BAMcinemaFest 2013 Once Again Brings Some Of The Best Of American Independent Film To Brooklyn

Featured Critic; New York City, New York
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The 5th edition of BAMcinemaFest, an essential annual survey of the best rising talent in American independent film, brings discoveries from Cannes, Sundance, South by Southwest, Berlin, Rotterdam, and other fests to Brooklyn, and it's a guarantee that you will find some real gems. The festival runs from June 19 through 28 at BAM Rose Cinemas and the new Steinberg Screen at the BAM Harvey Theater, a movie palace-type space that will have its inaugural screenings at this year's festival. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit BAMcinemaFest's website

Here are some selections you should keep a particular eye on. 

SHORT TERM 12 (Destin Cretton)

The closing night film Short Term 12, a grand jury and audience award winner at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, set at a group home facility, is all aces in all departments: storytelling, visual acuity, and performance. Brie Larson delivers a stunning central performance as a caretaker and counselor who is struggling with her own family issues, which help her connect with the kids, but which threaten to destabilize her own mental well-being.

This is a beautiful, charming piece of work, a definite must-see of this year’s festival. The film contains a stunning breakout performance by Keith Stanfield (who also starred in Cretton’s short film version of this feature), whose scene in which his character spontaneously performs a rap song about his life is a high point in a film that contains many of them.

(June 28, 8:30pm)

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