Special Events

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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 with JBFC Executive Director Edie Demas

Travis Rummel & Ben Knight. 2014. 87 m. NR. USA . Patagonia.

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

As You Wish: Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

An Evening with Cary Elwes and The Princess Bride!  Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come. 

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner. 

Q&A actor Cary Elwes with Janet Maslin

All ticket-buyers will receive a signed copy of Elwes' book, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride. Books courtesy of the Village Bookstore 

n/a. 2014. 120 m. NR. .

Wed. Oct 15  7:00 PM
Tickets: $25 (members), $35 (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)