Special Events


Just Kids from the Bronx: An Evening w/Arlene Alda and Chazz Palminteri

Just Kids from the Bronx: An Evening w/Arlene Alda and Chazz Palminteri


Bill Clinton calls this collection “a down-to-earth, inspiring book about the American promise fulfilled.” Weaving together oral histories of 65 accomplished Bronx natives—including Carl Reiner, Mary Higgins Clark, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bobby Bonilla, and Chazz Palminteri—Arlene Alda has created a moving, fond portrait that spans six decades of Bronx living.

The evening starts with a screening of A Bronx Tale, a warm, vibrant film about a young man under the dueling influences of his father (Robert De Niro, in his directorial debut) and the mob boss who runs the streets (Chazz Palminteri, who also wrote the screenplay). Film Details: Robert Deniro. 1993. 121m. R. USA. Swank Releasing.

Q&A author Arlene Alda and actor/writer Chazz Palminteri. Copies of Just Kids From the Bronx will be available for purchase courtesy of The Village Bookstore. 

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Thurs. Mar 5   7:30 PM

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
Innovations in Social Storytelling

Innovations in Social Storytelling


FREE EVENT! An evening of film and discussion centered on exploring new mediums for impactful storytelling. Filmmaker Greg Barker (We Are the Giant), 1979 Revolution creator and video game designer Navid Khonsari, and the game's executive producer Vassiliki Khonsari will explore the theme of revolutionaries and share their motivations behind the creation of their social and political films and games. 

FILM: We Are the Giant transports viewers to the front lines of the Arab Spring and offers a harrowing look at the struggles of ordinary individuals who are transformed by the critical moral and personal challenges they encounter when standing up for what they believe is right. Film details: Greg Barker. 2014. 93 m. NR. UK/US. in Arabic/English with subtitles. Music Box Films.  

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A short film about the new game 1979 Revolution, an episodic action/adventure game designed to engage players with an immersive "on the ground" experience of the Iranian Revolution. The game integrates an emotionally impactful narrative with interactive moral choices and intuitive touchscreen gameplay while remaining true to history.

Q&A Greg Barker, Navid Khonsari, and Vassiliki Khonsari

For tickets, please RSVP to Lori Zakalik at Lzakalik@burnsfilmcenter.org with your first and last name and the subject line “Sundance Film Forward Event.”

Presented in partnership with Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Sundance Film Forward is an initiative of Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support is provided by Sundance Channel Global.

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Sun. Mar 8   7:00 PM  

See RSVP information above.
Rahsaan Roland Kirk: The Case of the Three Sided Dream

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: The Case of the Three Sided Dream


"If critics haven’t given him a mountaintop position next to Mingus and Coleman, they keep pushing Kirk up the slope—just as they have with Sun Ra since his death. Kirk’s praises are still being sung by musicians—and not just by jazz players of his own generation." (Geoffrey Himes, Jazz Times)


There was no one like jazz virtuoso Rahsaan Roland Kirk. A seemingly superhuman musical force who was never slowed down by his disabilities, he played until the day he died—often on several instruments at a time. His compelling performances, playful banter, and political activism are on abundant display in this vibrant documentary. Part of the 7th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival In venues throughout NY March 12-18.

Q&A filmmaker Adam Kahan 

Adam Kahan. 2014. 88 m. NR. USA.

Jazz Times

Thurs. Mar 12   7:30 PM

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea


“A Pied Piper-like fable about the power of music and the magic in the everyday.” (New York Times)


Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day—the Oscar-nominated Irish tale of a brother and sister who journey through a world of legend and magic to return to their home. It’s got a timeless storybook look even though it's set in a mostly modern world.

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

JBFC Family Members - use your Family comp passes at the box office for this event!

Tomm Moore. 2014. 93 m. PG. Ireland. GKids.

Sat. Mar 14   3:00 PM
Sun. Mar 15   3:00 PM

An Evening with Novelist Richard Price

An Evening with Novelist Richard Price


"As celebrated as he is for his books like Lush Life and Freedomland, and his screenwriting (The Color of Money, Sea of Love, and a much heralded residency on David Simon and Ed Burns’s The Wire), Price may be even more admired, in certain pockets of literary hipster land, for his research. There are few people, it seems, who have spent as much time in the back of a radio car (or with those who spend most of their time avoiding that fate) without eventually needing an attorney as Price." (Matthew Lynch, Vanity Fair)

Novelist and screenwriter Richard Price will join Janet Maslin for a free-wheeling conversation about his stellar writing career. Price's latest novel, The Whites (written under the pseudonym Harry Brandt) is an electrifying story of a New York City police detective under siege. The program will also feature clips from Price's sizable body of work, including Clockers, an adaptation of Price's novel of the same name which also served as inspiration for the acclaimed HBO series, The Wire.

Q&A Richard Price with JBFC Board President Janet Maslin. Copies of The Whites will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of The Village Bookstore.

 

n/a. 2015. 90 m. .

Vanity Affair profile

Tues. Mar 17   7:15 PM

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
She's Beautiful When She's Angry

She's Beautiful When She's Angry


“An urgent, illuminating dive into the movement that—no matter what its detractors insist—has given us the world in which we live.” (Village Voice)


Community Matters: Local Issues. Discussion. Activism. Vibrantly combining dramatizations, performance, and archival imagery, this inspiring new documentary presents the history of the outrageous, often brilliant activists who created the emergence of more radical factions of women’s lib, the film never shies away from controversy as it deftly captures the spirit of the time.

Q&A and RECEPTION

Community Matters is dedicated to generating discussion and activism around topics that affect us locally, including health, environment, education, housing, and energy. Sponsored by the Westchester Community Foundation. 

Mary Dore. 2014. 92 m. NR. USA. International Film Circuit.

Sun. Mar 22   4:00 PM

Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Tales of the Grim Sleeper


Tales is less a portrait of Franklin himself than a panoramic survey of the sociological forces that aided and abetted his killing spree. What emerges, finally, is an urgent distress call from one of America’s many, predominately black inner cities cast adrift by decades of municipal neglect and institutional racism." (Scott Foundas, Variety)

Official Selection, 2014 Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, The New York Film Festival. Master documentary provocateur Nick Broomfield (Kurt & CourtneyBiggie and Tupac) is in stunning form in Tales of the Grim Sleeper. For more than 20 years, a serial killer murdered black women in South Central Los Angeles with little to no interest from the LAPD. In 2010, Lonnie Franklin Jr. was arrested as the suspected murderer and four years later, Broomfield visits the alleged killer's neighborhood and finds people who long suspected their odd neighbor might be connected to the murders, but did not trust the LAPD to help their community. In scenes building to an incredibly powerful conclusion, Broomfield gives voice to Franklin's victims while also conveying a grave injustice that extends well beyond this case. 

Copies of LA Times reporter Jill Leovy's book, Ghettoside, "A timely look at an urban police force's track record in investigating black homicides," will be available for purchase courtesy of the Village Bookstore.

Nick Broomfield. 2014. 110 m. NR. UK/USA. South Central Films.

Variety review

Mon. Mar 23   7:30 PM

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
The Boy and the World

The Boy and the World


“An enchanting visual treat.” (Variety)


With lively rhythms and vibrant colors, The Boy and the World follows a boy on his journey from the Brazilian countryside into a neon-infused city. No real dialogue? No problem: It’s all about the animation, which, in the words of one festival judge, is responsible for “some of the most beautiful images we've ever seen."

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

JBFC Family Members - use your Family comp passes at the box office for this event!

Ale Abreu. 2013. 80 m. NR. Brazil, N/A. GKids.

Sat. Mar 28   3:00 PM
Sun. Mar 29   3:00 PM
Sat. Apr 4   3:00 PM
Sun. Apr 5   3:00 PM