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BAMcinématek Reveals Plans for ‘Indie 80s’ Screening Series

BAMcinématek Reveals Plans for 'Indie 80s' Screening Series

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Brooklyn’s BAMcinématek revealed plans for a six-week-long retrospective screening series that is scheduled to begin in mid-July. Focused exclusively on independent American cinema from the 1980s, the program will feature over sixty films, along with special guests such as directors Ross McElwee and Rob Nilsson.

Robert Townsend’s “Hollywood Shuffle” (1987), a comedy about an African American actor (Townsend) struggling with the limitations of racial representation in Hollywood, will open “Indie 80s” on July 17. The series will conclude on August 27 with a screening of “Chameleon Street” (1989), which follows actor-director Wendall B. Harris, Jr. as he camouflages himself at hospitals, newspapers and court, faking as an expert in a wide range of professions in order to escape his tedious life. 
Other notable titles include Rob Reiner’s classic “This is Spinal Tap,” Steven Soderbergh’s career-launching erotic dramedy “sex, lies and videotape” and Sam Raimi’s unforgettably terrifying cult film “The Evil Dead.”

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