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{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 [...]

Quest: An Intimate and Moving Tale of Love, Family & Hope!

By JBFC Marketing Volunteer Dotty Battel For nearly a decade, filmmaker Jonathan Olshefsi followed the lives of the Raineys, a black “working–poor” family living in North Philly. He was given unfettered access to the family, or as he put it “I became like furniture”. The doc begins with the Obama family’s arrival at the White [...]

Dancers Light Up the Screen

By JBFC Marketing Volunteer Dotty Battel Happy anticipation reigns at the Burns as we await the return of Dance on Film, our annual celebration of dance, running from Nov. 1-9. This year’s program offers everything from classic ballet, to ballroom, tap and contemporary styles…in other words, something for everyone! Here are a few highlights sure [...]

Beautiful, Powerful, Mysterious Nature

By JBFC Marketing Volunteer Dotty Battel Waters rise, winds roar, fires burn and the earth shakes…. Mother Nature certainly has our attention! What better time for our annual series Focus on Nature (Oct 5-30) during which we explore her power, her beauty, her mystery, and how we humans impact planet Earth. Groundbreaking (no pun…) films [...]

Dame Judi: Queen of the Screen

By JBFC Marketing Volunteer Dotty Battel Dench, now 82….”remains the world’s most formidable pixie, and in Victoria & Abdul she’s in her element….” (Variety) It’s 1887 and the long-reigning Queen Victoria, old, fat, and, lonely has just about given up on life when Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) a young Indian Muslim clerk journeys to London [...]

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