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Two Jacob Burns Film Center Fellows Receive Prestigious Sundance Ignite Fellowships

The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) announced today that JBFC fellows Leah Galant, 23, of Cortlandt Manor, NY and Emily Ann Hoffman, 23, of Bedford, NY have been awarded 2017 Sundance Ignite Fellowships. Sundance Institute grants fellowships to applicants ages 18–24 who demonstrate the unique talent and potential to achieve success in the film industry. [...]


Our Favorite Films of 2016 and Our Struggle to Explain Why We Love Them

By Sarah Soliman and Lori Zakalik, JBFC Marketing Department WARNING: We tried to make this post as spoiler-free as possible. To be safe, if there is a film on this list that you have not seen, trust us that it’s good, watch it, and then read what we had to say. American Honey Sarah: I [...]


Jacob Burns Film Center Welcomes Ja’Tovia Gary as Artist-in-Residence

The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) announced that artist and filmmaker Ja’Tovia Gary will spend the month of January on the JBFC campus as REMIX Artist-in-Residence. JBFC will screen An Ecstatic Experience before Losing Ground, a 1982 film directed by Kathleen Collins, which inspired Ms. Gary during the making of her short. “[My] film is [...]


2016's Underseen Gems

By Sarah Soliman, Marketing Assistant “Best of” lists are a permanent fixture in film criticism towards the end of each year, and there is a ubiquity not just of the lists themselves, but of the specific titles found on those lists. In 2016 you know you are likely—and with good reason—to find Barry Jenkins’s exquisite [...]


The Surreal Animation of Fantastic Planet

By Andrew Jupin, Senior Programmer Whenever possible, I love to highlight the great work that’s been done—or is being done—in the world of, let’s call it “not for kids” animation. I think the movie-going public tends to associate animated films with things being made with younger audiences in mind, and rightfully so. How many animated [...]


Cast Commentary

Get to know the “cast” here at the Jacob Burns Film Center: the employees, volunteers, and interns who make it possible to bring over 400 films a year to the community. Featuring Abby Popper, Public Relations What about your job do you find most satisfying? Since I am a “people person”, I find that reaching out to [...]


JBFC Travels to New Orleans

On December 3, JBFC Executive Director Edie Demas, Director of Education Emily Keating, and Senior Faculty Member Aaron Mace traveled to New Orleans for an Image, Sound, and Story professional development workshop with three ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy schools, part of the national Turnaround Arts initiative. All of the schools participating in this workshop are [...]


Live from the London Stage

By JBFC Marketing Volunteer Dotty Battel Hey, all you theater lovers, the next best thing to being there is seeing a production broadcast live on screen. And thanks to National Theatre Live, our audience members get to see 5 amazing productions over the next few months without having to use their passports! Up first is [...]


La La Land: The Perfect Blend of Cinematic Escapism and Authenticity

By Pleasantville High School Student Michael Bloom On December 4, I had the privilege of attending an advanced screening of Damien Chazelle’s La La Land at the Jacob Burns Film Center. The film caught my attention earlier this year when I read that the writer and director of Whiplash was working on a new film starring [...]


A Reel Piece of History

By JBFC Marketing Volunteer Dotty Battel Have you had a chance to go to the Jane Peck Gallery on the third floor of the theater recently?  If you have any interest in cinema history (or even if you just love film) we have a treat waiting for you! Two exquisite classic 35mm projectors, lovingly restored [...]