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

Gene Wilder Marathon
  • Sun, Dec 25 12:00 PM
  • $18.00

Join us as we honor Gene Wilder, a beloved actor and director who left his mark on American film and theater for a generation.

Purchase tickets to Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles, and The Frisco Kid separately (see below), or register for the entire marathon for $18.

12 PM Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
2 PM
Blazing Saddles
4 PM The Frisco Kid

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
  • Sun, Dec 25 12:00 PM
  • $7.00

Dir. Mel Stuart (USA, 1971, 100 min.)

The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his candy factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, whose family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat. In movieland, magic can happen, and Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, gets the chance of a lifetime. Along the way, mild disasters befall each of the other children. Can Charlie beat the odds and grab the prize brass ring?

Blazing Saddles
  • Sun, Dec 25 2:00 PM
  • $7.00

Dir. Mel Brooks (USA, 1974, 93 min.)

In this satirical take on Westerns, crafty railroad worker Bart (Cleavon Little) becomes the first black sheriff of Rock Ridge, a frontier town about to be destroyed in order to make way for a new railroad. Initially, the people of Rock Ridge harbor a racial bias toward their new leader. However, they warm to him after realizing that Bart and his perpetually drunk gunfighter friend (Gene Wilder) are their only defense against a wave of thugs.

The Frisco Kid
  • Sun, Dec 25 4:00 PM
  • $7.00

Dir. Robert Aldrich (USA, 1979, 119 min.)

Harrison Ford and Gene Wilder star as a taciturn gunslinger and a clueless immigrant rabbi traveling across the Wild West. Ranked 87th out of 88 in his rabbinical class, Avram Belinski (Gene Wilder) accepts a posting to Gold Rush-era San Francisco, and  sets out from Philadelphia believing he can walk to his destination. Along the way, he befriends bank robber Tommy Lillard (Harrison Ford). As this mismatched pair crosses the frontier, the Old West will never be the same.

Winter Season Film Pass
  • 1/1/2017 - 4/30/2017
  • $50.00 / $70.00

Purchase a pass for our acclaimed series and enjoy a spectacular season of preview and premiere films, special cinematic events and discussions. Enjoy cutting-edge films from around the world, documentaries and special engagements, followed by conversations with filmmakers and special guest speakers.

*USAGE NOTES: Winter season runs from 1/1/17-4/30/17. This pass is for personal use only. Passes do not include film festival screenings. To assure tickets to each screening, reservations are still necessary. Please claim tickets in the JCC lobby. Pass does not constitute ticket to films/events.*

Heather Booth: Changing the World
  • Tue, Jan 10 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Lilly Rivlin (USA, 2017, 60 min.)

Heather Booth is the most influential person you never heard of. In telling the story of Heather Booth, following her evolution from an activist in Mississippi to a legendary political organizer, the film also presents an overview of 50 years of the Progressive movement, as well as a manual on how to become an organizer.

Screening followed by Q&A

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise at JCC Harlem
  • Sun, Jan 15 5:00 PM
  • $5.00

This is the first film to be made about the incomparable Maya Angelou. The film presents her incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life with remarkable unmatched access. This intimate and personal portrait of Dr. Maya Angelou’s life is a touching and moving tribute to her legacy. See link for trailer:

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise at JCC Manhattan
  • Mon, Jan 16 7:30 PM
  • $5.00

Dir. Bob Hercules & Rita Coburn Whack (USA, 2016, 112 min.)

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” icon Maya Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. Dr. Angelou’s was a prolific life; as a singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries.

This unprecedented film celebrates Dr. Maya Angelou by weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which portray hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of America’s most defining moments. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to her inaugural speech for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible journey through the life of a true American icon.

The film also features a remarkable series of interviews with friends and family including President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Alfre Woodard, Cicely Tyson, Quincy Jones, Secretary Hillary Clinton, John Singleton, and Dr. Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson.

Screening followed by Q&A

Fever at Dawn
  • Tue, Jan 31 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Péter Gárdos (Hungary, 2016, 110 min.)

In 1945, after having been freed from a concentration camp, a 25-year-old Hungarian man, Miklós, is being treated at a Swedish hospital. The doctors diagnose him with a severe lung disease and tell him that he has no more than six months to live. But he refuses to give up, tries to find a wife with whom he can start a new life, and sends letters to 117 Hungarian girls who are also being treated in Sweden. One of the girls is 19-year-old Lili, who likes Miklós's letter, and they start corresponding. Based on the novel Fever at Dawn.

Screening followed by Q&A

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