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Graphic documentaries have been known to make viewers lose their appetites, but on Thursday BAMcinematek will screen a film that is guaranteed to produce nausea - and a few laughs.

The documentary "Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating," opens with an impressionable Conti, an East Village window washer and occasional nude model for art classes, looking on at the annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island and follows him as he puts his own foot in the door of the competitive eating world by consuming 34-dozen oysters in New Orleans. Conti (pictured) eats his way up the ladder of success, aspiring to one day compete in Coney Island’s gastrointestinal endurance test, which he claims is "the Tour de France of competitive eating." (If you like the film, don’t miss this year’s hot dog contest at Nathan’s in Coney Island on July 4.)

Directed by Danielle Franco, of Williamsburg, and Chris Kenneally, of Manhattan, the film will be screened at BAMcinematek (30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene) on July 1 at 6:45 pm. A panel discussion with Conti, representatives from the International Federation of Competitive Eating and special guest eaters will follow the screening.

Tickets are $10, $7 students 25 and younger, seniors and children under 12. For tickets, call (718) 777-FILM or go to www.bam.org. For more information, call (718) 636-4100.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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