Special Events

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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. N/A.

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)


Ron Mann's new documentary is an in-depth look at the life and times of filmmaker Robert Altman. While refusing to bow down to Hollywood's conventions, or its executives, Altman's unique style of filmmaking won him friends and enemies, earned him world-wide praise, and occasionally scathing criticism, and proved that it is possible to make truly independent films. The program will also feature three rarely-screened Altman directed short films: The Party (1966, 3 mins), Pot Au Feu (1966, 9 mins), and The Kathryn Reed Story (1966, 15 mins).

Q&A filmmaker Ron Mann and Kathryn Reed Altman, Altman's widow, with Jonathan Demme

Copies of the first authorized visual biography of Robert Altman, Altman, will be for sale after the screening, courtesy of The Village Bookstore. The book features a forward from Martin Scorsese and contributions from Altman’s collaborators and contemporaries including Frank Barhydt, E. L. Doctorow, Roger Ebert, Jules Feiffer, Julian Fellowes, James Franco, Tess Gallagher, Pauline Kael, Garrison Keillor, Michael Murphy, Lily Tomlin, Alan Rudolph, Michael Tolkin, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. 

Ron Mann. 2014. 95 m. NR. . Abramorama.

Thurs. Dec 11  7:00 PM
Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (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.

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
Sat. Dec 27  12:00 PM
Sun. Dec 28  12:00 PM