Manfred Kirchheimer’s newly restored 1981 film Stations of the Elevated premieres at BAM on June 27th. Achieving cult status with those embedded in the hip-hop and cinema communities, the film—the original soundtrack of which featured a heavy dose of Charles Mingus—will be accompanied by live music from the Mingus Dynasty.
“17 year-old Billy Whitney feels alienated from his upper-class Beverly Hills family. He hears a tape recording that seems to indicate that his entire family are having secret orgies. People appear dead one moment but are alive the next, while Billy’s girlfriend’s body appears to twist into abnormal positions. His parents insist that Billy is imagining everything and try to commit him to an institution. Billy slowly discovers the truth – that his parents and the people around him belong to a different breed of people, a secret in-bred society who are capable of melding and shifting their bodies.”
John Spacely is your tour guide through the terror ridden streets of New York’s East Village. Known as Alphabet City, it was the drug supermarket of the modern world. Growing up in California, John Spacely had everything going for him…or did he? He arrived in the Big Apple as a young man hoping to make his fortune and find his identity. What he found was the dark and desperate world of drugs.
When Mickey’s crazy stepson Leon is killed in a construction ‘accident’, nobody in the working class neighborhood of God’s Pocket is sorry he’s gone. Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body, but when the boy’s mother demands the truth, Mickey finds himself stuck in a life and death struggle between a body he can’t bury, a wife he can’t please and a debt he can’t pay.
Fans of Ralph Bakshi are in luck. Starting May 9th and continuing through the 20th, BAMcinématek will be screening seven of the Brooklyn legend’s films including Coonskin, Fritz the Cat, Wizards, and Cool World. Known for being 100% opposite of Disney, this is a rare chance to see Bakshi’s weird, perverted fantasy world on the big screen. For more information on showtimes, click here
As it chronicles the life and times of street photographer and former cabbie Matt Weber, More Than The Rainbow becomes a vibrant conversation about the photographic medium, artistic expression and NYC. Set to wonderful jazz and drenched in evocative images, the film is bittersweet and nostalgic from beginning to end.
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