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From Darkness into Light: Shorts Program

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

An allegory for the human condition, these four award-winning films from 2014 serve as a cathartic journey from the darkness of despair towards the light of hope:

Tzniut: A gripping portrait of the codes of sex and silence in a Brooklyn ultra-Orthodox community (Dir.David Formentin). 

A Trip to the Other Planet: A haunting animated testimony from the Auschwitz survivor and writer known as Ka-Tzetnik 135633 (Dir.Tom Kless).

Death and the Maiden: The Holocaust-era artist Charlotte Salomon as seen through her painting series “Life? Or Theater?” (Dir.Yael Lotem).

Salomea’s Nose: A charming tragicomedy about fate, love, and the power of facial disfigurement (Dir.Susan Korda).

Both screenings will be introduced by Festival Associate Programmer Carrie Barnhouse. 

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

Various Directors. 2014. 81 m. NR. Germany/Israel/US , Various languages with subtitles.

Sun. Apr 26  2:30 PM
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Metalhead

"After Dark"

“Impeccably crafted and beautifully performed.” (Twitchfilm.com) 

As teenage Hera reckons with the loss of her beloved older brother, she embraces the blistering heavy metal music he loved, putting her at odds in more ways than one with her isolated small town. A clear-eyed depiction of a tortured soul, with award-winning performances.

REEL TALK JBFC Programmer Andrew Jupin 

Ragnar Bragason. 2013. 97 m. NR. Iceland , in Icelandic with subtitles. Cinelicious Pics.

Mon. Apr 27  7:45 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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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 

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

Official Website / Trailer

Tues. Apr 28  7:30 PM
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.
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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.

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

Official Website / Trailer

Wed. Apr 29  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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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

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

Official Website / Trailer

Thurs. Apr 30  7:30 PM
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.
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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. 

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

Fri. May 1  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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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)
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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 

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

Sun. May 3  3:00 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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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

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

Sun. May 3  5:00 PM
Tickets: $9 (members), $14 (nonmembers)
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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.

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

Mon. May 4  7:40 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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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.” 

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

Wed. May 6  5:00 PM
Free Event! See RSVP info above.
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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 

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

Wed. May 6  7:00 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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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.

n/a. NR. .

Wed. May 6  7:15 PM
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.
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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.

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

Thurs. May 7  7:30 PM
Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
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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)
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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!

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

Tues. May 12  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers), $8 (children under 12)
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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)
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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. 

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

Wed. May 13  7:30 PM
Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
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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)
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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

Robert Greene. 2014. 86 m. NR. USA . Cinema Guild.

Fri. May 15  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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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)
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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
1Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
2Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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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)
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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.

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

Los Angeles Times review

Wed. May 20  7:30 PM
Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
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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. 

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

Thurs. May 21  7:15 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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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)
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A Year in Champagne

"Wine & Film: The Perfect Pairing" A Year in Champagne entertainingly guides viewers through the winemaking process and behind the scenes to hear from the vintners who put the magic in the bottle.” (Hollywood Reporter)

Renowned wine importer Martine Saunier is our guide on this tour of the Champagne region in northern France. We visit six houses—from small independent producers to the illustrious Bollinger—meeting champion Champagne masters and hard-working family teams as they triumphantly coax the ultimate drink of joy, seduction, and celebration out of a cold, tough land with a grim history. You’ll enjoy the intoxicating story behind the world’s most famous wine.  

Followed by a wine reception.

David Kennard. 2014. 82 m. NR. France/USA . Samuel Goldwyn.

Wed. May 27  7:30 PM
Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
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Quincy Jones Presents: Justin Kauflin Trio

"Jazz Sessions: The Greats on Camera 2015"

Film and Live Performance. Keep On Keepin’ On centers on trumpet legend Clark Terry, who at 89 looks back on an eventful life in jazz. One of the few musicians to play with both Count Basie and Duke Ellington, he was also Quincy Jones’ first teacher, mentor to Miles Davis, and the staff musician who broke the color barrier at NBC on the “Tonight Show.” This is a privileged view of the master teacher as he coaxes the best out of his protégé Justin Kauflin, a gifted young pianist who lost his sight at age 11. • Al Hicks. 2014. 86 m. NR. US. RADiUS-TWC.

PERFORMANCE The Justin Kauflin Trio performs live on the JBFC stage. The group is currently on tour with the release of Dedication, a tribute to the many musicians and teachers—including the late Clark Terry—who influenced Kauflin and led him to develop “a voice all his own...mature, distinct and confident”(Downbeat). 

n/a. NR. .

Thurs. May 28  7:15 PM
Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
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Afro-Cuban Jazz and Beyond with the Ignacio Berroa Quintet

"Jazz Sessions: The Greats on Camera 2015" Dizzy Gillespie called Berroa, a third-generation musician, “the only Latin drummer...in the history of American music that intimately knows both worlds: his native Afro-Cuban music as well as jazz.”

Grammy–award-winning drummer Ignacio Berroa delivers a vibrant video presentation on the legacy of Afro-Cuban music, as only he can. Incorporating anecdotes from his own life, Berroa brings his musical story to pulsating life.

PERFORMANCE The Ignacio Berroa Quintet will play an hour-long concert featuring the rhythms of the Afro-Cuban legacy. 

n/a. NR. .

Thurs. June 4  7:15 PM
Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
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Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence

"The Meditative Life"

“An elegant and enlightening portrait.” (Spirituality and Practice)

Renowned theologian and author of more than 30 books, Father Thomas Keating is one of today’s most influential spiritual leaders, widely recognized for his ecumenical approach to spirituality. As a rabbi notes, “He is using Catholic doctrine to speak universally.” This soulful, enlightening documentary interweaves conversations with Father Thomas, historical footage, and interviews with representatives of other faiths as it traces Father Keating’s spiritual journey.

Q&A filmmaker Peter C. Jones and JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman 

Peter C. Jones. 2014. 75 m. NR. USA .

Thurs. June 4  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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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
1Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)
2Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)
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Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man

"Jonathan Demme's Rarely Seen Cinema"

"Perhaps the least known of Bertolucci's features, it is far from the least interesting." (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader)

The son of the owner of a large Italian cheese factory is kidnapped, but as the factory is on the verge of bankruptcy the owner hatches a plan to use the ransom money as a reinvestment in the factory. A truly rarely seen masterpiece from the legendary director – produced between two more well-known Bertolucci titles, 1900 (1976) and The Last Emperor (1987) – Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man is a must-see film for not only fans of Italian cinema, but the medium on the whole. Screening from a 35mm print courtesy of Luce-Cinecitta.

Q&A host Jonathan Demme

Bernardo Bertolucci. 1981. 116 m. PG. Italy , Italian with subtitles. Swank Releasing.

Sun. June 7  5:00 PM
Tickets: $9 (members), $14 (nonmembers)
new-releases

Death by Shorts with Programming Director Brian Ackerman

"The Meditative Life"

Limited Tickets Available! “I’ve wanted to do this program for a while, ever since I happened upon some shorts that made me think, and think deeply. They are fascinating films that—without actually being overtly Buddhist—somehow have a hint of acceptance at their core. I’m partly wondering about how we think about aging in our culture, and partly wondering if there aren’t other ways to approach the inevitable. And maybe if there isn’t something really profound and valuable—in a positive, life-affirming way—about looking deeply into it. It’s probably the most taboo subject in our lives—so surely we must have interesting things to say about it, interesting stories to tell, interesting ideas to relate. I’ve limited it to 35 participants because I’d like it to be an intimate conversation with people who have something to share, and, most of all, are open to all that comes our way.”

Various Directors. 90 m. .

Mon. June 8  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
new-releases

Confronting Injustice with Bryan Stevenson

"Remix"

“Bryan Stevenson is America’s young Nelson Mandela, a brilliant lawyer fighting with courage and conviction to guarantee justice for all.”(Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate)

Film, Discussion, and Reception. As the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, renowned public-interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, advocated for the poor, and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice. Stevenson’s tireless fight against poverty and his work challenging racial discrimination within the criminal justice system has won him national acclaim, including the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship Award Prize and the ACLU National Medal of Liberty. FILM: A rarely-seen hour-long documentary from 1968 featuring a prominent civil rights leader as he organizes a campaign to seek economic justice for poor Americans. 

Q&A Bryan Stevenson with Jonathan Demme. Stevenson will autograph copies of his award-winning book, Just Mercy, during a reception in the Jane Peck Gallery.

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

Wed. June 10  7:00 PM
Tickets: $15 (members) $20 (nonmembers)
new-releases

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

"Deadly SINema"

A sequence of scenes—absurdly real and surreal—is centered around six friends and their repeatedly interrupted attempts to sit down and eat together. Winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar, it’s a sublimely entertaining satire, Buñuel style.

Q&A Jack Algiere, Four Season Farm Director at Stone Barns, and Emilie Clark, whose one-person installation at the Katonah Museum of Art, “The Delicacy of Decomposition” (opening July 12), addresses the sin of gluttony with an eye to consumption and food waste. JBFC MEMBERS: Show your card for FREE admission to the exhibition.

Luis Buñuel. 1972. 102 m. PG. France , French/Spanish. Rialto Pictures.

Tues. June 23  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
new-releases

The Garden of Earthly Delights

"Deadly SINema"

A passionate love affair is fanned by an obsession with Hieronymus Bosch’s painting of lustful encounters, in this sizzling exploration of physical love and emotional discovery. Set in Venice and made by artist and filmmaker Lech Majewski (The Mill and the Cross). 

with The Garden of Earthly Delights. Stan Brakhage said he made this collage film, created without a camera, because “I was very annoyed with Hieronymus Bosch’s painting of the same name.” • 1981. 2 m. NR. US. Silent.

Q&A Livia Straus, Director of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill with art historian Marcy B. Freedman Livia Straus is the curator of the HVCCA exhibition “Seven Deadly Sins: Lust” (through July 26) featuring work by Larry Clark, Cathy Opie, Matthew Barney, and others. Marcy B. Freedman is an artist and art historian whose areas of expertise are video and performance art.

Lech Majewski. 2004. 103 m. NR. Italy/Poland/UK . International Film Circuit.

Wed. June 24  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
new-releases

Into the Woods

"Deadly SINema"

This adaptation of the Sondheim musical tells the story of a witch (Meryl Streep) who puts a curse on a childless baker and his wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt) that can be undone only if they procure magical items from classic Grimm fairy tales.

Q&A Hudson River Museum curator Bartholomew Bland and multimedia artist Adrien Broom talk about the film and Broom’s installation “Envy,” on view at the HRM June 6–Sept. 26. JBFC MEMBERS: Show your card for FREE admission to the exhibition.

Rob Marshall. 2014. 125 m. PG. USA . Walt Disney Pictures.

Thurs. June 25  7:15 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
new-releases

The Gold Rush

"Deadly SINema"

Fun for the Whole Family! The classic Charlie Chaplin comedy about a prospector’s search for gold in the Klondike, which forever cemented the iconic status of the Little Tramp character. In a newly restored print that includes Chaplin’s original music.

CONTEST: Pay close attention to the slideshow before the film starts! The nuggets of information hidden there could win you golden treasure in a contest after the movie.

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

Charlie Chaplin. 1925. 88 m. NR. USA , Silent with music. Janus Films.

Sat. June 27  3:00 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)