Jacob Burns Film Center

364 Manville Road
914-747-5555

Mission: The Jacob Burns Film Center is a nonprofit cultural arts center dedicated to: presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema; promoting 21st century literacy and making film a vibrant part of the community. History: The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) began in 1998 when a group of individuals interested in creating a cultural arts center in Westchester County purchased the old Rome Theater in Pleasantville, New York. The Rome Theater, a beautiful Spanish mission-style, historic landmark building built in 1925, was one of the first movie theaters in Westchester County. Opened during the golden age of cinema, the New York Times called it "The Show Place of Westchester County." It was an active cinema, showing films until 1987, when it closed its doors due to competition with neighboring multiplexes. The group, led by founder Stephen Apkon, secured the building and an adjacent lot, formed a nonprofit organization (originally known as The Friends of the Rome Theater), and launched a $5 million capital campaign to build the Film Center. Early on, the campaign received a $1.5 million grant from the Jacob Burns Foundation. The Film Center received its name in honor of this leadership gift. Since the JBFC opened its doors to the public in June 2001, more than a million people have seen over 4,000 films from every corner of the globe. Over 65,000 students in grades 3-12 and in college have participated in our education programs, more than 50% of them from underserved communities throughout the tri-state area. Their participation, including transportation, is funded entirely by the Film Center, thanks in part to support from individuals, foundations and corporations.


Recent News

2017 Saddle Up Saturdays With Jonathan Demme

Schedule:Saturday Jan 7,2017:12.00 pm: Colorado Territory1949. 94 m. Raoul Walsh. Warner Bros. US. English. NR.Director Raoul Walsh reworks his 1941 crime drama High Sierra (Humphrey Bogart’s breakthrough) in Colorado Territory, recasting it with J…

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2016 Saddle Up Saturdays with Jonathan Demme

Westerns were my first window into movies, an art form
 that quickly gobbled up my imagination and put me on the road that led to a life of making movies as well as watching them. I must have been around five, maybe six, when I went with my mom to …

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Jacob Burns Film Center Announces Three New Board Members

Pleasantville, NY--- The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) announced today that three new members have been elected to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. The new board members are:Elizabeth Frankel, Mark Harris, and Frank Williams, Jr. El…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Receives Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating

Rating Validates JBFC’S Adherence to Good Governance and Fiduciary ResponsibilityPleasantville, NY---The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) has once again received the Charity Navigator 4-Star rating for sound fiscal management practices, accountabilit…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Curated Collection of DVDs Goes County Wide

The Collection Began in 2009 at the Mount Pleasant LibraryMount Pleasant, NY - The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) Curated Collection of DVDs, housed at the Mount Pleasant Public Library, Pleasantville, is now accessible to all library card holders in…

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Turnaround Arts, A Signature Program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Invites Jacob Burns Film Center to Present at Leadership Retreat

First Time Media Arts Discipline Will Be Represented Pleasantville, NY - The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) has been invited to participate in the Turnaround Arts Summer Leadership Retreat in Virginia. JBFC educators will share with administrators an…

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In Celebration of Earth Day, Jacob Burns Film Center Screens Planetary

JBFC Is One 75 Theaters Nationwide Screening on April 22Pleasantville, NY - As part of its “Focus on Nature” film series, the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) will screen the newly-released film Planetary on Earth Day, The screening will be followe…

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Award-Winning South Korean Filmmaker Bong Joon-ho is Jacob Burns Film Center’s Newest International Fellow

JBFC Theater to Screen “The Films of Bong Joon-ho” RetrospectivePleasantville, NY -- The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) announced that award-winning South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho is the newest international fellow. Director Bong, along with…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Receives Second Grant for Science on Screen Programming

$7,250 awarded by Coolidge Corner Theatre and Alfred P. Sloan FoundationPleasantville, NY -- The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) was awarded a $7,250 grant from the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to present Science on Scree…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Takes Another Step Forward In Responding To The Need To Redefine Literacy

Traditional Literacy—Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking—Expanded to Include Viewing and CreatingPleasantville, NY - The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) announces the launch of a groundbreaking interactive digital education platform. The new web…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Announces Four New Members Elected To Board Of Directors

Pleasantville, NY---The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) announced on October 9, 2014 that four new members have been elected to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. The new board members are: Caroline Brecker, Martin W. Gold, Theresa Beac…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Announces Expansion With Two New Theaters and Renovated Gallery

Pleasantville, NY -- The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) announced that construction has begun to add two new theaters on the third floor of its cinema complex. The new theaters will provide JBFC with 80 additional seats. The construction is contained…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Receives Support from Con Edison

Funds will be used to expand media education for Westchester County studentsPleasantville, NY - Con Edison continues its partnership with the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) through a generous contribution for Visual Literacy Education Programs which …

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Jacob Burns Film Center Advanced Calendar August 2014

Sounds of Summer: New Music DocumentariesAug. 6: HARLEM STREET SINGER: THE GUITAR GOSPEL OF REVEREND GARY DAVIS-Q&A filmmakers Trevor Laurence and Simeon HutnerAug. 13: ROCK ‘N’ ROLL NEVER FORGETS-with a multimedia presentation with New York …

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Sounds Of Summer Music Documentaries At The Jacob Burns Film Center

22 Film and Multimedia Events with Speakers and Live Performances in July and August Pleasantville, NY - The annual “Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries” series at the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) will kick off on July 10 with a multimedi…

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Jacob Burns Film Center To Participate In County-Wide Sound Art Exhibition

Exhibition is the Collaborative Effort of Sound Artist, JBFC Faculty Member, and Pleasantville High School StudentsPleasantville, NY - This summer, the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) will participate in a multi-location open-air sound art exhibition,…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Elects New Board Leadership

Pleasantville, NY – The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) announced April 17, 2014 that at the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees Hugh Price was elected Chairman of the Board and Janet Benton was elected to the newly-created position of Vice Chai…

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Two Lebanese Filmmakers To Be In Residence At Jacob Burns Film Center

Program Sponsored by The Kathryn W. Davis Fellowship for International Understanding Through FilmPleasantville, NY - The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) today announced that Lebanese documentary filmmakers George Tarabay and Elias Khalil will be the C…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Names New Executive Director

Edie Demas, Distinguished Educator in Arts Programming, Chosen to Lead the Country’s Premier Film and Media Education CenterPleasantville, NY - The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), a nonprofit educational and cultural institution dedicated to presen…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Announces 13th Kathryn W. Davis International Fellow

Hearing Impaired Filmmaker from United Kingdom Will Work on DocumentaryPleasantville, NY -- The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) has announced that Lindsey Dryden from the United Kingdom will be the 13th International Fellow. From February through Marc…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Receives $7,000 Grant From Coolidge Corner Theatre And Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Science on Screen at the JBFCPleasantville, NY---The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) was awarded a $7,000 grant from the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to present the series Science on Screen, a program of feature narrative…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Continues Commitment To Environmental Excellence

Pleasantville, NY – Over the summer months, the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) has completed renovations and major lighting improvements to its façade, three theaters, lobby, and common areas. The façade restoration was done by Ev…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Receives 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

Pleasantville, NY -- Once again the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency. Charity Navigator is the nation’s larg…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Announces Search For New Executive Director

Stephen Apkon to Move into Media ProductionPleasantville, NY -- Stephen Apkon, Founder and Executive Director of the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), announced today that he will be stepping down as its Executive Director. Apkon will head a newly-crea…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Advance Calendar in September 2013

The Shirley Clarke Project Sept. 19-22Sept. 19 - PORTRAIT OF JASON- w/Milestone Films Presentation and Project Shirley founders Amy Heller and Dennis DorosSept. 20 - THE CONNECTIONSept. 21 - ROBERT FROST: A LOVER’S QUARREL WITH THE WORLDSept. 2…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Receives $15,000 Grant From Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences

Funds Will Be Used for Filmmaker Fellowships & ResidenciesPleasantville, NY---The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) received a $15,000 grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to expand fellowship and residency opportunities for em…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Awarded $10,000 Grant to Enhance Learning Online

Film Center’s “Reel Change: Community Visions” Program Won Grant as Part of Larger Effort to Build a Learning Approach for Our TimesPleasantville, NY - The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) was awarded a $10,000 grant to support &ldquo…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Receives $20,000 Contribution from Con Edison

Funds will support education programsPleasantville, NY - Con Edison has awarded $20,000 to the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) in Pleasantville. Funds will be used for year-round education programs taking place in Westchester County schools, community…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Advance Calendar in July 2013

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries July 10-Aug. 28July 10 - Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation - Opening Night: Happy Traum, John Sebastian, and Janet Maslin with live music and reception. July 11 - Becoming Traviata July 11 …

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Jacob Burns Film Center Advance Calendar in June 2013

Contemporary Arab Cinema May 30-June 5June 1 - Zero - -w/introduction by Lina MattaJune 1 - Habibi -w/introduction by Lina MattaJune 2 - Shorts Program - Q&A w/Istislam filmmaker Mona El-NaggarJune 2 - Bekas - w/introduction by Lina MattaJune 3 -…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Student’s Film Accepted Into Major Festivals

Pleasantville NY -- Tamara Rabil’s first film, Unburden, has been accepted into five film festivals in the United States and has won two of them, the Gasparilla International Film Festival and the Lifetree Film Festival. Rabil, a co-writer and …

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Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2013

Schedule:Monday, April 8, 2013:2:30 pm: Room 514 - Sharon Bar-Ziv. 2012. 90 m. NR. Israel, Hebrew/Russian with subtitles. Film Movement.Anna, an idealistic young investigator in the Israeli military, is ordered to interrogate a senior officer accused…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Advance Calendar in May 2013

Classic Italian Cinema May 3-22May 3, 4, 6, 9 - Divorce Italian StyleMay 5, 7, 8 - 8 ½May 10, 11, 14, 15 - Amarcord May 12, 13, 15, 16 - Rocco And His BrothersMay 17, 18, 21, 22, 23 - Voyage To ItalyMay 19, 20, 22 - The LeopardMay 6, 7, 8, 9 -…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Advance Calendar in April 2013

2013 Westchester Jewish Film Festival Apr. 3-25Apr. 3, 5, 6 -  A.K.A. Doc Pomus - Q&A Apr. 3, 7:00: director Peter Miller, producer Sharyn Felder (Doc’s daughter), JBFC Executive Director Steve Apkon, and live musicApr. 4, 6 - Joe Papp In …

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Italian Composer Latest International Fellow At Jacob Burns Film Center

Lucio Gregoretti has composed music for theater, film, opera, and symphonic and chamber piecesPleasantville, NY---The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), a nonprofit cultural arts and education institution will welcome Lucio Gregoretti as its first compo…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Receives Grants To Expand 'Seeing Stories' Program

Pleasantville, NY -- The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) has received grants from the John P. & Constance A. Curran Charitable Foundation and The Frog Rock Foundation to expand the SEEING STORIES program in the Ossining School District. Beginning …

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Jacob Burns Film Center Advance Calendar in March 2013

Lucio Gregoretti: Composer-in-ResidenceMar. 7 - Francesca And Nunziata -w/Lucio GregorettiMar. 20 - Italian Language Night: Amarcord - w/Lucio Gregoretti and receptionMar. 30, 31 - The Inspector GeneralPierre Etaix – Mar. 8-14Mar. 8, 14 - Le Gr…

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JBFC Executive Director Stephen Apkon Writes Book

Stephen Apkon, Executive Director Of Thejacob Burns Film Center, Writes Book On Redefining LiteracyBook to be Published on April 16, 2013 by Farrar, Straus and GirouxPleasantville, NY -- Stephen Apkon, the Founder and Executive Director of the Jacob …

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Jacob Burns Film Center Announces New Jazz Programs

Jazz Guitarist and Vocalist John Pizzarelli to serve as Artistic Director for the new Musician-in-Residence Program.Pleasantville, NY -- The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) today announced it is receiving a multi-year grant from Adam R. Rose and Peter…

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Eiko Ishioka Costume Installation

The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) currently has on display a special installation of costumes from Mirror, Mirror, which celebrates the final costume designs of Eiko Ishioka. The installation, located in our theater lobby, can be viewed free of char…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Advance Happenings in December 2012

Catching Up – Nov. 30 – Dec. 20Nov. 30, Dec. 2, 3 -- TrishnaNov. 30, Dec. 2, 6 -- Damsels In DistressDec. 1, 4 -- Moonrise KingdomDec. 1, 5 -- Celeste And Jesse ForeverDec. 5 --  -- Redlegs-Q&A w/ filmmaker Brandon Harris and JBFC Senior…

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Jacob Burns Film Center 'Global Watch' Series

“Global Watch: Crisis, Culture, and Human Rights.” Documentary films in this series, which runs from Nov. 1-27, cover a broad range of topics including: environmental activism; justice, the legal system, and law enforcement; gay and lesbian right…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Advance Happenings in November 2012

Global Watch – November 1-27November 1, 3, 7 - The House I Live In-w/ filmmaker Eugene JareckiNovember 2, 6 - The Island PresidentNovember 2, 8 - The Invisible War W/ Less Distance From War-Q&A w/ filmmaker David Berman, film subject Nick Motte…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Announces 'Hidden China' Film Series, an Unprecedented Look Independent Chinese Cinema

Pleasantville, NY – Producer Zhu Rikun and filmmaker Wang Wo, both natives of China, are the two newest international fellows to take up residence at Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) this October, coinciding with our “Hidden China” film series. Z…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Announces 2012 Anniversary Celebration

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.2012 HO…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Adds Hearing Loop System to Its Theaters

Pleasantville, NY -- The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) has installed a hearing loop system to serve adults, students and young children with hearing loss in all three theaters at the Film Center as well as in the Screening Room at the Media Arts Lab…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Receives $25,000 NEA Grant For Minds In Motion

JBFC Will Partner With Five Yonkers Schools to offer Program to Fourth Graders.Pleasantville, NY---The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) has received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to engage over 300 Yonkers students in M…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Celebrates Blue Sky Studios, Creators of Ice Age, Robots, and Rio

Pleasantville, NY---The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) is collaborating with the Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) to Celebrate Blue Sky Studios. KMA is presenting “Ice Age to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation of Blue Sky Studios,” a Blue Sky Studios e…

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Jacob Burns Film Center Receives 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

Award is for Fiscal Management, Accountability, and TransparencyPleasantville, NY – Once again the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountabili…

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