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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 »


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.

Share a fun afternoon | more »


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 »