Special Events

Fahrenheit 451 and the Future of Books

Fahrenheit 451 and the Future of Books

"Nearly half a century later...[Truffaut's] interpretation of the book can be understood as more sophisticated than insolent, a thoughtful challenge to the text that nonetheless retains its spirit. Even Bradbury came around on it." (Scott Tobias, The Dissolve)

In this day of epidemic digitization, a “book” refers more to the content than, well, an actual book. After a screening of Truffaut’s adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s literary masterpiece, Paul Holdengräber, self-described ‘curator of public curiosity’, and recently named one of the five Nonfiction Judges for the 2015 National Book Awards, will wrestle with Jonathan Demme over our seemingly seamless, silent descent into a bookless future.

Q&A Paul Holdengräber and Jonathan Demme. No one has done more to reinvigorate the art of the public conversation than Paul Holdengräber. As the director of the acclaimed LIVE at the NYPL, an interview series at the New York Public Library, he curates and hosts conversations between intellectuals and cultural icons. Jonathan Demme is the Oscar-winning director of over 30 films and widely regarded as one of the most singularly creative and eclectic filmmakers alive.

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

François Truffaut. 1966. 113 m. NR. UK. Paramount Pictures.

The Dissolve review

Tues. May 26   7:00 PM

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
The Spy Who Came Into the Burns: An Evening with Jason Matthews

The Spy Who Came Into the Burns: An Evening with Jason Matthews

“Fans of the genre’s masters, including John le Carré and Ian Fleming, will happily embrace Matthews’s central spy.” (USA Today)

Based on true-life experiences from his 33-year career in the CIA and set against current international events, Palace of Treason, t
he latest book from spy-turned-novelist Jason Matthews crackles with authenticity, realism, and intrigue. Matthews is a retired officer of the CIA’s former Directorate of Operations (now the National Clandestine Service), the arm of the CIA tasked with recruiting foreign spies and gathering intelligence. His debut novel, Red Sparrow was an instant national bestseller and won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel. 

Film: The Spy Who Came In From the Cold. Martin Ritt’s faithful adaptation of the acclaimed novel from another spy-turned-novelist, John le Carré. Richard Burton gives one of his best performances in this edgy Cold War era thriller. Martin Ritt. 1965. 113 m.

Q&A Jason Matthews and  Bob Minzesheimer, a freelance writer who works at The Village Bookstore, is a former book critic for USA Today and former president of the Ossining Public Library's Board of Trustees. Copies of Palace of Treason, the latest from Jason Matthews, will be available for purchase after the event. 

n/a. NR. .

Mon. June 1   7:00 PM

Tickets: $7 (members) $12 (nonmembers)
Blake Edwards' The Pink Panther Cartoon Shorts

Blake Edwards' The Pink Panther Cartoon Shorts

Family Event! JBFC Programmer Andrew Jupin says, “What I love about the Pink Panther cartoon is that it relied on visual gags, much like old silent comedies. For me, it’s like Charles Chaplin in his prime—with the Tramp as an animated giant pink cat. I’ve selected some of my favorites, which showcase how brilliant this cartoon was.” Eight classic Pink Panther shorts make up this fun program: Academy Award–winner The Pink Phink,
Dial “P” for Pink, Pink Ice, Pink Plunk Plink, PinkfingerSink Pink, We Give Pink Stamps,
and Pink Pajamas.

June 6: KIDS: Come early or stay late for hands-on activities inspired by the cartoon program. These drop-in workshops (12:00-12:45 and 2:00-2:45), upstairs in the Jane Peck Gallery, will be led by JBFC educators. 

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

Friz Freleng & Hawley Pratt. 1964. 60 m. NR. USA. Park Circus.

Sat. June 6   1:00 PM 1
Sun. June 7   1:00 PM 2

1 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)
2 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)
The Search for Freedom

The Search for Freedom

“A powerful and revealing story that captivates imaginations and leaves the door open to what the pursuit of freedom means to you.”   (Grind TV)

The Search for Freedom is a story told through the eyes of a group of people who helped create a global phenomenon. It is about the freedom that is accessible to everyone; the kind of freedom that comes from living in the moment and doing what makes us feel the most alive. This documentary, written and directed by Jon Long (IMAX® Extreme), is about the infinite possibilities available to anyone willing to drop in and take a chance. It’s a visceral, visual experience, delivered on the Big Screen via some of the brightest pioneers, legends, visionaries, and champions of surfing, snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, mountain biking, and more. The stunning footage captured for this film is something that needs to be seen to be believed.

Jon Long. 2014. 92 m. NR. USA. Abramorama.

Official Website / Trailer | Newport Beach Independent Review

Wed. June 10   7:45 PM

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

Indian Point

“[A] cautionary tale about a technology once seen as an abundant and non-polluting energy source, but with downsides that could make oil spills and electrical brownouts seem as minor as a fender bender.” (The Daily Beast)

Featuring interviews with activists, environmentalists, energy company executives, and unprecedented access to the plant and its employees, filmmaker Ivy Meeropol creates a complex portrait of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, an aging facility with over 50 million people living in close proximity. 

Q&A filmmaker Ivy Meeropol, journalist Roger Witherspoon, activist Marilyn Elie, and Greg Jaczko, former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission with JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman. After the discussion, please join us in the Jane Peck Gallery for a reception.

Community Matters is an ongoing series dedicated to generating discussion and activism around topics that affect us locally, including health, environment, education, housing, and energy. 


Ivy Meeropol. 2015. 94 m. NR. . Motto Pictures.

Thurs. June 11   7:30 PM

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