Jacob Burns Film Center

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The Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY

The Jacob Burns Film Center is a nonprofit cultural arts center located in Pleasantville, NY. It occupies a moviehouse that was for many decades known as the Rome Theater.

The center also hosts a variety of special events, including discussions with filmmakers, critics and people from the industry following some screenings. The film advisory committee for the JBFC includes a number of individuals that have starred in popular films.[1]

Along with a selection of films offered every week, the Jacob Burns Film Center has developed education programs for children in grades 3 through 12.[2] A new film school building called the Media Arts Lab opened in December, 2008.


The Jacob Burns Film Center shows independent and documentary films.

It rarely shows mainstream films, except for special showings, as when, for example, they had a showing of A Series of Unfortunate Events with Daniel Handler and Meryl Streep in attendance.[citation needed]

Guest visitors[edit]

The Burns Film Center has attracted many famous faces to come and speak after film screenings. These include Woody Allen, Angela Bassett, Colin Firth, Johnny Madera, Tim Burton, Scarlett Johansson, Edward Norton, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise, Ang Lee, Oliver Stone, Benh Zeitlin, Ron Howard, John Travolta, William Hurt, Vanessa Williams, Bill Clinton, Salma Hayek, Isabella Rossellini, Kevin Smith, Ben Stiller, Daniel Handler, Alec Baldwin, Steven Soderbergh, Omar Sharif and Jonathan Demme.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Jacob Burns Film Center and Media Arts Lab - About". Burnsfilmcenter.org. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  2. ^ "Jacob Burns Film Center and Media Arts Lab - Education". Burnsfilmcenter.org. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 

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