With the heat continuing to hit the city, with the temperature expected to hit 91 degrees, we here at Reel 13 would like to direct you to a nice and cool air-conditioned theater with these new and in-progress film series.
BAM closes out another great year of the BAMcinemaFest with boundary pushing and politically imbued films. Bisbee ’17, the latest from documentarian Robert Greene, continues his exploration of the documentary genre by filming the residents of a small Arizona town literally reenacting their racist past. Crime and Punishment, another documentary, follows minority NYPD officers who try to reform the department from the inside. The closing night film, Madeline’s Madeline, by exciting new voice Josephine Decker, is also not to be missed.
On the eve of the release of his new movie based on the life of cartoonist and quadriplegic Bill Callahan, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, Metrograph is showing an eclectic range of films from director Gus Van Sant. From crowd-pleasers like Good Will Hunting to Queer cinema classic My Own Private Idaho to should-be classic To Die For, the series takes a chunk of films out of his illustrious, versatile career. Also playing are Paranoid Park, his 2007 film about a mourning skater which topped the Cahiers du Cinema Top 10 list, and Last Days, his riff on the final days of Kurt Cobain.
Spectacle Theater in Williamsburg is showing four documentaries from Chantal Akerman, most well-known for Jeanne Dielman. From the fall of the Soviet Union in D’est to her Jewish identity in La-bas, the master filmmaker tracks the shifting world with sympathy and care.