BAMcinemaFest 2018: Documentary Overview

The 10th anniversary BAMcinemaFest

June 20-July 1

Approximately two dozen features – among them 10 docs – as well as shorts and retrospective work make up the anniversary lineup of this celebrated Brooklyn event.


The fest’s documentary Centerpiece is Stephen Maing’s Sundance awarded CRIME + PUNISHMENT, which follows NYPD officers of color who stand up to discriminatory institutional policies targeting minorities; while the event claims the world premiere for Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert, and Farihah Zaman’s FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY, a doc/fiction hybrid initially focused on a dinner party which then becomes upended.


Docs in the main slate include three additional Sundance alums: Robert Greene’s BISBEE ’17, and winners SHIRKERS by Sandi Tan and MINDING THE GAP by Bing Liu. Remaining nonfiction titles are: Shevaun Mizrahi’s DISTANT CONSTELLATION, a meditative film set in a Turkish retirement home; Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside’s AMÉRICA, about three brothers who take on the role of caretakers for their grandmother; Leigh Ledare’s THE TASK, in which the filmmaker provokes strangers exploring group dynamics; Penny Lane’s THE PAIN OF OTHERS, about sufferers of the contested Morgellons disease; and Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s THE GOSPEL OF EUREKA, on a small Arkansas town famed for both a Passion Play and a gospel drag show.


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