Jacob Burns Film Center Announces 2012 Anniversary Celebration

Arts and Entertainment

September 24, 2012

From: Jacob Burns Film Center
Pleasantville, NY---Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) will honor three individuals who have helped further its mission through their commitment to film and education at the Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, September 29, 2012 in Pleasantville.


LEADERSHIP AWARD---- Kathryn W. Davis

NEW LENS AWARD---- Benh Zeitlin

PRESIDENT'S AWARD ----Paul D. Frankel

Kathryn Davis is one of the JBFC's most extraordinary leaders of its first decade. Her vision for a world united by dialogue and a sense of common humanity led to the creation of the Kathryn W. Davis Fellowship for International Understanding Through Film. A resident of Tarrytown for over 70 years, Kathryn Davis received a BA from Wellesley College, an MA in International Relations from Columbia University, and a PhD from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. A recipient of the 2006 Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, she also holds honorary doctorates from Columbia University and Middlebury College.

Director of one of this year's most highly acclaimed films, Benh Zeitlin burst onto the scene with Beasts of the Southern Wild winning Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d'Or at Cannes. In 2004, he cofounded the Court 13 independent filmmaking collective, named after a Wesleyan University squash court that Benh and his friends used as a filming site. This will be a wonderful homecoming for Benh, who graduated from Hastings High School before earning a degree in film studies from Wesleyan. Academy award-winning filmmaker and JBFC board member Jonathan Demme will be presenting the award.

A founding Board member and its first President, Paul Frankel was initially drawn to the JBFC because it embodied his dual love for film and the arts. An avid art collector, Paul Frankel was a Partner and Director of the John Weber Gallery in New York City and an owner of the art publishing house Paul David Press before embarking upon a career in finance. A resident of Armonk, Paul Frankel is currently President of Frankel & Sons Family Office.

Proceeds from the annual Anniversary Celebration will support JBFC's education and outreach programs. Nearly 13,000 students in Pre-K through grade 12 experience JBFC's creative approach to education each year. More than 50% of these students are from underserved communities, including Mt. Vernon and Yonkers, and participate completely free of charge.

To learn more about the Anniversary Celebration, or to purchase tables or tickets, please contact Melissa Tepe at 914-773-7663, ext. 436 or at mtepe@burnsfilmcenter.org.