Education Blog

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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


Weekend Film Challenge #3: Stranger than Stranger Things

These rules are for every film challenge.

1. Film Challenges come out on a Friday. To enter the prize pool you MUST send us a working link to your film by the following Monday at 5 pm. Please send your video submissions toeducation@burnsfilmcenter.org.

2. Films must be under 2 | more »