Jun 27, 2009

BAMcinematek All Night takes on special poignancy after Jackson's death

Cinephiles of various stripes will converge tonight on BAMcinematek as they wrap up their inaugural BAMcinemaFEST with a terrific program of events on the first day of the season that truly feels like summer. At 5:30 and 9 the ambient rock band 3epkano will perform their original score for Metropolis during Fritz Lang's classic sci-fi dystopia. Over at Fort Greene Park a few blocks away, an outdoor screening of Catherine Gund's food documentary What's On Your Plate? will take place at 8:30.

This is all prelude however to BAMcinematek All Night, which will feature an all night dance party in BAMcafe and four all night movie programs: "Diana Ross Coming Out" featuring Ms. Ross' 1970s forays into movie stardom, "Before They Were Scientologists" featuring favorites from the Cruise/Travolta oeuvre, pot movies galore in "All Night Bong" and "BAMcinematek favorites", which will include such 21st century auteurist standouts as In The Mood for Love and Demonlover. The midnight screening of Sidney Lumet's The Wiz may prove to be a heartwrencher, with the recent death of co-star and King of Pop Michael Jackson, in his only substantial film role. I doubt there will be a dry eye in the house.