364 Manville Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570
Description: Magician Benjamin Levy has awed audiences around the world with his dazzling shows, even performing for President Obama's 50th birthday party at the White House. Levy guides this exciting exploration of magic and the movies, explaining how stage magicians of the late Victorian era paved the way for the beginnings of movie magic with their special effects. He'll introduce "El Espectro Rojo" (1907), and other early magical short films created by magicians, including the extraordinary innovator, George Melies. (Remember him from "Hugo?") And that's not all! Levy promises to demonstrate some jaw-dropping magic of his own, and maybe even show how some tricks are done! Approx. 85 min. Presented in conjunction with the Hudson River Museum, whose exhibition "Gilded Age Magic" is on view through Sept. 9.
Venue Description: As a nonprofit institution offering film education every day of the year, the Jacob Burns Film Center screens first-run independent films, previews, classic films, and documentaries from around the world, while promoting 21st-century literacy and striving to convey the brilliance and power of film. Beyond its theater complex, the center includes the 27,000-square-foot Media Arts Lab, with a fully equipped soundstage, recording studio, 60-seat screening room, and 16 editing suites. More than 150 directors, actors, and scholars address the center's audiences each year. The Burns offers additional instructional programs to students in grades 3-12 and those in college. The Center also provides outreach programs, including Family Films and Matinees for Seniors.
The Jacob Burns Film Center is located at 364 Manville Road in Pleasantville, NY, and the Media Arts Lab is located at 405 Manville Road. The box is open daily, opening one hour prior to the first film of the day and closing 15 minutes after the start of the last scheduled film. For more information: 914-747-5555 or burnsfilmcenter.org.
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