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Your Most Watched Films of 2019

By Sarah Soliman, Marketing Associate/Series Curator; Adapted: Page to Screen It might be 2020, but with awards season in full swing, the films of 2019 are still on our minds. Burns audiences come see a lot of movies, and it made us wonder which films you came to see the most over the past year. [...]


Winter and Spring Break Camps at the JBFC

by Adrienne Frank, JBFC Education Outreach Coordinator Looking for activities to keep your kids entertained in Westchester over the winter and spring school breaks? We’ve got you covered! Students in Grades 5-8 can join us for Viewing and Doing (Feb. 17-21, 2020) or On the Set (April 6-10, 2020). These daily mini-camps are a great [...]


JBFC Mixtapes, Vol. 20: Hooray for Hollywood

JBFC Mixtapes is an initiative from the Burns to highlight the music—from soundtracks to scores—that makes the cinematic experience so special. Vol. 20 comes to us from David Schwartz, former chief curator of the Museum of the Moving Image and host of the JBFC’s upcoming film club “Hooray for Hollywood: Sunday Mornings with David Schwartz.” Kicking off [...]


Cinemania Student Critic Review: Mary Poppins

by David Sapp, Cinemania Student Critic Robert Stevenson’s 1964 film Mary Poppins is about how a magical nanny helps transform two kids’ relationships with their father through fun and liveliness.  The film is visually stunning and extremely impressive for the time period. Looking at it from a modern-day standpoint, it’s amazing what they were able [...]


A Decade of Film

By Sarah Soliman, Marketing Associate/Series Curator; Adapted: Page to Screen, and the JBFC Staff Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson put very succinctly something that I’ve spent the past few weeks trying to express to my colleagues at the Burns when asking them to put these lists together: “Doing a ten best movies of the decade list [...]


Jacob Burns Film Center Announces Senior Afternoon Cinema Schedule for Winter 2020

December 9, 2019 – Pleasantville, NY – The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) has announced the programming for their ongoing Senior Afternoon Cinema series for winter 2020. Films are shown once a month on a Tuesday at 1:00 pm. This series is sponsored by The Knolls—A Bethel Community. The upcoming films and dates are:  Jan. [...]


5th Graders, Human Rights, Climate Change, and the Storytellers of Tomorrow

by Tara O’Gorman, Image, Sound, and Story 5th Grade Teacher On Friday, October 28, 2019, Class 5 – O of the Casimir Pulaski School in Yonkers, NY was thrilled to have the honor of hosting JBFC’s Creative Culture/Focus On Nature Artist-in-Residence, Cinematographer, Filmmaker, and Neuroscientist Christi Cooper. In preparation for this exciting opportunity the class [...]


Cinemania Student Critic Review: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

by David Sapp, 8th Grade Cinemania Student Critic Marielle Heller’s 2019 film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a drama about how a troubled journalist’s perspective on life is altered by renowned children’s show host Mr. Rogers. This film was much more dramatic and gripping than I initially assumed. It takes a story about a [...]


Cinemania Student Critic Review: Jojo Rabbit

by David Sapp, 8th Grade Cinemania Student Critic Taika Waititi’s 2019 film Jojo Rabbit is a film about a young boy who, influenced by the community he lives in, takes up being a Nazi.  It is one of the few films I’ve seen that can balance a dark drama and a comedy perfectly. It will be funny [...]


Dig Deeper Into Parasite

“Parasite has been the talk of the programming department since we all saw it in August (one of us at TIFF in September) and we’re thrilled the film and its director—longtime friend of the Burns, Bong Joon Ho—are receiving such overwhelming acclaim. It’s one of those rare films that masterfully shifts between wide-ranging tones and themes, all while maintaining [...]


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