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  • Frederick Wiseman's At Berkeley


    Come see Frederick Wiseman's acclaimed, epic documentary on the campus that inspired it. "One of Wiseman's best, a summation of sorts of a career's worth of principled filmmaking" (Variety).

  • Film 50: History of Cinema

    1/22/14 to 5/7/14

    BAM/PFA and the UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media copresent the film-lecture course Film 50, now celebrating its twenty-first year. This year's course, taught by Emily Carpenter, showcases an exciting lineup of world cinema classics. Open to the public as space permits.

  • African Film Festival 2014

    1/25/14 to 2/26/14

    This year's edition of our annual African Film Festival includes films from Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Algeria, Senegal, Kenya, and the global African diaspora. Highlights include Jean-Pierre Bekolo's incendiary mock documentary Le Président, Andrew Dosunmu's vibrant American indie... View

  • Documentary Voices 2014

    1/28/14 to 4/22/14

    Documentary Voices, our annual series presented in conjunction with the UC Berkeley course History of Documentary Film, showcases a broad range of contemporary and historical documentaries, from poetic explorations to cinematic essays to forays into archival collections.

  • Jean-Luc Godard: Expect Everything from Cinema

    1/31/14 to 4/19/14

    Jean-Luc Godard has shaped the course of film history in profound ways. We are honoring the legendary French filmmaker, who will turn eighty-four this year, with a year-long retrospective: between January and April we focus on his pre-1968 films and in the fall we present his post... View

  • Against the Law: The Crime Films of Anthony Mann

    2/7/14 to 2/28/14

    Discover Anthony Mann's electrifying thrillers, from 1946's Strange Impersonation to 1950's Side Street, all of which are fronted by psychologically complex and emotionally scarred characters. Mann scholar Max Alvarez joins us to illuminate the back alleys of the Hollywood... View

  • Screenagers Film Festival


    Come see what is on the mind of Bay Area teens at the 16th annual Screenagers Film Festival, featuring a diverse selection of films made by Bay Area high school students. Films selected by students from Berkeley High. Admission just $5.50.

  • Committed Cinema: Tony Buba

    2/18/14 to 2/20/14

    Tony Buba, called a "national treasure" and "one of the most singular and egregiously overlooked filmmakers in the U.S." by Anthology Film Archives, has been chronicling the decline of his hometown, Braddock, PA, for some forty years. We are thrilled that Buba is coming to the PFA... View

  • Afterimage: Kamran Shirdel


    Renowned Iranian filmmaker Kamran Shirdel visits BAM/PFA during his first visit to the U.S. to present four of his remarkable short films. He will be in conversation with the acclaimed scholar of Iranian cinema, Hamid Naficy, author most recently of A Social History of Iranian... View

  • Jokers Wild: American Comedy, 1960–1989

    3/1/14 to 4/18/14

    It's no joke! Joker's Wild showcases the high points of American comedy from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s and includes laugh-riots from Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Tim Burton, Harold Ramis, Melvin Van Peebles, and more...

  • Too Much Johnson Rediscovered


    We are proud to present the West Coast premiere of Mercury Theatre's recently rediscovered Too Much Johnson (1938), directed by Orson Welles for the Mercury's stage production of the nineteenth-century play. Plus a home movie from the BAM/PFA Collection that shows Welles... View

  • Inside the BAM/PFA Film Collection


    A free screening for members in conjunction with Member Appreciation Month.

  • CAAMFest 2014

    3/14/14 to 3/21/14

    Each year, the Center for Asian American Media brings us the best in contemporary cinema from Asia and the Asian diaspora. This year's edition of CAAMFest at BAM/PFA feature films and documentaries from Singapore, Japan, India, the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, the United... View

  • Committed Cinema: Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam

    3/16/14 to 3/20/14

    We welcome Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam to BAM/PFA as part of our ongoing series Committed Cinema, dedicated to filmmakers who explore vital contemporary issues in aesthetically innovative ways. The Dharamsala-based duo presents two films that focus on the plight of Tibet and its... View

  • A Theater Near You: A Touch of Sin

    3/22/14 to 3/23/14

    The East Bay Premiere of the latest from Jia Zhangke, "one of the best and most important directors in the world" according to The New Yorker's Richard Brody. Winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes.

  • More Than Fantasy: In Memoriam, Saul Zaentz (1921–2014)

    3/22/14 to 4/13/14

    This small series honors Saul Zaentz, who passed away this year after a brilliant second career as an independent film producer that earned him three Academy Awards. We present One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, and The Unbearable Lightness of Being, all in 35mm prints... View

  • Ross McElwee and the Cambridge Turn

    3/30/14 to 4/2/14

    Ross McElwee, who studied filmmaking at MIT with pioneers of cinema verité, uses cinema as a means of examining his own life and, along the way, exploring the history of his times. We are delighted to welcome McElwee to Berkeley to screen his films and discuss his career with... View

  • Special Screening: Nuclear Nation


    Filmmaker Atsushi Funahashi joins us to present his documentary Nuclear Nation, about the refugees of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster. Presented with the Center for Japanese Studies as part of the symposium Reframing 3.11.

  • Diamonds of the Night: Jan Nemec

    4/6/14 to 4/23/14

    Join us for this long-overdue survey dedicated to Jan Nemec, a true iconoclast. We present early films that helped define the Czech New Wave, including a new print of his debut feature, Diamonds of the Night from 1964, as well as recent work made after his return to the Czech... View

  • San Francisco International Film Festival @ BAM/PFA

    4/25/14 to 5/8/14

    BAM/PFA is the exclusive East Bay venue for the filmmakers and other special guests in person.

  • Film & Video Makers at Cal


    This program presents work by the 2014 winners of the Eisner prize, the highest award for creativity given on the UC Berkeley campus.

  • A Theater Near You

    6/13/14 to 8/31/14

    A restored 35mm print of Antonioni's L'avventura, Last Year at Marienbad to remember Alain Resnais, the original 1954 version of Godzilla, and a restored final cut of The Wicker Man (the Citizen Kane of horror films).

  • Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

    6/14/14 to 8/21/14

    "An incredible opportunity to discover for yourself the great power of Polish cinema on the big screen in brilliantly restored digital remasters," says Martin Scorsese of this touring series, which he helped organize. Spanning the years from 1957 to 1987, Masterpieces of Polish... View

  • The Grapes of Wrath at 75


    Steinbeck's novel turns seventy-five this year and we honor his masterpiece with a special screening of the restored version of John Ford's compelling screen adaptation. Three experts join us: Susan Shillinglaw, Gray Brechin, and Harvey Smith.

  • Kenji Mizoguchi: A Cinema of Totality

    6/19/14 to 8/29/14

    Between the early 1920s and the year of his death, Kenji Mizoguchi (1898–1956) made more than seventy-five films, marked by elegant long takes and sequence shots and a thematic concern with the subjugation of women. This summer, we are delighted to screen sixteen of his films,... View

  • Rude Awakening: American Comedy, 1990–2010

    6/27/14 to 8/30/14

    Our three-part survey of American comedy closes out with movies selected by you, the audience. You have chosen films that are destined to be classics, if they aren't already: Austin Powers, Groundhog Day, Best in Show, The Royal Tenenbaums, Knocked Up, Borat, The Big Lebowski,... View

  • Picture This: Classic Children's Books on Film

    6/29/14 to 8/10/14

    Picture This gathers over twenty animated shorts from the BAM/PFA Collection that were adapted from beloved picture books by Ezra Jack Keats, Leo Lionni, Maurice Sendak, William Steig, Dr. Seuss, Rosemary Wells, and more. Join us for four Sunday matinees this summer to discover... View

  • Derek Jarman, Visionary

    7/5/14 to 8/28/14

    To mark the twentieth anniversary of Derek Jarman's death, we are pleased to screen a selection of his remarkable films, newly remastered by the BFI. Jarman (1942–1994), one of the most creative, idiosyncratic, and controversial filmmakers to come out of Britain, was known for his... View

  • Alternative Visions: Animation

    7/22/14 to 8/7/14

    This summer installment of Alternative Visions presents three programs of creative animation, featuring masters of the field who work largely by hand with materials ranging from paints, ink, and pencils to cutouts. With programs devoted to Faith and John Hubley, Amanda Forbis and... View

  • Over the Top and into the Wire: WWI on Film

    8/2/14 to 8/27/14

    Timed to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of World War I, our series brings together a selection of the shorts, cartoons, and features that span the fifty years separating the Great War from the Cold War to suggest the range of responses to the conflict and its aftermath... View

  • Free Outdoor Screening in the BAM/PFA Sculpture Garden


    Bring a blanket to the BAM/PFA sculpture garden for a free outdoor screening of Shack Out on 101, deliriously trashy espionage flick starring Lee Marvin. Plus surprise short!

  • Alternative Visions

    9/3/14 to 11/19/14

    Our annual fall series featuring avant-garde cinema includes guest presentations by filmmakers Mary Helena Clark, Laura Heit, Jerome Hiler, Adele Horne, Linda Scobie, Karly Stark, and Pawel Wojtasik. We also offer a centennial tribute to local luminary James Broughton and Craig... View