Special Events

She's Beautiful When She's Angry

She's Beautiful When She's Angry

“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

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

Sun. May 3   12:30 PM

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
Food For Thought, Food For Life

Food For Thought, Food For Life

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.



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

Mon. May 11   7:30 PM

Tickets: $10 (members) $15 (nonmembers)
Curaçao’s Coral Challenge: Reviving the Rain Forests of the Sea

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

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.

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

Tues. May 12   7:40 PM

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
Gordon Parks: The Artist and Humanitarian

Gordon Parks: The Artist and Humanitarian

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.

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

Fri. May 15   7:00 PM

Tickets: $15 (members) $20 (nonmembers)
Books We Love to Watch— Movies We Love to Read

Books We Love to Watch— Movies We Love to Read

"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.

n/a. NR. .

Kirkus Review

Sat. May 16   3:00 PM

Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)
Films from Purchase College

Films from Purchase College

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

Various Directors. 2015. 120 m. US.

Tues. May 19   7:00 PM 1
Wed. May 20   7:00 PM 2

1 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
2 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
Deep Time

Deep Time

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 

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

Tues. May 19   7:30 PM

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

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

The Dissolve review

Tues. May 26   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)