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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 »


New Semester of Cinemania Begins 9/27!

We at the Burns could not be more excited for the fall semester of our ever-popular afterschool film club for middle schoolers, Cinemania! Beginning on September 27th, the fall semester of Cinemania will run for twelve weeks, marking a change in scheduling as the program shifts | 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 »


JBFC EDU brings Image, Sound, and Story to the Turnaround Arts Leadership Retreat

The JBFC was thrilled and honored to participate in the Turnaround Arts Leadership Retreat for the third year in a row last month. Turnaround Arts, a program under the stewardship of the Kennedy Center, is a national initiative to invigorate and revitalize the lowest-performing | more »


"Monkey Kingdom: A Documentary For the Whole Family"

Few movies can captivate children and environmentalists at the same time, but Monkey Kingdom is one of the rare exceptions. It remains a truthful documentary about nature but tells a “Cinderella story.”

The documentary follows the story of a toque macaque, a monkey named Maya, and | 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 »