Nanette Burstein's documentary American Teen will have its US premiere as the opening night film for Sundance Institute at BAM, the third annual programme of screenings, theatre and musical performances, panel discussions, screenplay readings, art installations and Q&A sessions held by Sundance at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) in New York. The programme runs from May 29 through June 8.

'We are excited to return to BAM this year with one of the most-talked-about films of our 2008 Festival,' said John Cooper, director of programming, Sundance Film Festival and creative director, Sundance Institute. 'The absorbing true stories in American teen rival the most inventive narrative plots, making the film one of those to which audiences immediately connect on a personal level and which also provokes exciting discussion and debate.'

'We are thrilled to welcome Sundance Institute back to BAM for a third year of film, theatre, music and conversation ' said Florence Almozini, film curator for BAMcinematek. 'It is fitting to open our ten-day celebration with a film by Nanette Burstein who as a New Yorker, Sundance alum and independent filmmaker, in essence embodies everything this event represents.'