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FREE Family Saturdays @ The Lab!

Drop by the Media Arts Lab any time from 1:00–3:00 pm on the first Saturday of select months for our Family Saturdays @ the Lab program!

Each month features three brand new, hands-on activities for students age 3–13. With the help of our faculty and staff, media makers of all ages | more »


JBFC Kids Free Open House

Recommended for ages 3 and up

Drop in our Theater Building, 364 Manville Rd, for fun hands-on activities and a family-friendly shorts program featuring recent student work and festival favorites. Bring the whole family and enjoy watching, animating, and coloring together as we | more »


High School Student Critic Review: Shea on The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner is a 2017 animated film about Parvana, a young girl in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan whose father is unjustly arrested, so she must dress as a boy to support her family while they try to find and save her father from prison. The film is directed by Nora Twomey, | more »


High School Student Critic Review - The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner, directed by Nora Twomey, tells the interesting story of Parvana and her life in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Living in poverty, Parvana and her injured father frequent the market to sell what little they have. Despite their living conditions, the family is | more »


Media Arts Lab Courses and Screenings - CANCELLED 12.15.17

WEATHER UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, Dec. 15, 2017

Due to weather conditions all classes at the Media Arts Lab, as well as the end of semester Screenings are CANCELLED for today.

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Behind the Scenes: Storyville Game Design

Once a year, Storyville students get the chance to create their very own board game. The 1st and 2nd graders in this class do practically all the work involved (the only thing I do is to bring all their artwork together in the finished product) from agreeing on a concept, | more »


Student Critic Review - Jane

The film Jane, directed by Brett Morgen, tells the captivating story of Jane Goodall and her studies and adventures in Africa. Created in part using unseen original footage rediscovered in 2014, the film’s great cinematography and editing allows Jane’s passion and commitment to | more »


High School Student Critic Review - Jane

Jane is a documentary about the life of Jane Goodall told almost exclusively from footage from her actual ventures into Gombe and other parts of Africa. For some context, Jane Goodall is a woman who, with zero scientific training, was sent into the Gombe wilderness to observe | more »


High School Student Critic Review - Seasons

Seasons is a 2016 French documentary directed by Jacques Perrin about the forests of Europe and the wildlife therein, spanning from the last ice age to modern day. Based on the premise alone, one can deduce that this is not a conventionally told story, especially for a | more »


High School Student Critic Review - Before the Flood

Before the Flood, directed by Fisher Stevens, explores the strikingly harsh global issue of climate change. Narrated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the film follows his travels around the world. He visits places like Greenland, India, and Florida, where scientists, politicians, and | more »