Recent Events

Zoom Q&A with director Brenton Gieser and Sean Pica, Executive Director of Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison

Brenton Gieser is a first-generation, biracial Korean-American film director straddling space between identities, cultures, and class. Brenton aims to craft stories that explore a nuanced yet grounded humanity through larger themes of inequity, healing, and the complexities of self. His first feature documentary, The 50, tells the story of 50 men who became the first [...]


Book Talk Event with author Odie Henderson

Odie Henderson has been film critic for the Boston Globe since 2022. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics whose work has appeared in The Criterion Collection, Slate, The Village Voice, Cineaste Magazine, Slant Magazine and other outlets. Prior to the Globe, he spent 11 years at RogerEbert.com as a regular [...]


Screening followed by class with Jeff Hughes, NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate student

Jeff Hughes is a graduate student in the Cinema Studies department at New York University, returning to academia after a twenty-year absence. In that time he authored four plays, two musicals, and founded Boardwalk Theatre Company, an organization dedicated to after-school education in underserved communities, such as Asbury Park, NJ. He was the recipient of the [...]


Q&A with actor, director, and writer Tim Robbins and President of Woody Guthrie Publications Inc, Nora Guthrie

Tim Robbins has made his mark as an actor, director and producer, often to critical acclaim. Among the films he has been associated with are Mystic River (for which he won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor); Dead Man Walking (which garnered him an Oscar nomination for Best Director); [...]


Pre-Recorded Q&A with director Ron Frank, moderated by Bruni Burres

Ron Frank directed and edited Remembering Gene Wilder, which premiered at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills and won the Best Picture Award at the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival. It is slated for a nationwide release later this year. In the documentary realm, Ron produced and edited MLK: The Assassination Tapes, earning a Peabody Award. His work [...]


Dessert Reception w/ Photo Booth

After the 7pm screening of It Happened One Night, join us upstairs for a dessert reception and stop by Analog on Hudson’s Photo Booth for a fun portrait. Analog on Hudson is a Westchester-based photography studio specializing in unique film photographic experiences. Their Polaroid photo booth will produce one-of-a-kind portraits using equipment and processes that [...]


Q&A with Director Alex Gibney, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin

Director Alex Gibney, called “the most important documentarian of our time” by Esquire Magazine, has a signature cinematic style that lends itself to penetrating, gripping, and deeply insightful documentaries. His work has been the recipient of an Academy Award, multiple Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, several Peabody Awards, the DuPont-Columbia Award, The Independent Spirit Award, [...]


Screening followed by class with Dr. Sheril Antonio, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Professor

Dr. Sheril Antonio is Associate Arts Professor in the Department of Art and Public Policy, the Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and the recipient of a 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award. Her courses include: Anatomy of Difference: The Other in Film, The World Through Art, Language of Film, and Issues in [...]


Book Talk Event with author Dave Karger, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin

Dave Karger is an award-winning TV host, interviewer, journalist, and film expert. He is a host on Turner Classic Movies and has been the Oscars expert on NBC’s TODAY since 2000. He also spent over 15 years writing about the Oscars for Entertainment Weekly, has cohosted ABC’s Live from the Red Carpet pre-show, and served as the Academy’s official [...]


Q&A with Laura Newman and Margarita Zambrano of Neighbors Link

Laura Newman – Deputy Director, Neighbors Link. As a corporate drop-out, Laura found her calling in the nonprofit sector in Westchester County more than 20 years ago. Currently the Deputy Director at Neighbors Link, Laura held fundraising positions at Manhattanville College, Westchester Jewish Community Services, and The Guidance Center. Laura also had previous service at [...]


Pre-Recorded Q&A with filmmaker Andrew Haigh and actors Andrew Scott & Jamie Bell, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin

Pre-Recorded at the Jacob Burns Film Center Andrew Haigh is an award-winning British writer director, whose feature films include A24’s Lean on Pete (2017), IFC’s Sundance Selects’ 45 Years (2015) and breakout hit, Weekend (2011). Haigh served as an executive producer as well as the lead writer-director on the HBO show Looking (2014-2016), starring Jonathan [...]


*SOLD OUT* Q&A with actor Peter Sarsgaard, moderated by Sheila O'Malley

Peter Sarsgaard recently received the prestigious Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for his performance in Memory. He is known for his roles in The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), Boys Don’t Cry (1999), The Center of the World, Empire (2002), K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), Green Lantern (2011), Lovelace (2013), [...]


Q&A with directors Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson moderated by REMIX Curator Tayler Montague

Joe Brewster is a Harvard trained psychiatrist who uses his training as the foundation in approaching the social issues he tackles as an artist and filmmaker. Brewster wrote and directed his first film, The Keeper (1995), after a two year-long stint as a prison psychiatrist at the notorious Brooklyn House of Detention. The Keeper was [...]


An Evening with Illeana Douglas, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin

Illeana Douglas is an Emmy-nominated actress, writer, producer, and director. She is known for playing fearless and outspoken characters in films like Goodfellas, Cape Fear, To Die For, Grace of My Heart, Picture Perfect, Stir of Echoes, and Ghost World, and on TV in The Larry Sanders Show, Action, Six Feet Under, Entourage, Welcome to [...]


Q&A with author Sam Wasson, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin

Sam Wasson is the author of six previous books on Hollywood including the New York Times bestsellers Fifth Avenue, Five A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern American Woman and The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Days of Hollywood, and Fosse, the basis for the limited series Fosse/Verdon. With Jeanine [...]


Q&A with director David Petersen, Artistic Director of New York Theatre Ballet Steven Melendez, and Sharia Blockwood

David Petersen’s films have been exhibited at numerous museums and festivals and are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His documentary Fine Food, Fine Pastries, Open 6 to 9 was nominated for an Academy Award and his [...]


Q&A with producer Fred Berner

Fred Berner is a producer and director. He has worked in feature films, television, and theater. Berner has produced a wide array of award-winning feature films and television movies, and produced and directed hundreds of hours of series television. Over a decades-long career, he has worked with virtually every major studio, network, and streamer. Since [...]


Q&A with producer Christine Vachon

Christine Vachon is an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award winner who co-founded Killer Films with partner Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over two decades, they have produced more than 100 films, including some of the most celebrated and important American independent features: Kids, I Shot Andy Warhol, Happiness, Boys Don’t Cry, Hedwig and the Angry [...]


Q&A with Zach Schonfeld

Zach Schonfeld is a freelance writer, journalist, and critic based in New York. He writes about culture for Pitchfork, Vulture, Spin Magazine, and many other publications. He was formerly a senior writer for Newsweek, where he was on staff for five years. His first book, Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth, was published in 2020 as part of [...]


Q&A with filmmaker Andrew Haigh and actors Andrew Scott & Jamie Bell, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin

Andrew Haigh is an award-winning British writer director, whose feature films include A24’s Lean on Pete (2017), IFC’s Sundance Selects’ 45 Years (2015) and breakout hit, Weekend (2011). Haigh served as an executive producer as well as the lead writer-director on the HBO show Looking (2014-2016), starring Jonathan Groff and Murray Bartlett. His most recent [...]


Screening followed by class with Dr. Tanya Goldman, NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate

Dr. Tanya Goldman is a media historian, professor, and film programmer based in Brooklyn, New York. She has given talks on film history at Doclisboa, the Museum of Modern Art, UnionDocs, Interference Archive, and many international academic conferences. Her scholarship has appeared in Cineaste, Feminist Media Histories, and Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television, among [...]


Screening followed by class with Jeff Hughes, NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate student

Jeff Hughes is a graduate student in the Cinema Studies department at New York University, returning to academia after a twenty-year absence. In that time he authored four plays, two musicals, and founded Boardwalk Theatre Company, an organization dedicated to after-school education in underserved communities, such as Asbury Park, NJ. He was the recipient of [...]


Q&A with director Nisha Pahuja, moderated by JBFC Curator-in-Chief Ryan Harrington

Nisha Pahuja is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in Toronto. Her latest film, To Kill a Tiger, had its world premiere at TIFF where it won the Amplify Voices Award for Best Canadian Feature Film. Since then, it’s won 19 awards including Best Documentary Feature, Palm Springs International Film Festival and three Canadian Screen awards. The [...]


An Evening with Maite Alberdi

Maite Alberdi is a Chilean film producer, director, documentarian, screenwriter, and film critic. Her film The Mole Agent (2020) was an Academy Awards nominee for Best Documentary and a contender for Best International Feature. Her latest film The Eternal Memory won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema – Documentary competition at the Sundance [...]


Q&A with director Maite Alberdi, moderated by JBFC Senior Film Critic Monica Castillo

Maite Alberdi is a Chilean film producer, director, documentarian, screenwriter, and film critic. Her film The Mole Agent (2020) was an Academy Awards nominee for Best Documentary and a contender for Best International Feature. Her latest film The Eternal Memory won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema – Documentary competition at the Sundance [...]


Screening followed by class with Dr. Anna McCarthy, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Professor

Dr. Anna McCarthy is Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies. She served for eight years as Coeditor of the journal Social Text and currently edits Social Text Online. Her research areas are media studies and media theory. Her first book, Ambient Television (2001) looked at the cultural, commercial, and political uses of video screens [...]


Q&A with director Alexander Payne, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin

Spend Halloween at the JBFC watching one of this fall’s most anticipated new releases – The Holdovers. Followed by a Q&A with the acclaimed director Alexander Payne. 70s costumes are positively encouraged – with a free small popcorn for anyone wearing a vintage look. Alexander Payne grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. He studied History and [...]


Screening followed by class with Dr. Sheril Antonio, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Professor

Dr. Sheril Antonio is Associate Arts Professor in the Department of Art and Public Policy, the Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and the recipient of a 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award. Her courses include: Anatomy of Difference: The Other in Film, The World Through Art, Language of Film, and Issues in [...]


Q&A with author Matt Singer

Matt Singer, author of Opposable Thumbs, is the editor and film critic of ScreenCrush.com and a member of the New York Film Critics Circle. In 2011, he won a Webby Award for his work on the IFC News podcast. He is the author of Marvel’s Spider-Man: From Amazing to Spectacular, and lives in Brooklyn with [...]


*CANCELLED* Q&A with author Marsha Gordon

Marsha Gordon is a Film Studies professor at North Carolina State University who regularly introduces movies, moderates panels, makea radio and podcast appearances, and lectures on an array of topics. Her latest book, Becoming the Ex-Wife: The Unconventional Life and Forgotten Writings of Ursula Parrott (2023), was supported by a National Humanities Center Fellowship (2019-2020) [...]


Panel discussion with Paul Taylor dancers Michael Novak, Jami Rae Walker, and James Samson, moderated by Peter Pucci

Michael Novak, a critically acclaimed Paul Taylor dancer from 2010 to 2019, became the second Artistic Director in the history of the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation in September 2018, having been chosen by Mr. Taylor to succeed him upon his death. Under Novak’s direction, the Paul Taylor Dance Company continues to be one of the [...]


Q&A with Vanessa Williams, Sasha Fox, and Shruti Ganguly

Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today. Having sold millions of records worldwide, Vanessa has also achieved numerous #1 and Top 10 hits on various Billboard Album and Singles charts, from Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary to Holiday, Latin, Gospel and Jazz. Her discography includes such [...]


Introduction by Tayler Montague

Tayler Montague is a filmmaker, writer, curator and native New Yorker. A graduate of SUNY Purchase with a degree in Communications, Montague seeks to tell stories that place Black people front and center, building upon the legacy of Black storytelling she grew up with. Her foray into the film industry began with her background in [...]


An evening with Melissa Newman, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin

Melissa Newman is an artist, teacher, singer, and writer, based in Westport Connecticut. She is the daughter of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.


Q&A with director Cindy Meehl, producer Julie Goldman, and editor Toby Shimin, moderated by JBFC Director of Film Programs Ryan Harrington

Cindy Meehl is an award-winning director and producer whose documentary, The Dog Doc premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and was released in the spring of 2020. Meehl started her career in films in 2008 when she created Cedar Creek Productions and began work on her documentary feature Buck. The film was Meehl’s directorial [...]


Q&A with Joan Baez and co-director Karen O'Connor, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin

SOLD OUT: This event is currently sold out. There will be a standby line starting one hour before showtime in person at the box office. Joan Baez is a musical force of nature whose commitment to social activism has never wavered. Starting with her early 1960s recordings, her performances of traditional ballads exerted a powerful [...]


Virtual Q&A with filmmaker Inna Sahakyan, moderated by Movies that Matter's Artistic Director Margje de Koning

Inna Sahakyan is a documentary director, producer and scriptwriter, born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia. Inna’s work focuses on uncovering untold stories on the nature of humanity via creative and intimate filmmaking.


Virtual Q&A with filmmaker Jason Loftus, moderated by Movies that Matter's Artistic Director Margje de Koning

Jason Loftus is a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker and four-time Canadian Screen Award nominee. Jason’s work spans documentary, docuseries, virtual reality, narrative games, and animation. His directorial debut in a documentary feature, Ask No Questions, premiered in competition at Slamdance in 2020. Eternal Spring is Jason’s follow-up feature film.


Q&A with Costume Designer Jacqueline West and Costume Researcher Julie O'Keefe, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin

SOLD OUT: This event is currently sold out. There will be a standby line starting one hour before showtime in person at the box office. Jacqueline West has earned Academy Award nominations for her work on Dune, The Revenant, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Quills. For Dune and Benjamin Button, she also received [...]


Q&A with director Roger Ross Williams, moderated by Janet Maslin

Roger Ross Williams is an Oscar, Emmy and Peabody award-winning director, producer, writer, and the first African-American director to win an Academy Award ® with his short film Music By Prudence. Williams’ award-winning work pushes the boundaries of culture and film. In 2021 Williams was named an Indiewire Influencer for “changing the face of documentary [...]


Q&A with director and JBFC Artist in Residence Santiago Giralt, moderated by JBFC Senior Programmer Monica Castillo

Santiago Giralt is a prolific, multidisciplinary artist: a novelist, filmmaker, screenwriter, playwright, stage director, actor, and producer. His diverse body of work deals with LGTBQ themes, women’s rights, the construction of family and memory. As a filmmaker, Giralt has written and directed more than a dozen films, screening at international film festivals and streaming across [...]


Film with reception

After the film, join us upstairs for a dessert reception and stop by Analog on Hudson’s Photo Booth for a fun portrait. Analog on Hudson is a Westchester-based photography studio specializing in unique film photographic experiences. Their Polaroid photo booth will produce one-of-a-kind portraits using equipment and processes that date back to the origins of photography. [...]


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