Entertainment BAMcinemaFest 2016: What to see at the Brooklyn film festival By Robert Levin Updated June 14, 2016 3:47 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email BAMcinemaFest, among the most essential annual surveys of independent cinema anywhere, returns to Brooklyn beginning this week with a slate of movies that stands out because it stands apart from the clichés one typically associates with the sort of movies that excite the Sundance crowd. None of these films are quite like the others. The roster includes the latest philosophical exploration by Werner Herzog, a documentary that equates the rise of the internet to changes underway in the fundamental human condition (“Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World”); another hardened vision from Todd Solondz (“Wiener-Dog”); the portrait of a Somali refugee in Minneapolis (“A Stray”), and a whole lot more. There’s no simple way to categorize any of this, except that programmers offer 23 New York premieres and two North American premieres that collectively illustrate an industry that is, creatively speaking, alive and well. The festival runs June 15-26 at BAM Rose Cinemas. These are some of the movies that have our interest piqued: 'A Woman, A Part': June 19, 2016 Photo Credit: Elisabeth Subrin Elisabeth Subrin's film stars Maggie Siff as an L.A. actress who, amid an emotional crisis, abandons her glamorous life as an Emmy-winning TV star to return to the Brooklyn apartment and life she once occupied. 'Kate Plays Christine': June 18, 2016 Photo Credit: Grasshopper Films Robert Greene's genre-spanning nonfiction piece follows actress Kate Lyn Sheil as she researches the life of newscaster Christine Chubbuck, who killed herself on the air in 1974, for a project that might not actually exist. 'Morris from America': June 24, 2016 Photo Credit: Sean McElwee This coming-of-age picture, a Sundance award winner, follows an African-American teenager and aspiring hip-hop star (Markees Christmas) as he adjusts to life in Germany after moving there with his father (Craig Robinson). 'The Childhood of a Leader': June 23, 2016 Photo Credit: Agatha Nitecka A choirboy (Tom Sweet) shows an inclination for despotism in this film by Brady Corbet, loosely inspired by the work of Jean-Paul Sartre, that is a thinly disguised allegory about the early days of World War II dictators. 'Wiener-Dog': June 17, 2016 Photo Credit: Amazon Studios / IFC Films Todd Solondz doesn't make easy, palatable movies with optimistic messages about the human condition. He's sardonic, sarcastic and, often, essential. His latest, starring Greta Gerwig, Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin and others, follows a dog throughout her life. 'Lo and Behold, Reveries of a Connected World': June 19, 2016 Photo Credit: Magnolia Pictures There is simply no better subject for Werner Herzog than the internet, its past and its future. The man has a knack for exploring the biggest and most existential concerns in documentary form. 'Little Men': June 15, 2016 Photo Credit: Magnolia Pictures Ira Sachs isn't just a terrific filmmaker; he's a great New York filmmaker. His previous films "Love is Strange" and "Keep the Lights On" offered portraits of love and loneliness set against the harsh realities of life in the big city. His newest movie tackles what might be the most pervasive issue of all for New Yorkers: Gentrification, as Brooklyn parents and landlords raise the rent on the mother of their son's new friend, who owns the shop downstairs. 'In a Valley of Violence': June 18, 2016 Photo Credit: Focus World Ti West ("House of the Devil") does the gonzo Western thing in a revenge picture starring Ethan Hawke as a former soldier out for vengeance after he's wronged by the kin of a small frontier town sheriff (John Travolta, overacting as usual). It's not a great movie, but there's certainly entertainment value in these actors going after each other. By Robert Levin Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Going to the pictures: Old NYC movie theatersImagine a time before IMAX and stadium seating... Metrograph and more of NYC's coolest movie theatersDim the lights, grab the popcorn: These are some of the best movie-viewing spots. See a movie under the stars at these outdoor screeningsTake movie night outside. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.