Special Events


Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors


"... [A] small miracle of a film, captures the grass-roots swirl of New York City with an extraordinary sensory attuning to urban life." (Stephen Holden, New York Times )

Free Community Event! This award-winning film tells the story of Ricky, a 13-year old boy with Asperger's Syndrome who gets lost one day in the New York City subway system. While his mother frantically searches for him above ground, the sensory-sensitive Ricky is exposed to the cacophony, eccentricity, and menace found in New York's underground, resulting in a truly authentic view into both the wonders and the horrors of what lies below. This program is presented in partnership with Pleasantville SEPTA (Special Education PTA).

RECEPTION Please Join us for a light reception following the screening.

To attend the event, please RSVP via email to Lori Zakalik at 
Lzakalik@burnsfilmcenter.org with the subject “SEPTA Event.”

Sam Fleischner. 2014. 102 m. NR. USA, English/Spanish with subtitles. Oscilloscope.

New York Times review

Wed. Feb 11   7:00 PM  

Please see RSVP information above.
Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television

Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television


The Videofreex were a pioneering collective of creative young people who used the brand-new technology of portable video to tell the world about the social changes of the 1960s and ’70s. (They recorded Abbie Hoffman, for example, as well as Black Panther Fred Hampton, just months before his murder.) At a time when the three big networks ruled the TV airwaves, the Videofreex aired their unique footage in a way that became a model for public access stations across the country, and an inspiration for a new generation of artists and activists using social media. We’ll show some of the group’s videos as well as excerpts from Here Come the Videofreex, a work-in- progress documentary. 

Q&A Dorsky Museum curator Andrew Ingall, filmmaker Jon Nealon, and Videofreex members Skip Blumberg and Nancy Cain (via skype)

Presented in partnership with the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. The exhibition, “Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television,”  opens Feb. 7th.

Various Directors. 2015. 60 m. NR. .

Thurs. Feb 12   7:30 PM

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
Bringing Up Baby

Bringing Up Baby


Projected in 35mm. Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, a leopard named Baby, a million dollars, snappy dialogue, and irresistible humor—along with true love—all come together in this classic screwball comedy.

Howard Hawks. 1938. 102 m. NR. USA. 20th Century Fox.

Sat. Feb 14   5:00 PM

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
Oscar Talk with Mark Harris and Janet Maslin

Oscar Talk with Mark Harris and Janet Maslin


Join Janet Maslin and Mark Harris for what’s always a lively, opinionated discussion, as they talk about this year’s slate of Academy Award nominations. There’ll be plenty of clips, history, gossip, and inside info. 

Q&A Mark Harris and Janet Maslin. Mark Harris is an uncannily knowledgeable “Oscarologist.” He writes about the Academy Awards in Entertainment Weekly and the blog Grantland. His noted 2009 book, Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood, is the epic story of the five films nominated for the 1967 Academy Awards. His latest book is Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War. JBFC President Janet Maslin has more than a few Oscar predictions, opinions, and anecdotes of her own. She interviewed Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), and Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby), at the JBFC just before each was awarded the Academy Award for Best Director.

n/a. 2015. 90 m. NR. .

Tues. Feb 17   7:30 PM

Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
An American in Paris

An American in Paris


An American in Paris on Broadway! The evening starts with a screening of the Academy Award–winning classic film with Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. Then meet some of the team behind the new stage production arriving on Broadway this spring. Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, and with a book by Pulitzer and Tony nominee Craig Lucas, it stars Robert Fairchild (New York City Ballet) and Leanne Cope (Royal Ballet)—and features some of the greatest music and lyrics ever written: the Gershwins’ “I Got Rhythm,” “’S Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” and so much more!

Q&A lead producer Stuart Oken (The Addams Family) and book writer Craig Lucas (The Light in the Piazza) with moderator Peter Pucci, an award-winning choreographer and movement director.

Vincente Minnelli. 1951. 113 m. NR. USA, Various languages with subtitles. Warner Bros.

Thurs. Feb 19   7:15 PM

Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
The Best of Looney Tunes!

The Best of Looney Tunes!


Nine beautifully restored classic cartoons make up this fun program: One Froggy Evening (1955), Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944), Mouse Wreckers (1949),Back Alley Oproar (1948), The Big Snooze (1946),Feed the Kitty (1952), Birds Anonymous (1957), Rabbit Seasoning (1952), Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century (1953). These pristine DCP restorations will look amazing on the big screen!

Various Directors. 63 m. PG. . Warner Bros.

Sat. Feb 21   2:00 PM 1
Sun. Feb 22   2:00 PM 2

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