Special Events

The Overview Effect

The Overview Effect

A masterful work. (Carter Emmart, Director of Astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History)

A must-see on the big screen! Viewed over 6.5 million times to date, Overview is an award-winning online short that reveals the incredible experience astronauts have when they see our earth from space – a perspective-altering experience called the Overview Effect. Directed by Guy Reid, Overview features interviews with astronauts and insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications of the Overview Effect and its importance in our understanding of society and our relationship to the environment. 

Plus a sneak peek of scenes from Reid's work-in-progress. A new feature-length documentary follow-up to Overview, Planetary presents a stunning visual portrait of our Earth, taking us on a journey across continents with intimate interviews with astronauts, scientists, environmentalists, and philosophers. 

Q&A Guy Reid, filmmaker and co-founder of the Planetary Collective, with JBFC founder Steve Apkon. The Planetary Collective is a creative organization dedicated to Worldview Interruption. Guy Reid is a founding member and has a MA in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Forum for the Future in London, and studied Eastern Philosophy and Religion at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) with a focus on Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and the relationship between worldview and ecology.


n/a. 2014. 60 m. NR. .

Thurs. Oct 30  7:30 PM

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
Community Event on Underage Substance Abuse

Community Event on Underage Substance Abuse

Join us for a free screening and panel discussion about underage substance abuse in Westchester County. We will screen the short documentary Whispering Spirits, which tells the story of Justin Veatch, a 17-year old musician from Yorktown Heights who tragically died as a result of a drug overdose in 2008. The film follows Justin's family as they grapple with the devastating loss of their son and come to reconnect with him through the incredible music he left behind. Film Details: Sean Gallagher. 2014. 27 m. NR. USA, in English.

Q&A John Mueller, Yonkers Captain of Police and member of Pleasantville STRONG, Ellen Morehouse, Executive Director of Student Assistant Services, and Lilly Neuman, Community Outreach and Education Coordinator for St Vincent's Hospital with JBFC Executive Director Edie Demas

Presented in partnership with Pleasantville STRONG (Safe Teens, Real Opportunities, New Goals), a newly formed community coalition dedicated to reducing underage drinking and drug use by involving all sectors of the community to create and support on-going substance abuse prevention and reduction strategies. 

This Community Event is free and open to the public, on a first-come, first-served basis. To attend the event, please RSVP via email to Lori Zakalik at Lzakalik@burnsfilmcenter.org with the subject “Pleasantville Event.”

n/a. 60 m. NR. .

Sun. Nov 2  7:30 PM  RSVP Information Above

Watch Me: Life and Love on the Silver Screen

Watch Me: Life and Love on the Silver Screen

A Special Evening with Anjelica Huston! Legendary actress and Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston will join Janet Maslin to discuss her exceptionally candid new memoir, Watch Me. Through clips and discussion, we will revisit the most memorable roles and collaborations from her stellar career, and also discuss her turbulent and spirited seventeen-year relationship with Jack Nicholson, the death of her father, legendary director John Huston, and her marriage to sculptor Robert Graham. Ticket price includes a signed copy of Ms. Huston's new memoir, Watch Me

Q&A Academy Award Winner Anjelica Huston with JBFC President Janet Maslin

SOLD OUT Unredeemed tickets may become available for purchase. Sign up at the box office for the stand-by line one hour before showtime.

n/a. 2014. 60 m. NR. .

Tues. Nov 11  7:30 PM

Tickets: $40 (members), $50 (nonmembers), book included with ticket purchase.
Charlie Chaplin Shorts w/ Live Music by Not So Silent Cinema

Charlie Chaplin Shorts w/ Live Music by Not So Silent Cinema

With live music by the Not So Silent Cinema Trio. Come to see Chaplin’s The Adventurer, The Cure, and The Pawnshop. Made for the Mutual Film Company in 1916–17, these shorts showcase the Little Tramp’s hilarious acting, directing, and writing, which helped shaped the course of movie history. 

Brendan Cooney’s new scores add to the fun. At first, the melodies sound familiar (Chopin’s “Minute Waltz,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria”) but they gradually morph into something completely different: a boogie-woogie, for example, or a boisterous drinking song. The music will be performed live on stage by Martha Hyde on clarinet, Carlos Santiago on violin, and Brendan Cooney on piano.

Charlie Chaplin. 60 m. NR. . Lobster Films.

Sat. Nov 15  1:00 PM

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)
It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

Everyone will enjoy this Christmas favorite on the big screen, as it was meant to be seen. Never before has George Bailey’s plight seemed so painful. And never before has the work of his guardian angel Clarence—who shows George the good he has done in the world—been so sweet. It’s as touching and warm now as it was on the day it was released. 

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)

Frank Capra. 1946. 130 m. NR. USA. Paramount Pictures.

Sat. Dec 20  12:00 PM
Sun. Dec 21  12:00 PM
Mon. Dec 22  3:00 PM
Tues. Dec 23  3:00 PM
Wed. Dec 24  3:00 PM
Thurs. Dec 25  12:00 PM
Fri. Dec 26  12:00 PM
Sat. Dec 27  12:00 PM
Sun. Dec 28  12:00 PM