JBFC at Home
In these unprecedented times, the JBFC has moved swiftly to find alternative ways to engage with our community and share the cinematic stories we all hold so dear. Thanks to the hard work and collaboration of the JBFC staff—all working remotely to observe social distancing guidelines—we are proud to present a plethora of content for our patrons, including new releases and curated film lists that can be streamed from home, hands-on activities perfect for families and kids of all ages, and resources to make working and watching from home more enjoyable. We invite you to explore and enjoy the content below; those interested in aiding the JBFC during this unpredictable time are encouraged to consider a tax-deductible gift in support of the JBFC’s vibrant programs to ensure the organization is able to return stronger than ever upon re-opening.
The JBFC’s Virtual Screening Room
In partnership with a number of distributors, the JBFC’s Programming Staff has curated a variety of new releases that patrons can enjoy from the comfort of their homes. With each new release purchased from the JBFC’s Virtual Screening Room, you’ll provide valuable support to both the JBFC and independent distributors in this trying time. Visit the JBFC’s Virtual Screening Room to see what’s playing! Have questions about the Virtual Screening Room? Check out our Virtual Screening Room FAQ page for help.
Curated Streaming Suggestions
JBFC programmers and series curators have compiled a wide range of screening suggestions, all of which can be streamed from home! Be sure to check out our lists, including:
- JBFC Senior Programmer Andrew Jupin’s Social Distance 100 features an eclectic mix of films that encompasses every conceivable genre, different eras, and multiple countries
- Westchester Jewish Film Festival programmer Bruni Burres’ list of 10 Hit Films from Past WJFFs offers patrons the chance to catch up on titles they might have missed
- Adapted: Page to Screen series curator Sarah Soliman’s list of 15 Great Film & TV Adaptations to Read and Watch includes classics you can enjoy onscreen or in their original, written format
- JBFC Kids Curator Emily Ohara’s JBFC Kids at Home Viewing offers 20 suggestions for films to keep kids entertained and engaged
- Special Events Programmer Nicole Klein recommends films for some catharsis with 25 Films for a Really Good Cry
- Programming Coordinator Adrienne Frank’s Feel-Good Films and Escapist Films will lift spirits with comedies, fantasies, musicals, and more
- Programmer Karen Goodman’s Streaming Recommendations offers classics in both comedy and drama—for whatever mood you find yourself in.
JBFC Education Activities & Resources
The JBFC Education team—committed as always to teaching media literacy through film—is curating fun and simple activities and resources the whole family can enjoy. Parents and families looking for ways to stay busy at home can check out the JBFC Education blog for animation activities, how-to videos teaching film techniques, suggested streaming content, and more. Recent offerings include:
- JBFC Staff Picks for At-Home Viewing
- “Time Twister” experiment
- Hand-Drawn Animation Activity
- Coloring activity inspired by The Red Balloon (Lamorisse, 1956)
- Quick and easy “View Now Do Now” prompts
- Scavenger Hunt for Early Learners
- Film Challenge for Middle & High School Students
- Gaming Livestream Suggestions
Jacob Burns FilmCast
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. Indulge your cinemania with the JBFC’s new podcast for film lovers, by film lovers. Season One is now streaming wherever you get your podcasts!
The JBFC on YouTube
The JBFC Theater may be closed, but our YouTube channel is open 24/7! Visit the JBFC’s YouTube channel to catch up on past Q&As, behind-the-scenes content, and more.
JBFC Mixtapes is an initiative from the Burns to highlight the music—from soundtracks to scores—that makes the cinematic experience so special. With 21 mixtapes encompassing various genres, JBFC series, and themes now streaming through Spotify, there’s something for everyone. Check out Vol. 21: Social Distancing Sing-Along, Vol. 15: John Singleton Soundtracks, or Vol. 7: Andrew Jupin’s Jonathan Demme Mix to get a taste!
Creative Culture and Vimeo Recommend
With us all spending a bit more time at home, the Creative Culture program at the JBFC decided to team up with our friends at Vimeo Staff Picks to curate a few short films for you to check out. The world of short film is as exciting as it is expansive and a few select outlets like Vimeo continuously celebrate films that please the eyes and ignite the mind.
Please check out these selections of shorts loved by (and occasionally made by) our filmmaker fellows in Creative Culture. And, if compelled, please continue exploring these invaluable libraries of great short films.
Additional new releases, streaming suggestions, activities, and resources will be added to this page in the coming weeks. Subscribe to the JBFC ebulletin today to stay in the loop!