Special Events

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It's a Wonderful Life

Everyone will enjoy this Christmas favorite on the big screen, as it was meant to be seen. Never before has George Bailey’s plight seemed so painful. And never before has the work of his guardian angel Clarence—who shows George the good he has done in the world—been so sweet. It’s as touching and warm now as it was on the day it was released. 

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

Frank Capra. 1946. 130 m. NR. USA . Paramount Pictures.

Sat. Dec 20  12:00 PM
Sun. Dec 21  12:00 PM
Mon. Dec 22  3:00 PM
Tues. Dec 23  3:00 PM
Wed. Dec 24  3:00 PM
Thurs. Dec 25  12:00 PM
Fri. Dec 26  12:00 PM
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Sun. Dec 28  12:00 PM


Today, oil-based fuel is our only option at the pump, and our reliance on it has drained our wallets, increased air pollution, and sent Americans to war in faraway lands. How did we get to this point? Narrated by Jason Bateman, Pump is an inspiring, eye-opening documentary about America’s addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to today’s monopoly. And it clearly explains how we can finally have a choice at the pump.

Q&A producer Yossie Hollander, cofounder of the Fuel Freedom Foundation

Josh Tickell/Rebecca Harrell Tickell. 2014. 88 m. PG. USA . Submarine Deluxe.

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

Sidewalk Stories

"Local Element: Works from Westchester"

“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)


"We Got Game: Sports on Film" “Althea’s self-confidence came through loud and clear. She took no prisoners.” (Billie Jean King)

Opening Night! Althea Gibson was a sharecropper’s daughter and a truant from the rough streets of Harlem who emerged in the 1950s as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world. Bringing a fierce athleticism to the game, she was the first African-American to play— and win—at Wimbledon and Forest Hills, a decade before Arthur Ashe. This long-awaited documentary also reveals Gibson’s important role off the court.

Q&A Mayor David Dinkins, New York Times sportswriter/author William C. Rhoden, and JBFC Board Chair Hugh B. Price. Join us for a RECEPTION at the Media Arts Lab after the screening. Copies of Rhoden's book, 40 Million Dollar Slaves will be available for purchase courtesy of The Village Bookstore.

Rex Miller. 2014. 77 m. NR. UK/USA .

Thurs. Jan 15  7:30 PM
Tickets: $15 (members), $25 (nonmembers)

Awake: The Life of Yogananda

“For followers and for those interested in knowing what yoga is truly about. Hint: It’s not about six-pack abs.” (LA Times)

The surprise sensation of the season! Hindu swami Paramahansa Yogananda brought his yoga and meditation teachings to the West in the 1920s, introducing millions to the practice through classes, lectures, and the classic Autobiography of a Yogi (said to be the only book Steve Jobs had on his iPad). This entrancing portrait examines the varied worlds of yoga—modern and ancient, East and West—and explores its appeal to the many students who have turned their attention inward in pursuit of happiness and self-realization.

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

Lisa Leeman/Paola di Florio. 2014. 87 m. PG. . Abramorama.

Tues. Jan 20  3:00 PM 5:00 PM 7:00 PM

A Most Wanted Man

“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)

Under the Skin

“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

“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

“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
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

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)

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 Dosky 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 JBFC Executive Director Edie Demas 

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)

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, 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 aworld-class museum's inner workings raises all manner of questions, the purpose of art being only one.

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)