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Educator Film Guides

The JBFC Education staff has been working closely with our educator community during this trying time. One of the biggest requests that we have gotten is suggestions for films to watch and discuss with their students. Answering your call, we've created a few Educator Discussion | more »


Using Filmmaking in Virtual Learning

When I was given the opportunity to teach Film & Literature as part of my curriculum, my immediate thought was that I need training on how to analyze and teach film. My first move was to contact Jacob Burns Film Center and enroll in their upcoming Image, Sound, and Story | more »


Make Your Own Silent Movies

Make your very own short silent movie just like Charlie Chaplin! A popular JBFC Kids film exercise with students, you can get all the silent movie elements, film scratches, dialogue filled title cards, and old-timey music, by using the Silent Film Studio App.

Story Prompt: One or | more »


Viewing: The Kid

The Kid53 min. 1921. USA. English. Not Rated.

Recommended Age: 6+

Read Common Sense Media to learn more about whether The Kid is right for your child.

Streaming: Kanopy (Free), Amazon Prime (Free), The Criterion Channel


Synopsis: The Tramp, played by Charlie Chaplin, finds an | more »


Suggested Viewing: Landfill Harmonic

Landfill Harmonic86 min. 2015. Paraguay. Spanish. PG.


Recommended Age: 10+

Streaming: Kanopy (Free), Rent/Purchase: YouTube/Amazon


Synopsis: A documentary focused on the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group made up of children of all ages all who play | more »


Film Challenge Winners

For the past three weeks, the JBFC has presented Weekend Film Challenges. These fun filmmaking activities get the whole family involved. Each challenge had a basic set of rules with new twists and criteria each week. We’ve had some amazing submissions!

Week 1 Film Challenge: Fun | more »


Suggested Viewing: The Little Bird and the Caterpillar

The Little Bird and the Caterpillar5 min. 2017. Switzerland. No Dialogue. NR.


Recommended Age: All

Streaming: Kanopy Kids (Free), Amazon Prime (Free)

Synopsis: It's summer. High above in a tree the little Bird cherishes and nurtures the green leaves of his home. Suddenly a hungry | more »


Suggested Viewing: Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom

25 min. 2012. UK. English. TV-Y. [Recommended Age: All]

Streaming: Netflix

Synopsis: A kind witch ignores the concerns of her long-suffering companion, a wonderful Cat, and invites more and more animals to join them on her broom. But how will the gang overcome the | more »


Green Screen Activity

In film there are spectacularly mind bending scenes that in real life are impossible. These special effects require something called a green screen, which special effects artists can then replace the green with anything they want; like an alien planet, a huge robot running after | more »


Everyone’s at Home(school)

After 15 years of working at the Burns, I decided to move on and enter the world of public education. This past year I have had the pleasure of working as a third grade teacher in the Ossining School District. I hear that first years are always hard, but this has been something | more »