Special Events

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ROH Live: Manon Lescaut

"World Stage on Screen"

Puccini’s romantic masterpiece returns to Covent Garden for the first time in over two decades in a new staging by Jonathan Kent under the baton of Music Director Antonio Pappano. The exciting Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais sings the title role, a young woman who must choose between love and luxury. Jonas Kaufmann appears as her lover Des Grieux. 

Jonathan Kent. 2014. 180 m. NR. UK , Italian with subtitles. Screenvision.

Thurs. July 24  2:00 PM
Tickets: $17.50 (members), $22.50 (nonmembers)
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Woody Guthrie at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center

"Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2014"

Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter Anna Canoni kicks things off with a multimedia introduction including rare photographs and audio clips, and then we’ll screen Jim Brown’s film of 2012’s spectacular Woody Guthrie tribute concert in Washington that featured Judy Collins, Jackson Browne, Roseanne Cash, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ani DiFranco, and many more. It’s a moving all-star celebration of his contributions to American music, culture, and history.

INTRODUCED by Anna Canoni, Senior Operations Manager of Woody Guthrie Publications and Guthrie’s granddaughter

Jim Brown. 2013. 85 m. NR. USA .

Tues. July 29  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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Dick Hyman in Reel Time

"Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2014"

Playing piano and showing film clips, legendary composer, arranger, conductor and pianist Dick Hyman will share selections from his favorite film scores and discuss the process of applying music to film—a subject he’s mastered on feature films including Woody Allen’s Zelig, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Broadway Danny Rose, Stardust Memories, Hannah and Her Sisters, Radio Days, Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck, and Jeremy Kagan’s Scott Joplin

LIVE MUSIC and multimedia presentation with jazz legend Dick Hyman  

Various Directors. 90 m. NR. . N/A.

Thurs. July 31  7:30 PM
Tickets: $20 (members), $30 (nonmembers)

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Harlem Street Singer: The Guitar Gospel of Reverend Gary Davis

"Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2014"

Featuring LIVE MUSIC Performance by Woody Mann!

A new film celebrating the great American ragtime and gospel musician, whose unique style and remarkable skills on the guitar made him an icon in 1960s New York and inspired a generation of musicians. Harlem Street Singer celebrates the beauty and spirituality of his music as well as the human qualities that made Reverend Davis a much beloved teacher and minister. Featuring great performances and interviews with musicians he influenced and taught, including Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane, David Bromberg and Woody Mann. 

Q&A filmmakers Trevor LaurenceSimeon Hutner and producer/musician Woody Mann. Guitarist Woody Mann received his first musical schooling in the living room of Reverend Gary Davis, and complemented this with formal training at New York’s celebrated Juilliard School. He has since become one of the world’s most renowned guitar masters and song writing story tellers with his own contemporary improvisational style.

Simeon Hutner/ Trevor Laurence. 2013. 78 m. NR. USA . N/A.

Official Website / Trailer

Wed. Aug 6  7:45 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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Dennis Elsas' Rock n' Roll Never Forgets

"Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2014"

Join legendary New York radio personality Dennis Elsas for this live multimedia experience featuring highlights from his history-making interviews with John Lennon, Elton John, Jerry Garcia, and others. As one of the pioneers of the progressive FM radio revolution at WNEW-FM, and now on air from New York City on 90.7 WFUV and nationally on SiriusXM Satellite Classic Vinyl (26), he’s had a front row seat for rock’s greatest eras and shares his favorite stories and experiences. A fascinating and fun show.

MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION by WFUV's Dennis Elsas 

Click here for a brief video preview Dennis Elsas

Various Directors. 2014. 90 m. USA .

Wed. Aug 13  7:30 PM
Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
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The 78 Project Movie

"Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2014"

This festival favorite tracks the 78 Project as it journeys across America to make intimate 78 rpm records with an array of musicians—folk artists, punk rockers, Cajun singers, and others— and technologists, historians, and other experts in every facet of field recording add their insights. Using a 1930s Presto direct-to-disk recorder and one microphone, each session consists of one three-minute take. Everyone is astonished by the rich sound of the antique disks and the ineffable romance of old-time recordings.

Q&A director Alex Steyermark and producer Lavinia Wright with JBFC Programmer Andrew Jupin

Alex Steyermark. 2014. 95 m. NR. USA . N/A.

Mon. Aug 18  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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Brasslands

"Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2014"

Brasslands is a joyful documentary that captures the lively spirit of Balkan brass music. Unique to Serbia, it features lightning-fast rhythms and an infectious, celebratory energy—both abundantly evident in the world’s largest trumpet competition, which attracts a half-million music fans from around the world, local favorites, and even an unlikely band from New York. 

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THE CAUCASIAN SENSATION: A short film about homegrown dance legend Anatoliy Vartanian, from the mountains of Dagestan, who reinvents himself in a New York City studio as director and choreographer of the LezginkaNYC dance ensemble. • Alison Brockhouse. 2012. 8 m. NR. US.

Q&A Meerkat Media Collective filmmakers Adam Pogoff and Alison Brockhouse with JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman.

Meerkat Media Collective. 2013. 84 m. NR. USA . N/A.

Official Website / Trailer

Thurs. Aug 21  7:45 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live to Sing

"Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2014"

Thesele Kemane and two other young opera singers from South Africa’s black townships are excelling at the at the once all-white University of Cape Town Opera School. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Julie Cohen (The Sturgeon Queens) follows these marvelously talented young singers, witnessing their struggles, both public and private, nearly two decades after the end of apartheid. This moving documentary explores the power of art to change perceptions and transform lives.

Q&A and LIVE MUSIC After a conversation with filmmaker Julie Cohen, baritone Thesele Kemane, and JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman, Thesele, who begins graduate studies at Juilliard this fall, will perform.

Julie Cohen. 2013. 81 m. NR. South Africa/USA . N/A.

Mon. Aug 25  7:30 PM
Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
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Everything is Forever

"Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2014"

Croatian rock star Nenad Bach moved to New York in 1984, determined to use his music to spread the message of peace around the world. With a voice the New York Times says sounds like a cross between Lou Reed and Elton John, he has performed with everyone from Bono, Garth Hudson, and Brian Eno to Luciano Pavarotti—and has sold over a million records. An inspiring cinematic journey of reinvention.

Q&A Nenad Bach and filmmaker Victor Zimet with JBFC Programmer Andrew Jupin

Victor Zimet. 2014. 87 m. NR. Bosnia and Herzegovina/USA/Croatia . N/A.

Wed. Aug 27  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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Duck Soup

It’s a free-for-all when the dictator of the country of Fredonia, Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho), eager to declare war on neighboring Sylvania, destroys all hopes for diplomacy. Duck Soup is widely considered the Marx Brothers’ best work, and not only for its spectacular musical spoofs and brilliantly edited final battle scene. Chico and Harpo are hilarious as spies, and Groucho and Harpo’s pantomime as mirror images may be the most graceful portrayal of identity crisis in the history of cinema.

Leo McCarey. 1933. 68 m. NR. US . Universal Pictures.

Sat. Aug 30  2:30 PM
Sun. Aug 31  2:30 PM
Mon. Sept 1  12:00 PM