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Greenhouse: Courageous Filmmaking in Progress

By Sigal Yehuda, director, Greenhouse Documentary Development Program Radicalism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, misogyny, refugees, immigration, and discrimination are all disputes we have been exposed to, especially in recent years. These issues are all perpetuated by separation between populations, and is often sustained and encouraged by political leaders, media, education, and extremists of all sorts. We would like [...]

The Pi(e) of March

Pi Day, celebrated annually on March 14 aka 3.14, is a day to appreciate two wonderful things: math and pie (not necessarily in that order)! In honor of Pi Day, enjoy this short film, Life of Pie, made by Summer @ the Lab students. More Pi Day films made by JBFC student filmmakers can be found here [...]

{Cinemania Student Critic} A Recycled Orchestra

By JBFC Cinemania Student Critic Ilani Denzer In a town that is home to Paraguay’s main landfill Favio Chavez, a resourceful ganchero, and many determined children came together and formed the Landfill Orchestra of Cateura. Here 40% of the youth don’t finish school because their parents need them to pick garbage in the landfill to [...]

JBFC Fellow's Film Added to WJFF 2017

By Paige Grand Pré, Education Communications Associate The JBFC is thrilled to announce that the recently-completed short documentary Kitty and Ellen will screen in advance of A Jewish Girl in Shanghai as part of our 2017 Westchester Jewish Film Festival. Kitty and Ellen was directed by Leah Galant, our Fall 2016 Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker Fellow, [...]

From Stage to Screen: The Lion in Winter

by Andrew Jupin, Senior Programmer There are few things riskier in the world of filmmaking than adapting a stage play to the screen. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dreaded sitting for something I know in advance is based on a play. Often it feels like what you’re watching is so much better [...]

{Cinemania Student Critic} Landfill Harmonic

By JBFC Cinemania Student Critic Ty Amsterdam Landfill Harmonic is an uplifting documentary that has such an incredible storyline, it could almost seem fictional! The film takes place in Cateura, a town in Paraguay where most of the residents try to find work at the garbage dump. We follow Favio Cháves, who decided to inspire [...]

Black, White, and Gray in Jim Jarmusch's Paterson

by Michael Bloom, Pleasantville High School student Paterson is a film that reminded me a lot of my favorite movie of 2016, Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!!. When taken at face value both movies seem to be about nothing. Their plots meander, they both feel at times repetitive, and they both have a time motif [...]

Jacob Burns Film Center Launches New Creative Culture Initiative

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 transform makers into strong and successful storytellers by strengthening their voice, providing a supportive network, and [...]

Great Moments in Oscar History

by Sarah Soliman, Marketing Assistant The 89th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 26, and there are sure to be some memorable moments. La La Land could tie (or even surpass) Ben-Hur, Titanic, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King for most Academy Awards won by a single film, and it’s [...]

The Purchase Beat Reviews I Am Not Your Negro

By Kerby Marcelin, Purchase College Thank you to The Purchase Beat for allowing us to reprint this review. Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” acquaints the world with the architect in writer and social critic James Baldwin. An architect whose plan rests on his perspicuous, poignant, and thought-provoking words. Peck beautifies the [...]