N.Y. film center plans summer of song, animation and family fun

Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Andrew Bird, Mama Africa and Neil Young all will be appearing under the same roof this summer. How, do you ask?

They are the musicians, along with many others, who will be profiled in the Jacob Burns Film Center’s “Sounds of Summer” music documentaries series that kicked off earlier in June and will continue through mid-August. In the next few weeks, you can catch the Beatles’ animated classic “Yellow Submarine,” a look at multitalented Harry Belafonte in “Sing Your Song” and Kevin Macdonald’s 2012 film “Marley: The Definitive Story” (see trailer above).

The season will continue with films covering all manner of musical genres, including three movies by Martin Scorsese, including “The Last Waltz,” “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” and “Shine a Light.” You can see a complete list here.

The music series is just part of the summer programming for the center, which is located at 364 Manville Road in Pleasantville, N.Y.. Fans of animated shorts will be pleased, for instance, as will fans of Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki. This summer, this legendary filmmaker’s classic films, such as “Castle in the Sky,” “Spirited Away” (see trailer below) and “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” will be shown in Japanese with subtitles, along with several films that have not be available until now in the United States, according to organizers. The difficulty may be in choosing how many you will go and see. That series runs through the month of August.

Several of Miyazaki films that are dubbed in English also will be featured in the Movies For Kids series. You can find that schedule here.

For more information about the film center, visit its website. It’s there you can find schedules, movie times and admission costs.

Christina Hennessy