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new-releases

Beyond the Lights

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

"One of the most pleasurable moviegoing experiences I had [in 2014] was catching Beyond the Lights in a suburban Southern California mall not long after it opened. It was the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving, and the theater was half-full, mostly with women. After the credits rolled and the lights went up, I drifted past a small group of white women who were still sitting and talking about the movie, which centers on a black female pop star. Most seemed pretty high on it, which suggests that the movie could do better than it has, if it could find its audience…I’m not sure why Beyond the Lights hasn’t found its audience. I like to think it isn’t racism." (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)

"People ask me all the time if I feel discriminated against as a black female director and I actually don't. I get offered a ton of stuff. But I like to direct what I've written. I feel what's discriminated against are my choices, which is to focus on people of color as real people. Those are the films that rarely get made and those are the films that take a lot more fight." (filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood, The Huffington Post)

Q&A filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood via Skype. Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed the widely acclaimed feature film Love & Basketball which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. She won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and a Humanitas Prize for her work on the film. Her other directing credits include the HBO film Disappearing Acts and The Secret Live of Bees.

Gina Prince-Bythewood. 2014. 116 m. PG-13. USA . Relativity Media.

New York Times review

Tues. July 14  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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Free Angela & All Political Prisoners

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

"Free Angela & All Political Prisoners may seem to take place in a distant past, but it resonates with improbable timeliness." (Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post)

A high stakes crime, political movement, and trial catapults a 26 year-old newly appointed philosophy professor at the University of California at Los Angeles into a seventies revolutionary political icon. Nearly forty years later, and for the first time, Angela Davis speaks frankly about the actions that branded her as a terrorist and simultaneously spurred a worldwide political movement for her freedom. The film received critical acclaim, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and won the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Excellence for Best Documentary.
 
Q&A filmmaker Shola Lynch. In 2013, Shola Lynch was named the Curator for Film, Moving Image and Recorded Sound at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. As a filmmaker and curator, Shola has become a highly respected public speaker, lecturer, and panelist on the subject of film and film history for universities, film festivals, and corporations. She is also working on a book based on her film Free Angela

Shola Lynch. 2013. 101 m. NR. France/USA .

Wed. July 15  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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Béla Fleck: How To Write A Banjo Concerto

"Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015" “A moving and joyous portrait of a talented musician intent on challenging himself and growing mightily in the process.” (Hollywood Reporter)

Opening Night with Reception! Banjo superstar Béla Fleck, winner of 15 Grammy Awards, is a powerful force in bluegrass, jazz, pop, rock, and world beat, working solo and with others, from jazz keyboard legend Chick Corea to Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain. Ready for something new, Fleck composed the first-ever concerto for banjo and 80-piece symphony orchestra—and traced the whole surprising, demanding process on film.

Q&A Béla Fleck with JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman 

Béla Fleck & Sascha Paladino. 2014. 97 m. NR. USA . Argot Pictures.

Thurs. July 16  7:30 PM
Tickets: $20 (members), $25 (nonmembers)

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Animal Crackers

Fun for the Whole Family! With nonstop one-liners, visual gags, and some of the Marx Brothers’ most quotable quips, Animal Crackers is an undisputed comedy classic. The story is about Groucho, playing the intrepid explorer Captain Spaulding, who turns everything upside down at a stuffy party in his honor. 

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12) 

Victor Heerman. 1930. 97 m. G. USA . Universal Pictures.

Sat. July 18  12:00 PM
Sun. July 19  12:00 PM
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Gershwins & The Hollywood Musical

"Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015"

Join film historian Philip Harwood for a lively celebration of the legendary brothers George and Ira Gershwin whose brilliant music and witty lyrics transformed musicals forever. Harwood takes us on a musical journey with film clips from the original Gershwin film musical Shall We Dance (1937, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers), through Girl CrazyAn American in Paris, Funny FaceRhapsody in Blueand others. Who could ask for anything more?

MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION w/ Philip Harwood. Harwood teaches film studies at LIU: C.W. Post, the 92nd Street Y, and Queens College, and he lectures widely about film. 

Philip Harwood. 2015. 90 m. NR. USA .

Tues. July 21  7:30 PM
Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
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Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper

"Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015"

Rolling Stone described Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as “the most important rock & roll album ever made.” Freiman looks at it from multiple angles, using rare and unreleased recordings to shed new light on the construction of the songs. You are guaranteed to leave amazed at the Beatles’ innovation in the studio.

Presented by composer/producer Scott Freiman, a member of the prestigious Manhattan Producers Alliance. 

Scott Freiman. 2013. 120 m. NR. USA .

Wed. July 29  5:00 PM
Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
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Say the Word: Deconstructing the Beatles' Rubber Soul

"Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015"

NEW! In Oct. 1965, the Beatles were given a month to pro- duce an album of original music for a Christmas release. They emerged with one of their greatest, Rubber Soul. In this lively program Freiman uses rare audio and video to walk fans through the creation of such classic tracks as “Norwegian Wood,” “In My Life,” and “Nowhere Man.” 

Presented by composer/producer Scott Freiman, a member of the prestigious Manhattan Producers Alliance. 

Scott Freiman. 2015. 120 m. NR. USA .

Wed. July 29  8:00 PM 1
Thurs. Aug 13  8:00 PM 2
1Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
2Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
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R.E.M. by MTV

"Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015"

“Chock full of fascinating bits of information that will satisfy even the biggest die-hard fan’s appetite.” (Diffuser)

The iconic indie rock band R.E.M. released its first single in 1981, the year MTV debuted, and the two grew up together. Rock music and the way it was disseminated and enjoyed would never be the same. Featuring a rich store of footage from MTV’s cameras, here are famous interviews with Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, TV performances, award show appearances, clips from live concerts, and much more. 

Q&A Bertis Downs, R.E.M.’s longtime manager and counselor, and Alex Young, Director of the MTV Content Production Group with JBFC Board President Janet Maslin. 

Alex Young. 2014. 107 m. NR. USA . Viacom Music Group/Rhino Entertainment.

Thurs. July 30  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

"Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015"

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND FROM THE 2015 WESTCHESTER JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL 

Sophie Tucker enchanted her audiences with her bold, bawdy, and brassy style. This fun and loving portrait uses the Last of the Red Hot Mama’s 400- plus personal scrapbooks to retrace her 60-year showbiz career. The movie has everything: the blues-infused songs, sexual innuendo, infectious charisma, and irreverent humor that catapulted Tucker to stardom.

LIVE CABARET PERFORMANCE with Broadway star, impressionist, and Sirius XM radio personality Christine Pedi. She will be accompanied by Matthew Martin Ward. 

William Gazecki. 2014. 96 m. NR. US . Menemsha Films.

Thurs. Aug 6  7:30 PM
Tickets: $20 (members), $25 (nonmembers)
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Tomorrow Never Knows: Deconstructing the Beatles' Revolver

"Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015"

Released in 1966, Revolver launched a period of studio experimentation for the Beatles that coincided with the end of their concert performances. The band used groundbreaking production techniques to push popular music to a new place with “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yellow Submarine,” and more.

Presented by composer/producer Scott Freiman, a member of the prestigious Manhattan Producers Alliance. 

Scott Freiman. 2012. 120 m. NR. USA .

Thurs. Aug 13  5:00 PM
Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
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I Am What I Play

"Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015"

“To be remembered as a radio personality you need a singular vision, and you can’t be compromised.” (Meg Griffin) Rock radio disc jockeys were once creative pioneers, introducing audiences to new sounds by playing the music they wanted to play and saying what they wanted to say. But as most radio went corporate, DJs’ freedom and power eroded, and they moved on. I Am What I Play pres- ents four of the best—including New York’s Meg Griffin in a fast-paced blast through the past.

Q&A Meg Griffin and Rita Houston, WFUV Program Director and host of The Whole Wide World. Meg Griffin began her career in 1975 in Westchester at WRNW and became a champion of the burgeoning punk and new wave scene at WNEW FM. Her celebrated radio career included programs at WFUV. She currently hosts “World Café” in Boston and is heard on three different channels on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. 

Roger King. 2015. 105 m. NR. Canada/USA . Seventh Art Releasing.

Tues. Aug 18  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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The Muppets Take Manhattan

Fun for the Whole Family! Kermit, Miss Piggy, and pals decide to take their college show to the Big Apple. While they await their big break, catchy music, deadpan humor, and wacky cameos (Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers, and others) keep both kids and parents entertained. 

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12) 

Frank Oz. 1984. 94 m. G. USA . Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Sat. Aug 22  12:00 PM
Sun. Aug 23  12:00 PM
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Lomax the Songhunter

"Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015" A tribute to a man who set out to prove that the most obscure melody from the far side of the planet deserved to be heard more than the latest over- hyped pop sensation.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Alan Lomax (1915–2002) earned a place in history by record- ing and preserving folk music across the US and around the world. In this moving film, reissued in honor of what would have been Lomax’s 100th birthday, filmmaker Rogier Kappers retraces his path, blending voices from friends (Pete Seeger) with archival footage (Leadbelly) to enrich the tale.

REEL TALK JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman 

Rogier Kappers. 2004. 95 m. NR. USA . Icarus Films.

Tues. Aug 25  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)