Local Element: Works from Westchester

LOCAL ELEMENT: Works from Westchester was created with the intent of providing a public platform to showcase new work, foster emerging talent and help build a stronger sense of community among area filmmakers with JBFC at the nexus.  The series will run throughout the year and will highlight the best short and feature length documentaries, narratives, experimental and music videos from local residents.

Sidewalk Stories

Sidewalk Stories


“With a wild spontaneity that can morph from riveting to fun to tense and alien in the space of a half-block, Sidewalk Stories is as emblematic a New York film as there is.” (Slant)

Winner of the Prix du Public at Cannes, where the 12-minute ovation broke a record, Sidewalk Stories is a moving and funny homage to Chaplin’s The Kid. This gorgeous black-and-white film is an important work of the New African-American cinema of the 1980s, along with Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and John Singleton’s Boyz N the Hood. It’s finally been restored and is now back to its former beauty. 2k digital restoration.

Q&A filmmaker Charles Lane and JBFC Faculty Sean Weiner. Dobbs Ferry resident Charles Lane attended Purchase College, where his short A Place in Time won a Student Academy Award. Lane later earned a Rockefeller Foundation Grant, NAACP Award and mulitple festival honors for Sidewalk Stories.

Local Element identifies filmmakers connected to Westchester, provides a public showcase for new work, highlights emerging and established talent, and helps build a stronger community among area filmmakers. 

Charles Lane. 1989. 98 m. R. USA, Silent. Carlotta Films US.

Wed. Jan 14   7:30 PM

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)