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Behind the Scenes: Storyville Game Design

By JBFC Senior Faculty Member, Aaron Mace Once a year, Storyville students get the chance to create their very own board game. The 1st and 2nd graders in this class do practically all the work involved (the only thing I do is to bring all their artwork together in the finished product) from agreeing on a concept, [...]

Revisit Classic Hollywood with Retro Revival

By JBFC Marketing Volunteer Dotty Battel As most of you know, we show remastered and/or rereleased versions of film classics each month in our Retro Revival series. Now that Christmas is almost here, it seems like the perfect time to let you know about the fantastic films that we will be screening this winter. We [...]

Holiday Season at the JBFC

By JBFC Marketing Associate Paige Grand Pré It’s holiday time at the JBFC, and with it comes a slew of traditions: the unofficial start of awards season, our annual screenings of It’s a Wonderful Life, the JBFC’s Year End Giving Campaign, and a few fun surprises along the way. As we gear up for awards [...]

Creative Culture Fellows Selected for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival & the 2018 Sundance Ignite Fellowship

Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) fellows are making headlines! Sundance Institute just announced the newest round of 2018 Sundance Ignite Fellows, chosen from a global crop of more than 800 applicants. JBFC fellows Crystal Kayiza and Rahessa Vitório were both selected as finalists, with Crystal ultimately receiving one of the 15 fellowships. The fifteen 18-to-24-year-old [...]

{High School Student Critic} - Jane

The film Jane, directed by Brett Morgen, tells the captivating story of Jane Goodall and her studies and adventures in Africa. Created in part using unseen original footage rediscovered in 2014, the film’s great cinematography and editing allows Jane’s passion and commitment to her work in Gombe to shine through. Growing up in England, young Jane Goodall always [...]

Jacob Burns Film Center Elects Three New Members to The Board of Directors

The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) announced that three new members have been elected to the Board of Directors: Richard Abramowitz of Armonk, Virginia Gold of Bedford Hills, and Dorian Goldman of Chappaqua. Each will serve a three year term. In addition, The Jonathan Demme Changemaker Board Seat has been established and filmmaker Noah Hutton, [...]

{Cinemania Student Critic} Jane

Jane is a documentary about the life of Jane Goodall told almost exclusively from footage from her actual ventures into Gombe and other parts of Africa. For some context, Jane Goodall is a woman who, with zero scientific training, was sent into the Gombe wilderness to observe chimpanzees in their natural habitat, something that had never [...]

{Cinemania Student Critic} Seasons

By JBFC High School Student Critic Shea Stevenson Seasons is a 2016 French documentary directed by Jacques Perrin about the forests of Europe and the wildlife therein, spanning from the last ice age to modern day. Based on the premise alone, one can deduce that this is not a conventionally told story, especially for a documentary. Obviously, Jacques [...]

Lady Bird: A Conversation

By JBFC Membership & Marketing Associate Nicole LaLiberty, JBFC Programming Administrator Saidah Russell, and JBFC Marketing Associate Sarah Soliman Lady Bird is the solo directorial debut of Greta Gerwig, who audiences might recognize from 20th Century Women, Frances Ha, or Jackie, among her other credits. Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) stars as the titular Lady Bird (a [...]

{Cinemania Student Critic} Before the Flood

By JBFC High School Student Critic Caleb Feinstein Before the Flood, directed by Fisher Stevens, explores the strikingly harsh global issue of climate change. Narrated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the film follows his travels around the world. He visits places like Greenland, India, and Florida, where scientists, politicians, and the affected are interviewed. DiCaprio meets [...]

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