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Rep. Mondaire Jones Announces Federal Grant for JBFC's Creative Culture

The JBFC was pleased to welcome Congressman Mondaire Jones (NY-17) to our campus on Tuesday, Aug. 10 to announce the grant we received from the NEA. Here is his announcement from the event: REP. MONDAIRE ANNOUNCES FEDERAL GRANT FOR JACOB BURNS FILM CENTER     Jones held a press conference at the Jacob Burns Film Center [...]


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 [...]


COVID Policies

UPDATED April 1, 2022 Masks are recommended but not required at the JBFC Theater. As of March 31, we no longer require proof of vaccination for attendees of in-person screenings and events. We installed Bi-Polar Ionization air filtration units at the Theater, which filters the air to the highest commercially available standards. ————————————————————- UPDATED March [...]


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)

Please note, as the circumstances evolve, we are making updates to our policy. The most current information is always featured on the homepage above the film calendar. ————————————- 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 [...]


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 [...]


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