Posted June 20, 2024

Cool Off With Hot Movies: Your Favorite Films on the Big Screen

Big-time action movies, 60th Anniversary of the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, new releases including The Bikeriders, Janet Planet, Thelma, and Kinds of Kindness, along with fan favorite series such as JBFC Kids, Sounds of Summer, After Hours, and Beyond the Frame are among major programs coming this summer.

Pleasantville, NY – June 20, 2023 – The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) announced today a variety of unique, one-of-a-kind events, series, and screenings for summer 2024. With the brand-new Take 3 Wine Bar & Café, the fun continues upstairs after a day (or night) out at the movies! The summer is jam-packed with much awaited new releases, beloved repertory series, special events, and thought-provoking Q&As featuring filmmakers, authors, and more.


Highly Anticipated New Releases Include:

  • June 21: The Bikeriders
    A New York Times Critic’s Pick! The Bikeriders captures a rebellious time in America when the culture and people were changing. After a chance encounter, strong-willed Kathy (Jodie Comer) is drawn to Benny (Austin Butler), the newest member of Midwestern motorcycle club, the Vandals. As the club transforms into a dangerous underworld of violence, Benny must choose between Kathy and his loyalty to the club.


  • June 21: Thelma
    Deceived by a phone scammer pretending to be her grandson, a 90-year-old woman (Oscar nominee June Squibb) sets out on a quest across Los Angeles, accompanied by an aging friend (Richard Roundtree) and his motorized scooter, to reclaim what was taken from her.


  • June 21: Ghostlight
    When melancholic construction worker Dan finds himself drifting from his wife and daughter, he discovers community and purpose in a local theater’s production of Romeo and Juliet. As the drama onstage starts to mirror his own life, he and his family are forced to confront a personal loss.


  • June 28: Kinds of Kindness
    A New York Times Critic’s Pick! Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (Poor Things, The Favourite), Kinds of Kindness is a triptych fable featuring an ensemble cast that includes Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, Margaret Qualley, Joe Alwyn, and Willem Dafoe.


  • June 28: Janet Planet
    A New York Times Critic’s Pick! Set in 1991 rural Western Massachusetts, this debut film from Pulitzer Prize­winning playwright Annie Baker shows eleven-year-old Lacy as she spends the long summer at home with her mother, Janet. As Lacy fully immerses herself in her own world, she slowly begins to fall out of love with her mother.


Special Events and Limited Engagements Include:

  • July 15 at 7:00: Memories for Life—Reversing Alzheimer’s followed by a Q&A with Dr. Dale Bredesen and Dr. Lucy Waletzky
    A remarkable feature film narrated by Grammy winner Michael Bublé about the first Alzheimer’s patients who are reversing their cognitive decline by following a novel therapeutic protocol. Developed by a renowned American neurologist, Dr. Dale Bredesen, this precision medicine approach uses expanded lab data to generate personalized protocols that are allowing patients to regain their memories.


  • July 16: Losing Ground at 4:45 followed by Naked Acts at 7:00, which will include a post-screening Q&A with director Bridgett M. Davis
    Kathleen Collins’ 1982 landmark work Losing Ground was one of the first independent features made by a Black woman and Naked Acts (1996) by Bridgett M. Davis draws upon several of its themes. Losing Ground and Naked Acts are in conversation with each other on many topics, and the program will include director Bridgett M. Davis and Black Film Archive founder and Library of Congress scholar Maya Cade for a talk after Naked Acts.
    This program screens as part of JBFC Series REMIX: The Black Experience in Film, Media, and Art, which is presented with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


  • July 27: John Pizzarelli and Friends: Jazz on a Summer’s Day
    Join us on Saturday, July 27 for a special day-long jazz celebration hosted by the one-and-only John Pizzarelli! We’ll kick off the day with a Morning Jam featuring a live performance by the EarRegulars at noon, followed by a screening of The House of Tom—Mundo, Monde, Mondo and a live bossa nova performance. The day will culminate with a screening of Jazz on a Summer’s Day and a live performance by the John Pizzarelli Trio and Catherine Russell. Take 3 Wine Bar & Café will be open throughout the day, making this a perfect way to spend a Summer Saturday. This program is presented in memory of Maria Traversa, a dear member of the Burns family and programmer for our Jazz Sessions series. Sponsored by Judy & George Marchese, this program is a part of our Sounds of Summer series.


Unique curated series to kick off Summer 2024:

  • Sounds of Summer
    July 11–August 29

    We’re on the road again for our summertime tour through the wide world of music. Look back at one of the most instrumental figures of the Jazz Age with the recently restored Artie Shaw: Time is All You’ve Got or join Scott Freiman to deconstruct the Pink Floyd masterpiece The Dark Side of the Moon. Along the way we’ll toast to a few anniversaries, with screenings commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night and the 40th anniversary of beloved Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense. Other featured artists include The Zombies, Brian Eno, and Sun Ra. Sounds of Summer is sponsored by The Lucille and Paul Maslin Foundation and Janet Maslin. WFUV is the exclusive media partner.



  • Focus on Nature: Tiny Worlds
    June 24–July 23

    Take a step back and look out for the small worlds we miss every day, from the miniature domain of moths to the magical realm of fungi and lean in for a closer view of an island ecosystem. Three nature documentaries—The Night Visitors (+ filmmaker Q&A) on June 24, Geographies of Solitude (July 22), and Fantastic Fungi + panel discussion (July 23)—will explore these natural wonders with a micro-lensed view rarely seen before. Focus on Nature is sponsored by the van Hengel Family Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts, and presented in partnership with Scenic Hudson and Groundwork Hudson Valley.


  • After Hours
    July 5–October 26
    This August, brace yourself for a riveting journey with stars from the rock world through picks like Alice Cooper in John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness, David Bowie in The Hunger, Paul Williams in Phantom of the Paradise (which is celebrating its 50th anniversary), and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. September will feature first encounter films, while October brings back horror classics and our annual 12-hour Halloween Movie Marathon.
    After Hours is our Late Night series serving up cult classics on Friday & Saturday nights through the end of October.


  • JBFC Kids
    Family-friendly programming every Saturday at 11:00 with monthly sensory friendly screenings. Upcoming titles include: Bambi (June 22), The Jungle Book (June 29), An American Tail (July 6 & 7), Frozen Sing-Along (July 13), The Rescuers (July 20), The Adventures of Tintin (July 27), Luca (Aug. 3, 4 & 10), and The Parent Trap (Aug. 17, 24 & 31). JBFC Kids is presented in partnership with the Westchester Library System.


Wednesdays at the Burns:
Pencil in Wednesdays to enjoy special screenings! Catch a matinee at 2:00 or an evening encore at 7:00 on most Wednesdays of the month through our series:

  • World Stage on Screen
    This series brings the best of international theater and fine arts programming to the silver screen for matinee and evening screenings. It’s going to be a “Summer of Andrew Scott” with NT Live: Vanya (July 3) and NT Live: Present Laughter (Aug. 21)
    World Stage on Screen is sponsored by The Knolls—A Bethel Community.


  • Beyond the Frame

    Travel to museums around the world or visit artists’ studios to learn more about the creative process and get an up-close look at art’s past and present. Upcoming titles include: Exhibition on Screen: My National Gallery, London (June 26), Exhibition on Screen: Hopper—An American Love Story + Q&A after 7:00 screening (July 31), and Taking Venice (Aug. 28).


  • Repertory Cinema—Hollywood Maverick: Nicholas Ray & Shirley MacLaine
    Films Include: Catch the last film in our Nicholas Ray retrospective: Bigger Than Life (July 10) and get ready for your monthly date with Shirley MacLaine, starting with The Apartment (on 35mm) in August and continuing through November. This series is sponsored by The Knolls—A Bethel Community.

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