Celebrate a Decade of Independent Film at BAMcinemaFest, Beginning June 20

Still from "Crime + Punishment" courtesy of Stephen Maing


    After a decade, it’s still going strong.

    BAMcinemaFest, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s annual festival of American independent film, is celebrating its 10th year with a new program starting on June 20.

    “Sorry to Bother You,” which sparked a lot of chatter coming out of Sundance earlier this year, will be the opening night film. Director Boots Riley, perhaps better known as the voice of the rap group The Coup, will be there to introduce the film.

    The spotlight selections will showcase two films: Comedian Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade” and the documentary “Crime + Punishment,” about the exposing of racism and corruption in the NYPD. The centerpiece film will be Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace.”

    Josephine Decker’s “Madeline’s Madeline,” which also screened at Sundance, will be the closing night film, bowing on June 30.

    Still from "Skate Kitchen" courtesy of Magnolia Films

    Still from “Skate Kitchen” courtesy of Magnolia Films

    In between, there’s a wide selection: recent films from professor and experimental filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson will screen June 24, while Crystal Moselle’s “Skate Kitchen,” inspired by and starring an all girl skateboard crew from New York City, will show June 23. For those not wanting to be cooped up in a theater, there will be an outdoor screening of “Eve’s Bayou” (1997) in Brooklyn Bridge Park on July 28.

    For the full slate of films and information about how to buy tickets, visit the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s homepage here. Prices are different depending on the screening, as well as whether you’re a patron or a member, ranging from $15 to $30.

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