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- Zarafa Oct 10, 11, 12
- Anomalisa Oct 12
- Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective Oct 14
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Oct 15
- Sustainable Soul Food Oct 18
- Room Oct 19
- How To Change the World Oct 21
- The Armor of Light Oct 22
- After Dark Halloween Marathon Oct 23
- Mysteries of the Unseen World Oct 25
- The Childhood of a Leader Oct 25
- After the Spill Oct 28
- A Ballerina's Tale Oct 29
- Fred Astaire: “Greatest Dancer in the World” Nov 1
- Fall to Rise Nov 2
- Heart of a Dog Nov 3
- Fantasia Nov 7
- An Evening with Jesse Eisenberg Nov 16
- Paradise is There Nov 17
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 12:05 PM|
Preview and Filmmaker Q&A with Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson! A beautifully tender and absurdly humorous dreamscape, from the brilliant minds of Charlie Kaufman (writer of Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and animator Duke Johnson, this stop-motion animation wonder features the vocal cast of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan, and David Thewlis and a stirring strings-based score by Carter Burwell. The darkly comedic and surreal journey of a man's long night of the soul, Anomalisa reaffirms Charlie Kaufman's place amongst the most important of American filmmakers, and announces Duke Johnson as a major creative force. 2015. 90 m. R. Paramount Pictures.
Q&A filmmakers Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson with JBFC Board president Janet Maslin
Charlie Kaufman/Duke Johnson. 2015. 90 m. R. USA . Paramount Pictures.
|Mon. Oct 12 4:30 PM|
Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective"Focus on Nature"
“What if…instead of trying to be ‘less bad,’ we try to be ‘more good’?... A bold new solution.” (EcoWatch)
We hear a lot about the need to leave no footprints, to minimize our impact on the environment. But what if we instead alter the kind of footprints we leave so that our presence not only meets human needs but also increases the health and well-being of the planet? This is the premise behind permaculture, a set of ethics and design principles that guides us to mimic the patterns and relationships in nature to create more resilient communities. Inhabit examines a variety of inspiring permaculture-based practices already being used in the US as solutions to environmental problems. The program will be introduced by Jonathan Demme.
Q&A director Costa Boutsikaris, film subject Lisa DePiano, and Pace University Professor Melanie DuPuis. Inspired by his deep fascination with permaculture, Costa Boutsikaris, a visual artist from the Hudson River Valley, converted a 1982 VW van to run on vegetable oil and solar panels and spent three years making this documentary, his first. Lisa DePiano is a certified permaculture designer/teacher and faculty member for the Yestermorrow Design/Build School and the University of Massachusetts, and founder of Mobile Design Lab. Her work with the worker-owned Pedal People is featured in the film. Dr. Melanie DuPuis is chair of Pace University’s new Department of Environmental Studies and Science. Her specialty is political sociology with an emphasis on food, environment, and sustainability policy. She is coauthor of Alternative Food Networks: Knowledge, Practice, and Politics.
Costa Boutsikaris. 2015. 92 m. NR. USA . Inhabit Film.
|Wed. Oct 14 7:30 PM|
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|
Sustainable Soul Food"Remix: The Modern Black Experience in Film, Media, and Art"
When we think of soul food, we think of comfort, family, and that down-home flavor. But what about clogged arteries, diabetes, and high-blood pressure? Join us for a screening of Soul Food Junkies a documentary that blends history, humor, and heartwarming stories to place this culinary tradition under the microscope. Followed by a discussion with award-winning chef Bryant Terry and food blogger Nicole A. Taylor who will help us re-imagine soul food so we can keep the tradition (and ourselves) alive. Join us after the program for a small-bites reception featuring recipes from Terry and Taylor's cookbooks. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of the Village Bookstore. 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 currently hosts Hot Grease, a food culture podcast, and is the principal of NAT Media. She has contributed to First We Feast, Cherry Bombe, Amtrak, Southern Foodways Alliance's Gravy, and Travel Noire. Her recipes are featured on Colorlines, Design*Sponge, the America I Am: Pass it Down Cookbook, and The Way We Ate: 100 Chefs Celebrate a Century at the American TableCookbook. Her upcoming cookbook, The Up South Cookbook: Chasing Dixie in a Brooklyn Kitchen promises to be a new Southern classic.
n/a. 90 m. NR. .
|Sun. Oct 18 4:30 PM|
Special Preview! Highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, Room is a taut narrative of captivity and freedom and a profound portrait of a family’s bonds and fortitude. Based on the award-winning global bestseller by author Emma Donoghue, director Lenny Abrahamson (Frank) remains faithful to the novel while bringing the characters and their entirely singular world to heart-pounding and intensely cinematic life. Room tells the story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay in a breakout performance), a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his devoted Ma (Brie Larson). Their life, however, is anything but typical—they are confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, and Ma will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in captivity, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as her son's curiosity about their situation grows, they enact a risky plan to escape and face what may be the scariest thing yet: the real world. Room also stars three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award nominee William H. Macy.
Lenny Abrahamson. 2015. 113 m. R. USA . A24 Films.
|Mon. Oct 19 7:30 PM|
How To Change the World"Focus on Nature"
“Tremendously inspiring, and by turns thrilling, comic, and shocking.” (Slashfilm.com)
In 1971 a small group of Vancouver hippies, journalists, scientists, and activists, united in their opposition to a US atomic test on an Alaskan island, sailed an aging fishing boat straight for the test site. Armed only with cameras and staunch faith in the power of images, the rainbow warriors of Greenpeace were born. Using never-before-seen footage, photographs, interviews, and a first-person narration from the diaries of the group’s leader, Bob Hunter, this insightful, moving film brings Greenpeace’s earliest years—and its intense, sometimes eccentric, and often dangerous world—to life.
Q&A John Cronin, Rick Magder, Executive Director of Groundwork Hudson Valley and Pace University student activist Anthony Morgan-Jones with JBFC Executive Director Edie Demas. John Cronin is the senior fellow in environmental affairs at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and former Hudson Riverkeeper (1983–2000).
Jerry Rothwell. 2015. 112 m. NR. Canada . Picturehouse Cinemas.
|Wed. Oct 21 7:30 PM|
The Armor of Light
Abigail Disney’s directorial debut follows the journey of Reverend Rob Schenck, an anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, who breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. Along the way, Rev. Schenck meets Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, who is trying to make sense of her devastating loss while using her grief to effect some kind of viable and effective political action. The Armor of Light follows the two as they bravely attempt to make others consider America’s gun culture through a moral lens. The film is also a courageous look at our fractured political culture and an assertion that it is possible for people to come together across deep party lines to find common ground.
Q&A filmmaker/producer Abigail Disney, Jennifer Barahona, executive director of Newtown Sandy Hook Community Foundation, and Laura Rossi, executive director of Westchester Community Foundation. A reception will follow the discussion.
|Community Matters is a film series dedicated to generating discussion and activism around topics that affect us locally. Sponsored by the Westchester Community Foundation.|
Abigail Disney. 2015. 88 m. NR. USA . The Film Collaborative.
|Thurs. Oct 22 7:30 PM|
After Dark Halloween Marathon"After Dark"
“Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and this was, hands down, the best experience I've had in years. My girlfriend and I traveled from NYC and had nothing but positive vibes as we rode the train home. Please do it again next year!” – Ticket buyer (Halloween Marathon, 2014)
Get ready to stay up all night as we present our second annual After Dark Halloween Marathon! Hosted by JBFC Programmer Andrew Jupin, this year’s marathon will feature six films including: Goodnight Mommy, a new DCP of Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead, the return of the We Hate Movies comedy podcast doing a live commentary over the 80s cheese-fest Friday the 13th VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, a Wes Craven tribute screening of Scream, and other surprises to be revealed later! We’ll also have food, drinks, a costume contest, and more activities in the Jane Peck Gallery throughout the night! Buy your ticket early and save $10! Early Bird discount ends noon on 10/16.
Enter the JBFC Costume Contest! Arrive in costume, and have your picture taken by our staff during check-in to enter the contest. Prizes will be awarded throughout the night for Most Movie-Like, Most Creative, and more! (Just make sure your costume isn’t bigger than your movie theater seat.)
Various Directors. 2015. NR. .
|Fri. Oct 23 9:30 PM|
Early Bird prices end at noon on Fri. Oct 16.
Mysteries of the Unseen World"Focus on Nature"
“Provides a near trippy experience in its depiction of scenes from nature that are too slow, too fast, or too small to be observed by the naked eye.” (Hollywood Reporter)
Family Program! Explore a spectacular universe of scientific wonders that occur in the flash of a microsecond right in front of us, but are impossible to see with the naked eye! This mesmerizing visual journey—made possible by high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology—is visually stunning, surprising fun.
Q&A Focus on Nature student panel with JBFC educator Tom Frankie and series programmer Karen Sloe Goodman. As well as being a film series, Focus on Nature is a JBFC education initiative that integrates visual storytelling, science, and media. Last year, students in schools throughout the region created short films and media projects on sustainability, life cycles, biodiversity, seasonality, and more. After Mysteries of the Unseen World, we’ll show a selection of short films created by Focus on Nature students. Some of these young filmmakers will join JBFC educator Tom Frankie and series curator Karen Sloe Goodman to talk about their experience. Join the fun!
Louis Schwartzberg. 2015. 40 m. G. USA . National Geographic Entertainment.
|Sun. Oct 25 5:00 PM|
The Childhood of a Leader"Jonathan Demme's Rarely Seen Cinema"
"When I try to trace my way back to other first films that provide the kind of thrilling and unbridled cinematics that define The Childhood of a Leader, I keep slamming into an American debut film from the 40s, directed by a then 25-year-old fledgling filmmaker named Welles. There, I said it." (Jonathan Demme)
"No guts, no glory. Actor Brady Corbet flings himself off the cliff of his directorial debut with a defiant disregard for safety or convention that is startling, admirable and exceptionally unusual to see from a neophyte filmmaker." (Indiewire)
Loosely inspired by the early childhood experiences of many of the great dictators of the 20th Century, The Childhood of a Leader is an ominous portrait of emerging evil. Winner of the Best Director award in the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival and the presitigious "Luigi de Laurentiis" Venice Award for a Debut Film, Childhood is a mind-blowing directorial debut and "[l]ike nothing you’ve quite seen before[.]" (Screendaily)
Q&A filmmaker/actor Brady Corbet (Mysterious Skin, Force Majeure) with series host Jonathan Demme.
Brady Corbet. 2015. 113 m. NR. Various Countries , English/French/Italian with subtitles.
|Sun. Oct 25 5:00 PM|
After the Spill"Focus on Nature"
“The oil spill obviously was horrific, the worst environmental accident in US history. But that’s not the worst thing happening in the gulf.” (Jon Bowermaster)
When BP’s Deepwater Horizon well exploded and sank in April 2010—causing the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry—award-winning filmmaker Jon Bowermaster was putting the finishing touches on SoLa, Louisiana Water Stories, which captured the pre-spill way of life. In the last five years, he has returned to the area many times. Through stunning visual documentation and stirring interviews, the film investigates how the disaster affected local economies and health, and what really happened to all that oil—and asks if life along Louisiana’s coastline has been changed forever. With an original score by Louisiana blues legend Sonny Landreth.
Followed by Jon Bowermaster's 7 minute documentary Bomb Trains on the Hudson from his new web series "The Hudson, River at Risk" featuring an interview with Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan.
Q&A filmmaker Jon Bowermaster and Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan with Andrew Revkin, NY Times environmental blogger and Pace University’s senior fellow for environmental understanding. Writer, filmmaker, and adventurer Jon Bowermaster is an award-winning National Geographic cinematographer, a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council, and one of the their “Ocean Heroes.” Author of eleven books and creator of more than a dozen documentary films, he is also president of One Ocean Media Foundation, dedicated to raising environmental awareness and literacy and documenting the health of the world’s oceans and environment.
Jon Bowermaster. 2015. 62 m. NR. USA . Oceans8 Films.
|Wed. Oct 28 7:30 PM|
A Ballerina's Tale"Dance on Film 2015"
“Inspirational doesn’t begin to describe it.” (Rolling Stone)
Opening Night! Ballerina Misty Copeland has had quite a year, between her ascension to principal at American Ballet Theatre—the first female African-American dancer to attain that rank—and her recent acclaimed Broadway debut in On the Town. And now this much anticipated behind-the-curtain documentary chronicles the obstacles she faced to get where she is today, at the top of an elite ballet world.
Q&A Raven Wilkinson with Rose-Marie Menes, Artistic Director, Westchester Ballet Center. Raven Wilkinson, Misty Copeland’s friend and mentor, who is featured in the film, was the first African-American woman to dance full-time with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, which she joined in 1955. She later danced with the Dutch National Ballet and the New York City Opera. Rose-Marie Menes' distinguished performing career included Principal Dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Chicago Opera Ballet and New York City Opera and the Radio City Ballet Company. She opened her own school in 1978, the Westchester Ballet Center, (now the Westchester Ballet Center for the Performing Arts) and the following year, founded the Dance Theatre In Westchester, a regional company where she serves as Artistic Director.
Join us for a light reception upstairs in the Jane Peck Gallery. Raise a glass and enjoy videos of photographer Jordan Matter in action, pointing his eloquent camera at professional dancers as they loft themselves into scenes of bustling street life. Videos presented in conjunction with the Hudson River Museum exhibition “Dancers Among Us: Photographs by Jordan Matter,” on view Oct. 17–Jan. 17, 2016.
Nelson George. 2015. 84 m. NR. USA . Sundance Selects.
|Thurs. Oct 29 7:30 PM|
Fred Astaire: “Greatest Dancer in the World”"Dance on Film 2015"
Free member event! It all started when Rudolf Nureyev appeared on The Dick Cavett Show and told then–talent coordinator Joan Kramer he hoped to meet Fred Astaire one day—perhaps she could make it happen. What about a television special featuring both dancers? “Nureyev leapt at the idea. Astaire turned it down flat,” Kramer recalls. Out of these inauspicious beginnings, she and producing partner David Heeley went on to make three documentaries about Astaire and a host of film portraits of other Hollywood legends—among them, the notoriously difficult Katharine Hepburn—establishing a reputation for cajoling the reluctant and maintaining relationships long after the credits rolled. The program features dance highlights from Astaire’s RKO and MGM musicals and Kramer and Heeley’s entertaining behind-the-scenes stories about the creation of their Astaire programs, including their encounters with Fred Astaire himself, as well as some of his dance partners, colleagues, and admirers, including Ginger Rogers, Barrie Chase, Hermes Pan, Jerome Robbins, and Bob Fosse.
Q&A Join Joan Kramer and David Heeley, authors of a new book, In the Company of Legends, for a celebration of the man George Balanchine called “the greatest dancer in the world.” The conversation will be moderated by series curator Kathryn Bonomi.
Free for JBFC members! Free tickets available at the box office ONLY (in advance or on the day of the screening) while they last. Advance tickets may also be purchased online.
n/a. 75 m. .
|Sun. Nov 1 5:00 PM|
Free for JBFC members! Free tickets available at the box office ONLY (in advance or on the day of the screening) while they last. Advance tickets may also be purchased online.
Fall to Rise"Dance on Film 2015"
“Heart-filling drama.” (Robert Redford)
A beautifully nuanced look at dancers coming to terms with the unrelenting demands of their profession. Fall to Rise tells the story of Lauren Drake (Katherine Crockett), a principal dancer forced out of her company before she’s ready to leave and willing to risk everything to make it back on stage. Also featuring Desmond Richardson and Daphne Rubin-Vega, in a performance that’s “funny…and full of aching humanity.” (Michael Musto)
Fall to Rise is a selection from the 43rd annual Dance on Camera Festival, coproduced by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, supported in part by the National Endowment from the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.
With the short film 890 Broadway: Two women are all dressed up to go out, but never do. Directed, choreographed, and edited by Marta Renzi. (2012. 5 m.)
Q&A Fall to Rise actress Katherine Crockett will speak dancer-to-dancer with choreographer Peter Pucci. Known for her acclaimed turn as Helen of Troy in Mikhail Baryshnikov’s The Show (Achilles Heels), she has been a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company and now tours with them internationally. Peter Pucci received a Lucille Lortel Award winner for his choreography for Queens Boulevard and a Drama Desk Award for his work on The Orphans’ Home Cycle. He was a principal dancer and rehearsal director with Pilobolus Dance Theatre for nine years before forming Peter Pucci Plus Dancers. He has created commissioned works for companies including The Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, and Pittsburgh Ballet.
Jayce Bartok. 2014. 92 m. NR. USA . Panorama Entertainment.
|Mon. Nov 2 7:30 PM|
Heart of a Dog
"Hello, little bonehead. I'll love you forever." So begins Heart of a Dog, creative pioneer Laurie Anderson's wry, wondrous, and unforgettable cinematic journey through love, death, and language.
Official Selection New York Film Festival. Centering on Anderson's beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in 2011, Heart of a Dog is a personal essay that weaves together childhood memories, video diaries, philosophical musings on data collection, surveillance culture, and the Buddhist conception of the afterlife, and heartfelt tributes to the artists, writers, musicians and thinkers who inspire her. Fusing her own witty, inquisitive narration with original violin compositions, hand-drawn animation, 8mm home movies, and artwork culled from exhibitions past and present, Anderson creates a hypnotic, collage-like visual language out of the raw materials of her life and art, examining how stories are constructed and told—and how we use them to make sense of our lives.
Q&A multidisciplinary artist Laurie Anderson with Jonathan Demme. Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned and daring creative pioneers. She is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology. As a writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist she has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music.
Laurie Anderson. 2015. 75 m. NR. USA . Abramorama.
|Tues. Nov 3 8:00 PM|
"Fantasia is simply terrific -- as terrific as anything that has ever happened on a screen." (New York Times)
Throughout history, there have been but a handful of groundbreaking films where the soundtrack has become inextricably linked to the cinematic achievement of the film itself. There is perhaps no greater example of this marriage than Walt Disney’s 1940 masterpiece, Fantasia, an innovative and revolutionary animated classic combining Western classical music with imaginative visuals, presented by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra. The eight animation sequences are colorful, impressive, free-flowing, abstract, and often surrealistic pieces. They include the most famous of all, Paul Dukas's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" with Mickey Mouse as the title character battling brooms carrying endless buckets of water. Presented in a remastered DCP.
Run time approximated, also includes a special 75th Anniversary presentation
Various Directors. 1940. 145 m. G. USA . BYexperience.
|Sat. Nov 7 12:00 PM|
An Evening with Jesse Eisenberg
Actor, playwright, and author Jesse Eisenberg will join Janet Maslin to discuss his new collection of short stories, Bream Gives Me Hiccups which Sherman Alexie describes as “[b]rilliantly witty, deeply intelligent, and just plain hilarious." Prior to the conversation, we will screen The Double, a black comedy from Richard Ayoade (Submarine) that features Jesse Eisenberg starring against...well, Jesse Eisenberg. In The Double, Eisenberg plays Simon, a timid, isolated man who's overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. The arrival of a new confident and charismatic co-worker, James (Eisenberg), serves to upset the balance. Jesse Eisenberg will sign copies of Bream after the discussion. Film Details: 2014. 93. R. Magnolia.
|Mon. Nov 16 7:30 PM|
Ticket price includes book
Priority Purchase: JBFC Members at the Film Buff level and above may purchase tickets now. Any remaining tickets will go on sale at Fri. Oct 16 at noon.
Paradise is There
With Special Guest Natalie Merchant
This memoir-style documentary chronicles the release of Natalie Merchant’s new album Paradise is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings, in which she has re-recorded the 11 songs from her iconic multiplatinum 1995 solo debut, Tigerlily. Merchant’s entire musical life is encapsulated in this very personal film, which digs deep into the music through live performances, archival footage, and interviews. Her fellow musicians, friends, and impassioned fans share how the songs of Tigerlily have influence them over the past 20 years, and speak to how the power of music itself affects us in profound, lasting, and uplifting ways.
Q&A Natalie Merchant in conversation with Carmel Holt, WFUV assistant music director & on-air host
Natalie Merchant. 2015. 90 m. NR. USA . Abramorama.
|Tues. Nov 17 7:30 PM|