As summer (my favorite season) approaches, BAMcinemaFest (my favorite reason to sit inside in good weather, gorging on this year’s bounty of independent film) kicks off its seventh annual edition.
BAMcinemaFest (called “The city’s best independent film showcase” by The New Yorker, and losing the qualifier, The Village Voice dubbed it, “Best film festival in New York”), for 2015, will present the New York premieres of 35 innovative independent films (23 features and 13 shorts).
Gabriele Caroti, director of BAMcinématek, says, “In its seventh year, BAMcinemaFest has expanded its reach with thematically and formally daring work—from a dazzling chase across Los Angeles captured on iPhones (Sean Baker’s Tangerine) to a narrative reimagining of seminal documentary Portrait of Jason (Jason and Shirley, directed by Stephen Winter). And we are ecstatic to welcome back James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, BAMcinemaFest 2013) with The End of the Tour—a snapshot of literary titan David Foster Wallace and the first opening night film by a BAMcinemaFest alumnus.”
Also included this year are four works by some of independent film’s founding fathers/mother: Penelope’s Spheeris’ “The Decline of Western Civilization,” the 20th anniversary reunion screening of Larry Clark’s “Kids,” Les Blank’s “A Poem Is A Naked Person,” and a free outdoor screening of Richard Linklater’s influential first feature, “Slacker,” at Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park.
And I’m thrilled to be photographing, in my studio for the fourth year, the amazing filmmakers participating in BAMcinemaFest, working with BAMcinématek’s incomparable, unflappable Lisa Thomas and Hannah Thomas.
BAMcinemaFest opens today and continues through June 28.
Upper Grid: clockwise from top left: Jem Cohen, Chad Gracia, Alex Ross Perry, Stephen Winter. All images © Robin Holland.
Lower Grid: top row, left to right: Jon Nealon and Jenny Raskin, Sebastián Silva, Elizabeth Giamatti; bottom row, left to right: Joe Callander, Nathan Silver, Patrick Wang. All images © Robin Holland.