BAMcinemaFest 2017

In its ninth consecutive year, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is hosting its annual BAMcinemaFest from June 14th until June 25th. The festival will feature the best American independent films, including features, documentaries, and shorts.

Emerging artists from the New York area have the chance to present their work on a platform right in their hometown. Directors of shorts have their opportunity to showcase their feature length films, and new artists can enter the stage by showing off their short films.

Films in the Spotlight for this years’ festival include: Gemini, an LA-set murder mystery from director Aaron Katz; En el Septimo Dia, a funny view on life in New York as an undocumented Mexican immigrant from acclaimed director Jim McKay; Landline, a film directed by Gillian Robespierre about the troubling story of Manhattan-based sisters discover that their father is cheating on their mother; A Ghost Story, a take on the classic story of a ghost coming back to the home in which he lived stars, Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara; Golden Exits, an uneasy comedy from director Alex Ross Perry.

This dominant independent film festival is an event that you are not going to want to miss. Listed below is the complete list of films that are being shown as well as their set time. For ticket information and full details of each of the films, please visit, http://www.bam.org/programs/2017/bamcinemafest.

 

Wednesday, June 14th

7:30 pm: Gemini

 

Thursday, June 15th

7 pm: The Force

9:30 pm: Signature Move

 

Friday, June 16th

7 pm: The Incredible Jessica Jones

9:30 pm: The Strange Ones

 

Saturday, June 17th

1:30 pm: Princess Cyd

4:15 pm: Columbus

7 pm: Where is Kyra?

7:30 pm: Landline

9:45 pm: Bitch

 

Sunday June 18th

1:30 pm: Dina

4:15 pm: Wind River

5:30 pm: En el Séptimo Día (centerpiece)

7 pm: I Am Another You

9:30 pm: Dear Renzo

                  Educators

                  Men

                  All Good Things

 

Monday, June 19th

7 pm: Whose Streets?

9:45 pm: Snowy Bing Bongs

                 Hardware

                 Lance Lizardi

 

Tuesday, June 20th

7 pm: Common Carrier

9:30 pm: Walking Out

 

Wednesday, June 21st

6:45 pm: Big Sick

9:45 pm: Most Beautiful Island

                  Innards

 

Thursday, June 22nd

7:30 pm: A Ghost Story

7 pm: Marjorie Prime

            Our Song

 

Friday, June 23rd

7 pm: Ingrid Goes West

           Harvest

9:45 pm: Lemon

 

Saturday, June 24th

2 pm: Escapes

4:45 pm: The Work

                 Have No Fear

7:30 pm: Golden Exits

FilmAfrica 2017

For the past forty years, the DanceAfrica festival has been held in New York City. The festival celebrates the different types of dances performed by members of the African Diaspora. A dancer named Chuck Davis founded DanceAfrica in 1977. This year the Brooklyn Academy of Music hosts a special DanceAfrica event titled The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond. In addition to the performance, BAM will also screen a series of films from May 26 to May 29, 2017, as part of FilmAfrica 2017. BAM describes the film series as highlighting “the best narrative and documentary films from across Africa and beyond, with a special focus on Guinea” (Source). Below are some of the films that will be shown during the series.

Price of Love

Price of Love was directed by Hermon Hailay and released in 2015. The film takes place in Ethiopia. It follows the story of Teddy, a taxi driver, whose taxi car is stolen after he attempts to break up a fight between a prostitute and her boyfriend. Teddy and the prostitute search for the car together and learn about themselves and love in the process.

Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red In It

Fans of the film Purple Rain will immediately recognize some similarities between Prince’s film and Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red In It. Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red In It takes place in Niger and focuses on Tuareg musicians. There is no word for purple in the Tuareg language, hence the title of the film. Mdou Moctar, a local musician, stars in the film. Many aspects of the film had to be changed due to the actors’ Muslim background, so no kissing or hugging. However, the film still captures the excitement of live music—just in a different setting.

Martha & Niki

Martha & Niki is a documentary that focuses on the first women to ever win Juste Debout, a dance contest held in Paris that highlights different types of street dance. Below you can watch the trailer for the film:

Martha & Niki – Official Trailer from Tora Martens on Vimeo.

Paris According To Moussa

In recent years immigration has become an increasingly controversial topic in France. Paris According To Moussa follows an immigrant named Moussa on his trip to Paris. He visits the city in order to purchase a water pump but faces some difficulties along the way. Although the film has some humorous moments, it is also touching. The United Nations gave the film the Human Rights award.