Today's Film Programs
|Tuesday, March 11, 2014|
Body of War|
Ellen Spiro, Phil Donahue (U.S., 2007)
Current Film Series
The Brilliance of Satyajit Ray|
January 17 - August 31
Before the “international art house circuit,” before “Third World Film,” before “slow cinema” and “rural realism,” there was Satyajit Ray, one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. Discover—or rediscover—this legend of cinema with our expansive series, which continues through August and includes nearly all of his films. Check back for the complete screening schedule.
Film 50: History of Cinema|
January 22 - May 7
BAM/PFA and the UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media copresent the film-lecture course Film 50, now celebrating its twenty-first year. This year’s course, taught by Emily Carpenter, showcases an exciting lineup of world cinema classics. Open to the public as space permits.
January 28 - April 22
Documentary Voices, our annual series presented in conjunction with the UC Berkeley course History of Documentary Film, showcases a broad range of contemporary and historical documentaries, from poetic explorations to cinematic essays to forays into archival collections.
Jean-Luc Godard: Expect Everything from Cinema|
January 31 - April 19
Jean-Luc Godard has shaped the course of film history in profound ways. We are honoring the legendary French filmmaker, who will turn eighty-four this year, with a year-long retrospective: between January and April we focus on his pre-1968 films and in the fall we present his post-1968 oeuvre. Come open your eyes to a new way of thinking about cinema.
Jokers Wild: American Comedy, 1960–1989|
March 1 - April 18
It's no joke! Joker's Wild showcases the high points of American comedy from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s and includes laugh-riots from Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Tim Burton, Harold Ramis, Melvin Van Peebles, and more...
Upcoming Film Series
March 14 - March 21
Each year, the Center for Asian American Media brings us the best in contemporary cinema from Asia and the Asian diaspora. This year's edition of CAAMFest at BAM/PFA feature films and documentaries from Singapore, Japan, India, the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, the United States, and more.
Committed Cinema: Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam|
March 16 - March 20
We welcome Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam to BAM/PFA as part of our ongoing series Committed Cinema, dedicated to filmmakers who explore vital contemporary issues in aesthetically innovative ways. The Dharamsala-based duo presents two films that focus on the plight of Tibet and its exiled people. Part of CAAMFest 2014.
A Theater Near You: A Touch of Sin|
March 22 - March 23
The East Bay Premiere of the latest from Jia Zhangke, "one of the best and most important directors in the world" according to The New Yorker's Richard Brody. Winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes.
More Than Fantasy: In Memoriam, Saul Zaentz (1921–2014)|
March 22 - April 13
This small series honors Saul Zaentz, who passed away this year after a brilliant second career as an independent film producer that earned him three Academy Awards. We present One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, and The Unbearable Lightness of Being, all in 35mm prints generously donated by The Saul Zaentz Company to BAM/PFA.
Ross McElwee and the Cambridge Turn|
March 30 - April 2
Ross McElwee, who studied filmmaking at MIT with pioneers of cinema verité, uses cinema as a means of examining his own life and, along the way, exploring the history of his times. We are delighted to welcome McElwee to Berkeley to screen his films and discuss his career with Scott MacDonald, author of American Ethnographic Film and Personal Documentary: The Cambridge Turn.
Special Screening: Nuclear Nation|
April 4 - April 4
Filmmaker Atsushi Funahashi joins us to present his documentary Nuclear Nation, about the refugees of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster. Presented with the Center for Japanese Studies as part of the symposium Reframing 3.11.
Diamonds of the Night: Jan Nemec|
April 6 - April 23
Join us for this long-overdue survey dedicated to Jan Nemec, a true iconoclast. We present early films that helped define the Czech New Wave, including a new print of his debut feature, Diamonds of the Night from 1964, as well as recent work made after his return to the Czech Republic in the 1990s.
San Francisco International Film Festival @ BAM/PFA|
April 25 - May 8
BAM/PFA is the exclusive East Bay venue for the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running film festival in the Americas. Held each spring for two weeks, SFIFF is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation. Details to come in early April.
Film & Video Makers at Cal|
May 9 - May 9
This program presents work by the 2014 winners of the Eisner prize, the highest award for creativity given on the UC Berkeley campus.