The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It was formed in 1998 under the name The Friends of the Rome Theater, Inc., to create a cultural arts institution focused on film. It was renamed Jacob Burns Film Center, Inc., in April 1999 to commemorate a leadership gift from the Jacob Burns Foundation.

The organization is led by Executive Director Edie Demas, who reports to the Board of Directors.

2013 Annual Report (2 MB pdf file)

Staff List

Board of Directors Industry Advisory Committee

Hugh Price, Chair
Janet Benton, Vice Chair
Janet Maslin, President
Stephen Apkon, Founder 

Brian Ackerman, ex officio
David Alexander
David Barber
Caroline Brecker
Joseph P. Carlucci 
Jonathan Demme
Martin W. Gold
Robert Goldberg
Ron Howard
Theresa Beach Kilman
Nancy S. Kohlberg
Damian Kozlowski
Jeff Samberg
Barry Shenkman
Patrice Sobecki
Lynn Sobel
Steven Spielberg

Directors Emeriti
Lisa Hertz Apkon
Sabrina Coughlin
David Swope, Chairman Emeritus
Art Samberg, Chairman Emeritus 

Richard Abramowitz
William Baldwin
Michael Barker
Glenn Close
Robert Conte
Pat Eisemann
Frederick Elmes
Terry George
Richard Gere
Robert Harris
Arliss Howard
Mary Beth Hurt
Stephen Lang
Ang Lee
Dan Lindau
Liam Neeson

Chazz Palminteri
John Pierson
Lisa Post
Tim Robbins
Susan Sarandon
Simon Schama
Paul Schrader
Martin Scorsese
Stanley Tucci
Chris Wedge
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Vanessa Williams
Debra Winger
Andrew Young



Edie Demas. Executive Director

Returning to New York,  Dr. Edie Demas joined the Jacob Burns Film Center as Executive Director in May 2014.

Edie collaborated with the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on the development of a conservatory-style theater school, as well as on a full season of kids and family programming and outreach/engagement initiatives for schools and the community. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Edie was the Director of Education at New York City’s New Victory Theater for ten seasons. While under her direction, the theater’s education programs were honored with the Americans for the Arts annual award for Arts Education and Demas herself received a BAXten award in recognition of her work with teaching artists and young audiences.

Edie holds an MA and PhD from New York University’s Program in Educational Theatre where she was a member of the adjunct faculty from 1990 - 2010. She served on the board of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable for five years and was a contributing writer to New York City’s Blueprints for Teaching and Leaning in the Arts: Theater and an advisor on its Moving Image Blueprint.

Edie’s experience includes several years in Ireland where she worked as Education Officer with Graffiti Theatre Company, a leading producer of theater for young audiences; founded UnReel, an international film festival for young people; developed scripts/projects for children’s film and television; and served as an Associate Artist with the Education and Outreach Department at The Abbey, Ireland's National Theatre.