With the summer solstice arriving in less than a week, it’s again time to spend evenings in dark rooms in Brooklyn. The eighth edition of BAMcinemaFest, the annual feast of fiction, documentary and hybrid independent films, includes 27 features (23 New York premieres) and 10 shorts (five programmed together).
“This year’s annual snapshot of the best of American independent cinema is excitingly eclectic, ranging from a formally adventurous reimagining of post-World War I France to a vampy tribute to 60s erotica shot (and projected!) on 35mm film,” says Gabriele Caroti, director of BAMcinématek. “We’re thrilled to welcome Ira Sachs and Todd Solondz both who join us for the first time with this year’s Opening Night and Centerpiece films ‘Little Men’ and ‘Wiener-Dog.’ And we’re proud and honored to host our first three-time festival alumnus, Tim Sutton, whose audaciously atmospheric ‘Dark Night’ screens as this year’s Closing Night film.”
In addition to Solondz, another great and seminal independent filmmaker, Werner Herzog, is participating in the festival. His newest documentary, “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connect World,” explores his unique (natürlich) and wide-ranging take on technology and the cosmos.
And for the fifth year, I’m excited to be working with BAMcinématek, photographing the filmmakers in my studio.
BAMcinemaFest opens today and continues through June 26.
Upper Grid, clockwise from top left: collective: unconscious (Dan Schoenbrun, seated, Lauren Wolkstein, seated, Daniel Patrick Carbone and Lily Baldwin), Tim Sutton, Musa Syeed, Elisabeth Subrin. All images © Robin Holland.
Lower Grid, clockwise from top left: Todd Solondz (1995), Zach Clark, Werner Herzog, Robert Greene. All images © Robin Holland.