Home-Grown

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on floor: Omar Mullick (“These Birds Walk”); seated, l to r: Bassam Tariq (“These Birds Walk”), Shaka King (“Newlyweeds”), Lana Wilson (“After Tiller”); standing, l to r: Farihah Zaman, Jeff Reichert (“Remote Area Medical”), Sebastian Silva (“Crystal Fairy”), Darci Picoult “Mother of George”), Zach Clark (“White Reindeer”)

BAMcinemaFest, in its fifth edition, continues to stake out its territory as a peerless showcase for American independent film.  23 features (22 New York premieres and one world premiere), fiction and documentaries, comprise the main slate, with nearly half of the work that of Brooklyn filmmakers.

I saw eight of the Brooklyn-helmed films (I guess I’ve read a bit of Variety) and the festival’s opening and closing night films, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” and “Short Term 12” in three days.  And with the amazing quality and diversity, I could have sat still in the dark for much longer.

And into the light–so much fun last week photographing and talking to a studio-full of the Brooklyn filmmakers (and feeding them organic chocolate chocolate Newman-O’s and Fig Newmans).

Henry Stewart, Culture Editor at The L Magazine and Brooklyn native, interviewed the local talent for the site’s homepage feature.

BAMcinemaFest opens tomorrow and continues through June 28.

Ben Nabors (“William and the Windmill”), Lisa Kjerulff (“Northern Light”)

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