Education Blog

FREE Film Screening For High School Students!

By Paige Grand Pré, Education Communications Associate 10.19.16

Join us on Friday, November 4 at 7pm for a FREE screening of Burn After Reading (2008).

Open to all high school students. No registration necessary.

Click HERE to download the permission slip for R-rated films.

Friday Night Films @ The Lab is a film series dedicated to local high school students presented by the Jacob Burns Film Center. The program is hosted by a Media Arts Lab Faculty Member who introduces the film and facilitates a discussion afterwards. This month’s special screening, Joel & Ethan Coen’s Burn After Reading, has been rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content, and violence.

Friday Night Films @ The Lab’s educational emphasis is on the investigation of works by innovative filmmakers. The Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading is a unique and engaging black comedy featuring many of the Coen Brothers’ favored actors, including Frances McDormand and John Malkovich. It was the first original screenplay they’d directed since 2001’s The Man Who Wasn’t There, and took the brothers in a new direction with their art. Their first film to focus on spying and espionage, Ethan Coen called it “their version of a Jason Bourne kind of movie, without the explosions.” At turns hilarious, violent, and intriguing, Burn After Reading is a perfect example of how the Coen Brothers seamlessly integrate drama and comedy.

In Burn After Reading, multiple stories intersect in ways unimaginable at the beginning of the film. A CIA agent, Osbourne Cox, resigns because of a drinking problem. His cheating wife expects her lover to leave his wife for her. A CD-ROM falls out of a gym bag, and two of the gym's hapless employees attempt to turn the potential blackmail material into cash. All roads lead back to the house of Osbourne Cox, where the situation reaches a fever pitch.

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