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JBFC Fellow's Film Added to WJFF 2017

The JBFC is thrilled to announce that the recently-completed short documentary Kitty and Ellenwill screen in advance of A Jewish Girl in Shanghaias part of our 2017 Westchester Jewish Film Festival. Kitty and Ellen was directed by Leah Galant, our Fall 2016 Sally Burns Shenkman | more »


Celebrate E.T.'s 35th Anniversary at the JBFC!

Celebrate E.T.’s 35th anniversary by reliving the adventure on the big screen! Join E.T. and Elliott, a lost alien and 10-year-old boy, as they form an unlikely friendship and work together to help E.T. find his way back home in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

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Minds in Motion Premieres for Fall 2016 Sessions

The JBFC is pleased to host world premieres for all the fourth grade students that participated in Minds in Motion during the fall semester. The young animators will walk the red carpet, receive popcorn and juice, and see their stop-motion animation films premiere on the big | more »


La La Land: The Perfect Blend of Cinematic Escapism and Authenticity

On December 4, I had the privilege of attending an advanced screening of Damien Chazelle’s La La Land at the Jacob Burns Film Center. The film caught my attention earlier this year when I read that the writer and director of Whiplash was working on a new film starring Ryan | more »


Raiding Raiders and the Current State of Cinema

Growing up, I absolutely hated watching films with commentary. My father on the other hand, a cinephile in his own right, loved it more than anything. We’d watch rent a movie, watch it once through, and then watch it again the following day–this time with commentary. I’d grumble | more »


Unique Films With JBFC Kids

The movie credits are rolling and the lights are slowly coming up in the theater. A child raises their hand and exclaims, “That was so funny!” causing me to start with excitement and quickly ask, “Why?” The usual response, “Because it just was!” “Yes, but can we figure out what | more »


Celebrating Minds in Motion Summer 2016

This past Tuesday, September 13th, the JBFC Theater welcomed students from the Minds in Motion animation program to Pleasantville for our Summer 2016 premiere. Students from all over Westchester county, including the Boys & Girls Club in Mt. Kisco, the Little School in | more »


From Pleasantville to Curaçao

Over the last several years, a Pace University documentary production class has taken students off campus to study environmental issues and gain filmmaking experience. This year’s class went to Curaçao, a small island with a big conservation problem. Located off the northern | more »


Señor Cebolla

The power of story is a theme running through every JBFC education program, and its potency was on display on Friday, May 1 at Ossining High School. Director Jean-Michel Dissard led a workshop for 80 ESL students that used his moving documentary film, I Learn America, as the | more »


May 2015 News & Events

From the Burns Film Challenge to a special event with young adult author Julia Mata, May offers a host of opportunities for students, teachers, teens and families. To get updates sent directly to your inbox, sign up for our monthly education newsletter. Here are the highlights of | more »