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.
FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY
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.
THE GOSPEL OF EUREKA
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.