Special Events

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Men, Women & Children

Members-Only Event! The latest from the filmmaker of Young Adult and Up in the Air centers on a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. Through their experiences it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.

Q&A filmmaker Jason Reitman w/JBFC President Janet Maslin

Jason Reitman. 2014. 119 m. R. USA . Paramount Pictures.

Thurs. Oct 23  7:00 PM
Tickets: $15 (members only)

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 Wine Enthusiast



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"

12 straight hours of horror films-- 2 advanced previews hot off the festival circuit, 2 gorgeously restored classics (one in 3D!), 1 rarely screened classic (on 35mm!), 2 contemporary favorites and a cult classic w/ live commentary by the We Hate Movies podcast hosts! We’ll provide some treats-- including DVD giveaways-- and food will be available for purchase for when you get those midnight munchies. 

Stay for all 8 films and receive a free pass to all After Dark screenings for 2015, as well as a chance to win a free pass to all regular screenings for 2015! 

Check out the JBFC Blog for more information and clues about each film!

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
Buy early and save! Purchase your tickets by Fri., Oct. 24 and save $10!
Reduced Price Tickets: $25 (members), $35 (nonmembers)

Community Event on Underage Substance Abuse

Join us for a free screening and panel discussion about underage substance abuse in Westchester County. We will screen the short documentary Whispering Spirits, which tells the story of Justin Veatch, a 17-year old musician from Yorktown Heights who tragically died as a result of a drug overdose in 2008. The film follows Justin's family as they grapple with the devastating loss of their son and come to reconnect with him through the incredible music he left behind. Film Details: Sean Gallagher. 2014. 27 m. NR. USA, in English.

Q&A John Mueller, Yonkers Captain of Police and member of Pleasantville STRONG, Ellen Morehouse, Executive Director of Student Assistant Services, and Lilly Neuman, Community Outreach and Education Coordinator for St Vincent's Hospital with JBFC Executive Director Edie Demas

Presented in partnership with Pleasantville STRONG (Safe Teens, Real Opportunities, New Goals), a newly formed community coalition dedicated to reducing underage drinking and drug use by involving all sectors of the community to create and support on-going substance abuse prevention and reduction strategies. 

This Community Event is free and open to the public, on a first-come, first-served basis. To attend the event, please RSVP via email to Lori Zakalik at Lzakalik@burnsfilmcenter.org with the subject “Pleasantville Event.”

n/a. 60 m. NR. .

Sun. Nov 2  7:30 PM  RSVP Information Above


"Global Watch: Crisis, Culture, and Human Rights"

Opening Night!The Daily Show host Jon Stewart comes to the JBFC with a special preview of his directorial debut. Starring Gael García Bernal, Rosewater is based on the experiences of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was arrested in Tehran and then held and tortured for 118 days. While this film is not a documentary, the importance of its subject matter and Stewart’s beloved—and improbable—role as one of our preeminent commentators on world affairs makes it a perfect fit for Global Watch 2014. Rosewater opens in theaters on Nov. 14. 

Q&A Jon Stewart with JBFC President Janet Maslin. Join us for a RECEPTION at the Media Arts Lab following the discussion. Wine generously donated by Wine Enthusiast.

Global Watch is sponsored by the Louis & Anne Abrons Foundation and the Theodore & Renee Weiler Foundation.

SOLD OUT Unredeemed tickets may become available for purchase. Sign up at the box office for the stand-by line one hour before showtime.

Jon Stewart. 2014. 103 m. NR. USA . Open Road Films.

Thurs. Nov 6  7:30 PM
Tickets: $40 (members only)
SOLD OUT Unredeemed tickets may become available for purchase. Sign up at the box office for the stand-by line one hour before showtime.

Watch Me: Life and Love on the Silver Screen

A Special Evening with Anjelica Huston! Legendary actress and Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston will join Janet Maslin to discuss her exceptionally candid new memoir, Watch Me. Through clips and discussion, we will revisit the most memorable roles and collaborations from her stellar career, and also discuss her turbulent and spirited seventeen-year relationship with Jack Nicholson, the death of her father, legendary director John Huston, and her marriage to sculptor Robert Graham. Ticket price includes a signed copy of Ms. Huston's new memoir, Watch Me

Q&A Academy Award Winner Anjelica Huston with JBFC President Janet Maslin

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

Tues. Nov 11  7:30 PM
Tickets: $40 (members), $50 (nonmembers), book included with ticket purchase.

Samurai Rebellion

"Frameworks: Art on Film"

The great Toshiro Mifune stars as an aging swordsman in this gripping Edo-period story of a family that defies their lord’s command in favor of true love—and risks destruction. Director Kobayashi builds the tension to a sword-flashing conclusion in this key work of samurai cinema. We’re playing a 35mm print struck in 2005 from a restored, high-definition digital transfer. 

Introduction by Takuya Tsunoda, a Japanese film expert and a PhD candidate in Film & Media Studies and East Asian Languages & Literatures at Yale.

Presented in conjunction with the Katonah Museum of Arts exhibition “Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor” (through Jan. 4, 2015). 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.

Masaki Kobayashi. 1967. 121 m. NR. Japan , Japanese with subtitles. Janus Films.

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

Hollow: An Interactive Documentary

"Global Watch: Crisis, Culture, and Human Rights"

A Local Element Selection. Hollow is a Peabody Prize–winning interactive documentary and participatory web-based project that examines the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of those living in McDowell County, WV. It combines video portraits, data visualizations, photography, community- generated content, and soundscapes to bring these stories to life in a unique and imaginative way. 

Q&A coproducer/art director Jeff Soyk, a Pleasantville native

Local Element provides a public showcase for new work, fosters emerging talent, and helps build a stronger community among area filmmakers. 

Tickets are free. RSVP to Lzakalik@burnsfilmcenter.org with the subject line “Hollow.” Space is limited.

Elaine McMillion Sheldon. 2013. 90 m. NR. USA .

Wed. Nov 12  7:30 PM  RSVP Only

Charlie Chaplin Shorts w/ Live Music by Not So Silent Cinema

With live music by the Not So Silent Cinema Trio. Come to see Chaplin’s The Adventurer, The Cure, and The Pawnshop. Made for the Mutual Film Company in 1916–17, these shorts showcase the Little Tramp’s hilarious acting, directing, and writing, which helped shaped the course of movie history. 

Brendan Cooney’s new scores add to the fun. At first, the melodies sound familiar (Chopin’s “Minute Waltz,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria”) but they gradually morph into something completely different: a boogie-woogie, for example, or a boisterous drinking song. The music will be performed live on stage by Martha Hyde on clarinet, Carlos Santiago on violin, and Brendan Cooney on piano.

Charlie Chaplin. 60 m. NR. . Lobster Films.

Sat. Nov 15  1:00 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)

"The System" with Joe Berlinger

"Global Watch: Crisis, Culture, and Human Rights"

“‘The System’” is sober and judicious, and it makes a good- faith effort to represent all sides of the issues it takes on.” (New York Times)

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger (“Paradise Lost” trilogy, Whitey) returns to the JBFC with the first two episodes of his recent Al Jazeera America series “The System,” which probes the dark corners of the American justice system. We’ll show False Confessions and Mandatory Sentencing

Q&A filmmaker Joe Berlinger and JBFC President Janet Maslin

Joe Berlinger. 2014. 96 m. NR. USA . Al Jazeera America.

Sun. Nov 16  7:00 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Evolution of a Criminal

"Global Watch: Crisis, Culture, and Human Rights"

“A terrific movie, as well as the birth of an artist.” (The New Yorker

“Had you asked me on my 16th birthday if I’d ever rob a bank, I would have replied no. And yet, the robbery occurred eight weeks later.” —filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe

Here’s something new: an examination of a bank robbery made by one of the perpetrators himself. With reenactments and remarkably frank interviews with those involved, Monroe dissects his path from happy child to convicted felon. Executive-produced by Spike Lee and a hit on the festival circuit, Evolution of a Criminal is a conversation starter on race, class, education, and the prison system.

Q&A Nov. 17, 7:30: filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe

Darius Clark Monroe. 2014. 83 m. NR. USA . The Film Collaborative.

Mon. Nov 17  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

The Hand that Feeds

"Global Watch: Crisis, Culture, and Human Rights"

“A well-plotted and captivating David and Goliath story.” (Indiewire

Shy sandwich-maker Mahoma Lopez sets out to end abusive conditions at a Hot & Crusty cafe in Manhattan. An epic power struggle ensues, turning a city block into a battlefield in America’s new wage wars. An inspiring, humanizing tale that strikes a chord with audiences.

Q&A filmmakers Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick with Neighbors Link Executive Director Carola Bracco

This event is part of “Latin Links,” a Neighbors Link series celebrating Latin culture, creativity, and community.

Robin Blotnick/Rachel Lears. 2014. 85 m. NR. USA , English/Spanish with subtitles.

Wed. Nov 19  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Community Matters: Every Three Seconds

"Global Watch: Crisis, Culture, and Human Rights"

“This is a movie about the greatest blessing we can ever imagine achieving.” (Daniel G. Karslake) 

Every Three Seconds is an inspiring call to action. The unforgettable stories of five ordinary people whose lives became extraordinary after they made the decision to engage. These men and women have made a significant and lasting impact on hunger and extreme poverty, two of the most challenging, yet solvable, issues of our time.

Panel discussion with Alisa Kesten of Volunteer New York!, Lenny and Lin Crispinelli, founders of the Stephanie Crispinelli Humanitarian Fund and Catherine Marsh, Executive Director of the Westchester Community Foundation. A reception at the Media Arts Lab follows. 

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.

Daniel Karslake. 2014. 99 m. NR. USA . First Run Features.

Thurs. Nov 20  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)

Private Violence

"Global Watch: Crisis, Culture, and Human Rights"

“Just by being truthful and honest with its subjects, this film feels like a call to action. Listen to it.” (Film Threat)

Through the eyes of two survivors—Deanna Walters, a brutally beaten mother who seeks justice, and Kit Gruelle, an advocate—we bear witness to the complexities of intimate partner violence. These women’s experiences challenge entrenched assump- tions and provide a window into a world that’s been hidden by our silence, laws, and lack of understanding.

Q&A Nov. 23, 2:00: Hope’s Door Executive Director CarlLa Horton, Director of the Westchester County Office for Women Robin Schlaff, and Laura Rossi, Esq., Senior Program Officer of Westchester Community Foundation

Cynthia HIll. 2014. 80 m. NR. USA .

Sun. Nov 23  2:00 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

A Quiet Inquisition

"Global Watch: Crisis, Culture, and Human Rights"

“Dr. Carla Cerrato’s bravery cannot be underestimated.” (filmmakers Kahn and Zeka) 

Because of Nicaragua’s 2007 total ban on abortion, an Ob-Gyn at a Managua public hospital confronts a terrible choice: Should she provide care she believes will save her patients’ lives, or follow the law? Named one of the films not to miss at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, A Quiet Inquisition offers a compelling example of what prohibition looks like on the ground through the eyes of the medical professional.

Q&A Nov. 23, 6:00: filmmaker and former JBFC educator Holen Sabrina Kahn, via Skype

Holen Kahn/Alessandra Zeka. 2014. 65 m. NR. USA , Spanish with subtitles. Cinema Tropical.

Sun. Nov 23  6:00 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

The Dog

"After Dark"

The many sides of John Wojtowicz— lover, husband, soldier, activist, mama’s boy, bank robber—come to light in this stranger-than-fiction look at the man whose botched 1972 bank heist inspired Dog Day Afternoon. With extraordinary archival footage of the robbery and the early gay liberation movement, as well as interviews with the motor- mouth eccentric and self-professed “pervert” at its center.

Q&A Reel Talk with JBFC Programmer Andrew Jupin

Allison Berg/François Keraudren. 2014. 101 m. NR. USA . Drafthouse films.

Mon. Nov 24  7:45 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)


"Global Watch: Crisis, Culture, and Human Rights"

“A dynamic and immersive piece of you-are-there verité.” (Variety)

“They’re kind of like a human rights Mod Squad.” —filmmaker Katy Chevigny

Racing to the scene of alleged human rights abuses, the Emergency Team of Human Rights Watch fearlessly shines light in the darkest places of our planet. Here, they sneak across the Syrian border as the civil war rages, and dodge bullets in the aftermath of the Gaddafi regime. “Intrepid” doesn’t even begin to describe these courageous individuals. Winner: Best Cinematography, Sundance.

Q&A Nov. 25, 7:15: filmmaker Ross Kauffman

Katy Chevigny/ Ross Kauffman . 2014. 88 m. NR. USA , English/Various languages with subtitles.

Tues. Nov 25  7:15 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

The Japanese Dog

"Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema"

Opening Night w/reception! In this understated drama about family reconciliation, Romania’s greatest actor, Victor Rebengiuc (Forest of the Hanged, Niki and Flo) plays Costache, a man who has lost his wife, his house, and everything he owned in a flood. The unexpected return of his son, Ticu, from Japan forces the men to become a family again. Costache becomes a real grandfather to his seven- year-old grandson, while Ticu corrects mistakes from the past. “A Yasujiro Ozu drama done in the Romanian style” (Slant Magazine), this New Directors/New Films selection represents Romania in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. Join us for a reception following the screening.

Tudor Cristian Jurgiu. 2013. 90 m. NR. Romania , Romanian with subtitles.

Fri. Dec 5  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)


"After Dark"

A truly original offbeat comedy about a wannabe musician (Domhnall Gleeson) who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by an enigmatic musical genius (Michael Fassbender, who sports a large fake head), and the terrifying Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Funny, strange, and surprisingly touching.

Q&A Reel Talk with JBFC Programmer Andrew Jupin

Lenny Abrahamson. 2014. 95 m. R. Ireland/UK . Magnolia Pictures.

Thurs. Dec 11  7:45 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

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.

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