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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 [...]


Jacob Burns Film Center Announces Executive Director Edie Demas Is Stepping Down

Pleasantville, NY – October 25, 2019 — The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), a nonprofit cultural arts center, announced today Edie Demas is stepping down as Executive Director. “After careful consideration with board leadership, I have made the difficult decision to leave the JBFC so that I may assume oversight and management of my father’s and now my [...]


Judy: Now Showing at the JBFC

by JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman Judy is in fact an unusual biopic of the iconic Hollywood star Judy Garland. Produced in the UK, the film had a hugely successful world premiere as the opening night selection the Telluride International Film Festival, where Oscar winner Renée Zellweger had the audience in tears, earned a 3 [...]


JBFC Mixtapes, Vol. 19: Dance on Film 2019

by Choreographer Peter Pucci JBFC Mixtapes is an initiative from the Burns to highlight the music—from soundtracks to scores—that makes the cinematic experience so special. Vol. 19 comes to us from Peter Pucci, host of Dance on Film’s annual shorts program, Dancers Dancing, who writes: “This playlist represents a mix of eclectic music from some of the [...]


New Facebook Group for JBFC Members

by JBFC Marketing Associate Paige Grand Pre To further engage with our patrons beyond the screening experience at the JBFC Theater, we made a Facebook group exclusively for JBFC Members! Join our online community of cinephiles to be the first to hear about events at the JBFC, discuss happenings in the film industry, and connect [...]


JBFC Staff’s Favorite Film Adaptations

by Paige Grand Pre, JBFC Marketing Associate In celebration of the JBFC’s newest film club Adapted: Page to Screen, we asked JBFC staffers to share their own favorite film adaptations! Check out the diverse list of staff picks below, then join us Sept. 11-Dec. 11, 2019 for Adapted: Page to Screen!   Brandon Shenkman, Senior [...]


Remembering Nathan (Nat) Hoyt

The JBFC is saddened to announce that our amazing friend and architect, Nathan ‘Nat’ Hoyt, passed away on August 25th. Literally everyone who has ever watched a film at the JBFC has come into contact with Nat’s extreme good taste, gentility, and love for movies and community, as he is responsible for the look and [...]


Jacob Burns Film Center Releases Exciting Autumn Schedule

Pleasantville, NY – August 20, 2019 — Get ready for fall flicks and new picks at the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), a nonprofit cultural arts center and one of the most successful suburban film houses in the country. JBFC announced today a variety of diverse and compelling film series launching and returning this fall. [...]


New Partnership Makes a Perfect Landing in Pleasantville: United Airlines Announced as the Official Airline of the Jacob Burns Film Center

Pleasantville, NY – August 19, 2019 — The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), a nonprofit film and education center along with United Airlines—a global airline with a shared purpose of Connecting People. Uniting the World — announces the airline will be the exclusive and sole sponsor of the JBFC’s preview screening and new release events [...]


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