Special Events

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A Most Wanted Man

"Programmers' Picks 2014" “I was riveted by this adaptation of John le Carré’s haunting moral wasteland. Anton Corbijn has formulated a perfect vehicle for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s spell- binding performance as the broken, disheveled German intelligence officer Günther Bachmann, who eerily embodies Hoffman’s own humanity, vulnerability, and commitment in the final moments of his unforgettable career.” (Karen Sloe Goodman, Film Programmer)

The machinations of the intelligence community in Europe come to light through the experience of a German intelligence officer.

Anton Corbijn. 2014. 122 m. R. Germany/UK/USA . Roadside Attractions .

Mon. Feb 2  5:00 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Mr. Turner: A FrameWorks Screening w/Gillian Forrester

"Frameworks: Art on Film"

Mr. Turner is high on my list of best art biopics ever." (Roberta Smith,NY Times)

Academy Award Nominee for Best Cinematography.
 The latest from master filmmaker Mike Leigh explores the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), who is 
both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.

Q&A Gillian Forrester, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Yale Center for British Art
An authority on J.M.W. Turner, Gillian Forrester has contributed to both the Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner and to the catalog for the J.M.W. Turner Retrospective, the most comprehensive ever presented in the US. The Yale Center for British Art has outstanding holdings of works by J.M.W. Turner, including a remarkable sketchbook dating from the 1840s containing coastal views which Turner almost certainly used during his stays at Margate that are so vividly portrayed in Mr. Turner. Several of the Center’s paintings, notably Staffa, Fingal’s Cave, were featured in this remarkable film. 

Mike Leigh. 2014. 150 m. R. UK . Sony Pictures Classics.

NY Times

Mon. Feb 2  6:45 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Under the Skin

"Programmers' Picks 2014"

“Glazer seamlessly weaves vérité footage into a sci-fi film, resulting in a truly surreal viewing experience that lingers in the corners of your psyche long after you’ve left the theater. It’s visually stunning and tailor-made for the big screen—don’t watch this one on your television.” (Gina Duncan, Film Programmer)

The sublimely cinematic story of an otherworldly seductress (Scarlett Johansson) who beguiles lonely men in the evening in Scotland.

Jonathan Glazer. 2014. 108 m. R. UK . A24 Films.

Mon. Feb 2  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Force Majeure

"Programmers' Picks 2014"

“Everyone at the Toronto Film Festival loved this film, so when I finally got to see it, I had high expectations—which were instantly exceeded. A searing, slow burn of a movie that puts a marriage chillingly— and thrillingly—in the crosshairs, where the smallest crack radiates in all directions.” (Brian Ackerman, Programming Director)

An avalanche turns everything upside down for a family on holiday in the French Alps. 

Ruben Östlund. 2014. 118 m. R. France/Denmark/Sweden/Norway , Various languages with subtitles. Magnolia Pictures.

Tues. Feb 3  5:00 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Love Is Strange

"Programmers' Picks 2014" “I saw this exquisite film at last year’s Berlin Film Festival and knew our audiences would enjoy its tender, universal story of mature love and NYC apartment troubles. Featuring a charming ensemble cast and a breakout performance by Charlie Tahan, playing Marisa Tomei’s teenage son.” (Kathryn Bonomi, Film Programmer)

Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) tie the knot after
being together for 39 years and instantly find their lives—and living situation—profoundly altered.

Ira Sachs. 2014. 94 m. R. USA . Sony Pictures Classics.

Tues. Feb 3  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

The One I Love

"Programmers' Picks 2014" The One I Love completely turned me on my head. It’s the most inventive storytelling I’ve seen all year and a superb debut from newcomer Charlie McDowell. Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss are fantastic together and are the two biggest reasons why this is my absolute favorite underseen film from last year.” (Andrew Jupin, Film Programmer)

What begins as a romantic retreat soon becomes surreal, as a couple on the brink of separation confronts an unexpected dilemma.

Charlie McDowell. 2014. 91 m. R. USA . RADiUS-TWC.

Wed. Feb 4  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

The Only Real Game

"We Got Game: Sports on Film" “Warm-hearted... A stirring ode to cultural bridge-building.” (LA Times)

Men and women living in the tiny northeastern India state of Manipur defy armed conflict, drugs, gun trafficking, and HIV/AIDS through—of all things—a surprising pas- sion for baseball. The film, narrated by Melissa Leo, chronicles the efforts of a group of baseball-loving New Yorkers and Major League Baseball representatives who arrive and team up with Manipuri men, women, and children to try to help a few dreams come true. It’s an astonishing story on many levels, told beautifully.

Q&A filmmaker Mirra Bank with Executive Director Edie Demas 

Mirra Bank. 2013. 82 m. NR. India/USA .

Thurs. Feb 5  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

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  

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)

Why Sports?: A Shorts Program

"We Got Game: Sports on Film"

Free for JBFC Members! A fun and spirited selection of short films examining the appeal of sports of all kinds—from boxing to synchronized swimming to competing to be the greatest record breaker ever. Thitles include: I Beat Mike TysonEvery Runner Has a ReasonThe HeatAlways a FireAquadettesFollow Your FearsThe RunnersThe Jump, The Record Breaker. Free tickets for members available at the box office ONLY (in advance or on the day of the screening) while tickets last. Advance tickets may also be purchased online. 

Want more great shorts? Check out Short of the Week

Various Directors. 80 m. NR. Various Countries .

Thurs. Feb 12  7:45 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmebers)
Free for JBFC Members! Free tickets available at the box office ONLY (in advance or on the day of the screening) while tickets last. Advance tickets may also be purchased online.

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

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)


"After Dark" "Kiarostami's film has artichoke-like layers which, once peeled, are forever resonant." (Michael Atkinson, Village Voice)

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has made inventive, provocative films for four decades, and
Close-Up is one of his best. A fiction-documentary hybrid based on the true story of a man arrested for impersonating filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, it’s a stunning, layered investigation into movies, identity, and artistic creation. 35 mm print!

Reel Talk with JBFC Programmer Andrew Jupin

Abbas Kiarostami. 1990. 97 m. NR. Iran , Persian with subtitles. Janus Films.

Village Voice

Wed. Feb 18  7:45 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

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!

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

Matisse: From Tate Modern and MoMA

"Frameworks: Art on Film"

Celebrate the giant of modern art on the big screen. Hailed as the most successful exhibition in Tate Modern’s history, you can now catch Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at the Jacob Burns Film Center, featuring exclusive new footage from The Museum of Modern Art in New York! Audiences are invited to enjoy an intimate, behind-the-scenes documentary about this acclaimed exhibition with contributions from people who knew Matisse and experts such as curators, historians, and Tate director Nicholas Serota and MoMA director Glenn D. Lowry. Plus there are breathtaking, specially commissioned performances by Royal Ballet principal dancer Zenaida Yanowsky and jazz musician Courtney Pine. Acclaimed British actor Simon Russell Beale brings insight and emotion to the words of Henri Matisse himself, while actor Rupert Young (Merlin) narrates.


n/a. 2014. 90 m. G. . Abramorama.

Mon. Feb 23  3:00 PM
Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)

National Gallery

"Frameworks: Art on Film"

“At once specific and general, fascinating in its pinpoint detail and transporting in its cosmic reach.” (New York Times) The great Frederick Wiseman is back with his 39th documentary, National Gallery, a deep immersion in the London museum, filled with artworks by Rembrandt, Turner, Caravaggio, Titian, Leonardo da Vinci, and other masters. Every aspect of the institution is revealed, from its educational and curatorial missions to conservation, public programs, and live performances. In doing so, this absorbing look at a world-class museum's inner workings raises all manner of questions, the purpose of art being only one.

Members of the Katonah Museum of Art, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Hudson River Museum, and Neuberger Museum: Bring your membership card and receive the JBFC member discount for one ticket to this program.

Frederick Wiseman. 2014. 181 m. NR. France/UK/USA . Zipporah Films.

Mon. Feb 23  7:00 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Back on Board: Greg Louganis

"We Got Game: Sports on Film"

“A rich, satisfying story, skillfully told... It’s a keeper.” (Hollywood Reporter)

In 2011 the four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis—the man whose grace, beauty, and courage sparked a worldwide fascination with diving—was far from the public eye and struggling to pay the bills. And so Louganis, openly gay and HIV-positive, returned to the world of diving. An intimate portrait of the public triumphs and private struggles of the greatest diver of all time, working to combat prejudice, promote tolerance, and become a mentor to the next generation.

Q&A filmmaker/Croton native Cheryl Furjanic and JBFC Faculty Sean Weiner

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.


Cheryl Furjanic. 2014. 90 m. NR. UK/USA .

Wed. Feb 25  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)