Blog JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman on Jonathan Demme's Rarely Seen Cinema: Jenny Lumet Selects

Posted August 3, 2018

For many of us, Jonathan Demme’s Rarely Seen Cinema represented a special, even magical, corner of the JBFC universe. For 12 years, Jonathan hosted this Sunday afternoon ride through his wide-ranging cinematic passions—his adoring celebration of art that had fallen out of favor or never quite found it in the first place. It was a place of open sharing and experience, of discussion and discovery, all infused with his easy, joyful style.

We’ve been working with Jonathan’s family to re-imagine this beloved series as a way to sustain his generous spirit of communal experience. Believing that all artists harbor a secret list of unappreciated films that they would like to share with a live audience, Rarely Seen Cinema return in its new form this fall, hosted by a slate of guest curators, all artists Jonathan knew and loved. Following the screening we’ll—in Jonathan’s words—“hang out and fertilize the air with our ideas.”

The first guest host is Jonathan’s longtime friend Jenny Lumet, the screenwriter for Rachel Getting Married. She’ll kick things off on Sept. 23 with a screening of Stormy Weather, featuring Jenny’s grandmother, the incomparable Lena Horne.

—Programming Director Brian Ackerman

Learn more about Jonathan Demme’s Rarely Seen Cinema: Jenny Lumet Selects and get your tickets on the series page.

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