Special Events


The Freshman

The Freshman


"Lloyd's films are prose where Keaton's were poems, but gag for gag, Lloyd was the funniest screen comic of his time." (Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader)

Family Film!

This gleeful silent comedy stars the great Harold Lloyd as a wannabe big man on campus and features one of the most famous sports sequences ever filmed. Lloyd’s slapstick brilliance shines in a new 4K digital transfer from a 1998 restoration.

Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor. 1925. 76 m. NR. USA, Silent. Janus Films.

Sat. May 3  2:30 PM
Sun. May 4  12:30 PM
Sat. May 10  2:30 PM
Sun. May 11  12:30 PM

Community Matters: GMO OMG

Community Matters: GMO OMG


“Illuminating and intentionally infuriating.” (Village Voice)

Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert wants to know about the effects of genetically modified food on our children and on our planet—and asks if there is any viable alternative to the current state of affairs. On a journey for answers, he travels far and wide, including a visit to agriculture giant Monsanto (where he is unceremoniously ejected). This provocative documentary asks: Has the global food system been irrevocably hijacked? 

Q&A Andrew Revkin with JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman. Andrew Revkin has been writing about environmental sustainability for more than three decades, mainly for the New York Times. He is the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University.

Please join us at the Media Arts Lab (405 Manville Rd) for a RECEPTION with local, sustainable food from Table Local Market.

Community Matters: Local Issues, Discussion, Activism. Community Matters is a series dedicated to generating discussion and activism around topics that affect us locally, including health, environment, education, housing, and energy. The series is sponsored by the Westchester Community Foundation.

Jeremy Seifert. 2013. 85 m. NR. Norway/USA/Haiti, English/French. Submarine Deluxe.

Thurs. May 15  7:30 PM

Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
Films from Purchase College

Films from Purchase College


The Purchase College film program is one of the most renowned in the country. A full 85 percent of alumni—including Oscar-winner Chris Wedge, Hal Hartley, Alexander Koch, Abel Ferrara, and Nick Gomez, along with Times critic Manohla Dargis—are working in film and television, including at the JBFC.

In these two evenings—each a different program—we present the thesis films made by this year’s graduating class. The shorts run the gamut from thrilling to funny to moving to provocative.

Q&A graduating film majors and faculty

Various Directors. 2014. 120 m. NR. USA. N/A.

Mon. May 19  7:30 PM 1
Tues. May 20  7:30 PM 2

1Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
2Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
Ernest and Celestine

Ernest and Celestine


Family Film!

Nominated for the Best Animation Oscar, this sweet dreamlike story of an unlikely friendship between a bear and a mouse is a delightful, funny ode to happiness that everyone in the whole family will love.

JUNE 7: 2:30 • JUNE 15: 12:30: in French with subtitles
JUNE 8: 2:30 • JUNE 14, 2:30: in English

Benjamin Renner/Vincent Patar/Stephane Aubier. 2014. 80 m. PG. France/Belgium/Luxembourg, English/French with subtitles. GKids.

Sat. June 7  2:30 PM
Sun. June 8  2:30 PM
Sat. June 14  2:30 PM
Sun. June 15  12:30 PM

The Bitter Tea of General Yen

The Bitter Tea of General Yen


“One of Capra’s finest pictures.” (Martin Scorsese) 

New DCP restoration! 

With introduction by Barbara Stanwyck biographer Victoria Wilson. In the midst of the Chinese Civil War, a beautiful American missionary (Barbara Stanwyck) gets tangled up with a Chinese warlord, and sparks fly. A subtle, passionate love story, this underappreciated drama by a young Frank Capra (It Happened One Night) is one of the first films to deal with interracial sexual attraction. 

After the screening, Victoria Wilson will sign copies of A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907–1940. It is the first volume of the first full-scale biography of the actress, who appeared in 88 movies over four decades. Books sold by The Village Bookstore.

Frank Capra. 1933. 88 m. NR. USA, English/French/Mandarin. Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Wed. June 18  7:15 PM

Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
Eye on the Sixties: The Iconic Photography of Rowland Scherman

Eye on the Sixties: The Iconic Photography of Rowland Scherman


This gem of a documentary is an intimate portrait of famous LIFE photographer Rowland Scherman, an inside look at how he captured on film the essence of the 1960s, and a bit of a history lesson. With his candid recollections and seldom-seen views of celebrities, politicians, and historic events, we see through the eyes of the man who documented the Peace Corps, the Kennedys, the 1963 March on Washington, Woodstock, and more. Now in his 70s, Scherman remains an adventurous, inspiring, and creative soul.

Q&A filmmaker Chris Szwedo with Programming Director Brian Ackerman

Chris Szwedo. 2013. 89 m. USA. N/A.

Tues. June 24  7:30 PM

Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
Community Matters: Alive Inside

Community Matters: Alive Inside


“The philosopher Kant once called music ‘the quickening art’.” (Oliver Sacks)

Winner: Audience Award at Sundance!

When social worker Dan Cohen brought iPods to a nursing home, he witnessed a miracle: Even some of the most unresponsive dementia patients “awakened” when listening to music from their past. With renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks providing context, this is a groundbreaking, moving investigation into the mysterious way music functions in our brains.

Q&A Check back for details on panel participants

Please join us at the Media Arts Lab (405 Manville Rd) for a RECEPTION with local, sustainable food from Table Local Market.

Community Matters: Local Issues, Discussion, Activism. Community Matters is a series dedicated to generating discussion and activism around topics that affect us locally, including health, environment, education, housing, and energy. The series is sponsored by the Westchester Community Foundation

Michael Rossato-Bennett. 2014. 73 m. NR. USA. Mtuckman Media.

Thurs. June 26  7:30 PM

Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)