Pleasantville, NY – July 26, 2011 – Academy Award-winning filmmaker
Ron Howard has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Jacob
Burns Film Center (JBFC), a nonprofit institution with a dual mission of
independent film exhibition and 21st century education.
“Ron has been a member of the JBFC since the very beginning. He was
the recipient of our first Vision Award in 2005, has delighted our audiences
through Q&As following screenings of his films, and has been an important voice in our educational
mission,” said Steve Apkon, Founder and Executive Director of the JBFC. “And, now as we
celebrate our 10 year anniversary and continue to plan for our future, we are thrilled to have Ron’s
passion, humanity, and creativity on our Board.”
“Having been involved with the Center for so many years, I am
excited and honored to join the Board,” said Ron Howard. “I
remember years ago sitting in a room discussing with Steve and
several faculty members the relevance of JBFC’s approach to
education given the world we live in today. I believe in the guiding
principles behind both their education and film programs and I want
to help explore new partnerships that broaden their reach.”
The JBFC Board is committed to the expansion of the Center’s
innovative education programs, which are as vital to the
organization as its acclaimed film programming and have reached
over 75,000 students across the region. The JBFC programs teach
students to communicate with visual and aural media while learning
the skills of collaboration, innovation, problem solving, cross cultural
understanding, and risk taking.
In addition to his role on the board, Ron Howard is a Co-Chair of JBFC’s Tribute to Steven
Spielberg, along with his wife, Cheryl. Fellow Co-Chairs include Gerald and Agnes Hassell, and
Janet Maslin and Ben Cheever. The Tribute, which will be held on the JBFC campus on Saturday,
September 17, will benefit the Center’s education and outreach programs.
Ron Howard is one of this generation’s most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed
dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has
created some of Hollywood’s most memorable films.
Howard directed and produced Cinderella Man starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe, with whom he
previously collaborated on A Beautiful Mind, for which Howard earned an Oscar for Best Director
and which also won awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. He
received his first Best Director of the Year award from the DGA for Apollo 13. The true-life drama
also garnered nine Academy Award nominations, winning Oscars for Best Film Editing and Best
Sound. Many of Howard’s past films have received nods from the Academy, including the popular
hits Backdraft, Parenthood and Cocoon, the last of which took home two Oscars. Howard’s more
recent films include: The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Frost/Nixon and The Dilemma.
The (JBFC) is a nonprofit cultural arts organization dedicated to: presenting the best of
independent, documentary, and world cinema; promoting 21st century literacy, and making film a
vibrant part of the community. Located on a 47,500 sq. foot, three-building campus in the center of
Pleasantville, the JBFC is just 30 miles outside of New York City. Since the opening in 2001, over
1,000,000 people have seen over 4,500 films from more than 40 countries The campus includes
the 27,000 sq. feet Media Arts Lab, the JBFC’s state-of-the-art education center, a creative and
educational community for storytellers in the digital age, offering one-time workshops, intensive
courses, and weekend programs for children and adults of all ages. The JBFC Board of Directors,
in addition to Mr. Howard, includes David Swope, (Chairman), Janet Maslin, (President), Brian
Ackerman (ex officio), David Alexander, Stephen Apkon, Lisa Hertz Apkon, David Barber, Janet
Benton, Helen W. Bernstein, Joseph P. Carlucci, Sabrina Coughlin, Jonathan Demme, Paul D.
Frankel, Gary E. Knell, Nancy S. Kohlberg, Damian Kozlowski, Hugh Price, Art Samberg,
(Chairman Emeritus), Jeff Samberg, Esmeralda Santiago, Barry Shenkman, and Brian Skarstad.
To learn more about the Jacob Burns Film Center and Media Arts Lab, visit
Abby Popper ([email protected]) 914.773.7663, ext. 424
Rob Sampogna ([email protected]) 914.773.7663, ext. 434