Jacob Burns Film Center Hosts Lebanese Documentary Filmmakers

Art Samberg, a notable philanthropist and Wall Street veteran, has always made time to give back to the community. In addition to making three generous donations to the Columbia Business School, Arthur J. Samberg has served on the board of directors for a variety of organizations, including the Jacob Burns Film Center.

The Jacob Burns Film Center was established with the goal of helping disseminate the best independent and documentary films from around the world and offering a unique cinematic experience to enrich the community. The institution not only features a technologically advanced theater and expansive media arts lab, but it also has living quarters for international filmmakers who visit and work at the Center.

In 2013, two Lebanese filmmakers were invited to become the center’s 14th and 15th international fellows. George Tarabay and Elias Khalilwill resided at the Center from April 16 through May 18, while working on their film project, called “The Changing Map of Lebanon.”

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Jacob Burns Film Center and Media Arts Lab Hosts Summer Camp for Kids

Arthur J. Samberg, the former head of what was at one time the world’s largest hedge fund and a generous donor to charitable causes such as hospitals and institutions of higher learning, takes an interest in supporting the arts in the New York community. In fact, Art Samberg serves on the boards of several arts organizations, including the Jacob Burns Film Center and Media Arts Lab.

The Jacob Burns Film Center and Media Arts Lab, a non-profit educational institution, promotes film literacy and the role of film productions in the life of the community. Its flagship facility houses a theater complex and film lab and hosts numerous classes and events, including the upcoming Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

In the summer of 2014, the Jacob Burns Film Center’s lab will host a number of classes for students in grades 3 through 10. The lab camp’s workshops feature everything from scriptwriting and lighting to music production, video game design, and three-dimensional computer organization. A staff-to-student ratio of one to five, combined with a maximum group size of 10, ensures everyone receives personalized attention.

The classes run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the months of June, July, and August. Parties with family memberships at the Center receive discounts on the registration fee, as do early registrants and siblings of registrants.