jacob burns’ virtual marquee

If you missed the Jacob Burns Film Center’s screening of Some Kind of Heaven, the documentary from Lance Oppenheim that “cracks the manicured facade” of The Villages (a massive self-contained retirement community in Central Florida), you will want to consider signing up for JBFC’s new virtual screening platform so as not to miss any other gems. 

Designed to provide easy and streamlined at-home access to JBFC content, viewing is available on your phone, tablet, laptop, desktop or television. Their Virtual Marquee Apple and Roku TV apps are also available for home media set-up.
The platform features an ongoing selection of new releases along with an appealing curated selection of repertory films and one-of-a-kind series, which recently included Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema and Contemporary Arab Cinema.

There is no cost to sign up. Most screenings cost $12, after which you’ll have about a week to watch the film online. Purchases provide much-needed support to JBFC, as the theater remains closed (as of this report) due to the pandemic. Go to their website www.burnsfilmcenter.org to learn more and become a member.

Exciting news just released (March 10) from JBFC:


We are thrilled to open the Theater doors on Friday, April 30, and welcome our community back to the JBFC.  It has been a long and difficult year, but thanks to the strength and support of the JBFC community, we are ready and prepared to embrace this exciting moment.

We completed multiple improvements to the facility in anticipation of our reopening, including the installation of Bi-Polar Ionization air purification units throughout the JBFC Theater and Media Arts Lab. Visit our safety webpage for details about the facility improvements, safety measures, and procedures, including social distancing, assigned seating, and more.

Our Theater hours and screening schedule will be announced before we reopen. We will continue to offer film programs through our Virtual Marquee, so you will be able to experience the programming we have to offer, whether in-person at the Theater or from the comfort of home.

In celebration of our reopening, we are delighted to present Projecting Light Through Darkness, which dramatically brightens the JBFC Theater. This vibrant installation, paired with a stunning and permanent upgrade to the Theater marquee, brings light to our corner of Pleasantville after an unprecedented period of darkness for the JBFC and for all of us. This work is made possible by a generous gift from Suzanne and Robert Harwood. 

The installation will be on view seven days a week from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm through April 27, paving the way to our reopening. Visit Pleasantville to experience the lights, best seen after darkness, and while you are in town, please support a local business or restaurant.

We are profoundly grateful to our donors, members, and the entire community for remaining by our side and helping to make so much possible. We’ll see you at the movies!

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