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Jacob Burns Film Center Spearheads Nationwide “Celebration of Jonathan Demme”

Jacob Burns Film Center Spearheads Nationwide “Celebration of Jonathan Demme” Art House Theaters Across the Country to Screen Demme’s Stop Making Sense on July 19 Pleasantville, NY – June 6, 2017 – Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) announced today that it is organizing a nationwide screening of Jonathan Demme’s 1984 seminal concert documentary, Stop Making [...]


A Guide to Sounds of Summer 2017

By Sophie Cowley With summer right around the corner, the Burns is gearing up for its annual Sounds Of Summer series! From June 29 to August 17, the Burns will be showing timeless classics like Stop Making Sense alongside exciting new music documentaries like Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World and I Am The Blues. The [...]


Classroom to Screening Room

At the end of May we welcomed students from Alexander Hamilton High School in Elmsford, AMD Middle School in Ossining, and White Plains High School in White Plains for a screening of I Am Not Your Negro and discussion with producer Hébert Peck via Skype, Woodlands High School Assistant Principal Mandel Holland, and President of the [...]


Meet the JBFC’s Incoming Artist-In-Residence, Bernardo Britto

By Sophie Cowley Beginning May 30, the Jacob Burns Media Arts Lab will welcome in a new artist-in-residence: Bernardo Britto. Bernardo is an award-winning filmmaker and animator whose impressive array of work has played at a number of festivals, including Sundance and SXSW. His debut feature, Jacqueline (Argentine), is a hilarious mockumentary-style film that premiered [...]


24 Hour Film Challenge 2017

Each year, the Burns hosts its 24 Hour Film Challenge, a competition for high school students that charges participants with making a film in 24 hours. Groups have access to our Media Arts Lab equipment and facilities for pre-production, shooting, and editing films throughout the Challenge. To prevent participants from working on their stories in advance, each [...]


Summer @ the Lab: A Sense of Adventure

By Darrel Swann, Faculty After getting his BA at Boston College, Darrel studied screenwriting at New York Film Academy. He has been working at the Jacob Burns Film Center since 2009. Our film and media camp at the Media Arts Lab offers a wide variety of activities and often the child who loves to act isn’t [...]


{Student Work} Flip the Switch

Caleb, a student in our 7th and 8th grade Projects in Media course, created this poster for the world premiere of the students’ short film, Flip the Switch. Check out the poster and film below! Like what you see? Check out our course listings in mid-July for kids, teens, and adults programs coming up this fall!


All things JAZZ!

By JBFC Marketing Volunteer Dotty Battel Are you ready? You are not going to want to miss the amazing selections in this year’s Jazz Sessions: The Greats on Camera series, May 18–June 22, including five rousing films and four live performances! We kick things off by celebrating the incomparable Satchmo! Will Friedwald, longtime friend of the Burns, [...]


Taking A Front Seat At The Art House Cinema

By Sophie Cowley With the mounting success of streaming platforms and the ever-growing convenience of personal devices like tablets and iPhones, some believe that the cinema is becoming a thing of the past. But the Jacob Burns Film Center heartily disagrees. Why Art House? When you arrive at an art house like the Jacob Burns, [...]


Curtains Up

By Dotty Battel, JBFC Marketing Volunteer “The play’s the thing…” William Shakespeare is not the only one to feel that way…we do too (about film as well!). That said, we are giving a standing ovation to Life on the Stage: Conversation and Film, a new dynamic film series created in collaboration with The Actors Fund. [...]