In 2009, the same year as the first edition of BAMcinemaFest, partner IFP moved its offices to Dumbo, where it has continued its now 40-year-long dedication to the empowerment and career sustainability of independent filmmakers based not only in Brooklyn, but around the world.
In addition to their partnership on the panels at BAMcinemaFest, Amy Dotson, IFP’s former Deputy Director and Head of Programming, will be a Keynote Speaker at this year’s panels.
On the first Saturday of BAMcinemaFest, June 15, BAM and IFP will host a series of panels about the state of the film industry today, covering topics from the feasibility of art house programming, working in independent film, building a career in film and more. Panelists include Closing Night film “De Lo Mio’s” director Diana Peralta, Spotlight film “South Mountain’s” director Hilary Brougher, “Vanity Fair” film critic K. Austin Collins, BAM’s Associate Vice President of Film Gina Duncan and many more.
Tickets for BAMcinemaFest go on sale on Thursday, May 16 at 10 a.m.
The June 15 panels are listed below.
10:15am – 11am - Short Films, Short Attention Spans - As we are fully enmeshed in the digital era, short films have more platforms than ever. But is it art or content? And, does it matter?
Panelists: Mona Panchal, VP Digital, Topic Studios; Nikyatu Jusu, Director of Suicide by Sunlight; Lotfy Nathan, Co-director, Days of Black and Yellow; Moderator: Sean Weiner, Director of Creative Culture, Jacob Burns Film Center
11am – 11:20am - Keynote: Speaker TBA
11:20am – 12:05pm - Art House is Dead / Long Live Art House! - Exploring the power and necessity of the movie-going experience in the golden age of streaming services.
Panelists: Gina Duncan, Associate Vice President of Film, BAM; Lesli Klainberg, Executive Director, Film at Lincoln Center; Mike Maggiore, Programmer, Film Forum; Rajendra Roy, Chief Curator of Film, The Museum of Modern Art; Moderator: Alison Kozberg, Managing Director, Art House Convergence
12:10pm – 12:30pm - Keynote: Speaker TBA
12:30pm – 1:15pm - Critically Minded - Is film criticism a dying industry in the crowd-sourced era? Or do we need professional observers of cinema to help us understand the work, and our own feelings about them? Panelists: Kameron Austin Collins, Film critic, Vanity Fair; Monica Castillo, film critic; Doreen St. Felix, Staff writer, The New Yorker; Tayler Montague, Freelance writer & film programmer; Moderator: Elizabeth Méndez Berry, Director of Voice, Creativity & Culture, The Nathan Cummings Foundation
2pm – 2:45pm - Producing Powerhouse - Real talk about budgets—and profit—and an insider’s perspective on the role of creative producing today.
Panelists: Dani Tate Melia, Producer, The Farewell; Beth Levinson, Producer, 32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide; Member of the Documentary Producers Alliance; Moderator: Michelle Byrd, Managing Director, PGA East
2:45pm – 3:10pm - Keynote: Amy Dotson, Director, Northwest Film Center; Curator, Film and New Media, Portland Museum
3:15pm – 4pm - Making Your Film Your Own - Directors working with limited budgets face great challenges in production—but these boundaries can often lead to incredible and unique films. Hear from several outstanding BAMcinemaFest filmmakers about the inspiration and paths of making of their own films, and the personal spin they impart.
Panelists: Deborah Granik, Director, Leave No Trace; Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli, Director, So Pretty; Diana Peralta Director, De Lo Mio
Hilary Brougher, Director, South Mountain