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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 »


"TIFF Download" Recap from Image, Sound, and Story Teacher Bill Sweeney

As an added benefit of engagement with ourImage, Sound, and Storymedia education curriculum, educators who participate in ourprofessional development program regularly receive complimentary tickets to screenings, talks, and events at the JBFC Theater. One of our Image, Sound, and | more »


Spotlight on Student Screenings: Marshall, Oct. 10

Through screenings followed by discussions with Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) faculty, filmmakers, and special guests, our Classroom to Screening Room program uses the power of film to enhance curricular content. Teachers can choose from three distinct Classroom to Screening | more »


The Book of Bob Meets the Book of Mom

Conversations about books always get me thinking about intimate connections that are both confessional and therapeutic, unraveling insights and wisdom long after their shelf life. Such is the case with the discussion between Pamela Paul, author and editor of The New York Times | more »


"Persepolis: A Mature Subject Captured in Animation"

When you go to the movies to see an animated film, you may think the subject might be a princess or superheroes for kids. But Persepolis, an animated film, captures much more serious topics like war and self-discovery. Persepolis follows a young girl named Marjane Satrapi, and | more »


High School Student Critic Review - Persepolis

The film Persepolis follows the story of Marjane, a girl from Tehran, Iran, as she grows her individuality in the midst of the violence and change of the ongoing Iranian conflicts. Her family, being intertwined with the country's politics, adds to the depth of the film, with | more »


Cinemania Student Critic Review - Persepolis

Persepolis is a movie adapted from a graphic novel-autobiography of the same name. This review is coming from the perspective of someone who is unfamiliar with the source material, so I cannot speak about how it compares to its literary counterpart. However, I can say for certain | more »


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 »