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BAMcinemaFest announces reunion screening of Larry Clark's Kids

Joshua Rothkopf

It's been 20 years since Kids first traumatized audiences with its unflinching view of NYC teen sex and drug use. The movie still casts an uneasy spell: To celebrate its anniversary, the annual BAMcinemaFest (June 17–28) will be screening the movie on June 25, with cast and crew members confirmed for a postscreening discussion. On hand will be director Larry Clark, screenwriter Harmony Korine (who wrote his script at age 19) and actors Leo Fitzpatrick, Chloë Sevigny and Rosario Dawson.

BAM's announcement today included other welcome surprises: A new restoration of Penelope Spheeris's essential The Decline of Western Civilization (1981), a key portrait of L.A. punk bands like X, Black Flag and Circle Jerks, will make its New York premiere on June 19. Elsewhere in the fest, Les Blank's recently rediscovered backstage profile of rock legend Leon Russell, A Poem Is a Naked Person (1974), will screen June 27. And what's a smart, indiecentric showcase without a free outdoor screening of Slacker? That'll play Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park at dusk on June 25, with food vendors curated by Smorgasburg in attendance. Visit the festival official site for more details and tickets.


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