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Tuesday, April 28

Let's Go

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Based on an autobiographical novel, Let’s Go! is the paradigm of a second- generation Holocaust story. Veteran director Michael Verhoeven (The Nasty Girl) tells the story of Laura, living in 1960s Germany, and her distant, strained relationship with her parents. This dynamic, well-acted drama sensitively explores trauma and its crippling effects on survivors. 

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Michael Verhoeven. 2014. 90 m. NR. Germany, German with subtitles. Eikon Film.

1:00 PM  

Dior and I

New Releases

Frédéric Tcheng brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' first haute couture collection as Dior's new artistic director. Melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand's past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons' vision.

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Frederic Tcheng. 2015. 90 m. NR. France, English/Various languages with subtitles. The Orchard.

1:40 PM   3:40 PM   5:40 PM   7:50 PM   9:50 PM  

Clouds of Sils Maria

New Releases

"It turns out that, as characters and actors, Binoche and Stewart are unexpectedly ideal scene partners. Binoche is the sort of star who can find harmony with almost anyone in any language. She’s luminous in everything — but she’s the only star I’ve ever seen who can so specifically adjust the wattage. " (Wesley Morris, Grantland)

Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is an internationally acclaimed actress at the peak of her career who has agreed to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous. But this time, she won't play Sigrid, an alluring young woman, but the role of Helena, Sigrid's older boss. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria, a remote region of the Alps and soon Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, staring at an unsettling reflection of herself.

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Grantland review


Olivier Assayas. 2015. 124 m. R. France/Germany/Switzerland/USA, Various languages with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

2:00 PM   5:05 PM   7:40 PM   10:10 PM  

Woman in Gold

New Releases

Helen Mirren shines in this remarkable true story of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage. Sixty years after fleeing Austria during World War II, Maria Altmann (Mirren) hires inexperienced young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to help her retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt's famous painting 'The Lady in Gold'. Directed by Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) and also starring Katie Holmes, Daniel Brühl, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, and Jonathan Pryce.

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Simon Curtis. 2015. 107 m. PG-13. UK/USA. The Weinstein Company.

2:05 PM   5:10 PM   7:45 PM   10:00 PM  

112 Weddings

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

After two decades of filming weddings, Doug Block (51 Birch Street) wondered what had become of the happy couples. Is married life what they thought it would be? In this charming, poignant film, he interviews some of the more memorable brides and grooms, juxtaposing wedding-day flashbacks with present-day reality and asking them what advice they’d give a young couple soon to be married.

Q&A April 26, 5:00: filmmaker Doug Block and Westchester Reform Temple Senior Rabbi Jonathan Blake and Sue Odierna (both of whom appear in the film) with JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman. 

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Doug Block. 2014. 90 m. NR. US. Copacetic Pictures.

3:00 PM  

While We're Young

New Releases


Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are achingly funny as a childless New York City couple who gravitate toward a pair of disarming younger hipsters (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) when their own friends start becoming parents. This sharp comedy is the latest from writer/director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, Greenberg), who again finds a way to make us laugh about the agony of growing up. Check the JBFC Blog to hear why While We're Young is a can't miss film.


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Noah Baumbach. 2015. 94 m. R. USA. A24 Films.

3:20 PM   5:20 PM   7:25 PM   9:30 PM  

Almost Friends

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Almost Friends is a touching documentary about two Israeli girls—an Arab and a Jew—who live only 67 km apart but in wildly different circumstances. Participating in an online program that fosters educational exchange and friendship, the two eventually get to meet face-to-face, and the result is a profoundly moving experience for them, their families, and the audiences who see this touching film. A reminder of the hope that exists behind the headlines. 

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Nitzan Ofir. 2014. 60 m. NR. Israel, Arabic/Hebrew with subtitles. Heymann Brothers Films.

5:00 PM  

The Dove Flyer

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Kabi is a young man coming of age in the brutal and chaotic Baghdad of the 1950s. Under pressure by local authorities, he and his family must make the gut-wrenching decision to stay in their homeland or to flee to the newly created state of Israel. Based on a novel, this is a beautifully rendered, rare look at the tumultuous postwar period and its violent dismantling of Jewish communities in the Middle East.

Q&A April 28, 7:30: David Harris with RECEPTION. David Harris has been the Executive Director of AJC since 1990.

SPONSORED BY AJC 

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Nissim Dayan. 2014. 108 m. NR. Israel, Arabic with subtitles. Israeli Films.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
SOLD OUT Unredeemed tickets may become available for purchase. Sign up at the box office for the stand-by line one hour before showtime.



Wednesday, April 29

Little White Lie

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Growing up Jewish and Caucasian, filmmaker Lacey Schwartz believed that she’d inherited her complexion from her Sicilian Jewish grandfather. But her parents’ fraying marriage and her own nagging doubts compelled her to dig into family history and uncover her biracial identity. Her very personal documentary explores the legacy of family secrets, denial, and the power of telling the truth. Schwartz has gone on to become an advocate for a deeper understanding of Jewish diversity. 

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Lacey Schwartz. 2014. 66 m. NR. USA. Truth Aid Media.

1:00 PM  

While We're Young

New Releases


Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are achingly funny as a childless New York City couple who gravitate toward a pair of disarming younger hipsters (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) when their own friends start becoming parents. This sharp comedy is the latest from writer/director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, Greenberg), who again finds a way to make us laugh about the agony of growing up. Check the JBFC Blog to hear why While We're Young is a can't miss film.


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Noah Baumbach. 2015. 94 m. R. USA. A24 Films.

1:10 PM   3:30 PM   5:35 PM   7:45 PM   9:50 PM  

Dior and I

New Releases

Frédéric Tcheng brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' first haute couture collection as Dior's new artistic director. Melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand's past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons' vision.

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Frederic Tcheng. 2015. 90 m. NR. France, English/Various languages with subtitles. The Orchard.

1:20 PM   3:20 PM   5:20 PM   7:20 PM   9:20 PM  

Clouds of Sils Maria

New Releases

"It turns out that, as characters and actors, Binoche and Stewart are unexpectedly ideal scene partners. Binoche is the sort of star who can find harmony with almost anyone in any language. She’s luminous in everything — but she’s the only star I’ve ever seen who can so specifically adjust the wattage. " (Wesley Morris, Grantland)

Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is an internationally acclaimed actress at the peak of her career who has agreed to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous. But this time, she won't play Sigrid, an alluring young woman, but the role of Helena, Sigrid's older boss. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria, a remote region of the Alps and soon Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, staring at an unsettling reflection of herself.

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Grantland review


Olivier Assayas. 2015. 124 m. R. France/Germany/Switzerland/USA, Various languages with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

2:00 PM   5:05 PM   7:40 PM   10:10 PM  

Woman in Gold

New Releases

Helen Mirren shines in this remarkable true story of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage. Sixty years after fleeing Austria during World War II, Maria Altmann (Mirren) hires inexperienced young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to help her retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt's famous painting 'The Lady in Gold'. Directed by Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) and also starring Katie Holmes, Daniel Brühl, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, and Jonathan Pryce.

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Simon Curtis. 2015. 107 m. PG-13. UK/USA. The Weinstein Company.

2:10 PM   5:30 PM   7:50 PM   10:05 PM  

Transit

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

A moving and beautifully rendered portrait of the plight of the foreign worker in Israel today. Following the failures and fortunes of one Filipino family, Transit highlights their struggle to stay together and the unique challenges each individual faces as political and legal pressures mount. At its core, the film speaks to the predicament of displaced persons around the world whose only crime is yearning to live a better life. 

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Hannah Espia. 2013. 92 m. NR. Philippines, Various languages with subtitles. 7th Art Releasing.

2:30 PM  

The Dove Flyer

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Kabi is a young man coming of age in the brutal and chaotic Baghdad of the 1950s. Under pressure by local authorities, he and his family must make the gut-wrenching decision to stay in their homeland or to flee to the newly created state of Israel. Based on a novel, this is a beautifully rendered, rare look at the tumultuous postwar period and its violent dismantling of Jewish communities in the Middle East.

Q&A April 28, 7:30: David Harris with RECEPTION. David Harris has been the Executive Director of AJC since 1990.

SPONSORED BY AJC 

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Nissim Dayan. 2014. 108 m. NR. Israel, Arabic with subtitles. Israeli Films.

4:45 PM  

Farewell Herr Schwarz

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

In 1945, after the war’s end, sister and brother Michla and Feiv’ke Schwarz didn’t meet in £ódz as they had planned. Instead, she migrated to Israel and started a family, and he returned to Germany, changed his name, and began a new life. Their decisions haunt their children and compel their grandchildren, including filmmaker Yael Reuveny, to explore their family history and reconsider their own identities.

Q&A April 29, 7:30: Filmmaker Yael Reuveny with Bruni Burres, Sigal Yehuda and JBFC Founder Steve Apkon. 
 
Producer Bruni Burres is senior consultant to the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund. Sigal Yehuda is director of Greenhouse Film Centre, a development program for documentary filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa, which helped make the production of Farewell Herr Schwarz possible. Documentary filmmaker Yael Reuveny began this project in the 2009 Greenhouse Program, which subsequently won Best Documentary at the Haifa International Film Festival.

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Yael Reuveny. 2014. 96 m. NR. Germany/Israel, German/Hebrew with subtitles. Made In Germany Film.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)



Thursday, April 30

The Dove Flyer

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Kabi is a young man coming of age in the brutal and chaotic Baghdad of the 1950s. Under pressure by local authorities, he and his family must make the gut-wrenching decision to stay in their homeland or to flee to the newly created state of Israel. Based on a novel, this is a beautifully rendered, rare look at the tumultuous postwar period and its violent dismantling of Jewish communities in the Middle East.

Q&A April 28, 7:30: David Harris with RECEPTION. David Harris has been the Executive Director of AJC since 1990.

SPONSORED BY AJC 

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Nissim Dayan. 2014. 108 m. NR. Israel, Arabic with subtitles. Israeli Films.

1:00 PM  

While We're Young

New Releases


Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are achingly funny as a childless New York City couple who gravitate toward a pair of disarming younger hipsters (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) when their own friends start becoming parents. This sharp comedy is the latest from writer/director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, Greenberg), who again finds a way to make us laugh about the agony of growing up. Check the JBFC Blog to hear why While We're Young is a can't miss film.


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Noah Baumbach. 2015. 94 m. R. USA. A24 Films.

1:10 PM   3:30 PM   5:35 PM   7:45 PM   9:50 PM  

Dior and I

New Releases

Frédéric Tcheng brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' first haute couture collection as Dior's new artistic director. Melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand's past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons' vision.

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Frederic Tcheng. 2015. 90 m. NR. France, English/Various languages with subtitles. The Orchard.

1:20 PM   3:20 PM   5:20 PM   7:20 PM   9:20 PM  

Clouds of Sils Maria

New Releases

"It turns out that, as characters and actors, Binoche and Stewart are unexpectedly ideal scene partners. Binoche is the sort of star who can find harmony with almost anyone in any language. She’s luminous in everything — but she’s the only star I’ve ever seen who can so specifically adjust the wattage. " (Wesley Morris, Grantland)

Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is an internationally acclaimed actress at the peak of her career who has agreed to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous. But this time, she won't play Sigrid, an alluring young woman, but the role of Helena, Sigrid's older boss. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria, a remote region of the Alps and soon Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, staring at an unsettling reflection of herself.

close

Grantland review


Olivier Assayas. 2015. 124 m. R. France/Germany/Switzerland/USA, Various languages with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

2:00 PM   5:05 PM   7:40 PM   10:10 PM  

Woman in Gold

New Releases

Helen Mirren shines in this remarkable true story of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage. Sixty years after fleeing Austria during World War II, Maria Altmann (Mirren) hires inexperienced young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to help her retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt's famous painting 'The Lady in Gold'. Directed by Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) and also starring Katie Holmes, Daniel Brühl, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, and Jonathan Pryce.

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Simon Curtis. 2015. 107 m. PG-13. UK/USA. The Weinstein Company.

2:10 PM   5:30 PM   7:50 PM   10:05 PM  

The Go-Go Boys

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

In the 1980s two brash Israeli cousins turned the Hollywood power structure upside down, producing over 300 movies (mostly exploitation/action fare) as Cannon Films, the most powerful independent film company in the world for a time. This is a fond, nonstop examination of two irrepressible modern movie moguls with big personalities. 

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Hilla Medalia. 2014. 88 m. NR. Israel, English/Hebrew with subtitles. Menemsha Films.

3:15 PM  

East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

CLOSING NIGHT with DAVID BROZA! This rousing and inspiring documentary focuses on iconic Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza, who sets out to realize his dream of cooperation and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians through music. During eight days and nights of creation with American musician/producer Steve Earle and a host of international artists in an East Jerusalem studio, a hopeful message of equality and unity arises.

April 30, 7:30 Q&A and Music: Israeli singer/songwriter/musician David Broza with JBFC Founder Steve Apkon. Broza, recently featured in Vanity Fair, will share some live acoustic music after the conversation. 

SPONSORED BY AJC

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Erez Miller/ Henrique Cymerman. 2014. 80 m. NR. Israel, Arabic/English/Hebrew with subtitles. Vice Versa Films.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $20 (members), $25 (nonmembers)
SOLD OUT Unredeemed tickets may become available for purchase. Sign up at the box office for the stand-by line one hour before showtime.



Friday, May 1

Those Who Said No

Greenhouse: Emerging Documentary Voices

Opening Night with Reception. Those Who Said No is the gripping story of the fallout from Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1988 fatwa ordering the execution of all political prisoners in Iran. Details of the ensuing “Bloody Decade” were revealed in 2013, when a group of courageous individuals came together at the Iran Tribunal in The Hague to tell their stories, shed light on these hidden crimes, and finally bring the perpetrators to justice. It’s all captured in this riveting documentary.

The evening will also include a teaser of the Greenhouse documentary project-in-development Blue ID presented by Turkish filmmakers Burcu Melekoglu and Vuslat Karan. 

Introduced by Greenhouse Director Sigal Yehuda, Greenhouse partner/mentor Bruni Burres, and Executive Director of the NFCT and leading Greenhouse partner Dorit Inbar.

Reception to follow the screening.

Sigal Yehuda has been the managing director of Greenhouse since 2007, building the development program, expanding outreach to international partners, and leading the organization to worldwide recognition. She is also a film producer with several documentaries to her credit.

Bruni Burres, Greenhouse partner/mentor, has been working at the intersection of human rights and arts and culture as a curator, producer, and consultant for 20 years. As well as consulting with Greenhouse, she is Senior Consultant to the Sundance Institute Documentary Program and the World Cinema Foundation.

Dorit Inbar is Executive Director of NFCT (New Fund for Cinema and Television), a leading Greenhouse partner. 

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Nima Sarvestani. 2014. 89 m. NR. Sweden/Iran, Various languages with subtitles. Green House.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)



Saturday, May 2

This is My Land

Greenhouse: Emerging Documentary Voices

Much talked about at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, this timely film traces the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the way it is taught in diverse Israeli and Palestinian schools. Including exchanges with students, educators, and policy makers, it offers a glimpse of the profound effects of the ways history is transmitted, influencing future generations. 

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Tamara Erde. 2014. 94 m. NR. France/Israel/Palestine, Arabic/Hebrew with subtitles. Green House.

5:00 PM  



Sunday, May 3

She's Beautiful When She's Angry

Special Events

“An urgent, illuminating dive into the movement that—no matter what its detractors insist—has given us the world in which we live.” (Village Voice)

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Vibrantly combining dramatizations, performance, and archival imagery, this inspiring new documentary presents the history of the outrageous, often brilliant activists who created the emergence of more radical factions of women’s lib, the film never shies away from controversy as it deftly captures the spirit of the time.

Q&A filmmaker Nancy Kennedy moderated by NYS Assemblywoman and Westchester NOW member, Shelley Mayer

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Mary Dore. 2014. 92 m. NR. USA. International Film Circuit.

12:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

The Invisible Men w/ Not Quite the Taliban

Greenhouse: Emerging Documentary Voices

The Invisible Men: A look at the plight of persecuted gay Palestinians who are hiding illegally in Tel Aviv. Living under threats including impris- onment, bodily harm, and death, they tell their own devastating stories as they contemplate leaving their homeland behind to seek asylum abroad. • Yariv Mozer. 2012. 70 m. NR. Israel, in Hebrew Arabic/English with subtitles.

with Not Quite the Taliban“What does a cool Arab do when he finds out that things aren’t as cool as they appear to be?” Filmmaker Fadi Hindash chronicles his own journey through the double standards in Dubai—the flagship of Arab modernity—as he reckons with the hypocritical responses he gets when he brings up taboo subjects such as sexual orientation. • Fadi Hindash. 2009. 50 m. NR. Jordan, in Arabic with subtitles.

Q&A Not Quite the Taliban filmmaker Fadi Hindash via Skype 

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n/a. 2015. 120 m. NR. Israel, Arabic/Hebrew with subtitles. Green House.

3:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

55 Days at Peking

Jonathan Demme's Rarely Seen Cinema

Charlton Heston stars as the leader of a multinational army that heads to Peking to stave off the anti-foreigner Boxer Rebellion of 1900. An extrava- gant epic—and commercial disaster —directed by Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause), it features David Niven as the fussy British ambassador and Ava Gardner as a sultry Russian baroness. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive 

Q&A host Jonathan Demme

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Nicholas Ray. 1963. 154 m. NR. USA. The Weinstein Company.

5:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $9 (members), $14 (nonmembers)



Monday, May 4

Duma

Greenhouse: Emerging Documentary Voices

An insider’s look at childhood sexual abuse in Palestine. Filmmaker Abeer Haddad—who created an innovative therapeutic technique that uses puppets to help victims tell their stories—presents the powerful per- sonal testimonies of five women who dare to reveal the abuse they endured from their circle of family and friends. Together, as they struggle toward healing, these brave women take aim at the silence and shame their society imposed on them. 

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Abeer Zeibak Haddad. 2011. 55 m. NR. Israel/Palestine, Arabic/Hebrew with subtitles. Green House.

5:00 PM  

Farewell Herr Schwarz

Greenhouse: Emerging Documentary Voices

In 1945, after the war’s end, sister and brother Michla and Feiv’ke Schwarz didn’t meet in Lódz as they had planned. Instead, she migrated to Israel and started a family, and he returned to Germany, changed his name, and began a new life. Their decisions haunt their children and compel their grandchildren, including filmmaker Yael Reuveny, to explore their family history and reconsider their own identities. Best Documentary, Haifa International Film Festival.

Q&A Visiting Artist/filmmaker Yael Reuveny with JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman.

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Yael Reuveny. 2014. 96 m. NR. Germany/Israel, German/Hebrew with subtitles. Green House.

7:40 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)



Tuesday, May 5

ROH: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

World Stage on Screen

John Fulljames directs a new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s impassioned opera satire on consumerism, starring Anne Sofie von Otter (Leocadia Begbick), Willard White (Trinity Moses), and Christine Rice (Jenny). This unsettling story of a city that attracts the destitute and the disenchanted is Weill at his most brilliant and inventive. Mark Wigglesworth conducts.  

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n/a. 2015. NR. UK. Abramorama.

2:00 PM  

 Tickets: $20 (members), $30 (nonmembers)

On the Way to School

Greenhouse: Emerging Documentary Voices

This quiet, penetrating documentary follows a teacher sent to a remote Kurdish village in Turkey to teach the local children to speak Turkish, in accordance with the law of the land. At first, immersed in a foreign culture—one that’s long been plagued by intolerance— the man is lonely and unable to communicate, but over the course of the school year, remarkable changes take place.  

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Orhan Eskiköy, Ozgur Dogan. 2008. 81 m. NR. Turkey, Kurdish/Turkish with subtitles. Green House.

5:00 PM  

5 Broken Cameras

Greenhouse: Emerging Documentary Voices

A critically acclaimed, deeply personal firsthand account of life in a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. It’s the story of Palestinian farmer/filmmaker Emad, who gets his first camera when his son is born, and uses it to document not only his family but five years of nonviolent resistance against Israel’s separation barrier. This is the first Palestinian film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. 

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Emad Burnat/Guy Davidi. 2012. 90 m. NR. France/Israel/Palestine, Arabic/Hebrew. Kino Lorber Films.

7:40 PM  



Wednesday, May 6

The Dead Cannot Vote

Greenhouse: Emerging Documentary Voices

A work-in-progress documentary by Sarra Abidi, the latest JBFC International Fellow. This poignant, personal documentary follows the inhabitants of the filmmaker’s hometown of Gabès, in the south of Tunisia, which is plagued by chemical pollution, as they struggle with the government to bring about environmental reform. This project has been developed with support from Greenhouse and Chicken & Egg.

Q&A filmmaker Sarra Abidi and Greenhouse partner/mentor Bruni Burres

FREE EVENT! To RSVP, please email Lzakalik@burnsfilmcenter.org with your first and last name, number of tickets requested, and the subject line “The Dead.” 

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Sarra Abidi. 2014. 60 m. Tunisia, Arabic with subtitles. Green House.

5:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Free Event! See RSVP info above.

10949 Women

Greenhouse: Emerging Documentary Voices

In this highly personal, intimate documentary, filmmaker Nassima Guessoum travels to Algiers to capture the forgotten story of the role that women played in the Algerian War of Independence (1954–62). Her focus is a former rebel fighter, now a grandmotherly presence, who shares her recollections of the events that made her a heroine to so many. Her story—and those of women like her—raises the question: What is the price of freedom?

Introduced by Greenhouse partner/mentor Bruni Burres 

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Nassima Guessoum. 2014. 75 m. NR. Algeria, French with subtitles. Green House.

7:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Swinging with Sinatra

Jazz Sessions: The Greats on Camera 2015

Featuring the John Pizzarelli Quartet and special guests the Jazz House Ambassadors! “Pizzarelli conveys a contagious enjoyment.... You can coast along with him to jazz-pop heaven.” (New York Times)

Opening Night featuring Live Performance and Reception! In celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday later this year, we present an evening of clips, storytelling, and live performances spotlighting the late entertainer’s career in film. John Pizzarelli, who opened for Sinatra’s 1993 world tour, walks us through some of his most beloved musical and dramatic performances in film. The evening concludes with a live concert of Sinatra favorites by The John Pizzarelli Quartet, joined for several numbers by the award-winning Jazz House Ambassadors

Jazz House Ambassadors is a program of Jazz House Kids, a community- based organization from Montclair, NJ, that teaches jazz year-round to students grades K–12.

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n/a. NR. .

7:15 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $20 (members), $30 (nonmembers)
SOLD OUT Unredeemed tickets may become available for purchase. Sign up at the box office for the stand-by line one hour before showtime.



Thursday, May 7

Somm

Wine & Film: The Perfect Pairing

"Engaging doc isn't just for wine nerds." (John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter)

Welcome to the hardest test you’ve never heard of—the Master Sommelier exam, run by the ultrasecret Court of Master Sommeliers—and meet the candidates who are taking it, surely four of the most obsessed people on the planet. Shedding light on a corner of the wine world previously shrouded in secrecy, Somm is an exciting, enjoyable celebration of the power of the palate. If you think you know a lot about wine, it’ll surely make you think again. 

Followed by a wine reception.

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Jason Wise. 2013. 93 m. NR. USA. Samuel Goldwyn.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)



Friday, May 8

Mommy

After Dark

“ [A] heart-swelling, breathtaking piece of cinema.” (Vanity Fair)

Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes, this powerful look at the lengths a single mother will go for her unpredictable, challenging teenage son was Canada’s submission for the Best Foreign Film. It’s a deeply moving dark comedy with great acting, amazing music, and beautiful cinematography.

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Xavier Dolan. 2014. 139 m. R. Canada, French. Roadside Attractions .

9:30 PM  



Saturday, May 9

Mommy

After Dark

“ [A] heart-swelling, breathtaking piece of cinema.” (Vanity Fair)

Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes, this powerful look at the lengths a single mother will go for her unpredictable, challenging teenage son was Canada’s submission for the Best Foreign Film. It’s a deeply moving dark comedy with great acting, amazing music, and beautiful cinematography.

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Xavier Dolan. 2014. 139 m. R. Canada, French. Roadside Attractions .

9:30 PM  



Monday, May 11

Food For Thought, Food For Life

Special Events

We want our food fast, convenient and cheap, but at what cost? Food for Thought, Food for Life explains the downsides of current agribusiness practices, and also introduces us to farmers, chefs, researchers, educators, and advocates who are providing solutions. The film is both poetic and practical; its powerful examination of the connections between our planet and our well-being is accompanied by specific strategies that protect both. With an eye towards a sustainable and abundant future, it offers inspiration for communities that are ready to make a difference. 

Q&A Fred Kirschenmann, President of the Board of Stone Barns Center and Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University, former Stone Barns apprentices Leanna Mulvihill, of the National Farmers Coalition and Four Legs Farm, Tyler Dennis, of Alewife Farm, and Lindsay Lusher Shute, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the National Young Farmer Coalition, with moderator Jill Isenbarger, Stone Barns Center’s Executive Director.

Presented in partnership with Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.

 

 

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Susan Rockefeller. 2015. 22 m. NR. USA.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $10 (members) $15 (nonmembers)



Tuesday, May 12

Antarctica 3D: On the Edge

Focus on Nature

A Special 3D Event!

Since his first assignment for National Geographic Magazine in 1989, Jon Bowermaster has traveled back to Antarctica more than twenty times - most recently with 3D cameras, a first for the continent. It is a huge land covered with ice as thick as three miles, seemingly invulnerable, cold and dark for eight months of the year. Yet Antarctica is also a fragile place, breathtaking and still-pristine, and home to an incredible variety of life along its edges which is constantly changing, every season, every day, every hour, so that in the next 50 to 100 years, these massive changes which will impact the entire planet. Featuring a narration by Tilda Swinton, this stunning 3D exploration begins a 10-20 year tour of museums and science institutions around the globe, revealing the most forbidding and vulnerable continent on Planet Earth.

Q&A May 12, 7:30: filmmaker Jon Bowermaster. A six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council and award-winning writer and filmmaker, Bowermaster was recently named one of a dozen "Ocean Heroes" by the National Geographic Society.

Focus on Nature is made possible through the generosity of the Hoch family and the van Hengel Family Fund. 

JBFC Family Members - use your Family comp passes at the box office for this event!

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Jon Bowermaster. 2014. 60 m. NR. US. National Geographic.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers), $8 (children under 12)

Curaçao’s Coral Challenge: Reviving the Rain Forests of the Sea

Special Events

Over the last several years, a Pace University documentary production class has taken students off campus to study environmental issues and gain filmmaking experience. This year’s class went to Curaçao, a small island with a big conserva- tion problem, where they made a film about the work being done to preserve nearby reefs.

Q&A student filmmakers, Professor/Program Director for the MA in Media and Communication Arts Maria Luskay, and New York Times “Dot Earth” blogger/Pace Academy Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding Andrew Revkin.

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Various Directors. 2015. 60 m. NR. . N/A.

7:40 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)



Wednesday, May 13

Barolo Boys: The Story of a Revolution

Wine & Film: The Perfect Pairing

Now one of the most famous red wines in the world, 30 years ago Barolo was little known, even in Italy—and its producers were struggling to get by. Enter the Barolo Boys, a spirited group of winemakers who dramatically turned their backs on tradition to embrace modern technical innovations. Brimming with large personalities and plenty of passion, this fascinating and fun story was filmed in northwestern Italy’s beautiful Langhe region, recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Followed by a wine reception. 

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Paolo Casalis/Tiziano Gaia. 2014. 64 m. NR. Italy/USA, English/Italian with subtitles.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)



Thursday, May 14

NT Live: Man and Superman

World Stage on Screen

"Astonishing. A masterly performance from Ralph Fiennes, Tim McMullan is supremely funny." (Guardian)

Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler’s List; Oedipus at the National Theatre) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Bernard Shaw’s witty, provocative classic. A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live.

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Simon Godwin. 2015. 220 m. NR. UK. BYexperience.

2:00 PM  

 Tickets: $25 (member), $35 (nonmember)



Friday, May 15

Gordon Parks: The Artist and Humanitarian

Special Events

Join us as we welcome the Gordon Parks Foundation to Pleasantville! 

"This is the story of a black man. Look at him and know that to destroy him is to destroy yourself." -- Gordon Parks, Diary of a Harlem Family. A cinematic portrait of the Fontenelle family composed entirely of still photographs taken by Parks for a LIFE Magazine photo essay, Diary perfectly encapsulates what made this self-taught artist one of the most celebrated photographers of his age—his ability to create remarkably expressive images that explored the social and economic impact of racism. Film Details: Gordon Parks. 1968. 20 m. NR. USA. Chicago Film Archives.

Q&A Gene Young and Mario Sprouse with Jonathan Demme. Gene Young was Gordon Parks’ former wife and edited several of his books, including his novel The Learning Tree. Mario Sprouse was Gordon Parks’ musical companion. Both Young and Sprouse serve on on the Board of Directors of The Gordon Parks Foundation.

Exhibition in the Jane Peck Gallery The Gordon Parks Foundation has curated a survey of material related to Parks’ The Learning Tree, that will be on display in the Jane Peck Gallery thru June 14th. To view more of Parks work, visit the Foundation’s new home at 48 Wheeler, for a look at their exhibition, “Gordon Parks: Segregation Story”. The space will be open until 10 pm on the evening of the program.

Presented in partnership with the Gordon Parks Foundation.

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n/a. 2015. 90 m. NR. .

7:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $15 (members) $20 (nonmembers)

Actress

Local Element: Works from Westchester

“Extraordinarily accomplished.” (New Yorker)

Brandy Burre gave up a recurring role on HBO’s “The Wire” to start a family. When she decided to reclaim her professional life, her carefully crafted domestic world began to crumble. Part melodrama, part cinema verité, Actress is a poetic, critically acclaimed exploration of a complicated woman starring in an intensely personal movie of her own life.

Q&A Beacon residents Brandy Burre and filmmaker Robert Greene. Burre also appears in Listen Up Philip (2014) and Good Funk (2015). Robert Greene, named one of the 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014 by The Independent, received the 2014 Vanguard Artist Award from the San Francisco DocFest. His previous films include Fake It So Real and Kati With an I.

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

Part of ARTSEE, the Festival of New Work in Westchester
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Robert Greene. 2014. 86 m. NR. USA. Cinema Guild.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)



Saturday, May 16

Books We Love to Watch— Movies We Love to Read

Special Events

"Smart, funny, and slick." (Kirkus Review)

For Ages 7 and Up. In this fun multimedia presentation, young adult author Julie Mata uses her own experiences as a writer to explore the connection between successful novels and films— they all begin with a great story! She’ll offer tips on how to keep audiences riveted and also show some Oscar-nominated short films.

Q&A young adult author Julie Mata. Mata is the author of Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens and Kate Walden Directs: Bride of Slug Man, which will be published later this month. She will sign books after the talk. 

Books will be available for sale courtesy of The Village Bookstore.

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n/a. NR. .

3:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)



Tuesday, May 19

Films from Purchase College

Special Events

See the work of today’s up-and-coming filmmakers! The Purchase College film program is one of the most renowned in the country. A full 85 percent of alumni—including Oscar-winner Chris Wedge, Hal Hartley, Alexander Koch, Abel Ferrara, and Nick Gomez, along with Times critic Manohla Dargis—are working in film and television, including at the JBFC. In these two evenings—each a different program—we present the thesis films made by this year’s graduating class. The shorts run the gamut from thrilling to funny to moving to provocative. 

Q&A w/student filmmakers

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Various Directors. 2015. 120 m. US.

7:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Deep Time

Special Events

In 2009, Noah Hutton marked his directorial film debut with Crude Independence, a chronicle of the early moments of North Dakota’s prolific oil boom. Now he returns to the region with this ethereal portrait focusing on the relationship of the indigenous peoples of the region to their surging fossil wealth. Deep Time puts today’s boom in the context of paleo-cycles, climate change, and the dark ecology of the future.

Q&A filmmaker Noah Hutton and Executive Producer Jonathan Demme 

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Noah Hutton. 2015. 89 m. NR. USA. N/A.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)



Wednesday, May 20

Films from Purchase College

Special Events

See the work of today’s up-and-coming filmmakers! The Purchase College film program is one of the most renowned in the country. A full 85 percent of alumni—including Oscar-winner Chris Wedge, Hal Hartley, Alexander Koch, Abel Ferrara, and Nick Gomez, along with Times critic Manohla Dargis—are working in film and television, including at the JBFC. In these two evenings—each a different program—we present the thesis films made by this year’s graduating class. The shorts run the gamut from thrilling to funny to moving to provocative. 

Q&A w/student filmmakers

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Various Directors. 2015. 120 m. US.

7:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

You Will Be My Son

Wine & Film: The Perfect Pairing

"The most quietly terrifying presence in film today belongs to a gray-haired, 64-year-old French actor with a Danish name. If you are familiar with Niels Arestrup's work, you don't need any convincing. If you're not, You Will Be My Son is all the persuading you'll need." (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)

In a powerful performance, Niels Aretrup (Diplomacy, A Prophet) plays Paul, the demanding proprietor of his family’s prestigious wine estate. Lacking faith in his own son, he dreams of a harder-working, more effective successor. This suspenseful melodrama, shot on location at the Château Clos Fourtet in the French region of Saint-Émilion, explores the meaning of work, love, and family— all steeped in the sophisticated world of wine production. 

Followed by a wine reception.

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Gilles LeGrand. 2013. 102 m. R. France, French with subtitles. Cohen Media Group.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)



Thursday, May 21

Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band

Jazz Sessions: The Greats on Camera 2015

“She is like soul on soul.” (Duke Ellington)

Mary Lou Williams (1910–81), whom Duke Ellington called “perpetually contemporary,” mastered forms from blues to boogie-woogie, stride to swing on the piano. When bebop came along, she adapted effortlessly, working with Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charlie Parker. As a composer she wrote for the big bands and later created extended experimental works. This illuminating documentary, filled with tuneful archival footage, ranges over the life and career of a jazz woman to be reckoned with.

Q&A filmmaker Carol Bash will be interviewed by Tom Staudter, veteran music writer and regular contributor to Downbeat magazine. 

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Carol Bash. 2015. 70 m. NR. USA. The Mary Lou Williams Project.

7:15 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)



Friday, May 22

The Duke of Burgundy

After Dark

Peter Strickland follows up his giallo-horror Berberian Sound Studio with this loving homage to old-fashioned Euro-erotica. It’s the meticulously choreographed, gorgeously shot account of butterfly researcher Cynthia and her lover, Evelyn, doing their thing on a crumbling European estate. With a lush pop score by Cat’s Eyes, this critically acclaimed, darkly comic fantasia is surprisingly funny and affecting.

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Peter Strickland. 2014. 104 m. NR. UK. Sundance Selects.

9:30 PM  



Saturday, May 23

The Duke of Burgundy

After Dark

Peter Strickland follows up his giallo-horror Berberian Sound Studio with this loving homage to old-fashioned Euro-erotica. It’s the meticulously choreographed, gorgeously shot account of butterfly researcher Cynthia and her lover, Evelyn, doing their thing on a crumbling European estate. With a lush pop score by Cat’s Eyes, this critically acclaimed, darkly comic fantasia is surprisingly funny and affecting.

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Peter Strickland. 2014. 104 m. NR. UK. Sundance Selects.

9:30 PM  



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