The renovation of this Spanish mission-style landmark into the Jacob Burns Film Center has created a film center kind of like the Alice Tully Hall and the Angelika rolled into one (but smaller). The Center shows an eclectic array of independent, foreign, and documentary films and retrospectives of works by classic and modern filmmakers. It also hosts events with filmmakers, including Robert Duvall, Salma Hayek, Rob Marshall, Werner Herzon, and Harvey Weinstein to chat with audiences after the films.
Just down the street from the Jacob Burns Film Center, the professionally outfitted Media Arts Lab is buzzing with people who want to know more about filmmaking. Three- and four-year-olds learn the basics of telling visual stories. Eight- to 10-year-olds practice using the real tools of animation. Teenagers make music videos using the same programs as the pros, with professional producers as their instructors. College-aged and adult auteurs are taught how to make documentaries with an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker. Everyone, regardless of age, discovers how to tell an effective story in this increasingly digital age. Soon enough, someone who comes out of the Lab will be invited down the street—this time as a big-deal director doing a Q&A about an award-winning film.
Best Library Collection (2012)
Jacob Burns Film Center’s Curated Collection at the Mount Pleasant Library - When you’re looking to watch a movie at home, sometimes services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video give you too many choices. With thousands upon thousands of available movies, how do you know what’s good? Such problems don’t exist at the Mount Pleasant Public Library, where the DVD collection is curated by none other than the Jacob Burns Film Center right up the road—so you know you’re choosing from a vetted, time-tested, all-killer/no-filler group of films. And it’s not like the Center picked a few films and called it a day—this year, the collection grew to more than 450 movies (up from 200 when it began). New titles include An Education and Up in the Air. Best of all, since they’re housed at the library, access to JBFC’s good taste is completely free.