Recent Events

Pre-Recorded Q&A with director Josh Margolin and actor Fred Hechinger

Josh Margolin is a writer, director, editor and actor from Los Angeles. He co-wrote, edited and starred in the absurdist horror-comedy Deep Murder, which premiered at the LA Film Festival in2018 and ran theatrically before streaming on Paramount+. Previously, Josh co-created the digital series My Boyfriend is a Robot for Freeform, and has developed projects [...]

Pre-Recorded Q&A with writer Jonathan Harvey, moderated by series curator Chris Holliday

Jonathan Harvey comes from Liverpool and is the multi award winning writer of the play and film ‘Beautiful Thing’, the Bafta nominated sitcom ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ and ‘Beautiful People’ (Best Comedy: Banff TV Festival). He has written 20 stage plays including ‘Corrie!’, ‘Canary’, ‘Hushabye Mountain’, ‘Babies’, ‘Boom Bang A Bang’ and ‘Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club’. He also wrote the 2001 stage musical ‘Closer to Heaven’ with [...]

Q&A with author Foster Hirsch

Foster Hirsch is a professor of film at Brooklyn College and the author of sixteen books on film and theater, including Hollywood and the Movies of the 50s, Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King, The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir, and A Method to Their Madness: The History of the Actors [...]

Q&A with film critic Sheila O'Malley, moderated by JBFC Programming Coordinator Ian LoCascio

Sheila O’Malley is a film critic for She also has written for Film Comment, The New York Times, The L.A. Times, Sight & Sound, and other outlets. She has contributed numerous booklet essays and video essays for The Criterion Collection.

Extended Introduction with Viggo Mortensen

VIGGO MORTENSEN has earned acclaim for his acting work in a wide range of films. Some of these include Thirteen Lives, Crimes of the Future, Green Book, Captain Fantastic, Eastern Promises, A History of Violence, The Road, Appaloosa, Far From Men, The Two Faces of January, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He achieved notable praise for his directorial debut, Falling, which he also wrote and produced. He [...]

*SOLD OUT* Q&A with Viggo Mortensen and Vicky Krieps, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin

VIGGO MORTENSEN has earned acclaim for his acting work in a wide range of films and is the director of The Dead Don’t Hurt. VICKY KRIEPS had her international breakout role opposite Daniel Day Lewis in Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterpiece about the couturier Reynolds Woodcock set in 1950s London. Krieps has just finished [...]

Q&A with author Noah Gittell, moderated by JBFC Marketing Manager Paige Grand Pré

Noah Gittell is a culture critic who has written for publications including The Atlantic, The Ringer, GQ, Esquire, The Guardian, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is a regular film critic for the Washington City Paper and a frequent contributor to BBC. He is also a mainstay at Smithsonian Associates, where he lectures several times a year on various film topics.

Workshop with Carlos Abarca and Oscar Becher

Oscar Becher (MIAP’ 23) is a 2020 graduate of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation and a 2023 graduate of New York University Tisch’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program. He currently serves as a chair of the Nitrate Committee for the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA). He is the Archive Director [...]

Q&A with Thelma Schoonmaker

After their earlier collaboration on 1967’s Who’s That Knocking at My Door, Thelma Schoonmaker, ACE has edited all of Martin Scorsese’s feature films since 1980’s Raging Bull. She has received nine Oscar nominations and has won three times—for Raging Bull, The Aviator, and The Departed. Schoonmaker is the most-nominated editor in Oscar history. Schoonmaker has [...]

Screening and Lecture by Ben Model

Ben Model is one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists, performing on both piano and theatre organ. For more than 40 years, he has created and performed several hundred live scores for silent films on piano and theatre organ. Ben is a resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and at [...]

Q&A with Justin LaLiberty of Vinegar Syndrome

Justin LaLiberty is a writer, curator and film archivist living in Connecticut. He is the Director of Operations of Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company OCN Distribution and the Director and Curator for Vinegar Syndrome sub-label Cinématographe. Prior to these roles, he served as Vinegar Syndrome’s Film Archivist in addition to being a film projectionist and programmer [...]

Pre-Recorded Q&A with actor Madjid Niroumand

Madjid Niroumand, who plays the central role of the resourceful young street kid Amiro in The Runner, was accidentally discovered by director Amir Naderi when he spotted the boy on the front cover of a sports magazine, in a group photo of a winning track and field team. But it was 11-year-old Madjid who jumped [...]

Extended Introduction by Anthony L'Abbate

Anthony L’Abbate is the Preservation Manager in the Moving Image Department at the George Eastman Musuem. A 1999 graduate of The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation. Mr. L’Abbate was employed as a laboratory technician at Cinema Arts, Inc. in New Foundland, PA. from 1999 – 2001. He returned to the Eastman Museum in [...]

Q&A with director Mirra Bank

Mirra Bank is award-winning member of the Academy, whose career began with editorial  work on Woodstock (Academy Award), Gimme Shelter, and Harlan County, USA (Academy Award). Her short documentary, Yudie, premiered at the New York  Film Festival and is now on Criterion. In such feature films as Enormous Changes (Sundance), Nobody’s Girls (PBS), and The Only Real Game (Netflix premiere) Bank focused on the experiences of women and underrepresented communities.   Her Academy [...]

Q&A with actor Brigette Lundy-Paine

Brigette Lundy-Paine is an American actor best known for playing teenage heartthrob Casey Gardner in the Netflix original series Atypical. In 2019. Brigette played Megyn Kelly’s frightened assistant in Bombshell (Jay Roach) and in 2020 played Billi Logan, Ted’s Kid, in the third installment of the Bill & Ted trilogy, Bill & Ted Face The [...]

Q&A with director Nancy Savoca, producer Rich Guay, and their daughter Martina Savoca-Guay along with Milestone Films’ Amy Heller and Dennis Doros, followed by a reception

Join us after the opening night screening of Household Saints for a conversation with director Nancy Savoca, producer Rich Guay, and their daughter Martina Savoca-Guay along with Milestone Films’ Amy Heller and Dennis Doros. Nancy Savoca’s films True Love and Household Saints are listed in The NY Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever [...]

Comedic Introduction by Negin Farsad

Negin Farsad is a TEDFellow and gave a TEDTalk on social justice comedy seen by millions. She is a regular on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk. She is the author of the Thurber Prize-nominated How to Make White People Laugh and the host of the podcast Fake the Nation. [...]

Q&A with director Peter Nelson and producer Sally Roy

Peter Nelson, the director, director of photography and co-producer of The Pollinators, is a veteran director of photography with more than 25 years’ experience. His work, known for its naturalistic and elegant style, has encompassed everything from narrative feature films and documentaries to short films and commercials. Among his many credits are the Emmy Award-winning [...]

Q&A with UNDP Equator Prize Winners

Dayana Blanco Quiroga is an Aymara Indigenous woman from Oruro, Bolivia, and the first Indigenous professional woman in her family. She co-founded the Uru Uru Team— an initiative focused on saving Uru Uru Lake from harmful pollution through Indigenous traditional knowledge. The Uru Uru Team was initiated in 2019 by Indigenous youth from the Urus [...]

Q&A and Book Signing with Author James Kaplan, Moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin

James Kaplan’s essays, stories, reviews, and profiles have appeared in numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and New York. His novels include Pearl’s Progress and Two Guys from Verona, a New York Times Notable Book for 1998. His nonfiction works include The Airport, You Cannot Be Serious [...]

Q&A with director John Madere, editor and writer Ruth Mamaril, Rocco's parents Sara and Ben Intonato, and Nicholas Center Director Dave Kaufstein moderated by Sarah Kernion

Sara Intonato, Rocco’s mom, has established a neurodiversity consultancy to help other parents with special needs children. She offers guidance for everyday scenarios, and also advises for the longer term, from cultivating a support system within the community to advocating with institutions and legislators. Ben Intonato, Rocco’s dad, continues to take his son surfing almost [...]

Comedic Introduction by Judah Friedlander

Judah Friedlander is a unique & versatile performer that audiences from all over the world of all different backgrounds love. He has won awards and accolades as both a comedic actor & dramatic actor. He has been in hundreds of television shows and over 40 feature films. For acting roles, he has often done deep [...]

Q&A with producer Carol Baum, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin

Carol Baum has produced thirty-four movies, seventeen of them independently. Before becoming an independent producer, Baum spent ten years as co-president of Sandollar Productions, Dolly Parton and Sandy Gallin’s production company. She has produced five television movies for Hallmark and several documentaries. Her roots are in New York City, where she spent her early career [...]

Q&A with ReelAbilities' Peter Lubell

As a writer, director, and producer, Peter Lubell has worked in print, radio, and television. As a performer, Peter has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe. He is a longtime member of the ReelAbilities Film Festival selection committee.

Comedic Introduction by Ophira Eisenberg

Ophira Eisenberg is a Canadian-born standup comedian, writer, and host. She hosted NPR’s comedy trivia show Ask Me Another for 9-years, where she interviewed and played silly games with hundreds of celebrities including Sir Patrick Stewart, Awkwafina, Rosie Perez, Yo-Yo Ma, Bob The Drag Queen, Nick Kroll, Chelsea Handler, Jim Gaffigan, Michael C. Hall, and so many others. She [...]

Q&A with director Edith Hagigi, and actors Bob Ari, Ben Stiller, Alicia Crowder, and Christine Taylor

Bob Ari, an actor, teacher, director, guitarist and songwriter, has appeared on Broadway in The Constant Wife, Bells are Ringing, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and as the stand-by for Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon. His credits include tours of Frost/Nixon (in which he finally got to play Nixon), Guys and Dolls and West Side Story. [...]

Comedic Introduction by Amy G

Amy G is a comedian and singer who’s worked on tv, film and stages in 46 countries and 5 languages. Her most recent solo show, Revenge of the Bond Girls, will resume touring when she’s completed a contract with Cirque du Soleil, creating the comedy character for their new country music show in Nashville.  Online [...]

Q&A with director Ivy Meeropol and her father, Michael Meeropol

Ivy Meeropol premiered her HBO documentary Roy Cohn: Bully, Coward, Victim at the 2019 New York Film Festival and in 2020 the film was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Historical Documentary. She was Senior Story Producer on the CNN Films documentary The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House, which premiered [...]

Q&A with director Stephen Gyllenhaal and Kathryn O’Neal Dunham, CEO of Philanthropy New York. Moderated by Laura Rossi, Executive Director of Westchester Community Foundation.

Stephen Gyllenhaal, as an award-winning Hollywood director, loves tackling challenging subjects through his movies, TV shows and documentaries, including Twin Peaks, Rectify, Dangerous Woman, Losing Isaiah, Paris Trout, Girl Fight, Waterland, Killing In a Small Town, Leap of Faith, Shattered Mind and In Utero.He has published a book of poetry, Claptrap, Notes from Hollywood; is writing [...]

Screening followed by class with Jeff Hughes, graduate student in the Cinema Studies department at NYU Tisch, and Hitchcock scholar Sidney Gottlieb

Sidney Gottlieb is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. His long-standing research and teaching interests are in literature and film studies. His publications include essays on numerous 17th-century writers, including George Herbert, John Donne, John Milton, and Andrew Marvell, and a variety of filmmakers including Orson Welles and Alfred [...]

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 many others. She is currently [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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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