The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It was formed in 1998 under the name The Friends of the Rome Theater, Inc., to create a cultural arts institution focused on film. It was renamed Jacob Burns Film Center, Inc., in April 1999 to commemorate a leadership gift from the Jacob Burns Foundation.
The organization is led by Executive Director Edie Demas, who reports to the Board of Directors.
2013 Annual Report (2 MB pdf file)
|Board of Directors||Industry Advisory Committee|
Hugh Price, Chair
Brian Ackerman, ex officio
Mary Beth Hurt
Returning to New York, Dr. Edie Demas joined the Jacob Burns Film Center as Executive Director in May 2014.
Edie collaborated with the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on the development of a conservatory-style theater school, as well as on a full season of kids and family programming and outreach/engagement initiatives for schools and the community. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Edie was the Director of Education at New York City’s New Victory Theater for ten seasons. While under her direction, the theater’s education programs were honored with the Americans for the Arts annual award for Arts Education and Demas herself received a BAXten award in recognition of her work with teaching artists and young audiences.
Edie holds an MA and PhD from New York University’s Program in Educational Theatre where she was a member of the adjunct faculty from 1990 - 2010. She served on the board of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable for five years and was a contributing writer to New York City’s Blueprints for Teaching and Leaning in the Arts: Theater and an advisor on its Moving Image Blueprint.
Edie’s experience includes several years in Ireland where she worked as Education Officer with Graffiti Theatre Company, a leading producer of theater for young audiences; founded UnReel, an international film festival for young people; developed scripts/projects for children’s film and television; and served as an Associate Artist with the Education and Outreach Department at The Abbey, Ireland's National Theatre.