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JBFC Names New Executive Director

Mary Jo Ziesel, Distinguished Educator in Arts Programming, Chosen to Lead the Country’s Premier Film and Media Education Center Pleasantville, NY – July 16, 2021 – The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), a nonprofit educational and cultural institution dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary and world cinema; promoting visual literacy; and making film [...]


Screenings for Fully Vaccinated Patrons

UPDATED JULY 21: More Screenings for Fully Vaccinated Patrons Starting August 1 Based on the positive feedback we received from our patrons, we are not only extending our Monday screenings for fully vaccinated patrons through Labor Day, but also adding Sundays, bringing the total to two days per week! Starting Sunday, August 1, we will offer [...]


JBFC Mixtapes, Vol. 22: Sounds of Summer

by JBFC Senior Film Programmer Andrew Jupin JBFC Mixtapes is an initiative from the Burns to highlight the music—from soundtracks to scores—that makes the cinematic experience so special. Vol. 22 comes to us from JBFC Senior Film Programmer Andrew Jupin, who put together a spectacular playlist to celebrate the return of beloved annual JBFC series Sounds of [...]


Two Exciting Announcements for our 20th Anniversary

JACOB BURNS FILM CENTER RENAMING THEATER ONE AFTER FOUNDING LEADER DAVID SWOPE Today’s Announcement Kicks Off Year-Long 20th Anniversary Celebration Which Includes Theater Refurbishment in 2022 Pleasantville, NY—June 21, 2021— Today, the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), a nonprofit five-screen cinema and education center and one of the most successful suburban art houses in the country, [...]


We Are Updating Theater Policies (as of June 18)

Effective this Friday, June 18, in accordance with updated New York State and CDC guidance, masks will be optional for fully vaccinated individuals. Patrons not yet vaccinated for COVID-19 continue to be responsible for wearing masks, in accordance with federal CDC guidance. JBFC has planned a deliberate, phased reopening strategy. On June 18, we are [...]


Please Join our New Project Breaking Bread: Jewish Stories and Recipes from the JBFC Community

As a member of the JBFC community, you know all about the power of story to connect people—it’s at the heart of everything we do. And I’m guessing you’re well acquainted with the power of food to do the same thing. (What a joy it is to eat together now after so many months apart!) [...]


JBFC To Receive $20,000 Grant From the National Endowment for the Arts

Pleasantville, NY—May 12, 2021— The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced that the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), a nonprofit cultural arts center, was chosen to receive a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support their Creative Culture fellowship program in 2021-22. Jacob Burns Film Center developed Creative Culture to champion diverse [...]


Stop Asian Hate

All of us at the Jacob Burns Film Center are saddened and sickened by the murders of six women of Asian descent among those recently killed in Georgia. Equally devastating is the knowledge that xenophobia and racist hate crimes against Asian Americans are at an all-time high. According to the Center for the Study of Hate [...]


The JBFC Theater is Reopening on May 12

We are thrilled to open the Theater doors on Wednesday, May 12, and welcome our community back to the JBFC.  It has been a long and difficult year, but thanks to the strength and support of the JBFC community, we are ready and prepared to embrace this exciting moment. We completed multiple improvements to the facility [...]


Creative Culture Filmmakers in 2021 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Creative Culture Filmmakers in 2021 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival A few years ago when we launched our artist support program Creative Culture, we dreamed big that filmmakers who were part of our program would have their films screen in festivals worldwide. Well, our dream came true. Our fellows’ and residents’ work has screened at [...]


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