Special Events

Community Matters: Ivory Tower

Community Matters: Ivory Tower

As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion—more than credit card debt—Ivory Tower asks: Is college worth the cost? Ranging from the halls of Harvard to public colleges in financial crisis to Silicon Valley, this is an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point. 

PANEL DISCUSSION with Purchase College President Thomas Schwarz, Manhattanville College President Jon Strauss, and Westchester Community Foundation Program Officer Laura Rossi. Join us for a RECEPTION at the Media Arts Lab after the discussion. 

Community Matters is a series 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.

Andrew Rossi. 2014. 90 m. NR. USA. Samuel Goldwyn.

Thurs. Sept 4  7:30 PM

Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
Public Enemies: Bootleggers and Beer Barons of the Prohibition Era

Public Enemies: Bootleggers and Beer Barons of the Prohibition Era

Join us for a screening of Public Enemies and discussion with author J. Anne Funderburg about the hidden history of prohibition and some of its lesser known racketeers, such as Owney Madden on whom James Cagney modeled his infamous “Public Enemy” persona. The conversation will go beyond heavyweights like Capone and Schultz to focus on gangsters like the notorious all-Jewish Purple Gang and Max Hassel the Millionaire Newsboy. It will be an evening of bootleggers, enforcers, rum-runners, boaters, and flyers of all stripes and Hollywood's reflection on their exploits in films like Public Enemies. Film Details: Michael Mann. 2009. 143 m. R. USA. Universal.

Q&A author J. Anne Funderburg and JBFC Film Club host Christopher Funderburg. Bootleggers and Beer Barons of the Prohibition Era by J. Anne Funderburg surveys the illegal liquor traffic from coast to coast during the Great Drought (1920-1933). She has published work on the history of pop culture ranging from the origins of ice cream to Teflon's improbable beginnings to the creation of the Ferris wheel. Copies of Bootleggers will be for sale after the screening courtesy of The Village Bookstore.


n/a. 2014. NR. .

Tues. Sept 9  7:30 PM

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
This Is Where I Leave You

This Is Where I Leave You

Based on the hilarious best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I Leave You tells the story of the four combative siblings of the Altman family (Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, and Corey Stoll) who reunite for a week of sitting Shiva following the death of their father. The film features an ensemble cast including Rose Byrne, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant and Jane Fonda.

Q&A w/ filmmaker Shawn Levy and author/screenwriter Jonathan Tropper

Exclusively for JBFC Members! Members entitled to 1 or 2 tickets, depending on membership level. Join online today or call 914.773.7663, ext. 6 to join before the next Members-Only screening!

Shawn Levy. 2014. 103 m. R. USA. Warner Bros.

Wed. Sept 10  7:30 PM

Tickets: $15 (members)
SOLD OUT Unredeemed tickets may become available for purchase. Sign up at the box office for the stand-by line one hour before showtime.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

"Ned Benson was just another ambitious screenwriter in Hollywood, with precisely three short films to his directorial name, when he started to write a drama about the dissolution of a marriage." -- From an interview with the filmmaker.

Preview Screening w/Filmmaker!

With his unique vision, filmmaker Ned Benson captures a complete picture of a relationship in this beautifully relatable portrait of love and empathy. Conor (James McAvoy) and Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) find themselves as strangers in the wake of tragedy yet yearn to reclaim an idyllic past that may be too far gone. Screened for the first time at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, this film combines Benson's previous two films - titled HIM and HER - uniting their perspectives and taking a further look into the subjectivity of relationships. Also starring: William Hurt, Viola Davis, and Isabelle Huppert.

Q&A filmmaker Ned Benson and producer Cassandra Kulukundis with Janet Maslin.

Ned Benson. 2014. 122 m. R. UK. The Weinstein Company.

Thurs. Sept 11  7:00 PM

Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
Patema Inverted

Patema Inverted

For the Whole Family! This gorgeous new animated fable from Japan is about two kids separated by opposite gravities. One, a student, is rooted to the ground the way we are. The other, an orphan in an underground society, “falls up” to the surface. This entertaining and often funny sci-fi adventure is right for all but the smallest children. • In English: Sept. 13, noon & Sept. 20, 2:30. In Japanese with subtitles: Sept. 14, 2:30 & Sept. 21, noon. 

Yasuhiro Yoshiura. 2013. 99 m. NR. Japan, English/Japanese. GKids.

Sat. Sept 13  12:00 PM
Sun. Sept 14  2:30 PM
Sat. Sept 20  2:30 PM
Sun. Sept 21  12:00 PM