Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) is a nonprofit five-screen cinema and education center located in Pleasantville, NY. One of the most successful suburban art houses in the country, we celebrate film as a vehicle for entertainment, education, and inspiration.
With our films, events, community screenings, visiting artists, and special guests, we strive to further our nonprofit mission, spark dialogue and encourage an acceptance of a diversity of perspectives among our theatergoers and the community—something we started when we opened our doors in 2001.
“The JBFC is a force for social change disguised as a movie theater.” — Jonathan Demme, JBFC Board member (2006–2015) and curator (2005–2017)
Each year, over 200,000 people come through our doors to see more than 400 films from current releases to foreign cinema, documentaries to curated series. Our audiences experience over 150 special events every year featuring in-depth conversations with filmmakers, actors, authors, and activists to live music performances and custom-crafted receptions with local chefs.
Across the street, our Media Arts Lab is the home of our education programs. At the core of our mission is the belief that viewing and creating media is an essential component to 21st century literacy. Our space is truly a laboratory, where we develop, implement, and refine visual media curricula that craft students and teachers into inspired creators, critical thinkers, and effective communicators.
Fulfilling a need in the Hudson Valley Region, we developed Creative Culture as a resource for emerging makers, offering fellowships, mentorship, and skill-sharing opportunities. We also welcome established filmmakers from across the country and around the world to live, work, and teach on the JBFC campus.
Take a look at our 15th Anniversary Timeline, including video clips of special guests.
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By Lina Matta, curator of Contemporary Arab Cinema I never understood the tipping point that could start or end a war. I was 13 when civil war broke out in Lebanon and in the States when it “ended” 15 years later. How one day’s murderous hate could become tomorrow’s coexistence still mystifies me. Our Opening [...]
Creative Culture is a program that connects filmmakers to creative careers. View past fellows, makers, and residents here. Recognizing a gap in support for filmmakers in the Hudson Valley, Jacob Burns Film Center staff developed Creative Culture, a unique initiative designed to foster a thriving artistic community in the region. The goal of the program is to [...]
JBFC Kids We’re making the theater-going experience more inviting for kids, hosting FREE hands-on activities on the first Saturday of select months, and offering a full roster of courses and workshops for ages 3–13! Take a look at all our JBFC Kids offerings below. Sign up for our JBFC Kids e-bulletin to stay up-to-date on all of [...]