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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 »


Summer Professional Development for Educators: Register Now!

Register now for Summer 2017 professional development, as registration closes Friday, June 30!

Image, Sound, and Story is a professional development program that inspires and prepares teachers to integrate viewing and creating media into their classroom culture and literacy | more »


Reflecting on Created Equal: Image, Sound, and Story

During the 2016-2017 school year, the JBFC and Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS)’s interdisciplinary curriculum Created Equal: Image, Sound, and Story was implemented in four Brooklyn schools with 14 teachers and reached over 200 students. Building on the JBFC’s pioneering media | 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 »


Cinemania Student Critic Review - Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a movie that I would watch over and over again because of how vibrant the colors and the characters are and that really brings this story to life.

One thing that I really love about this movie is that they actually brought back the original cast | more »