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A Girl and A Gun presents a feminine perspective on an object whose history is deeply bound up with men and masculinity. Filmed throughout the US, this documentary delves into the psyche of the American gun world to investigate how women relate to guns and gun culture. Co-presented with The Room at Technicolor PWNY.

Showtimes
  • 3:15 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 1



After Tiller profiles the only four doctors in the United States who continue to perform third trimester abortions since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009. “Whether one is pro-life, pro-choice or without an opinion on the issue, After Tiller provides personal insight into a heart-wrenching, complex reality” (Hollywood Reporter).

Showtimes
  • 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 2



Kirsty Sword, a young Australian activist, adopted the nom de guerre Ruby Blade while working for the underground Timorese resistance in Indonesia. Then she met the man who would redefine her cause. Director Alex Meillier (creator of MFF’s trailer) smartly intertwines the personal with the political.

Showtimes
  • 1:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 1



Comedy giant Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky) started out in the Catskills and went on to win the Best Screenplay Oscar for The Producers, in addition to directing classics such as Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. Normally private, he gave his full participation for this lively profile. Co-presented with Neuberger Berman.

Showtimes
  • 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, April 30, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 2



Montclair’s Janet Mino teaches a class of autistic students at Newark’s JFK High School. Best Kept Secret follows Mino and her students over the year before graduation as they try to figure out what comes next in their lives so they don’t end up in dire circumstances. As part of this screening, New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez will appear in person to speak on issues raised by the film. Co-presented by John and Rose Cali.

Showtimes
  • 1:45 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Montclair Kimberley Academy



When SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by an Orca whale, it was reported as a freak accident. Blackfish digs deeper into the story, obtaining rare footage and interviewing former SeaWorld employees. Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite deepens our appreciation for the majesty of these whales and inspires us to re-examine how they’re treated.

Showtimes
  • 12:15 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 2



The eight young men in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are all sons of anti-establishment jazz legend Phil Cohran. They were raised on a strict diet of jazz, funk and Black Consciousness. Now grown, they’re finding their own way. Director Reuben Atlas (who grew up in Montclair) brings the film fresh from its debut at SXSW. Co-presented with Investors Bank.

Showtimes
  • 9:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 2



Casting By tells the history of the indispensable yet unsung job of the casting director. Interviewing a “who’s who” of Hollywood – Redford, Eastwood, and Scorsese to name only a few – the film focuses on the legendary casting director Marion Dougherty. Her story will change the way you look at movies.

Showtimes
  • 11:30 AM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 1



Bass player Christian McBride is a revered name in jazz. He currently leads the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour and serves on the board of Montclair’s Jazz House Kids. On a rare night off, he joins us to present one of his favorite films with a classic jazz score: Bullitt (1968), followed by a discussion.

Showtimes
  • 5:15 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 2



Cinderella outwits her evil stepsisters with the help of her animal friends, a fairy godmother, and Prince Charming. Walt Disney’s animated classic is filled with beloved songs such as “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” and “So This is Love.” Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience it on the big screen thanks to a special arrangement with Disney. We encourage you to dress up as a princess or another favorite character. Co-presented with BaristaKids and Investors Bank.

Showtimes
  • 2:45 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 1



In this deadpan comedy set in the 1980s, computer software programmers gather for a weekend chess tournament to assess man versus machine. Director Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha) shoots with video equipment of the era, for a look that induces both nostalgia and giggles. His collection of eccentrics makes for “a savvy ensemble piece” (Indiewire).

Showtimes
  • 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 2, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 1



Filmed extensively in Montclair, Concussion made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival where it was hailed by critics as “superb” (Village Voice). Actress Robin Weigert (Deadwood) gives a star-making performance as a fortysomething married, lesbian housewife who suffers a concussion that shakes her out of suburban inertia. Looking for adventure, she takes on a double life as a high-end escort. Director Stacie Passon explores universal themes of midlife crisis in a way that’s funny, sexy and bound to stir conversation.

Showtimes
  • 7:15 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 1



Fresh talent infuses this classic western set in New Mexico in 1870. Clare Bowen from ABC’s Nashville and David Call from Tiny Furniture play a married couple who are tested by the arrival of a sibling presumed dead. “Careful attention to period details…pays off with dividends, lending the film an immersive resonance” (Hollywood Reporter).

Showtimes
  • 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday, May 1, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 1



America now wages war with drones and secret kill lists, far from media scrutiny. Jeremy Scahill, the best-selling author of Blackwater, travels to remote regions in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere to expose these covert operations. Director Richard Rowley’s stunning images won him the cinematography award at the Sundance Film Festival.  Co-presented with BlueWaveNJ.

Author Jeremy Scahill will be honored at the NJ Peace Action’s 56th Annual Dinner on Sun, April 28.  Click here for more info.

Showtimes
  • 9:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 1



At age 87, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains a vital and hilarious performer, from her role as Alec Baldwin’s mother on 30 Rock to her one-woman cabaret show. Director Chiemi Karasawa captures Stritch’s candid reflections, connecting her present and past for an inspiring portrait of a one-of-a-kind survivor.

Showtimes
  • 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 1



Growing up in suburban New Jersey, filmmaker Theresa Loong knew little about her father’s past. One day, she discovered his secret diary, written during WWII.  Every Day Is a Holiday tells the inspirational story of how Paul Loong survived a prisoner-of-war camp in Japan and realized his dreams.  Co-presented with Chubb.

Showtimes
  • 11:15 AM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 1



Jim McGreevey resigned as governor of New Jersey after declaring himself “a gay American.” Director Alexandra Pelosi (Journeys with George) follows him as he attempts to become an Episcopal priest, ministers to women in prison, and makes peace with the controversies stirred by his journey. Following the film Pelosi and McGreevey will take part in an extended conversation moderated by New York Times reporter Kate Zernike.  Co-presented with NJTV and WNET.

Showtimes
  • 2:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 2



Join the party with people from behind the films you’ve enjoyed at the festival.

Showtimes
  • 9:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Egan & Sons



Candid and funny, Nina Davenport (Operation Filmmaker) documents her efforts after age 40 to get pregnant as a single woman with her gay friend Eric as sperm donor. Made over several years, the film taps into the zeitgeist topic of how the modern family is being re- imagined.

Showtimes
  • 4:15 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 2



Alan Berliner (Nobody’s Business) has a devoted following for his artful portraits that draw upon found footage. Now he focuses on a distant relation, the poet Edwin Honig, as he grapples with Alzheimer’s disease. The resulting film, poignant and profound, won the grand jury prize at IDFA, the word’s largest documentary festival.

Showtimes
  • 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 2, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 2



Warmly embraced at the Toronto and New York film festivals, Frances Ha has been described as a modern reboot of Woody Allen’s Manhattan. Shooting in crisp black and white, director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) casts indie “It girl” Greta Gerwig in this comic exploration of a generation that’s overeducated and underemployed.

Showtimes
  • 9:30 PM
  • Friday, May 3, 13
  • • Montclair Kimberley Academy



Last year, director Shola Lynch (Chisholm ‘72) came to MFF to preview a clip from this film as a work-in-progress. Now she returns with the finished film about Angela Davis’ struggles in the 70s. Lynch “makes something close to a thriller out of all the political maneuvering, fear-mongering and violence that trailed Davis.” (Variety).

Showtimes
  • 4:30 PM
  • Friday, May 3, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 1



Gain insight into the world of documentary. This panel presents clips from 3 works-in-progress by acclaimed New Jersey film teams: Dawn Porter (Spies in Mississippi); Julie Winokur (Bring It to the Table); Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno & Jerome Bongiorno (The Rule); along with Nancy Abraham from HBO Documentary Films for a discussion about shaping non-fiction stories.  Co-presented with the Montclair Public Library.

Showtimes
  • 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Montclair Public Library



Cinematographer Michael Slovis has won acclaim for his camerawork on Breaking Bad,30 RockCSI: Crime Scene Investigation and other shows. He’s also directed for those series. In this special presentation, he takes us behind the scenes to discuss his approach to the art of image making. Co-presented with the Montclair Public Library.

Showtimes
  • 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Montclair Public Library



What do the movies tell us about race in America? Three esteemed film critics – Pulitzer Prize-winner Wesley Morris (Grantland; Boston Globe), David Edelstein (New Yorkmagazine) and Scott Foundas (Variety) – discuss how they approach race when writing about film. As a bonus, this event will present a sample from the work-in progress documentary Oscar’s Comeback about the legacy of the pioneering black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. Co-presented by the Blackhouse Foundation and the Montclair Public Library.

Showtimes
  • 12:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Montclair Public Library



Three idealistic Public Defenders struggle against the odds in the Deep South in this Sundance award-winning doc by Montclair-based director Dawn Porter.

Showtimes
  • 2:45 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 2



Girls from nine countries in the developing world act out stories from their lives in a way that’s “ambitious and effective at blunting cynicism” (New York Times). Oscar-nominated director Richard Robbins draws upon the voiceover talents of Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington and Selena Gomez in this campaign to raise awareness for girls’ education.  Co-presented with BlueWaveNJ and BaristaKids.

Showtimes
  • 12:15 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 1



In 2009, Roger Ross Williams became the first African-American director to win an Oscar for his documentary short Music by Prudence. Now he delivers a powerful exposé of American missionaries in Uganda waging a crusade against homosexuals that’s turned deadly. “It’s strong, head-shaking stuff” (Variety).

Showtimes
  • 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 2



Ideas come to life on screen in this brilliant portrait of the German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt. Director Margarethe von Trotta concentrates on the period when Arendt covered Adolf Eichmann’s trial for The New Yorker, evoking an era of passionate intellectual debate. Co-presented with the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival.

Showtimes
  • 12:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Montclair Kimberley Academy



Full of mouthwatering visuals, this comic tale is inspired by a real-life provincial chef who was summoned in the 1980s to be the personal cook for French President Mitterand. Actress Catherine Frot plays Hortense, whose indomitable spirit overcomes resentment from the other kitchen staff. After watching, you’ll want to indulge in a great meal.  Co-presented with Chubb and Yelp.

Showtimes
  • 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 2



Featuring the world’s most renowned bartenders and providing access to the most exclusive bars in New York City, this is the story of the comeback of the cocktail. Interviews include Graydon Carter, Danny Meyer and Amy Sacco, but the real stars are the mixologists who make magic in a glass.  Co-presented with Audi and  Egan & Sons.

Showtimes
  • 7:15 PM
  • Friday, May 3, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 1



“House Party” – named with a wink to the 1990 hit film – celebrates black filmmakers at the festival, including George Tillman Jr (The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete), Shola Lynch (Free Angela and All Political Prisoners), Geoffrey Fletcher (Violet and Daisy) and others. This annual party is co-presented by the Shadow & Act blog and theBlackhouse Foundation. Come ready to eat, drink, dance and party.

Showtimes
  • 9:00 PM
  • Friday, May 3, 13
  • • The Loft



Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) turned his experiences as a Chicago pimp into a series of cult classic books. Director Jorge Hinojosa and producer Ice-T look into the author’s legend, uncovering rare footage. We hear from Slim’s family members and fans such as Chris Rock and Quincy Jones for “a fascinating, complex account” (Vanity Fair).  Join Ice-T for an extended conversation at the Montclair Art Museum on Sun. May 5 at noon – click here for more info.

Showtimes
  • 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 2



You’re going to hear a lot about Lake Bell. She writes, directs and stars in this hilarious film set in the Hollywood world of movie-trailer making. Bell plays Carol Solomon, a struggling vocal coach whose father, Sam Sotto, is the reigning king of movie- trailer voices. When the producers of a sci-fi blockbuster seek a new approach to speak the immortal trailer phrase “In a world…” Carol winds up in a dysfunctional family competition. Bell, whose script for In a World… won the Sundance screenwriting award, is joined in the film by an impressive ensemble cast including Demetri Martin and Rob Corddry.  Co-preseented with Evelyn and Stephen Colbert.

Showtimes
  • 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Montclair Kimberley Academy



New York Times reporter David Carr and Oscar-winning documentary maker Alex Gibney are both skilled practitioners of investigative journalism. Gibney’s films includeTaxi to the Dark Side; Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer; Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God and the forthcoming We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks. Carr reports on media as it intersects with business, culture and government; and is author of the memoir The Night of the Gun. They both reside in New Jersey. In this conversation, they’ll discuss their craft of digging into stories that others want to keep concealed. Co-presented with the Montclair Art Museum.

Showtimes
  • 2:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Montclair Art Museum



Born in Newark, NJ, Ice-T spreads his talents through many disciplines. He first came to prominence in the late ‘80s as a musician. Since 2000, he’s played a NYPD detective on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He also appears in the reality TV show Ice Loves Coco and has co-authored a new crime novel Mirror Image. He’s attending the festival as the producer of the documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp. Never at a loss for words, Ice-T will discuss his multiple creative outlets in a wide-ranging conversation.  Co-presented with the Montclair Art Museum.

Showtimes
  • 12:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Montclair Art Museum



After his sold-out conversation at MFF last year, Oscar-winning director Michael Moore returns to the festival. Every summer at his Traverse City Film Festival, he hosts a panel called “Dangerous Docs.” We’re adapting the concept to Montclair, inviting Moore to interview a group of distinguished MFF doc makers from across the country: Los Angeles-based Lucy Walker (The Crash Reel), Chicago-based Bill Siegel (The Trials of Muhammad Ali) and Montclair-based Dawn Porter (Gideon’s Army). With Moore in the interviewer’s seat, you can expect a provocative and witty exploration of the documentary form.  Co-presented with the Montclair Art Museum.

Showtimes
  • 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Montclair Art Museum



Johnny Cash’s America gains exclusive interviews with the singer’s relatives, band members and a diverse array of admirers including Bob Dylan, Al Gore and Snoop Dog. The film “skillfully weaves together an awe-inspiring songbook…presenting the whole of Cash with warm care and close attention to detail” (Exclaim).

Showtimes
  • 9:15 PM
  • Tuesday, April 30, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 2



MFF’s annual Kidz Shortz contest for filmmakers in grades 4-12 attracted registrants from across the country and 17 towns in New Jersey. We present this showcase as part of MFF’s mission to nurture young talent. Kidz Shortz is sponsored by American Expressand made possible with support from the Montclair Art Museum and Barista Kids.

Showtimes
  • 12:45 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 2



Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier (In a Better World) brings a skillful touch to this grown-up romantic comedy. Danish actress Trine Dyrholm plays a woman coping with breast cancer and an adulterous husband. At her daughter’s wedding in Italy, she’s drawn to the groom’s father played by Pierce Brosnan.  Co-presented with Audi.

Showtimes
  • 9:15 PM
  • Thursday, May 2, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 2



Drawing on Marilyn Monroe’s never-before- seen personal papers, Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus brings new insight to this icon. She enlists a stellar lineup of actresses including Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, and Marisa Tomei to interpret Monroe’s words on screen. As Garbus reinvents the woman, she also reinvigorates the documentary form. Co-presented with Audi.

Showtimes
  • 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 1, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 1



Magic-obsessed kids congregate at the one place they can be themselves – Tannen’s Magic Camp, the most prestigious institution of its kind. They get to appear on the same stage where masters like David Blaine and David Copperfield once performed. To thrive, they need to find the magic within themselves.  Co-presented with BaristaKids.

Showtimes
  • 11:30 AM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Montclair Kimberley Academy



Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta (Earth) adapts the renowned epic novel by Salman Rushdie (who also wrote the film’s script), intertwining magic realism with the history of modern India. Spanning several decades, this story follows two babies separated at birth who find themselves on opposite sides of class, political and romantic conflicts.

Showtimes
  • 11:45 AM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 2



With dazzling nature photography, Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof (The Boat Is Full) looks at endangered honeybees in a global examination that is more ambitious than any previous work on the topic. He’s attuned to the quirks, humor and emotions of beekeepers. You can’t help but be affected by their passion for the bees.  Co-presented with Whole Foods Montclair.

Showtimes
  • 9:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 2



For music lovers, Muscle Shoals, Alabama holds special significance as the place where classic songs were recorded by the likes of Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Wilson Pickett and Paul Simon. This remarkable documentary interviews the players – both famous and anonymous – who have helped make Muscle Shoals so extraordinary.  Co-presented with Zyr Russian Vodka.

Showtimes
  • 4:15 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Montclair Kimberley Academy



Three shorts explore the importance of not giving up – even when the going gets tough. The documentary Keep Punching (20 min, Dale DeVino) follows amateur boxer Daniel DeVino as he attempts to win the New Jersey Golden Gloves tournament. The Call (12 min, Brandon Ripley) is a drama about a Philadelphia firefighter who is crippled by his past and needs to find a way to overcome it. Wrestling the Monster: Living with Hepatic Encephalopathy (30 min, Cynthia Wade), by Oscar winner Cynthia Wade, follows four patients suffering from the debilitating liver disease, including a New Jersey mother saved by a transplant.

Showtimes
  • 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 1



Three shorts take us on different musical journeys. The narrative Gifted & Talented: A Musical Short Film (13 min, Jeff Luppino-Esposito, Jamie T. McCelland) is about a teenager in love who sees the world through musical scores. Every Word Handwritten(15 min, Kevin Slack) is a drama that follows the lifespan of one vinyl record through many people’s lives. The documentary Asleep at the Wheel: Then and Now (35 min, Dan Karlok) chronicles the improbable four- decade evolution of an iconic Texas band.

Showtimes
  • 7:30 PM
  • Friday, May 3, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 1



Discover the great filmmakers of tomorrow currently training at Montclair State University. This program showcases the best short films created by the undergraduate students majoring in Filmmaking at the School of Communication and Media. This unique BFA program, with its hands-on approach, encourages and equips students to realize their artistic visions through observation, imagination, storytelling, and technical skills.
Showtimes
  • 7:00 PM
  • Friday, May 3, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 2



Four documentaries delve into various passionate pursuits. The New Woman: Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky (27 min, Gillian K. Willman) tells the story of a woman in 1894 who undertook an epic bicycle journey. In The Portrait of an Old Toy Man (11 min, Andrew Keogh Ruotolo) we meet Will Fiore, a retired antique toy dealer with a passion for collecting. In East Coast Rising (23 min, Ian Dempsey) local surfers walk us through the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Photo-Journal-Isms (9 min, Elissa Pellegrino) profiles Montclair-based photojournalist Ed Kashi, drawing upon 20 years of photographs and journal entries to his wife, Julie.

Showtimes
  • 9:15 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 1



These six fictional films are full of surprises. Checkmate, Keep Your Enemies Closer (16 min, Federico Castelluccio) is a thriller directed by the actor known for his role as Furio in The Sopranos. Fort Apache (15 min, Addison Mehr) follows a precocious young boy in 1940s America as he struggles to escape small town life. Guests of a Nation (23 min, Daniel Speers), set during the Irish War of Independence, depicts the unlikely friendship between Irish soldiers and British captives. The Worst (16 min, Larry Cohen) is about the search for a forgotten bag on the subway. La Comida (11 min, Edward Pomerantz) is about a pair of strangers who meet on a train and share a meal they will never forget. InSounds Good (4 min, Kerri Lendo, John Merriman), a man struggles to hear exactly what his girlfriend is trying to tell him.

Showtimes
  • 9:15 PM
  • Friday, May 3, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 1



These two documentary shorts look at people in New Jersey living with disabilities. I Am Montclair (19 min, Nadine Licostie) interviews a diverse range of Montclair residents with and without disabilities, including advocates, families and caregivers. Into The Light (43 min, Paul Pawlowski) is about Arts Access, a groundbreaking program at the Matheny Medical and Educational Center where severely disabled people create art with facilitators.

Showtimes
  • 2:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 1



Winner of the DOC NYC Audience Award. Rafea, a Bedouin living on the Jordan-Iraq border, gets invited to India’s Barefoot College where illiterate women are taught to become solar engineers. Directors Mona Eldaief and Jehane Noujaim (Control Room) follow this extraordinary journey for “an inspiring docu about women’s empowerment” (Variety).  Co-presented with BlueWaveNJ.

Showtimes
  • 12:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 1



In the 1960s, Stax Records rose from a Memphis storefront to become one of the most successful black-owned companies in America. Its roster – including Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, the Staple Singers, and Isaac Hayes – became identified with the civil rights movement. This film explores the Stax sound and legacy.

Showtimes
  • 9:15 PM
  • Wednesday, May 1, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 2



Shored Up is an urgent call to action in the face of accelerating sea-level rise. Set in Long Beach Island, NJ and the Outer Banks of NC, the film explores the political conflicts and personal stakes of communities along the shore. Filmed over three years, it culminates with the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

Showtimes
  • 3:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Montclair Kimberley Academy



Sing Your Song gives an intimate look at the wide-ranging life and career of Harry Belafonte in his own words. Award-winning director Susanne Rostock covers enormous territory from Belafonte’s early years with the American Negro Theater and Greenwich Village folk clubs to his emergence as a star. Belafonte maintained a steadfast dedication to battling for human rights, from Harlem and Mississippi to Africa and beyond. Despite his high profile, he took an active part in the trenches of engagement. This remarkable film inspires us all to do our part. Following the film, MFF artistic director Thom Powers will lead a conversation with Belafonte and the filmmakers.

Showtimes
  • 3:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 28, 13
  • • New Jersey Performing Arts Center



Director Jared Flesher explores New Jersey’s largest patch of forest known as the Sourlands, where farmers and entrepreneurs struggle to grow food despite the challenges of erratic weather and high property taxes. This important local story will deepen your appreciation for how food reaches your table.  Co-presented with NJTV andWNET.

Showtimes
  • 4:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 2



This deeply affecting love story about an elderly couple brings together two Oscar-nominated performers, James Cromwell (The Artist) and Geneviève Bujold (Dead Ringers). When Cromwell’s character wants to build a more suitable house for his ailing wife, he runs into trouble over building codes and bureaucracy.

Showtimes
  • 6:45 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 1



In her first documentary, Oscar-nominated director Sarah Polley (Away From Her) seeks to learn more about her late mother and elusive father. Told with humor and sensitivity, her pursuit reveals how personal history gets re- shaped by different perspectives. “She has transformed the secrets and lies of her own life into glowing artistic truth” (Time).

Showtimes
  • 9:30 PM
  • Friday, May 3, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 1



Werner Herzog and Errol Morris took roles as executive producers for this cinematic fever dream about Indonesian death squad leaders who reenact their crimes in the style of American movies. Acclaimed at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Act of Killing “could well change how you view the documentary form” (Los Angeles Times).

Showtimes
  • 6:15 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 1



Director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) delivers an exquisitely crafted story shot in black and white and set in German-occupied France of 1943. An aging sculptor (Jean Rochefort) is disillusioned and finished with his art until his wife (Claudia Cardinale) brings home a young woman who becomes the model for his final work.

Showtimes
  • 4:45 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 1



Director Ziad Doueiri (West Beirut) tells the story of an Israeli Palestinian surgeon, fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society, whose life is turned upside down when his wife perpetrates a suicide bombing. “It’s hard to imagine any audience remaining unmoved” (Hollywood Reporter).

Showtimes
  • 9:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 2, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 1



If you’ve ever marveled at the X Game feats of snowboarders, skiers, or bikers, The Crash Reel reveals a different side of these thrills. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker follows snowboarder and Olympic hopeful Kevin Pearce, who endures a horrific accident and has tough decisions to make about his future.  Co-presented by Clara Maass Medical Center.

Showtimes
  • 2:45 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 2



Director George Tillman Jr. (Notorious; Men of Honor) assembles a powerhouse cast, including Jennifer Hudson and Jeffrey Wright, for a story about two boys trying to survive without parental supervision in Brooklyn’s housing projects. The impressive young actors – Skylan Brooks as Mister and Ethan Dizon as Pete – make for a winning duo.  Co-presented with RBC Wealth Management.

Showtimes
  • 7:00 PM
  • Friday, May 3, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 2



Three teenage boys decide to escape their parents by building a house in the woods. But jealousies arise over a girl. Funny and poignant, The Kings of Summer explores the intricacies of rebellion, friendship and young love. “Idiosyncratic & hilarious…heralds the arrival of a fresh, new comic voice” (The Playlist).  Co-presented with Audi.

Showtimes
  • 7:00 PM
  • Friday, May 3, 13
  • • Montclair Kimberley Academy



Launched in 2011, The New York Times’s Op-Docs series allows filmmakers to contribute short opinion documentaries. This bold step at reinvigorating the newspaper format has been embraced by leading directors as well as by newcomers. In this special event, Op-Docs series producer and curator Jason Spingarn-Koff and Editorial Page Editor Andrew Rosenthal present a selection of recent works, followed by a conversation with a contributing filmmaker.
Showtimes
  • 4:45 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 1



Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani delivers a mesmerizing performance as a woman in an unnamed war-torn Middle Eastern country who exacts revenge on her formerly abusive husband, now lying comatose. The film is “an audacious exploration of women’s issues in repressive patriarchal societies” (Hollywood Reporter).

Showtimes
  • 9:45 PM
  • Friday, May 3, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 2



Sutter (Miles Teller), a high school senior, charmer and budding alcoholic, unexpectedly falls in love with “the good girl” Aimee (Shailene Woodley from The Descendents). From the screenwriters of 500 Days of Summer, this unlikely romance with sly humor won a special jury prize for acting at the Sundance Film Festival.

Showtimes
  • 5:30 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Montclair Kimberley Academy



In this swashbuckling adventure, Douglas Fairbanks stars as the dashing thief who wins a princess. Full of lavish sets and special effects, it’s one of the most imaginative of all silent movies. The Cohen Film Collection brings us this meticulous restoration with an orchestral score by Carl Davis.

Showtimes
  • 1:45 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 1



Oscar-nominated director Bill Siegel (The Weather Underground) partners with Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams) for a probing history unlike any previous film about Muhammad Ali.  Here the focus is on Ali’s fights outside the ring – over religion, race, politics and Parkinson’s – that are crucial to understanding this iconic figure.

Showtimes
  • 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 2



Three writers and producers of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Rory Albanese, Adam Lowitt and Elliott Kalan – perform stand-up comedy and comment on a collection of esoteric film clips for a one-of-a- kind event.  Co-presented with Neuberger Berman.

Showtimes
  • 9:45 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Montclair Kimberley Academy



In the early 1970s, a Los Angeles club called The Troubadour gave rise to a new sound, launching the careers of Carole King, James Taylor and others. Director Morgan Neville elicits thoughtful interviews from King, Taylor and other key participants including Elton John, Steve Martin and Bonnie Raitt.

Showtimes
  • 8:45 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 1



Twenty Feet From Stardom promises to be one of the most celebrated documentaries of the year. Director Morgan Neville changes our perception of popular music by telling the stories of backup singers (many with New Jersey roots). You may not know their names, but you know their voices. This film documents the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. Neville, a three-time Grammy nominee, has a distinguished career in music documentaries and was granted interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and Mick Jagger to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the dazzling backup singers – such as Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer and Merry Clayton – whose lives take center stage in this film.
Showtimes
  • 7:00 PM
  • Monday, April 29, 13
  • • Alexander Kasser Theater (MSU)



Brian is a cynical Jersey City barista who mocks the idea of happily-ever-after relationships. Then he falls for Ashley, a stand-up comic, and becomes obsessed when she disappears. The winning cast of newcomers, working on a shoestring budget, exemplifies the strong heartbeat of independent comedy in New Jersey.

Showtimes
  • 9:15 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 2



Director Marta Cunningham delves into the complexities of a school shooting driven by homophobia. She brings greater understanding to both the victim and the killer in a way that’s “deeply affecting” (Variety). The film raises troubling questions about how schools and courts can fall short in addressing hate-fueled violence.  Co-presented with BlueWaveNJ.

Showtimes
  • 5:15 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 1



Winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Valley of Saints is set in the contested Indian Himalayan state of Kashmir. A boatman yearning to escape to the city becomes a guide for a visiting woman environmentalist. Their blossoming romance threatens to derail his dreams.

Showtimes
  • 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 1, 13
  • • Clairidge Cinema 2



Oscar-winning writer Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious) makes his directorial debut with this whimsical story of two teenage assassins played by Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls). The duo face a series of opponents, including one unusually mysterious man (James Gandolfini), in a surreal plot with unexpected turns.  Co-presented by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

Showtimes
  • 9:00 PM
  • Friday, May 3, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 2



This British heist thriller has touches of Ocean’s Eleven and The Usual Suspects as an ex-con schemes against a drug kingpin. “The pleasures lie as much in the sarcastic banter and blokey chemistry of the four leads as they do in the mechanics of the twisted revenge plot” (Screen Daily).

Showtimes
  • 9:30 PM
  • Tuesday, April 30, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 1



Set in the world of French winemaking, a domineering vineyard owner played by Niels Arestrup (War Horse) resists the possibility that his loyal son may one day succeed him. “A deliciously entertaining melodrama with echoes of both biblical stories and Shakespeare” (Hollywood Reporter).  Co-presented with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

Showtimes
  • 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 2



Director Amy Nicholson looks at the legendary Zipper ride in Coney Island to study real estate wars in New York City. Filled with colorful personalities, the film “will resonate with anybody who has watched some quirky favorite place be demolished by developers who don’t appreciate its charm” (Hollywood Reporter).

Showtimes
  • 12:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 4, 13
  • • Bellevue Theater 2