BAMcinematek is losing its director Gabriele Caroti, who will be leaving the organization early next year to start his own consulting business. Caroti’s new venture will focus on theatrical exhibition and distribution, specifically the integration of marketing, publicity and programming. His primary clients will be exhibitors.
Caroti plans to announce more details about his next venture, including a company name, in the first quarter of 2017. He will continue to be based in New York for the foreseeable future. “That could change,” he told IndieWire. “I’m building off of everything I’ve learned over the years in New York and taking it nationally and beyond.”
BAMcinematek declined to comment on its future plans for the position.
Caroti has served as director of BAMcinematek since 2013, having joined the organization as a publicity manager in 2009. He was previously the assistant director of public relations at the Film Society of Lincoln Center from 2008 to 2009, and served as repertory programming publicist at Film Forum from 2005 to 2008. He also worked in publicity at Plexifilm and Kino International.
“People say that theatrical exhibition is dead, but I strongly disagree,” Caroti told IndieWire. “I love home viewing and streaming, but there’s something so special about seeing a film with a captive audience, and we experience it here at BAM on a weekly basis.”
Some of the programs Caroti said he was particularly proud of include Manfred Kirchheimer’s New York graffiti documentary “Stations of the Elevated,” the world theatrical premiere of French director Jacques Rivette’s “Out 1,” and the 25th anniversary screening of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.” BAMcinematek also hosted the New York premiere of Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” in 2014 and kicked off its 2016 year with a retrospective of the work of Michael Mann.
This past summer, BAM hosted its eighth annual BAMcinemaFest, New York’s preeminent showcase for new independent film. The 2016 lineup included Brady Corbet’s directing debut “The Childhood of a Leader,” Anna Biller’s “The Love Witch” and Jeff Feuerzeig’s documentary “Author: The JT Leroy Story.”
“There will always be a need to showcase emerging filmmakers and American work,” Caroti said. “There are so many people that have been coming out to see everything we’ve been doing, and I only see it growing.”