Join us for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the BAM Hamm Archives, located in Crown Heights, exploring a never-before-told story spanning nine decades of Brooklyn film culture.
Since the opening of the four-screen BAM Rose Cinemas in 1998, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) has become a leading destination for New York filmgoers and home to Brooklyn’s only daily, year-round repertory film program.
What is less known, however, is the rich history of film exhibition at BAM throughout the 20th century, ranging from a 1901 program of “Farmer Dunn’s Moving Pictures,” to early Thomas Edison films, to experimental silent films with live orchestra, to a 1938 screening of documentary footage filmed in Nazi Germany, to a 1943 presentation of Hollywood musicals with live commentary for 400 residents of the Brooklyn Industrial Home for the Blind, to a 1970s series of films by black artists, and much more.
Followed by socializing at Berg’n, a Brooklyn beer hall created by the founders of Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg. NYFVC members receive a free drink!
Image: 1943 screening of Robert Florey’s The Desert Song with live commentary for residents of the Brooklyn Industrial Home for the Blind. Courtesy BAM Hamm Archives