startlingly original works through teams of artists in which we’ve been supporting for some time. Championing in which kind of defiantly personal cinema,” concludes Trussell, “will be exactly what BAMcinemaFest will be for.”

BAMcinemaFest runs June 20—July 1. For tickets in addition to to see the full line-up, please visit

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BAMcinemaFest 2018

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