arts 06.15.12

Enter to Win Tickets to
BAMcinemaFest 2012
(Dedicated Email)

BAMcinemaFest 2012 opens next Wednesday with local comic sensation Mike Birbiglia's Park Slope-set debut, Sleepwalk With Me, which will be introduced by Birbiglia and Ira Glass, and followed by an after-party with an open bar and music by DJ Duane Harriott. The film's hero, a down-and-out bartender suffering from a dangerous form of sleepwalking, adds to the list of indelible characters BAMcinemaFest has introduced New York audiences to in the past three years.

From the struggles of an aimless, unemployed college grad in Lena Dunham's breakthrough Tiny Furniture to the Herculean Norse warrior held prisoner in Nicolas Winding Refn's Valhalla Rising, the festival has been home to a wide range of stories and themes. Now in its fourth edition, "the city's best independent film showcase" (The New Yorker) has also evolved into one of Brooklyn's most varied and fun summer events, combining the latest from the most innovative and passionate emerging voices on the international film-festival circuit with the breezy good vibes of a neighborhood block party.

Highlights in this year's lineup include Paul Dano as a long-haired rock 'n' roll burnout desperately trying to win the affections of his estranged daughter in For Ellen; explorations of New Orleans through the eyes of children with the magical-realist Beasts of the Southern Wild and the nonfiction/narrative hybrid Tchoupitoulas; a haunting look at life in the crumbling wasteland of inner-city Motown in Detropia; and Ry Russo-Young's latest Nobody Walks, co-starring John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Olivia Thirlby.

The festival also presents a wide-ranging look back at films past. Audiences will get a chance to discover a crisp 4K digital restoration of a great, unsung Rossellini comedy (The Machine That Kills Bad People); Noah Baumbach's quintessentially 90s slacker classic, Kicking and Screaming, whose director and select cast members will reunite for a Q&A following the screening; and the visually exquisite Adventures of Prince Achmed, the oldest surviving animated feature, which will be presented with a new, live score.

Many screenings will sell out, so get your tickets now–or get a badge. For the first time this year, BAMcinemaFest is offering an All Access Festival Pass for the low price of $150 (a $395 value). This incredible deal gets you into all events in the festival, including those that are already sold out! You can buy those by going here and selecting Festival Ticket.

Manhattan User's Guide also has a few pairs to give away for most films in the series (except opening night), so long as it isn't sold out. Email with the name of the film you'd most like to see and we'll select 6 random winners by Monday at 5pm!

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