Join us for premieres and previews, meet filmmakers, and engage in conversations about topics central to our community.

Cinematters: Film @ the JCC

JCC Manhattan's film program showcases films that promote change and reflect on pertinent themes. Featuring previews and special engagements, CINEMATTERS emphasizes films on social justice, social action, and matters crucial to our New York community and society at large. Presenting movies from around the world, our screenings include special guest speakers, filmmakers, actors, and other interactive opportunities to further engage with the themes in our award-winning films. We believe films move and impact audiences and are one of the most compelling ways to effect change. We invite you to be inspired, join the conversation, and begin to change our world.


Upcoming Screenings

Rooftop Screening: The Crash Reel
Reelabilities Film Festival
  • Tue, Aug 04 8:30 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

(Dir. Lucy Walker, USA, 108 min.)

The dramatic story of one unforgettable athlete, Kevin Pearce; one eye-popping sport, snowboarding; and one explosive issue, Traumatic Brain Injury. A comeback story with a difference. An escalating rivalry between Kevin and his nemesis Shaun White in the run-up to the 2010 Olympics leaves Shaun on top of the Olympic podium and Kevin in a coma following a training accident in Park City, Utah.  Kevin's tight-knit Vermont family flies to his side and helps him rebuild his life as a brain injury survivor.

Free screening presented as part of the ReelAbilities summer film series, celebrating 25 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Special Preview: Rosenwald
  • Tue, Aug 11 7:00 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Dir. Aviva Kempner (USA, 2015, 100 min)

The incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears.  Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century. Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. Because of his modesty, Rosenwald’s philanthropy and social activism are not well known today. He gave away $62 million in his lifetime.

ROSENWALD opens at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on August 14th in Manhattan and continues with a national release. For more information, visit

Free screening followed by Q&A with director Aviva Kempner and Columbia University film professor Annette Insdorf.

How to Dance in Ohio
Reelabilities Film Festival
  • Tue, Oct 27 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Alexandra Shiva (USA, 2015, 89 min)

A first kiss. A first dance. These are the rites of passage of American youth that hold the promise of magic, romance, and initiation into adulthood. For some teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum, the transition is nothing less than paralyzing. In Columbus, Ohio, a group of young people with an array of developmental challenges prepares for an iconic event—a spring formal dance. They deconstruct fear and larger-than-life social anxiety one step at a time by picking dates, dresses, and, ultimately, a king and Queen of the prom. How to Dance in Ohio is a story of the universal human need to grow, connect, and belong, uniquely dramatized by individuals facing the deepest struggles with social survival.

Special presentation with HBO.

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