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by Eric Kohn
January 29, 2014 4:05 PM
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Ryan Werner Gets Another Job: Programmer at Large for BAMcinématek

Ryan Werner with filmmaker Olivier Assayas in 2009. Brian Brooks

Former IFC Films executive Ryan Werner, who left the company after seven years in 2013, might be the busiest member of New York’s independent film community. A mere two weeks after the announcement of his appointment as a senior executive for film sales company Cinetic Media, BAMcinématek has announced that Werner will serve as the venue’s Programmer at Large. 

BAM, which last year appointed longtime Gabriele Caroti as its director, has been making significant efforts to pull its weight in New York’s moviegoing community -- particularly with the growth of its summer festival BAMcinemaFest, which Werner will help program for its sixth edition alongside programmers Nellie Killian and David Reilly. Additionally, Werner will work with the BAMcinématek on organizing its premieres, sneak previews and special events throughout the year.

"We're very excited to have Ryan on the BAM team after working with him for many years," Caroti said in a statement. Citing Werner’s role in organizing BAM’s “Focus on IFC Films” series as well as various sneak previews and BAMcinemaFest bookings of IFC releases, Caroti singled out Werner’s sensibilities as both a cinephile and industry veteran as the key reason for the hire. “His impeccable taste and industry knowledge is truly unparalleled,” Caroti said, “and most importantly, he is a passionate champion of cinema -- from Luc Dardenne to Lena Dunham.”

Werner will continue his work with Cinetic, having officially started working in the company’s New York office this week.

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  • Bella Starr | February 1, 2014 5:23 PMReply

    BAM Cinematek under their new programming and management team is good at shameless self promotion, that's for sure. Just take a look at their twitters.

  • Brooklyn Katz | January 30, 2014 10:32 AMReply

    The woman who used to be run things over there left and she was there since the 90s or something and started that festival. Can't be easy to recover from a loss like that.

  • Plundered & Tossed | January 30, 2014 2:07 AMReply

    Are there like only 3 film dudes? Musical chair(s)?

  • Typical | January 29, 2014 11:42 PMReply

    Part of the clique-ish NY indie circle of close minded elitist zombies. Great job BAM.

  • J.P. Dardenne | January 29, 2014 5:44 PMReply

    "he is a passionate champion of cinema -- from Luc Dardenne to Lena Dunham.” Umm... what about me?

  • Lev Ulanov | January 29, 2014 4:27 PMReply

    I guess they couldn't program it themselves after all the recent staff turnover.