School Programs

Classroom to Screening Room Grades 3 — 12

Lynda Shenkman

For the 2019-20 school year, please visit this page for more information about scheduling a school trip. 

Classroom to Screening Room presents film screenings and discussions that enrich students' study of literature, social studies, science, world languages, and the visual and performing arts. Screenings of feature films and shorts, followed by discussions with JBFC faculty, filmmakers, and other special guests, offer an interdisciplinary experience where students encounter film as an art form while exploring its connections to social, economic, and cultural forces.

The opportunities the JBFC provides our students to engage with extraordinarily important material and issues is unparalleled, and the educational enrichment this program offers our students is incalculable.

-Samuel North, Social Studies teacher, Ossining High School

Educational Objectives

  • Understand the language of film, including cinematography, editing, lighting, framing, and point of view.
  • Learn to read and analyze documentary and narrative films.
  • Experience world languages and cultures in the context of international film style, history, and artistic movements.
  • Enjoy enhanced study of historical events and figures through viewing documentaries and historical narratives.


  • Feature Films 

Teachers can select a feature film from our curated Education Film Library (click on this link to see the list of films, read film details, and view trailers). Feature film screenings are followed by a facilitated discussion with JBFC faculty.  This year, we will feature nine films in our Classroom to Screening Room Film Library that can be viewed throughout the year.

  • Workshops 

Teachers can choose from a variety of Classroom to Screening Room Workshops, which utilize both short films and clips from feature films to engage students on topics from the vocabulary of film analysis, to the structure of visual narrative, power of persuasive media, and more. Our workshops are a fantastic way to introduce students to the breadth of media literacy and film analysis, particularly for educators or school districts with newly-implemented media arts or film studies curricula.

  • Special Events 

In addition to the above feature films and workshops, we will schedule a variety of Special Events throughout the year. Special Events give students the opportunity to enjoy a unique experience and thoughtfully engage with new releases and curated titles. Each screening includes a Q&A with a filmmaker or other special guest.

Additional Details

  • Screenings and workshops take place 10am - 12pm, Tuesday - Friday at the JBFC Theater. 
  • Screenings are limited to 135 students Tuesday-Thursday and 55 students on Friday, including teachers and chaperones; Workshops are limited to 60 students. 
  • Fees are as follows: $10/student (feature films); $15/student (workshops); $250 minimum. There is no charge for teachers and chaperones.