The Big Sick to be Aired at BAMcinemaFest

On Wed. June 21, 2017, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) will be featuring a Sundance Film Festival standout, The Big Sick, as a part of their BAMcinemaFest. The best American independent film festival highlights the best up and coming artists from the New York City area by showcasing their independent films across a week-long series.

The film, produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, features the romantic comedy story of a Pakistani-born comedian, Kumail and a graduate student, Emily, played by Zoe Kaza. Loosely based off of the real-life love story of Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon, their romance is thwarted by Nanjiani’s traditional Pakistani parents who would prefer he marry a traditional Muslim woman.

In a surprising turn of events, the young couple’s relationship is tested when Emily faces a life-threatening illness. With the relationship in turmoil, young Kumail must do some growing up to show his support.

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The Big Sick film poster recreated as a blog header by Pedro J Torres.

HBO’s Silicon Valley, Nanjiani takes his first lead role to new heights with this heartwarming comedy. Nanjiani has made guest appearances and supporting roles in many different venues throughout his career. He guest starred in HBO’s Veep as a supporting actor and has had a recurring role in Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time.

Nanjiani moved to the United States at the age of 18 and attended Grinnell College in Iowa. after graduating in 2001 with a double major in Computer Science and Philosophy, he wouldn’t land his first role on SNL until 2008.

Having been Married since 2007, Nanjiani’s wife, Emily V. Gordon is a former couple and family therapist turned author and comedy producer. After leaving the field of therapy, Gordon pursued a career of freelance writing, where she wrote articles for various publications such as; The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, and GQ. Her first book came out in 2015 and outlines a self-improvement guide titles, SuperYou: Release Your Inner Superhero.

The film, The Big Sick, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 20, 2017. Bought by Amazon Studios for $12 million, the film is set to be released on June 23, 2017, by Amazon Studios and Lionsgate.

BAM will host the film in the BAM Rose Cinemas room of the Peter Jay Sharp Building. The showing is currently sold out but open to standby ticketing, and all are welcome to stay for a question and answer session with Director Michael Showalter, and stars of the film, Kumail Nanjiani, Ray Romano, and Emily V. Gordon.