- Unburden May 19
- Frances Ha May 22
- Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry May 23
- Haiti Optimiste: Celebrating New Haitian Cinema May 28
- Munch 150 June 27
A JBFC Spotlight Production
All proceeds will benefit JBFC educational programs and outreach.
Tamara Rabil began taking classes at the JBFC’s Media Arts Lab as soon as it opened, and she hasn’t stopped since, completing 17 courses over nine semesters. Drawing on personal experience and skills learned at the Lab, Tamara cowrote and produced Unburden, the dramatic story of a mother haunted by the memory of a tragic accident who’s pushed into new territory by her daughter’s persistent questions.
Check out this Q&A video with Tamara Rabil on our blog!
RECEPTION and Q&A producer/co-writer Tamara Rabil, filmmaker Andrew Young, producer Susan Todd, co-writer Billy Shebar.
Andrew Young. 2012. 20 m. NR. USA. N/A.
|Sun. May 19||5:00 PM|
Q&A w/Tamara Rabil, Andrew Young, Susan Todd, Billy Shebar
Tickets: $9 (members), $14 (nonmembers)
"Shot in black-and-white video that lends this New York odyssey a scrappy feel, Frances Ha foregrounds a characteristically endearing Greta Gerwig performance defined by her usual onscreen combination of high energy wit and awkward self-effacement." (Eric Kohn, Indiewire.com)
Frances Ha is a modern comic fable that explores adjusting to life in the post-college years. The film reteams the always charming Greta Gerwig (Damsels in Distress, To Rome with Love) with filmmaker Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding) and smartly deals with issues of friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption
Q&A Noah Baumbach with NY Times critic Janet Maslin
Noah Baumbach. 2013. 86 m. R. USA. IFC Films.
|Wed. May 22||7:30 PM|
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
"Ai Weiwei is a crucial figure of East-West cultural communication and contemporary history, whose middle finger extended at the centers of power stands for a rising tide of global discontent." (Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com)
Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai uses art and social media to express himself—and in response, the authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention. This award-winning inside story of a dissident for the digital age is a powerful exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.
Q&A filmmaker Alison Klayman
Alison Klayman. 2012. 91 m. R. USA, English/Mandarin. IFC Films.
|Thurs. May 23||7:15 PM|
Tickets: $9 (members), $14 (nonmembers)
Haiti Optimiste: Celebrating New Haitian Cinema
“A ready and vital voice in cinema” —Sean Penn
“I can’t wait to share the excitement of what’s going on down in Jacmel with the JBFC.”- Jonathan Demme
Discover the work of Haiti’s rising young filmmakers, and the extraordinary organization that is allowing them to make their voices heard. Ciné Institute provides Haitian youth with film education, training, employment opportunities and production support, working to build a local audiovisual industry and new creative economy. In a country where only one percent of young people attend college, the Institute’s Haitian and international faculty teaches a two-year university-level curriculum that prepares students for a career and a way to pull themselves out of poverty.
FILM and DISCUSSION Join us for a look at Ciné Institute short films, Suze-Anne (dir. Amiral J.C. Gaspard) and Anita (dir. Ricardo Traquilin) and a conversation with Ciné Institute Director David Belle and Academy Award–winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme.
Various Directors. 2013. 60 m. NR. Haiti, Creole/English with subtitles. N/A.
|Tues. May 28||7:30 PM This event is FREE. For tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org (first come, first-served). Please include the subject "Haiti Event."|
Visit the world’s greatest art exhibitions without leaving the JBFC! Munch 150 presents Oslo’s once-in-a-lifetime Edvard Munch retrospective as Norway celebrates the 150th anniversary of his birth. Also offering behind-the-scenes views, visits to key Norwegian sites, and interviews with experts, this event reveals the full range of the work created by the great artist most people know only as the painter of The Scream.
n/a. 2013. NR. . BYexperience.
|Thurs. June 27||2:00 PM|
Tickets: $15(members), $20 (nonmembers)