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Hilary To Be Honored At JBFC

Two-time award-winning actress Hilary Swank will join Silver Screen Circle members of the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) on Monday, December 17 for a preview screening of her newest film P.S. I Love You.

JBFC Board President and New York Times critic Janet Maslin will interview Swank following the screening. The evening will culminate with a festive dinner in the Jane Peck Gallery of the Film Center.

Swank has won two Academy Awards for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role” for her roles in Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby.

Previous Silver Screen Circle Dinner honorees have included Kevin Spacey, director Rob Marshall, Edward Norton, Robert Duvall and Jeff Bridges.

Silver Screen Circle level memberships begin at $2,500 and are critical in supporting the Film Center’s education and outreach programs which serve nearly 15,000 students annually from grades three through high school.

The Silver Screen Circle Dinner is just one event the Film Center hosts throughout the year. Over 450 films are shown each year with more than 200 guest speakers. Recent fall events with special guests have included Across the Universe with director Julie Taymor and music producer Elliot Goldenthal, Margot at the Wedding with writer/director Noah Baumbach, I’m Not There with Todd Haynes, Taxi to the Darkside with filmmaker Alex Gibney, Romance and Cigarettes with filmmaker John Turturro and Lars and The Real Girl with Ryan Gosling and director Craig Gillespie.

With the success of and demand for the Film Center’s education programs, a Campaign for 21st Century Education was launched with the Media and Education Center, a new 26,000 sq. ft. facility, at its core.  The Media and Education Center is scheduled to open summer of 2008 and will provide an array of programs for children and adults.

The Jacob Burns Film Center is a not-for-profit cultural arts organization in Pleasantville, New York dedicated to:  presenting the best of independent, documentary and world cinema; promoting visual literacy, and making film a vibrant part of the community.  The programs are inspired by the power of film to challenge, educate and inspire; to transport us to worlds beyond our own; and to create community through shared dialogue and cultural experience.  Since the opening in June 2001, over 1,000,000 people have seen over 2,500 films from more than 40 countries.  From students learning critical viewing skills and discussing films with the filmmakers, to creating their own animated shorts, the Film Center uses the visual imagery of film as a catalyst for learning.  To learn more about the Jacob Burns Film Center, visit