Classroom to Screening Room give students the opportunity to enjoy a unique experience and thoughtfully engage with new releases and curated titles. Students encounter film as an art form while exploring its connection to social, economic, and cultural forces. Every event starts at 10:00 am and includes a Q&A with a filmmaker or other special guest.

Please email education@burnsfilmcenter.org to request tickets.



April 16, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Special Guest Q&A with Associate Producer for Kunhardt Films Elyse Frenchman moderated by Emily Keating, Director of Development and Education for the Kunhardt Film Foundation and former JBFC Director of Education.

For more than three decades, Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has advocated on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned, seeking to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. This intimate portrait follows his struggle to create greater fairness in the system and shows how racial injustice emerged, evolved, and continues to threaten the country, challenging viewers to confront it.


May 21, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Special Guest Q&A with Operations Director and alumnus of RTA Charles Moore

“Given an opportunity, inmates can, and will, step forward on their own and make significant changes in their lives.” (Brian Fischer, former Commissioner, NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision)

Dramatic Escape transports viewers into the lives of a group of maximum security prisoners who are attempting to mount a stage production of A Few Good Men as a part of the Rehabilitation Through the Arts program at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining. Through creative expression in theater, dance, voice, writing, and visual art, the RTA program gives the men the opportunity to learn social and cognitive skills that act as a springboard to education, family reconciliation, and ultimately, successful re-integration into community life. Dramatic Escape gives viewers an intimate look at this process as it traces their (or the prisoners’) steps from auditions through their curtain call. Along the way, the men reveal their personal stories, their everyday struggles, and contemplate whether redemption is possible.

May, Date TBD

Focus on Nature is a JBFC series which presents a rich selection of thought-provoking and moving nonfiction films about the beauty, power, and mystery of nature, and some of the people working to protect it. The May Classroom to Screening Room film will be a selection from this series.