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Rock the Casbah (2013)

"ANA: Contemporary Arab Cinema"

OPENING NIGHT! With a powerhouse cast, including a cameo by Omar Sharif, Rock the Casbah is an engaging, bittersweet comedy about a family—mostly women—gathered in the patriarch’s villa to mourn his death. Sparks fly as they come to terms with the past and the challenges facing upper-class women torn between Muslim traditions and Western influences today.

RECEPTION at the Media Arts Lab. Wine generously donated by:

Laïla Marrakchi. 2013. 100 m. NR. France/Morocco , Arabic/English/French. Pathé.

Wed. Sept 17  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)

May in the Summer

"ANA: Contemporary Arab Cinema"

One of Variety’s “Ten Directors to Watch,” Cherien Dabis (Amreeka) is back with this witty, poignant drama about a successful New York author, high on the success of her first book, who is plunged into the chaos of family life when she returns to Amman to plan her wedding. Navigating the shoals of religion, career, tradition, and family history, she finds her carefully structured life is not under as much control as she’d thought.

Q&A filmmaker/actress Cherien Dabis via skype

FREE SCREENING FOR JBFC MEMBERS! Free tickets available at the box office ONLY (in advance or the day of the screening) while they last. Tickets may also be purchased online.

Cherien Dabis. 2013. 99 m. R. USA/Jordan/Qatar . Cohen Media Group.

Fri. Sept 19  7:30 PM
Free Screening for JBFC Members!

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 20  2:30 PM
Sun. Sept 21  12:00 PM

Ashes and Diamonds

"Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema"

Martin Scorsese says, “I was overwhelmed by the film: the masterful direction, the powerful story, the striking visual imagery, and the shocking performance by Zbigniew Cybulski, considered the Polish James Dean.” It takes place on the last day of World War II and the first day of postwar peace—and the night between, when everything changes. Maciek, a young Polish resistance soldier, is at a crossroads: As the Communists take over from the Nazis, should he abandon the cause he’s been fighting for? 

SEPT. 26, 3:10 FREE SCREENING FOR JBFC MEMBERS! Tickets available at the box office ONLY (in advance or the day of the screening) while they last. Tickets may also be purchased online.

Andrzej Wajda. 1958. 103 m. NR. Poland , Polish with subtitles. Milestone Films.

Fri. Sept 26  3:10 PM
Free Screening for JBFC Members!


"Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema"

On the eve of World War I, refugees seek sanctuary from the Russian army in an inn belonging to a Jewish man, at a time when Polish Jews faced a holocaust before the Holocaust. Though the film was immediately dubbed a masterpiece, Kawalerowicz was forced to alter its original ending to dispel any negative image of the Russian regime.

Sept. 27, 5:30 FREE SCREENING FOR JBFC MEMBERS! Free tickets available at the box office ONLY (in advance or the day of the screening) while they last. Tickets may also be purchased online.

Jerzy Kawalerowicz. 1982. 107 m. NR. Poland , German/Hebrew/Polish with subtitles. Milestone Films.

Sat. Sept 27  5:30 PM
Free Screening for JBFC Members!

A Broadway Lullaby

"World Stage on Screen"

LIVE PERFORMANCE by Laura Osnes. A Broadway Lullaby provides a lively look at the rehearsals, recordings, and artistic process of making Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project, a book and CD of original lullabies and illustrations created to raise funds to combat breast cancer. The film and CD feature a star-filled roster of actors, singers, composers, and children’s illustrators including Raul Esparza, Sutton Foster, Audra McDonald, Anika Noni Rose, Brian d’Arcy James, Vanessa Williams, Jules Feiffer, and many others.

Q&A filmmaker Barbara Rick, Tony award-winning composer Rupert Holmes, and award-winning music producer Matt Pierson with JBFC Executive Director Edie Demas. Laura Osnes will perform “I Love You,” written by Oscar winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (“Let It Go”).  

Laura Osnes was last seen on Broadway as the title role in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (Drama Desk Award; Tony, OCC, Drama League noms.). Matt Pierson’s discography includes Pat Metheny, Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, Kirk Whalum, Jane Monheit, and countless others. Rupert Holmes is a multiple Tony award-winning playwright and composer. He has arranged and conducted numerous recordings of his own songs with Barbra Streisand. Peabody & Emmy award-winner Barbara Rick is a highly accomplished director, producer, writer, and photographer.

Over the Moon book and CD sale after the screening. All proceeds serve women with breast cancer, their families, and research for a cure.

Barbara Rick. 2012. 40 m. NR. USA .

Mon. Sept 29  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)

Man of Iron

"Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema"

A masterful drama about the limitations of the press and the events leading to one of the most crucial events of the 20th century. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes and nominated for an Academy Award, it captures the passion, tragedy, and anxiety of the tumultuous time around the formation of the Solidarity trade union and the rise of Lech Walesa.

Andrzej Wajda. 1981. 153 m. NR. Poland , Polish with subtitles. Milestone Films.

Wed. Oct 1  2:00 PM  Cancelled

Kiss The Water

"Focus on Nature 2014"

OPENING NIGHT! Sensual and haunting, the documentary Kiss the Water spins the simple life of Megan Boyd into a fairy tale. Living in isolation on the Scottish coast, Boyd tied flies—beautiful little works of art that drew salmon to the hook like no other. As word of her talent spread, she attained mythic status, and fishermen (even a prince, the Prince of Wales) appeared at her door. Seamlessly incorporating hand-painted animation, this enchanting film is an unforgettable evocation of Boyd’s passion and the mysterious Scottish landscape.

Q&A Richard Tisch, president of the board of trustees and Catherine Comar, executive director of the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont. Join us for a light RECEPTION at the Media Arts Lab. Wine generously donated by:

Eric Steel. 2013. 79 m. NR. USA . Avatar Films.

Wed. Oct 1  7:00 PM
Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)

A Short Film About Killing

"Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema"

Three lives intersect on a bleak winter’s day: a cab driver cleaning his car, a lawyer who’s just passed his bar exam, and a sociopath preparing his murder weapon. This award-winning, unflinching examination of murder was a sensation at the Cannes Film Festival and opened the door to director Krzysztof Kieslowski’s international career.

Oct. 3, 7:00: Q&A Cineaste editor Rahul Hamid. A cinema scholar and film critic, Hamid's interests include Iranian cinema, silent film, narrative, modernism and cinema. He teaches at NYU and is an editor at Cineaste Magazine, one of America’s oldest film publications.

Krzysztof Kieslowski. 1987. 85 m. NR. Poland , Polish with subtitles. Milestone Films.

Fri. Oct 3  7:00 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)


"Focus on Nature 2014"

For the Whole Family! A thrilling, moving story set against a stunning Alaskan backdrop, Bears showcases the first year in the life of a pair of brown bear cubs. Fantastic photography brings us into their den and by their sides as they learn to fish for salmon and survive on their own.

Followed by music and storytelling by Bill Gordh! Gordh is an award-winning banjo-playing storyteller and a nationally known educator. He collaborated on the JBFC’s Seeing Stories curriculum, which uses storytelling and media to foster early literacy. 

Alastair Fothergill & Keith Scholey. 2014. 78 m. USA . Disneynature.

Sun. Oct 5  12:00 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)

Gringo Trails

"Focus on Nature 2014"

As they travel around the globe, tourists are often changed by their experiences—but what is the impact on the places they visit? Gringo Trails reveals the unanticipated effect of tourism on cultures, economies, and the environment from Thailand to Timbuktu, telling startling stories of change wrought in the name of adventure and fun. This nuanced, absorbing, clever film lays out the issues and suggests alternatives for people who want to travel responsibly.

Q&A filmmaker/anthropologist Pegi Vail, associate director of NYU’s Center for Media, Culture, and History, with JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman.

Pegi Vail. 2013. 79 m. USA . Icarus Films.

Hollywood Reporter's Gringo Trails review

Wed. Oct 8  7:15 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

In this loose adaptation of the beloved childrens book, 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life-a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. But soon he learns that no one is immune-- anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one! Also starring: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner and a special appearance by Dick Van Dyke!

Popcorn not enough for your hungry kids? Visit our website for a list of dinner and dessert options.

Miguel Arteta. 2014. 81 m. PG. USA . Walt Disney Pictures.

Thurs. Oct 9  6:00 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children)

The Third Plate

"Focus on Nature 2014"

“Barber challenges everything you think you know about food; it will change the way you eat. If I could give every cook just one book, this would be the one.” (Ruth Reichl) 

A BURNS BOOKTALK AND MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION with Dan Barber, co-owner and chef of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Barber has received multiple James Beard awards. His opinions on food and agricultural policy have been published widely. He serves on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and in 2009 he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

In his latest book, The Third Plate, award-winning chef Dan Barber offers his ideas for a revolutionary way of eating that will radically transform America’s cuisine for the sake of our food, our health, and our land. 

n/a. 2014. 60 m. NR. .

Thurs. Oct 9  7:15 PM
Booktalk only: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
Booktalk plus signed book: $25


"Focus on Nature 2014"

Big dams, once seen with pride as engineering wonders, are increasingly viewed as barriers to the health of our rivers. Where dams come down, rivers spring back to life, giving salmon and other fish renewed access to primeval spawning grounds. With majestic cinematography, DamNation reveals huge landscapes altered by dams—but it also sheds light on a shift in values: from the conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

Q&A Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan and New York Times environmental blogger and Pace professor Andrew Revkin

Travis Rummel & Ben Knight. 2014. 87 m. NR. USA . brick + mortar productions.

Tues. Oct 14  7:15 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Seeds of Time

"Focus on Nature 2014"

Gene banks are crumbling, crops are failing, and the effects of climate change are felt by farmers around the world. But agricultural pioneer Cary Fowler is racing against time to preserve crop diversity and protect the future of our food. His one-man mission to solve a global crisis takes him from Rome to Russia and, finally, to a remote Arctic island that may hold the key to saving our seeds—and ultimately our species. This beautiful film by filmmaker Sandy McCleod is both a call to action and a provocative essay on the essence of diversity.

Q&A filmmaker Sandy McLeod and film subject Cary Fowler with JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman

Sandy McLeod. 2013. 77 m. NR. USA .

Thurs. Oct 23  7:15 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

All That Jazz

"Dance on Film 2014"

"An uproarious display of brilliance, nerve, dance, maudlin confessions, inside jokes and, especially, ego." ( New York Times)

All-new 4K DCP restoration. “It’s showtime, folks!” After a 15-year restoration supported by Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation,  Bob Fosse’s classic is back on the big screen. Winner of four Oscars, it’s the story of the massively talented, pill-popping choreographer/director Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider playing a man not so different from Fosse himself), frantically juggling his personal life, art, and intimations of mortality. With star turns by Ann Reinking, Jessica Lange, Cliff Gorman, and Ben Vereen. 

Introduction by psychotherapist and former recording engineer Glenn Berger, who worked closely with Bob Fosse on the recording, mixing, and sound production for All That Jazz.

Opening Night Reception: Join us for a light reception at the Media Arts Lab following the film. Wine generously donated by: 

Bob Fosse. 1979. 123 m. R. . 20th Century Fox.

Fri. Oct 24  7:15 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)

Swag n' Bach: A Path To Choreography

"Dance on Film 2014"

“For me, making a new dance is unpredictable, anxiety producing, adrenaline filled, and ultimately exhilarating.” (Peter Pucci) 

Inspired by Shakespeare’s use of the word swagger and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, renowned choreographer Peter Pucci, Artist in Residence at Manhattanville College, crafts a new piece before our very eyes. Collaborating with 11 student dancers and the college’s Digital Media Department, Pucci presents this insider’s look, with all its invention and challenges.  

Q&A filmmaker/choreographer Peter Pucci, co-director/producer Tony Ely, and dancers 

Presented in collaboration with the Manhattanville College Dance and Theatre Department 

Peter Pucci. 2014. 63 m. NR. US .

Mon. Oct 27  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

"Dance on Film 2014"

“Dance as contact sport, carnival sideshow, and high-risk daredevilry.” (Variety)

The “Evel Knievel of dance,” Elizabeth Streb pushes her dancers to trade fear for “extreme action” as they walk on walls, spin from cables, and aim for the sky. Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity takes us up close as Streb wills her company to defy gravity, and the dancers test the limits of their own bodies to spectacular ends.

Q&A Oct. 28, 7:30: director Catherine Gund and choreographer Elizabeth Streb with host Peter Pucci 

Catherine Gund. 2014. 82 m. NR. UK/USA . The Film Collaborative.

Tues. Oct 28  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Upaj: Improvise

"Dance on Film 2014"

 “One of the most blissful dance experiences of the decade.” (San Francisco Chronicle)  

Tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith, age 32, meets 68-year-old Pandit Chitresh Das, master of the kathak tradition—and something clicks. They collaborate on India Jazz Suites, taking it to theaters and the pulsating streets of India and the US. Winner: Best Documentary at Dance Camera West. 

WITH Melt : The sensual, dramatic experience of the physical body in exile and surrender. Shot at the Salt Pile under the Manhattan Bridge. • Noémie Lafrance. 2010. 10 m. NR. US/Canada. 

Q&A Oct. 29, 7:30: Jason Samuels Smith with host Peter Pucci. Tony-, Emmy-, and American Choreography Award winner Jason Samuels Smith has appeared in So You Think You Can Dance, in Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk, and on stages around the world. 

Hoku Uchiyama. 2013. 70 m. NR. USA . Hindipendent Films.

Wed. Oct 29  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Overnight Horror Marathon

"After Dark"

Spend the night at the Burns! 12 straight hours of horror films—restored classics, cult favorites, 3D throwbacks, and advance screenings of new titles! We’ll provide some treats, and food will be available for purchase for when you get those midnight munchies.

Hosted by After Dark curator Andrew Jupin

Some material will be for mature audiences—by attending you consent that you understand and agree.

n/a. 2014. 720 m. NR. .

Fri. Oct 31  10:00 PM
Tickets: $35 (members), $45 (nonmembers)