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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 »


Happy Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day, check out this great animated film created by fourth grade students in our Minds in Motion program.

The celebration continues this evening with a screening of Planetary, a feature documentary directed by former JBFC international fellow, Guy Reid. The film | more »


April 2015 News & Events

From a new Media Arts Lab course to the Valentine & Clark Emerging Artist Fellowship, April 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 | more »


New Course! Film Studies for Adults

We're excited to announce that this year, alongside our annual Westchester Jewish Film Festival, we'll be offering a brand new film studies course for adults & college-aged students. The course,Films in Focuswill dig deeper into the WJFF with screenings of festival films and | more »