Blog Jacob Burns FilmCast, Episode 9: What is Democracy?

Posted March 18, 2020

The Jacob Burns FilmCast brings the best of the big screen to your podcast stream! Join co-hosts (and fervent film fans) Mike Towndrow and Paige Grand Pré for conversations covering everything from new releases and awards buzz to cult classics and film history.

Episode Nine: What is Democracy?

Throughout the year, JBFC documentary series Global Watch: Crisis & Social Action works to untangle the stories behind the headlines, shed light in dark corners, and introduce us to the people working to make the world a better place. In Episode Nine of the Jacob Burns FilmCast, we dive into a conversation between filmmaker Astra Taylor and JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman, who discussed Taylor’s riveting—and highly relevant—documentary What is Democracy? following a Global Watch screening in January 2019.

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The Jacob Burns FilmCast is mixed, edited, and published by Mike Towndrow, and produced by Paige Grand Pré. Support for this podcast comes from the Jacob Burns Film Center, a nonprofit five-screen cinema and education center located in Pleasantville, NY. Year-round JBFC series Global Watch: Crisis & Social Action is sponsored by the Louis & Anne Abrons Foundation, and the Theodore & Renee Weiler Foundation, and is presented with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Have a question, episode idea, favorite film from the past few months, or suggestion you want to share? Let us know at!

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