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Hip talk-radio host Mingus (Chris Rock) and his French photographer girlfriend, Marion (Julie Delpy), live cozily in a New York apartment with their cat and two young children from previous relationships. But when Marion’s jolly father (played by Delpy’s real-life dad, Albert Delpy), her oversexed sister, and her sister’s outrageous boyfriend descend upon them for an overseas visit, it initiates two unforgettable days of family mayhem. Can this New York couple survive a French invasion? Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Showtimes
  • 7:00 PM
  • Fri. May 4, 2012
  • • Bellevue Theater



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Esteemed portrait photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders interviews fashion’s top
supermodels on their lives, careers, and lifelong relationship with beauty. From youth to cosmetic surgery, addiction to self-esteem, overnight stardom to reinvention, this HBO documentary reveals the extraordinary women behind the famous faces. The memorable testimonies include Paulina Porizkova on her insecurities; Pat Cleveland on breaking boundaries for African-American women; and Carol Alt on posing for Playboy in her late 40s. Not to mention Christie Brinkley, Beverly Johnson, Jerry Hall, Isabella Rossellini and more. Courtesy of HBO Documentary Films.

Showtimes
  • 2:00pm
  • Sun. May 6, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



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Explore the life and career of The Tonight Show host — seen by more people than anyone else in U.S. history — through unprecedented access to Carson’s personal and professional archives, including all existing episodes of The Tonight Show from 1962-1992. Interviews with family, colleagues and performers who appeared, or began, on The Tonight Show illuminate his story: David Letterman, Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, Conan O’Brien, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Joan Rivers, Mel Brooks, Angie Dickinson, David Steinberg, Don Rickles, Carl Reiner, Doc Severinsen, and others. Kevin Spacey narrates.

Showtimes
  • 9:15pm
  • Wed. May 2, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema
  • 9:15pm
  • Sat. May 5, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



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Terence Nance dazzled audiences at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival with this bold debut that’s hard to define as fact or fiction. As both director and film subject, Nance brings a delightful sense of humor and vulnerability to chronicling his relationship with a lovely young woman (Namik Minter), teetering between platonic and romantic. Utilizing a tapestry of live action and animated styles, Nance explores his fantasies, emotions, and memories for a vibrant expression of young love.

Showtimes
  • 7:00pm
  • Fri. May 4, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema
  • 9:50pm
  • Sun. May 6, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



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Thomas Bentey directs, writes and stars in this right of passage tale about a young New Jersey journalist aspiring for bigger opportunities in Manhattan. When he’s assigned to write a story about the singles pick-up scene at Jersey Shore nightclubs, he’s pulled back to a world he tried to escape. At the Jersey Shore looks past the stereotypes well publicized by reality TV and reveals more nuanced characters.

Showtimes
  • 9:30pm
  • Fri. May 4, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



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Co-presented with Barista KidsThe Audience Award winner at SXSW, Brooklyn Castle looks at how chess transformed an inner city school where a majority of students’ families live below the poverty level. The school I.S. 318 has the most winning junior high school chess team in the nation. But a series of recession-driven public school budget cuts now threaten to undermine those hard-won successes. The film follows several of the school’s players and makes us acutely aware of why schools deserve greater resources.

Showtimes
  • 2:30pm
  • Sun. May 6, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



French painter Jean Marc Calvet recounts his incredible life story as a street kid turned Cannes bodyguard who abandoned his family, robbed a Miami mobster, hid out in Central America and overcame addictions by teaching himself how to paint at age 38. That was seven years ago. Now his intricate paintings sell for five figures, but he remains desperate to reconcile with the son he left behind.

Showtimes
  • 7:00pm
  • Sun. May 6, 2012
  • • Bellevue Theater



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Two Oscar®-winning actresses Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck) and Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot) star as Stella and Dot, an aging couple who embark on a Thelma & Louise-style road trip to be legally married. Dukakis (who lived for 30 years in Montclair) gives a fearless performance as a crotchety rebel with a cause, battling the narrow minded and cursing like a sailor. By turns, comic, poignant and profane, Cloudburst celebrates the power of love against adversity.

Showtimes
  • 8:00pm
  • Thurs. May 3, 2012
  • • Bellevue Theater



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WORLD PREMIERE David Bromberg is a musician’s musician who collaborated with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia and other greats. But Bromberg stopped performing publicly in the 1980’s and turned to violin making. New Jersey director Beth Toni Kruvant, who won acclaim for Heart of Stone about Newark’s Weequahic High School, follows Bromberg as he helps to revitalize an urban community and makes a musical comeback with esteemed friends such as Dr. John and Levon Helm.

Showtimes
  • 9:15pm
  • Fri. May 4, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



Set in New York’s Russian immigrant community, Downtown Express uses music to explore how old world values clash in a new country. New Jersey director David Grubin recruited accomplished musicians for key roles. Philippe Quint, a Grammy-nominated violinist, plays a young Russian on a scholarship to Juilliard. When he falls in love with a downtown singer/songwriter (played by recording artist Nellie McKay), he must decide whether to break with his father and forge his own destiny.

Showtimes
  • 4:30pm
  • Sun. May 6, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



Dubbed the “Father of Trash Television,” Morton Downey Jr. pushed the boundaries of controversy and confrontation from his New Jersey studio and became a media sensation in the late 1980s. Évocateur gains access to never-before-seen footage and takes us behind Downey’s cult of personality while charting his rise and fall. Interviewees include Pat Buchanan, Sally Jessy Raphael, Alan Dershowitz, as well as Downey’s former colleagues, critics and fans. Their testimony brings new insight to a bizarre chapter of TV history.

Showtimes
  • 7:00pm
  • Sat. May 5, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



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Meet the filmmakers and hang with friends on the Saturday night of the Festival. The party will be held at Montclair Station Restaurant, with an open bar and festive food until the wee hours.

Montclair Station Restaurant is at 275 Bellevue Ave, Upper Montclair (2 minute walk from the Bellevue Cinema).

Showtimes
  • 9:00pm
  • Sat. May 5, 2012
  • • Montclair Station Restaurant



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Co-presented with Barista Kids.  The Audience Award winner at DOC NYC, First Position changes our perception of ballet by following a diverse group of student dancers as they compete for scholarships at the Youth America Grand Prix. First time director Bess Kargman follows six students from varied backgrounds (including a Sierre Leone war orphan adopted by a New Jersery family) as they strive to achieve their dreams. Even if you’re not a ballet aficionado, you can’t help rooting for their hard work to pay off. Courtesy of Sundance Selects.

Showtimes
  • 11:30am
  • Sat. May 5, 2012
  • • Bellevue Theater



Flat Daddy gives a fresh perspective on America during wartime by looking at a quirky motif. As American soldiers get shipped abroad, their families fill the void with life-size cardboard photos known as “Flat Daddies” or “Heroes on a Stick.” Directors Nara Garber and Betsy Nagler (who was born and raised in New Jersey) follow four families over a year to explore war’s impact on those left behind.

Showtimes
  • 11:30am
  • Sat. May 5, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



Co-presented with The Adult School of Montclair.  Two documentary makers discuss their craft. Shola Lynch, director of the Peabody-winner Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed, is preparing the debut of her new film Free Angela & All Political Prisoners about 1970’s revolutionary politics. Montclair resident Dawn Porter is completing Gideon’s Army (pictured) about southern defense lawyers for HBO Documentary Films. Hear the stories behind these two highly anticipated docs.

Showtimes
  • 12:00pm
  • Sun. May 6, 2012
  • • Montclair Public Library



Co-presented with The Adult School of Montclair.  Editors are the unsung heroes of filmmaking, as vital as the cinematographer or the director. But an editor’s contribution is harder to detect. Filmmaker and editor Jeffrey Wolf (Beautiful Girls; Downtown Express) sheds light on the mysteries of editing in a discussion with esteemed practitioners John Axelrad (Crazy Heart, Something Borrowed, We Own the Knight) and Keith Reamer (The Ballad of Little Jo, I Shot Andy Warhol, Three Seasons).

Showtimes
  • 3:30pm
  • Sun. May 6, 2012
  • • Montclair Public Library



Co-presented with The Adult School of Montclair.  Where do screenwriters get their ideas? How are they influenced by actors, directors and other factors? AMC TV executive Joel Stillerman (Mad Men; The Walking Dead) leads a conversation with screenwriting partners Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Ocean’s 13; Solitary Man; and creators of the ESPN series Tilt) and Richard Price (Clockers; The Wire) about their process. They’ll also compare the differences between film and television writing.

Showtimes
  • 1:45pm
  • Sun. May 6, 2012
  • • Montclair Public Library



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Set in London in the 1880’s, at the height of Victorian prudishness, Hysteria turns the true story of inventing the vibrator into a cheeky romantic comedy. The terrific cast (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones and Rupert Everett) brings a subversive air to the costume drama. “Hysteria” was the catchall diagnosis for inexplicable women’s issues. When a doctor develops an electric treatment, it sends sparks flying over questions of sex, medicine, class and conformity. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Showtimes
  • 9:30pm
  • Sat. May 5, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



Co-presented with The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization created by Martin Scorsese, that is dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. Montclair resident Margaret Bodde serves as its executive director and will introduce the screening. The festival is proud to present this classic work restored with support from The Film Foundation.

King Kong has spawned countless imitations, but there’s nothing like the original. This is a rare chance to experience it on the big screen: the ground breaking special effects, the allure of Fay Wray, and the spectacle of a monster running amok in New York City. Double your pleasure by bringing a youngster to discover it for the first time.

Restored by the Academy Film Archive in collaboration with Warner Bros. with funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation.

Showtimes
  • 4:30pm
  • Sun. May 6, 2012
  • • Bellevue Theater



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In a hilarious Borat-style experiment, director Vikram Gandhi poses as a guru to make a point about blind faith. But the line between fake and real gets blurry when he attracts loyal followers. (Watch out for a scene shot in Montclair). As he gets more deeply involved with his disciples, it becomes harder to give up the ruse. The film’s mix of comedy, compassion and suspense made it an audience award winner at SXSW. Courtesy of Kino Lorber.

Showtimes
  • 5:00pm
  • Sat. May 5, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



Last Call at the Oasis is a wake-up call to the shocking decline in the world’s fresh water supply. There’s no escaping a crisis, but shifting our behavior can lessen the impact. This invigorating film from the producers of Food, Inc. and An Inconvenient Truth can play a part. Oscar®–winning director Jessica Yu draws upon the research of scientists and enlists diverse voices ranging from the real Erin Brockovich, exemplifying feisty resistance, to actor Jack Black, supplying welcome comic relief. Courtesy of ATO.

Showtimes
  • 11:30am
  • Sun. May 6, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



Co-presented with BlueWaveNJThree-time felon, one-time Tony Award winner, Lemon Andersen is an acclaimed poet who broke out on Broadway in Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. This beautifully crafted film follows Lemon when he winds up living back in the projects and strives to stage a comeback in the world of Spike Lee and the Public Theater. Lemon’s life personalizes the anguish of men fighting for something more. The film features music by Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Aloe Blacc.

 

Showtimes
  • 4:30pm
  • Sat. May 5, 2012
  • • Bellevue Theater



TRIBUTE TO BRUCE SINOFSKY

This screening celebrates the acclaimed Montclair filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky. His groundbreaking documentaries include the Paradise Lost trilogy that helped free innocent men from prison and earned an Oscar® nomination. In Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Sinofsky, his partner Joe Berlinger, and Montclair cinematographer Bob Richman follow the heavy metal band as they enter group therapy to put their career back on track. Hailed as one of the great rock ‘n’ roll films, it’s also a mesmerizing look at human relationships.

Showtimes
  • 7:00pm
  • Sun. May 6, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



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Michael Moore has an Oscar (Bowling for Columbine), an Emmy (TV Nation) and a recent best-selling book (Here Comes Trouble). He also co-founded the Traverse City Film Festival that brought significant cultural and economic improvements to upstate Michigan (and serves as an inspiration to Montclair). MFF director Thom Powers interviews Moore about the transformative power of film. Since Moore is never short on opinions, there’s no telling where this conversation will go, especially during an election year.

Showtimes
  • 5:00pm
  • Sun. May 6, 2012
  • • Montclair Art Museum



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Discover the great filmmakers of the future being trained at Montclair State University. This program showcases the best shorts created by undergraduate students majoring in Filmmaking in the School of Communication and Media. The unique BFA program, with its hands on approach, attracts risk-taking film students from across the country.  Come meet and celebrate the talent being cultivated in our town.

Showtimes
  • 7:15pm
  • Fri. May 4, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



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Three shorts look at young people facing challenges:

Drums of Thunder (11 min, Glenn Schuster & & Jason Schuler) documents a group of New Jersey elementary school students who perform complex percussion pieces.

First Match (15 min, Olivia Newman), a work of fiction, portrays a 14-year-old girl competing on a boys wrestling team.

Inocente (40 min, Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine) is a documentary about a homeless 15-year-old girl with artistic ambitions, produced by the Oscar®-nominated, Montclair-based company Shine Global.

Showtimes
  • 12:00pm
  • Sat. May 5, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



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Six fiction shorts represent a breadth of filmmaking styles.

Aaron Burr, Part 2 (8 min, Dana O’Keefe) reexamines the man who shot Alexander Hamilton in Weehawken.

Brothers (13 min, Larry Cohen) brings a comic twist to a funeral.

The Drought (11 min, Kevin Slack) portrays an elderly umbrella salesman.

Grounded (8 min, Kevin Margo & Barrett Meeker) takes us on a sci-fi journey.

Good Men (12 min, Brian Connors) casts Ed Asner and Mark Rydell in an argument.

Hip Priest (24 min, Gregg de Domenico) imagines a clergyman trying to cope.

Showtimes
  • 5:15pm
  • Sun. May 6, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



Patrick Wilson has established a wide-ranging resume in film, television and theater. His memorable roles include Charlize Theron’s object of obsession in Young Adult; a superhero in Watchmen; a wayward husband in Little Children; an Internet prowler in Hard Candy; a romantic rival in The Phantom Of The Opera; and a closeted gay Mormon in Angels In America. In this conversation, Wilson shares clips and discusses what it takes to achieve his performances.

Showtimes
  • 2:45pm
  • Sun. May 6, 2012
  • • Montclair Art Museum



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Co-presented with Yelp.  Set in the near future, Oscar® nominee Frank Langella plays a retired cat burglar whose grown kids are concerned he can no longer live alone. He receives a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and somewhat heartbreaking story about friends and family. Winner of the Alfred Sloan prize at Sundance, the film’s cast includes James Marsden, Liv Tyler and Oscar® winner Susan Sarandon. Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.

Showtimes
  • 7:00pm
  • Sat. May 5, 2012
  • • Bellevue Theater



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Chinese director has an international reputation for historical dramas such as Farewell My Concubine and Forever Enthralled. His latest work is set in an ancient kingdom full of scheming and swordplay. A power hungry general eliminates his rival’s family, save for one newborn son. The doctor who delivered the infant raises him to be an instrument of revenge. With multiple plot twists, lush cinematography and elegant sets, Sacrifice delivers an epic cinematic experience. Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Showtimes
  • 7:00pm
  • Thurs. May 3, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



How safe is nuclear energy? Filmmakers Don Argott (a New Jersey native) and Sheena M. Joyce (The Art of the Steal) take us on a journey to reactor communities around the United States, including the nearby Indian Point Energy Center. This probing film, fresh from its Sundance premiere, includes interviews with Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors, investigative journalists, and former government leaders. Their cautions resonate profoundly in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima disaster.

Showtimes
  • 12:00pm
  • Sun. May 6, 2012



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Opening Night Gala. Set in suburban New Jersey, The Oranges has a wonderful ensemble cast and wryly funny script. Hugh Laurie (House M.D.) and Catherine Keener (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) play a couple whose best friends and neighbors are Oliver Platt (Love and Other Drugs) and Allison Janney (The West Wing). Their comfortable existence goes awry when a prodigal daughter played by Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) returns and sparks an affair. The ramifications affect all of the family members in unexpected and hilarious ways. Courtesy of ATO. 

Join us, post screening, for an Opening Night Reception on the beautiful Kasser Theater Terrace. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and conversation as we usher in a new era in the arts for Northern New Jersey.

Complimentary parking on the MSU Red Hawk Parking Deck. Take elevator to the fourth floor for Kasser Theater. Screening begins at 7:00 pm, reception immediately following.

Showtimes
  • 7:00pm
  • Tues. May 1, 2012
  • • MSU Kasser Theater



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This heartfelt dysfunctional family comedy boasts a memorable performance from Academy Award® nominee Kathleen Turner as a pious suburban matriarch. When she vies to be Catholic Woman of the Year at her local parish she must finally face facts about her nonconformist family, including her lesbian daughter (Emily Deschanel) and unhappily married son (Jason Ritter). Newcomer director Anne Renton steers a bright ensemble cast including Richard Chamberlain and Michael McGrady to puncture the myth of the perfect family.

Showtimes
  • 2:00pm
  • Sat. May 5, 2012
  • • Bellevue Theater



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WORLD PREMIERE André Robert Lee revisits the life-changing events of his adolescence when he gained a way out of Philadelphia’s ghettos with a scholarship to an elite prep school. As he moved into a different world, he grew distant from his sister and mother. In this poignant film, he explores thorny questions of race, education, opportunity and family. He also spends time with current day prep school students of color to see if anything has changed inside the ivory tower.

Showtimes
  • 2:30pm
  • Sat. May 5, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



Bruce Springsteen’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” released in 1978, was three years in the making, 10 songs chosen from 70 written and rehearsed during that period. Director Thom Zimny gained access to never-before-seen archival footage from inside the studio and conducted new interviews with Springsteen, the E Street Band and close colleagues. The film is a revelation of Springsteen’s creative process at a pivotal point in his career.

Showtimes
  • 9:15pm
  • Sat. May 5, 2012
  • • Bellevue Theater
  • 9:30pm
  • Sun. May 6, 2012
  • • Bellevue Theater



Co-presented with The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization created by Martin Scorsese, that is dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. Montclair resident Margaret Bodde serves as its executive director. The festival is proud to present this classic work restored with support from The Film Foundation.

Cited by Martin Scorsese as ”one of the most beautiful color films ever made,” The Red Shoes is a riveting backstage drama that unfolds in glorious Technicolor. Moira Shearer is a rising star ballerina torn between love and her desire to dance. Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fable, the film features a breathtakingly dazzling ballet sequence that provided inspiration for “An American in Paris” and many other Hollywood musicals.

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive in association with the BFI National Archive, The Film Foundation, ITV Studios Global Entertainment Ltd., and Janus Films. Restoration funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, The Film Foundation, and the Louis B. Mayer Foundation.

Showtimes
  • 1:00pm
  • Sun. May 6, 2012
  • • Bellevue Theater



Dark Knight fans, don’t miss this! New Jersey native Michael Uslan, author of The Boy Who Loved Batman, discusses how he acquired film rights to the caped crusader in 1979 and labored against naysayers for years to bring the character to screen. In part two of this event, we hear from Steve Gorelick, executive director of the New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission, on how Newark was used as a backdrop for this summer’s predestined blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises.

Showtimes
  • 12:30pm
  • Sun. May 6, 2012
  • • Montclair Art Museum



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Don’t miss this one-time-only event. Stand-up comedians Rory Albanese and Adam Lowitt (executives on The Daily Show) host and comment on a collection of strange and esoteric film clips. The event is co-presented by the Orphan Film Symposium, an organization dedicated to preserving neglected films including educational shorts, home movies, amateur productions & more. Orphans curator Dan Streible is assembling a collection of bizarre, surprising and unforgettable works for Rory and Adam to give their comic interpretations.

Showtimes
  • 7:30pm
  • Sat. May 5, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



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Born and raised in New Jersey, Judy Blume belongs to the pantheon of American storytellers, yet none of her books have been adapted for the big screen – until now. Her son Lawrence Blume directs this touching story of a 17 year-old girl played by Willa Holland (Gossip Girl; The O.C.) who suffers a family loss. She’s uprooted from her home in Atlantic City and transplanted to New Mexico where she meets a young man who helps her find new strength.

Showtimes
  • 4:30pm
  • Sat. May 5, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



Kathleen Turner has shown remarkable versatility in her career, from her screen debut in Body Heat to acclaimed roles in Romancing the Stone, Peggy Sue Got Married, and War of the Roses, to name only a few. On stage, she’s garnered Tony nominations for Cat On a Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf; and she wrote a best-selling autobiography. This year, she gives a stand out performance in The Perfect Family (screening as part of MFF on Sat. May 5 at 2pm). In this tribute, Montclair celebrates her work with a wide-ranging conversation.

Showtimes
  • 7:00pm
  • Wed. May 2, 2012
  • • Bellevue Theater



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Director Michael Winterbottom has an eclectic reach spanning stories set in the United Kingdom (24 Hour Party People; The Trip) and South Asia (In This World; A Mighty Heart). Now in Trishna, he adapts Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’Ubervilles into a taut, modern drama set in India and starring Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire). When Trishna moves from her village to bustling Mumbai, she tests the boundaries of love, class and privilege. Courtesy of IFC Films.

Showtimes
  • 9:00pm
  • Wed. May 2, 2012
  • • Bellevue Theater



Winner of the 2012 Oscar for Best Documentary, Undefeated tells an emotional story about high school football that unfolds like a real-life Friday Night Lights. Volunteer coach Bill Courtney takes over a beleaguered high school program in urban Memphis where players are more likely to go to jail than to college. Filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin follow the team’s season with masterful camerawork, vivid characters, and gripping plot twists. Courtesy of The Weinstein Company.

Showtimes
  • 7:00pm
  • Thurs. May 3, 2012
  • • MSU Kasser Theater



Cuba’s National Arts School was an early dream of Fidel Castro in 1961. Three architects threw themselves into designing a utopia. But Che Guevara attacked the schools for decadent aestheticism and the three architects wound up scattered to different countries. This film, 10 years in the making, became part of an international initiative to rehabilitate the buildings. We follow the architects as they reunite on the school grounds and try to imagine the way forward.

Showtimes
  • 7:00pm
  • Wed. May 2, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



When it comes to Wall Street corruption, the worst criminals rarely grant interviews. But Unraveled marks an exception. Prominent attorney Marc Dreier committed fraud on a scale that made him second only to Bernie Madoff. While confined under house arrest, he opened his life to attorney and filmmaker Marc H. Simon (After Innocence, Nursery University), a New Jersey native who once worked at Dreier’s firm. The film, featuring cinematography by Montclair’s Bob Richman, grants us an unprecedented window into a master of deception.

Showtimes
  • 2:00pm
  • Sat. May 5, 2012
  • • Clairidge Cinema



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Co-presented with BlueWaveNJ. American lawmakers cry “We’re Broke!” as they slash budgets, lay off schoolteachers, police, and firefighters. But We’re Not Broke reveals a counter narrative, exposing how multibillion-dollar American corporations avoid paying U.S. income tax. This eye-opening documentary, shown at Sundance, follows a grass roots citizens’ movement that rose up to hold corporations accountable. These inspiring individuals from across the country (including New Jersey) led the way for Occupy Wall Street. It makes for essential viewing in an election year.

Showtimes
  • 7:30pm
  • Sun. May 6, 2012



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Sundance award-winning filmmaker Lynn Shelton (Humpday) shows mastery at finding the humor in awkward situations in this tale of romance, deception and sibling rivalry. Mark Duplass plays a Pacific Northwest slacker who stirs tension between two sisters (Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt) after a drunken sexual incident. With a script full of subtle psychological twists and turns, the stellar cast delivers performances that are raw, emotional and hilarious. Courtesy of IFC Films.

 

Showtimes
  • 9:15pm
  • Fri. May 4, 2012
  • • Bellevue Theater