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Sleeping with Other People

"Headland's script is so hilarious, so full of achingly well-observed one-liners on sex and relationships and parenting, that it qualifies as a sparkling new rethink of a beloved film we've all seen too many times." (New York Post)

Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie star as two romantic failures whose years of serial infidelity and self-sabotage have led them to swear that their relationship will remain strictly platonic. But can love still bloom while you’re sleeping with other people? Writer/director Leslye Headland’s (Bachelorette) sexy romantic comedy co-stars Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, and Natasha Lyonne.

Q&A filmmaker Leslye Headland and JBFC Board President Janet Maslin. She made her directorial debut with Bachelorette, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to become one of the most successful VOD releases to date. Headland’s script About Last Night grossed over $50 million domestically.

Leslye Headland. 2015. 92 m. R. USA . IFC Films.

Wed. Sept 2  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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Single, Married, Divorced

"Contemporary Arab Cinema"

Four smart, funny, and successful 30-something single women are searching for love in Beirut. Lebanon’s answer to “Sex and the City,” this popular film offers real insight into a number of issues and taboos Lebanese woman face while showing—hilariously and touchingly—how hope, fantasies, and heartache are universal. Based on a Lebanese best-seller. North American premiere.

Opening Night with reception: Join us for a reception in the Jane Peck Gallery after the screening.

Elie Khalifé. 2015. 94 m. NR. Lebanon , Arabic with subtitles.

Wed. Sept 9  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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Theeb

"Contemporary Arab Cinema"

This stirring drama is about a young Bedouin boy on a perilous journey to guide a British officer across the desert in 1916 Arabia, when World War I was raging in Europe and the Ottoman Empire was coming undone. Shot entirely on location in the ravishing desert landscape—including at some of the same locations that David Lean used for Lawrence of ArabiaTheeb is turning heads and winning awards on the festival circuit. 

Q&A Theeb writer/producer Bassel Ghandour, director Naji Abu Nowar (via Skype) with series curator Lina Matta.

Naji Abu Nowar. 2014. 100 m. NR. Various Countries , Arabic with subtitles. Film Movement.

Thurs. Sept 10  5:00 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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Food Chains

FILM. DISCUSSION. RECEPTIONThere is more interest in food these days than ever, yet there is very little interest in the hands that pick it. Food Chains exposes the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of the supermarket industry. In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States. 

Q&A filmmaker Sanjay Rawal with moderator Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., Director, Consumer Safety and Sustainability at Consumer Reports. Sanjay Rawal spent over a decade working in the non-profit and government sectors while running a small agricultural genetics company with his father, Dr. Kanti Rawal. After working as a consultant on the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008), he was bit by the film bug. Food Chains is his first feature. Dr. Rangan serves as a primary, national spokesperson for Consumer Reports in the areas of sustainable production/consumption practices, food safety, and product safety issues related to chemical and contaminant hazards.

Presented in partnership with Consumer Reports.

Sanjay Rawal. 2014. 83 m. NR. USA .

Thurs. Sept 10  7:15 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced

"Contemporary Arab Cinema"

Inspired by the real life story of Nujood Ali, which made international headlines, this wrenching, inspiring film is about a 10-year-old Yemeni girl who was forced to marry a man three times her age—and after enduring a new life of rape and beatings, broke with tradition and took matters into her own hands. US premiere. Best Fiction Film, Dubai International Film Festival.

Q&A filmmaker Khadija al-Salami with series curator Lina Matta. A child bride in her native Yemen, al-Salami escaped that abusive marriage. At 16, she received a scholarship to finish secondary school in the United States and went on to earn a master’s degree at American University. As well as making documentaries, al-Salami is Press and Cultural Attaché and Director of the Yemeni Information Centre at the Embassy of Yemen in Paris.

Khadija Al-Salami. 2014. 96 m. NR. France/UAE/Yemen , Arabic with subtitles. WIDE Management.

Fri. Sept 11  8:00 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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Pirates of Salé

"Contemporary Arab Cinema"

Special Sneak Preview. On Morocco’s old pirate coast, in the city of Salé, hundreds of teenagers audition every year to become students at the Cirque Shems’y, the country’s first professional circus. The circus school sits on the edge of the city’s slums, and represents the one hope for a different future for many of its students. Pirates of Salé follows four young Moroccans on a tough journey of transformation as they learn to live independently, express themselves, challenge convention, and embrace a totally alien concept: artistic freedom. 

with Zaina’s Cake. Zaina is a new college graduate struggling to start her own cake business without her father’s approval. When she meets Ma’an, she has an opportunity to change her life. Set in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, this short film was mainly shot in LA with a Saudi cast and mostly Saudi crew. Nada AlMojadedi. 2015. 17 m. NR. Saudi Arabia, in language with subtitles.

Q&A filmmaker Nada AlMojadedi with series curator Lina Matta. A young filmmaker from Makkah, Saudi Arabia, AlMojadedi was born and raised in Jeddah. She worked in video production there before coming to LA to acquire an MFA in filmmaking. Zaina’s Cake is her first short film. 

Rosa Rogers & Merieme Addou. 2014. 79 m. NR. Various Countries , Arabic with subtitles.

Mon. Sept 14  5:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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Ghadi

"Contemporary Arab Cinema"

In an insular Lebanese town, the town’s beloved music teacher, Leba, learns that the neighbors are scared of his young son, who has Down syndrome. When they circulate a petition to have the boy institutionalized, Leba jumps into action, concocting a fanciful scheme to convince them that his son is an angel who holds all the answers to their problems. This deft, playful crowd-pleaser was selected to represent Lebanon at the Oscars.

Q&A filmmaker Amin Dora with series curator Lina Matta. Born in Lebanon, Amin Dora received his degree from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, ALBA, where he now teaches. His Arabic web drama series “Shankaboot,” the first of its kind, won him an International Digital Emmy for directing. Dora is known for dry comedy and intimate narrative. Ghadi is his first feature film. 

Amin Dora. 2013. 100 m. NR. Lebanon , Arabic. Fortissimo.

Tues. Sept 15  8:00 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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Haze

Free Community Event. HAZE centers on the story of 18-year old Lynn Gordon Bailey Jr., who tragically died following an alcohol fueled hazing incident. The documentary will be followed by an in-depth conversation about teenage alcohol use, abuse, and how we should intervene in an alcohol emergency. 
 
Q&A Ellen Morehouse, Executive Director of Student Assistant Services, New York State Senator Terrence P. MurphySusan Brownbill-Vega, Director of Community Affairs for the Westchester County District Attorney with JBFC Executive Director Edie Demas

Presented in partnership with Pleasantville STRONG (Safe Teens, Real Opportunities, New Goals) a community coalition dedicated to reducing underage drinking and drug use by involving all sectors of the community to create and support ongoing substance abuse prevention and reduction strategies. 

This Community Event is free and open to the public, on a first-come, first-served basis. To attend the event, please RSVP via email to Didi Kirtley at dkirtley@burnsfilmcenter.org with the subject “Pleasantville Event.”

 

Pete Schuermann. 2008. 36 m. NR. .

Wed. Sept 16  7:30 PM  
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Black Mass

One Night Only-- Members--Only Preview! 
Johnny Depp is Whitey Bulger in this riveting crime drama based on the book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob. In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. This screening is only available to JBFC Members. 

Scott Cooper. 2015. 122 m. R. USA . Warner Bros.

Thurs. Sept 17  5:00 PM
Tickets: $10 (members) Exclusively for JBFC Members! Members entitled to 1 or 2 tickets, depending on membership level. Join online today or call 914.773.7663, ext. 6 to join before the next Members-Only screening!
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Elevator to the Gallows

"Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles"

“As beautifully fatalistic as its title, this classic thriller is a consummate entertainment rich with the romantic atmosphere of Paris in the 1950s…. It made a major film star of Moreau, whose work remains completely bewitching.” (LA Times)

Scheming lovers Florence (Jeanne Moreau) and Julien (Maurice Ronet) engineer the perfect murder of her husband, but things get complicated. Not only was this classic film noir Moreau’s ticket to international stardom, it was a stunning debut for 24-year-old director Louis Malle. The legendary Miles Davis score, still one of the most famous of all jazz soundtracks, is as seminal as the film itself.

Sep. 17, 7:30 OPENING NIGHT with FRENCH FOOD AND WINE FÊTE:  Introduced by Anne Kern, associate professor of cinema studies at Purchase College and curator of the college’s Focus on French Cinema festival. Join us upstairs in the Jane Peck Gallery for a postscreening celebration featuring French wine generously donated by Wine Enthusiast.

Louis Malle. 1958. 88 m. NR. France , French/German with subtitles. Rialto Pictures.

Thurs. Sept 17  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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Best of the Fest: Kid Flix Mix

Perfect for ages 3 to 8. A group of musically inclined ants face off against a lumberjack threatening to take down their tree in Pik Pik Pik. Being different isn’t so bad in Bunny New Girl and Zebra. Sometimes even our family members can feel like strangers in My Big BrotherEyes, and Oscar-nominated Me and My Moulton. Fantasies create new worlds and endless possibilities in 5.80 MetersLarisa Can Fly, and Submarine Sandwich. One special object can inspire anyone, big or small, in The Elephant and the Bicycle and Cookie-Tin Banjo, and a fly and a spider go to war in a common bathroom in Minuscule: The Private Life of Insects – Brushing.

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 14)  
JBFC Family Members - use your Family comp passes at the box office for this event!  

Various Directors. 2015. 60 m. G. Various Countries . GKids.

Sat. Sept 19  12:00 PM
Sun. Sept 27  2:00 PM
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Best of the Fest: Party Mix

For Ages 9 and Up. Old fables and myths are given a new twist in Mythopolis and Tigers Tied Up in One Rope. Fate is in the hands of some surprising characters in Johnny Express and In the Beginning. The human spirit, guided by music, soars against harsh realities in The Trumpeter and Layla’s MelodyThe Single Lifestrikes a playful note when it imagines music as means of time travel. Dogs take center stage–literally–in Oh My Dog.

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 14)
JBFC Family Members - use your Family comp passes at the box office for this event!  

Various Directors. 2015. 65 m. PG. Various Countries , Various languages with subtitles. GKids.

Sun. Sept 20  2:00 PM
Sat. Sept 26  12:00 PM
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Terraferma

"Jonathan Demme's Rarely Seen Cinema"

Set on and around a summer tourist island off the coast of Sicily, Terraferma tells the story of two struggling yet disparate families whose members become fatefully intertwined. A well-intentioned but illegal rescue of immigrant ‘boat people’ forces the individuals of the indigenous family to choose between their economic survival and doing the right thing. In the process, both families are slowly torn apart as they come to grips with the harsh reality and consequences of their actions. 

Reel Talk with series host Jonathan Demme following the screening. 

Emanuele Crialese. 2011. 88 m. NR. Italy , Italian.

Sun. Sept 20  5:00 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes

The Reflektor Tapes is a fascinating insight into the making of Arcade Fire's critically acclaimed album, Reflektor. The film re-contextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band's creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, commence recording sessions in Montreal, and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London. The film blends never-before-seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 20 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.

Kahlil Joseph. 2015. 91 m. NR. USA . Arts Alliance.

Wed. Sept 23  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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A Man and a Woman

"Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles"

“This frankly romantic French drama is a beautiful and sometimes breath-taking exposition of visual imagery intended to excite the emotions.” (New York Times)

Known for its lush photography, memorable score, and the palpable chemistry between the two stars, A Man and a Woman was a rare on-screen romance in a skeptical era—and an enormous, award-winning hit. Aloof and elusive, Anouk Aimée soared to fame as a new kind of femme fatale, and Trintignant reignited his career after a break for military service in this story of a widow and a widower finding new love. 

French Language Night: Introduced en Français by Delphine Selles-Alvarez, co-curator of the CinémaTuesdays program at FIAF, the Alliance Française, in New York City.

Claude Lelouch. 1966. 102 m. NR. France , French with subtitles. Lesfilmes.

Thurs. Oct 1  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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In My Father's House

"Remix: The Modern Black Experience in Film, Media, and Art"

Set against the crumbling landscape of Chicago’s south side, this documentary film captures a yearlong journey from homelessness and alcoholism to self-discovery and redemption. Grammy and Oscar-winning rapper and songwriter Che “Rhymefest” Smith hasn't seen his father in over 25 years. But after buying his father's childhood home, Che sets out to find him in a quest to reclaim his neighborhood and discover his true self as a father and as a son. 

Q&A Che “Rhymefest” Smith and filmmakers Ricki Stern & Annie SundbergChe, a co-writer on the Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe-winning original song “Glory” from the 2014 motion picture Selma, is also known for his insightful anthem with Kanye West, "Jesus Walks, and has long found inspiration in issues facing the African-American community. Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg are known for crafting deft and cinematic journeys centered on unforgettable people and their most human experiences. Credits include: Knuckleball, Joan Rivers— A Piece of WorkThe Devil Came on Horseback, and The Trials of Darryl Hunt

Annie Sundberg/Ricki Stern. 2015. 93 m. NR. USA .

Wed. Oct 7  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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Zarafa

For Ages 9 and Up. Inspired by the true story of the first giraffe to visit France, Zarafa is a sumptuously animated and stirring adventure, and a throwback to a bygone era of hand-drawn animation. Under the cover of darkness a small boy, Maki, loosens the shackles that bind him and escapes into the desert night. Pursued by slavers across the moon-lit savannah, Maki meets Zarafa, a baby giraffe – and an orphan, just like him – as well as the nomad Hassan, Prince of the Desert. And so Maki, Zarafa, and Hassan take off in a hot-air balloon to cross the Mediterranean, setting off on an adventure across Northern Africa, the bustling port of Marseilles, and over the snow-capped peaks of the Alps, arriving at last in Paris. But all the while, Maki is determined to find a way to return Zarafa to her rightful home.

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 14) 
JBFC Family Members - use your Family comp passes at the box office for this event!  

Rémi Bezançon/Jean-Christophe Lie. 2011. 78 m. PG. France/Belgium , French with subtitles. GKids.

Sat. Oct 10  12:00 PM
Sun. Oct 11  12:00 PM
Mon. Oct 12  12:00 PM
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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

"Remix: The Modern Black Experience in Film, Media, and Art"

Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored -- cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Elaine Brown, Emory Douglas, Jamal Joseph, and many others, this film is an essential part of history.

Q&A filmmaker Stanley Nelson. An Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, MacArthur 'Genius' Fellow, and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Nelson was recently awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in August 2014. Nelson has directed and produced numerous acclaimed films, including Freedom Summer, Freedom Riders, Jonestown: The Life and Death of People's Temple and The Murder of Emmett Till.

 

Stanley Nelson. 2015. 116 m. NR. USA . Firelight Films.

Thurs. Oct 15  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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Sustainable Soul Food with Bryant Terry

"Remix: The Modern Black Experience in Film, Media, and Art"

Film. Discussion. Reception. Fried chicken, fatback, collard greens, and pigs feet— when we think of soul food, we think of comfort, family, and of that down-home flavor. But what about clogged arteries, diabetes, and high-blood pressure? Join us for a screening of Soul Food Junkies (directed by Byron Hurt and produced by Stanley Nelson), a documentary that blends history, humor, and heartwarming stories to place this culinary tradition under the microscope. Film details for Soul Food Junkies: Byron Hurt. 2012. 64 m. NR. 

Q&A chef/food activist Bryant Terry with food blogger Nicole A. Taylor. Renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system, 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award Winner Bryant Terry is currently the inaugural Chef-in-Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco. Bryant’s fourth book, Afro-Vegan, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work category. Nicole A. Taylor is host of the popular online radio show and podcast Hot Grease on Heritage Radio Network. She has been a gourmet candy maker, a member of the Brooklyn Food Coalition, and an instructor of urban farming and food culture. Her cookbook, The Up South Cookbook: Chasing Dixie in a Brooklyn Kitchen promises to be a new Southern classic. Terry and Taylor will help us re-imagine soul food so we can keep the tradition (and ourselves) alive.

Join us after the program for a reception featuring recipes and cocktails from Bryant’s and Taylor's cookbooks. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of the Village Bookstore.

n/a. 90 m. NR. .

Sun. Oct 18  4:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)