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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 [...]


The Big Shorts

By JBFC Marketing Volunteer Dotty Battel One thing to love about Oscar season: we get to watch short films in theaters! And as always, these works are part of the 2016 Academy Awards action. The 15 films nominated this time around are being showcased in 4 separate film programs: Animation, Live Action, and Documentaries: Program [...]


Cast Commentary

Get to know the “cast” here at the Jacob Burns Film Center: the employees, volunteers, and interns who make it possible to bring over 400 films a year to the community. With Elizabeth Garrigue, Membership Director What about your job do you find most satisfying? Interacting with people who love the Burns or who have [...]


Jacob Burns Film Center Elects New Board Leadership and New Board Members

The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) today announced that Janet Benton of Chappaqua was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees and Lynn Sobel of Dobbs Ferry was elected Vice Chair. The Board elected Benton and Sobel at its December 15 meeting after Hugh Price announced that he would be stepping down as Chair. In [...]


Two Jacob Burns Film Center Fellows Receive Prestigious Sundance Ignite Fellowships

The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) announced today that JBFC fellows Leah Galant, 23, of Cortlandt Manor, NY and Emily Ann Hoffman, 23, of Bedford, NY have been awarded 2017 Sundance Ignite Fellowships. Sundance Institute grants fellowships to applicants ages 18–24 who demonstrate the unique talent and potential to achieve success in the film industry. [...]


Our Favorite Films of 2016 and Our Struggle to Explain Why We Love Them

By Sarah Soliman and Lori Zakalik, JBFC Marketing Department WARNING: We tried to make this post as spoiler-free as possible. To be safe, if there is a film on this list that you have not seen, trust us that it’s good, watch it, and then read what we had to say. American Honey Sarah: I [...]


Jacob Burns Film Center Welcomes Ja’Tovia Gary as Artist-in-Residence

The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) announced that artist and filmmaker Ja’Tovia Gary will spend the month of January on the JBFC campus as REMIX Artist-in-Residence. JBFC will screen An Ecstatic Experience before Losing Ground, a 1982 film directed by Kathleen Collins, which inspired Ms. Gary during the making of her short. “[My] film is [...]


2016's Underseen Gems

By Sarah Soliman, Marketing Assistant “Best of” lists are a permanent fixture in film criticism towards the end of each year, and there is a ubiquity not just of the lists themselves, but of the specific titles found on those lists. In 2016 you know you are likely—and with good reason—to find Barry Jenkins’s exquisite [...]


The Surreal Animation of Fantastic Planet

By Andrew Jupin, Senior Programmer Whenever possible, I love to highlight the great work that’s been done—or is being done—in the world of, let’s call it “not for kids” animation. I think the movie-going public tends to associate animated films with things being made with younger audiences in mind, and rightfully so. How many animated [...]


Cast Commentary

Get to know the “cast” here at the Jacob Burns Film Center: the employees, volunteers, and interns who make it possible to bring over 400 films a year to the community. Featuring Abby Popper, Public Relations What about your job do you find most satisfying? Since I am a “people person”, I find that reaching out to [...]