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Jacob Burns Center to Honor the Spielberg Legacy

Jacob Burns Center to Honor the Spielberg Legacy

The Pleasantville, NY film and education center Jacob Burns Film Center is celebrating the legacy of Steven Spielberg by honoring him with their JBFC Vision Award for 2011 on September 17.

The full release follows below…


Pleasantville NY – April 6, 2011 – The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), a cultural arts institution with a dual mission of film and education, is presenting its 2011 JBFC Vision Award to Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg in recognition of his iconic career as a director, screenwriter, and producer. A Tribute to Steven Spielberg will take place on Saturday, September 17 as part of the JBFC’s 10th anniversary celebration.

“There is no greater storyteller in film than Steven Spielberg, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to honor him with the JBFC Vision Award and to welcome him here on the occasion of our 10th anniversary,” said JBFC Executive Director Steve Apkon. “No one has had a greater impact on the movie industry and our culture in the past 40 years. He has been an enormous inspiration to our mission and programs here at the Jacob Burns Film Center and the Media Arts Lab.”

“I have been following the JBFC story since before it opened its doors and am very excited to be there to celebrate a decade of films and education and to receive this award,” Mr. Spielberg says. “Not only is the JBFC a national leader in art house programming, but their education initiatives are extraordinary. Today, more than ever, our children must become visually literate, and the JBFC is leading the way. I am honored to and look forward to joining the celebration in Pleasantville.”

All proceeds from A Tribute to Steven Spielberg will benefit JBFC’s education and outreach programs. Over 11,000 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 and participate in programs completely free of charge. The Media Arts Lab, JBFC’s state-of-the-art education facility located down the street from the Theater, is the hub for these programs, where new curricula for all ages and across all disciplines are developed, piloted, and implemented.

A Tribute to Steven Spielberg will be held on the JBFC campus in Pleasantville. More details, including presenters and special guests, will soon follow. For sponsorship and ticket information, please contact Kim Turner at 914.773.7663, ext. 429.

The JBFC is a nonprofit cultural arts organization dedicated to: presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema; promoting 21st century literacy, and making film a vibrant part of the community. Located on a 47,500 sq. foot, three-building campus in the center of Pleasantville, the JBFC is just 30 miles outside of New York City. Since the opening in 2001, over 1,000,000 people have seen over 4,500 films from more than 40 countries The campus includes the 27,000 sq. feet Media Arts Lab, the JBFC’s state-of-the-art education center, a creative and educational community for storytellers in the digital age, offering one-time workshops, intensive courses, and weekend programs for children and adults of all ages. To learn more about the Jacob Burns Film Center and Media Arts Lab, visit www.burnsfilmcenter.org.

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