Summer Sizzles with Spectacular Cinema: Jacob Burns Film Center Unveils Unmissable Lineup

James Baldwin Abroad on Juneteenth, centennial celebration of Safety Last! with live accompaniment, new releases including Barbie, Oppenheimer on 35mm, Asteroid City, and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, along with fan favorite series such as Pride, Sounds of Summer, Community Matters, and Life on Stage are among major programs coming this summer. Pleasantville, NY – May [...]

Sensory Friendly Screenings: Providing Inclusive Movie Experiences

Movies are a great way to escape reality and immerse yourself in a different world. For many, going to the cinema is an enjoyable and exciting experience. But for some, it can be an overwhelming and distressing ordeal due to sensory sensitivities. That’s where sensory friendly screenings come in. Last summer, we piloted sensory friendly [...]

JBFC Unveils Refurbished Theaters

Its Largest Theater to be Renamed the “David Swope Theater” in Memory of JBFC Chairman Emeritus Pleasantville, NY – May 1, 2023 —The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), a nonprofit cultural institution, is proud to announce the completion of the refurbishment project for its three ground-floor theaters. The work significantly improves the moviegoing experience and [...]

JBFC Announces Lineup for the Highly Anticipated Jewish Film Festival

The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) is pleased to announce the 22nd Annual Jewish Film Festival from May 17–25, 2023. The lineup boasts stunning, thought-provoking, mesmerizing, and often humorous works from around the world including seven new diverse cinematic narratives and documentaries, and four beloved films from past Jewish Film Festivals. A host of renowned [...]

JBFC Launches Partnership with United Nations Development Programme-Led Equator Initiative

Welcomes Kynan Tegar as JBFC Artist-in-Residence Pleasantville, NY—March 21, 2023— The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) announces the launch of a new partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-led Equator Initiative. The Equator Prize, organized by the Equator Initiative within the United Nations Development Programme, is awarded biennially to recognize outstanding community efforts to [...]

Spring Programming Runs Full Steam Ahead at the Jacob Burns Film Center

The 22nd Annual Jewish Film Festival, James Baldwin Abroad, Q&A with New York Times bestselling author Jen Sincero, Oscar-nominated new releases, and the return of fan favorite series such as World Stage on Screen and Senior Afternoon Cinema, are among major programs this spring at the Jacob Burns Film Center Pleasantville, NY – March 8, [...]

Renovations Are Under Way

Our theater refurbishment project to improve all three of our original auditoriums on the ground floor is under way. The overhaul includes installing new seats, increasing legroom, improving access and comfort, upgrading the flooring, and changing the seating layout in two theaters to ensure moviegoers an optimal viewing experience. We can’t wait for the final [...]

Artist-in-Residence: Lindsey Ryan

As a part of our ongoing interviews with Artists-in-Residence at the Jacob Burns Film Center, we recently caught up with Artist-in-Residence Lindsey Ryan to talk about her current work.   1. How did this residency come about, and how did you learn about the Burns? I have actually followed the center since I was a [...]

Accessibility at the Burns

If you’re interested in checking out a film at the Burns and have questions about accessibility, this blog post is for you! At the JBFC, we are fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design. When it comes to physical access within our buildings, all five theaters at the JBFC [...]

JBFC Receives Grant From ArtsWestchester

JACOB BURNS FILM CENTER RECEIVES $40,000 FROM ARTSWESTCHESTER Funding supports a year of senior programs and initiatives The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) announced today that the organization has received a $40,000 grant from ArtsWestchester. A significant portion of this 2022-2023 Basic Support Program grant will go toward senior programs and initiatives including Senior Afternoon [...]

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