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Sports action documentary about two teen boy who find BMX racing as an escape from the gang infested streets of South London.

New Jersey surfing legends reminisce and celebrate their fifty-year obsession with finding the perfect swell down the shore.

Eight Montclair women share stories of their hometown in the first part of 20th century when they belonged to the YWCA for African-American women and girls.

In this Oscar-nominated cin̩ma v̩rit̩ classic, an Omaha Lutheran minister presses his civil rights agenda, creating hostility from his all-white congregation who forces his resignation.

New York City street photographer Ari Seth Cohen created the blog Advanced Style, dedicated to portraits of older women—aged 62 to 95—who exhibit a strong sense of fashion on widely varying budgets. This film focuses on Cohen’s project and profiles seven of the women who demonstrate that aging puts no limits on self-expression.

Before Arthur Ashe or Venus and Serena Williams, Althea Gibson was the first black tennis player to win Grand Slam tournaments in the 1950s. MFF is proud to present this nearly finished documentary that tells Gibson

Joe Brewster and Mich̬le Stephenson documented their son and his friend, both from middle-class black families, as they traverse Manhattan schools over 12 years.

Exploring the 30-year “career” and present-day exploits of a gifted fine-art forger, Art and Craft uncovers one of the most intriguing cases of deception in art history—just at the very moment his fakes are revealed. Montclair audiences will be among the earliest for this film fresh from its world premiere at Tribeca.

Featuring performances from Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, and Emily Watson, Belle is a lush period piece based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate daughter of a Caribbean slave and a white British admiral. Adopted into her father’s family, Belle goes on a tumultuous journey towards marriage and freedom.

Dreaming of a way to get themselves out of their run-down, industrial farm town in rural Maine, two headstrong teens undertake a dangerous drug-smuggling operation in this beautifully lensed, incredibly moving American narrative.

Fanny Ardant shines as an elderly married woman who starts an illicit affair with an instructor from her local seniors club in this sexy, French drama.

Louis Ortiz, an unemployed single father in the Bronx, decides his most marketable asset is his uncanny resemblance to the President.

Walter, Roy, and Victor Reuther rose from being factory shop-floor organizers to become leaders in the United Auto Workers and key figures in civil rights activism.

Director Jon Favreau plays a chef who gets fired after clashing with a critic and reinvents himself in a food truck on a cross-country trip.

This French drama, with comic touches reminiscent of François Truffaut and Woody Allen, is from the director of the 2002 smash hit L'Auberge Espagnole. Romain Duris plays a French writer facing a middle-age crisis. He relocates to New York to be closer to his ex-wife and children, giving us an outsider’s view of the city.

A crowded dinner party turns into a desperate and confusing fight for survival when a mysterious comet passes, causing strange events up and down a Los Angeles street in this complex sci-fi mystery.

Persecuted in their own country and critically acclaimed abroad, the Belarus Free Theatre risks censorship, imprisonment, and worse.

This Sundance Audience Award winner is based on the true story of a 14-year-old Ethiopian girl who resorts to violence in order to escape being kidnapped into marriage.

DINOSAUR 13 expands our sense of wonder for prehistoric times and stirs up passions over how we treat precious relics.

When atrocities escalate, Human Rights Watch sends its emergency “E-Team” to document abuses before they’re concealed or forgotten.

Two acclaimed editors - Sam Pollard and Lewis Erskine - share tales of solving story problems.

New Jersey resident Beth B has a long history of subversive filmmaking dating back to the late 70s. Now she explores New York’s subculture of burlesque performers, using striptease for provocative commentary on gender and identity.

Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson star in this hard-boiled Australian thriller about a decorated police officer attempting to cover up his involvement in a brutal traffic accident.

The Filmmaker Party puts you in the room with people whose work you’ve enjoyed on the big screen: directors, producers, screenwriters, actors, comedians, documentarians, distributors, and more. If you love the movies, this is the place to be.

Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney examines the life of Fela Kuti, the Afrobeat musician who was legendary for his hedonistic lifestyle and for his bloody confrontations with the Nigerian government.

Winner of the Jury Prize at SXSW, a fresh, biting take on twentysomething culture finds newcomers Bridey Elliot and Clare McNulty on a trip to the beach that really, really shouldn't be this hard.

Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in this hilarious offbeat comedy about a down-on-his-luck musician who gets his dream gig playing in a noise rock band run by an eccentric front man with a unique sense of perfection.

Noted area filmmakers take us inside the process of getting their independent films funded, produced, and distributed.

Why aren’t more films and TV shows produced in New Jersey?

Mark Fitzmartin shows clips from a variety of PG-13 horror and suspense films to show how directors tap into our primal fears.

Television dramas command more serious attention from critics and audiences than ever before. This conversation explores where the field is headed.

Chuck Workman, head of SUNY Purchase’s Film School and director of What is Cinema?

Director Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders) recounts when activists spent the summer of 1964 registering African-American voters in segregationist Mississippi, timed to the 50th anniversary of the movement.

A white, Christian family in Arkansas adopts an Ethiopian teenage orphan and discover the complexities of cross cultural adoption.

Actors Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) and Ben Rosenfield (Boardwalk Empire) both grew up in Montclair and now return to discuss their craft.

This annual party is co-presented by the Blackhouse Foundation. Come ready to eat, drink, dance, and party with DJ Mike Wockam.

The 80-year-old puppeteer Carroll Spinney has been behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969.

Filmmaker Genevieve Bailey traveled the world interviewing 11-year-olds (including one in NJ) about their opinions on issues both personal and global.

Filmmaker Jordan Brady finds himself back on the road after two decades, chronicling what makes today's hottest road comics tick.

When a quiet nun gets a mysterious visit from her estranged aunt, she is thrown into an unexpected journey through the history of Poland during the holocaust to find out the truth about her birth parents.

The Office's Jake Lacy and SNL's Kate McKinnon and Beck Bennett lead a terrific comedy cast in this send-up of inspirational sports films.

Endlessly stimulating and provoking, IVORY TOWER looks at the crisis of higher education in America.

In this romantic comedy, a filmmaker enlists her uptight boyfriend to help her document a weekend-long jam festival where her ex-boyfriend vies for attention.

Tony Award-winning director and Academy Award-nominated director Julie Taymor discussed working on stage and screen with Stephen Colbert.

Showcasing the winners of MFF

After super storm Sandy approaches and devastates the beach communites of the Jersey Shore, a dedicated group of residents struggle to rebuild their lives.

Charismatic French movie star Jean Reno flaunts his comic and culinary chops to play star chef Alexandre Lagarde (a French version of Gordon Ramsay) as he tries to save his beloved classic restaurant by exploring trendy new molecular gastronomy.

New Jersey filmmaker Vicki Vasilopoulos profiles three master tailors who fear their traditions may die with them, along with a younger apprentice who seeks to preserve the knowledge.

Oscar-winning director Michael Moore makes his third MFF visit interviewing a distinguished group of documentary filmmakers.

Set inside a community of Nigerian immigrants in New York City, this intimate family drama focuses on a married couple as they cope with pressures to have a baby.

This retrospective screening of the TV news satire NETWORK will be followed by a conversation between Stephen Colbert and Dave Itzkoff, author of the new book MAD HAS HELL.

Discover the great filmmakers of tomorrow currently training at Montclair State University.

Eight residents of a nursing home take the last great adventure of their lives by travelling to Israel.

Three short films illustrate the idea of exploring and understanding history.

Five short narrative films explore the ins and outs of love.

These six short films take us to places we would never expect.

As a college student, James Marcus Haney sneaks into music festivals for free and wins himself an invitation to tour with Mumford & Sons in an adventure reminiscent of Almost Famous.

Dock Ellis was larger than life in 1970s baseball, notorious for pitching a no-hitter while under the influence of LSD.

Comedian Jenny Slate shines as Donna Stern, a 27-year-old standup comedian who's life and art is stagnated when an unexpected one night stand leaves her with a difficult decision in this hilarious and extremely personal story.

In an attempt to understand what motivates people to vote against gay marriage, a lesbian filmmaker travels to North Carolina in the lead up to the vote on Amendment One, the most restrictive marriage amendment in the country.

The debut feature from Gia Coppola, the youngest of the Coppola family, PALO ALTO paints an intimate portrait of fractured adolescence and teenage closure in a series of interconnected tales from a high school.

Patrick Wilson, star of stage and screen, interviews an esteemed colleague (to be announced) about their work.

A deep-sea diver struggles to uncover the truth about a tragic accident on the ocean

Lisa Cortes's career spans helping to launch Def Jam and producing Precious. She shares her expertise in producing bold projects.

Winner of several British independent film awards, this hard-hitting, exhilarating prison drama sees a troubled teen reuniting with his father under the most harrowing of circumstances.

Mike Myers makes his directorial debut with this star-packed documentary about the fast-lane life of entertainment-industry legend Shep Gordon, who managed the careers of Alice Cooper, Blondie, Luther Vandross, celebrity chefs, and others.

Exposing the roots of homophobia in Jamaican society, The Abominable Crime tells the story of a mother

Al Pacino portrayed him in Dog Day Afternoon. Now discover the actual John Wojtowicz who really did rob a Brooklyn bank in 1972 to finance his lover’s sex reassignment surgery.

Based on the novella by Dostoevsky, this surreal dramedy tells the story of a man (played by Jesse Eisenberg) driven crazy by the appearance of his doppleganger, a physically identical version of him who is more successful at work, has more confidence, and is able to land the girl he loves (played by Mia Wasikowska).

In this documentary that plays like a romantic comedy, New Jersey rocker Jim Wood has to reassess what success means as he and his wife Christie consider starting a family.

A spellbinding portrait of Aaron Swartz, the Internet genius who channeled his talents into social change and wound up hounded by government prosecutors.

The New York Times’s Op-Docs series has become a premier showcase for documentary shorts.

In this elegant, arresting, allegorical, fairy-tale adaptation of Agota Kristof’s award-winning novel, two young brothers are sent to the countryside to live with their evil, estranged grandmother. They quickly learn how to navigate through the horrors of real life and growing up.

Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass play a couple who head to a secluded retreat to regain a sense of fun.

Winner of a special jury prize at Sundance, The Overnighters focuses on a Lutheran pastor in a North Dakota boomtown who clashes with his congregation over giving shelter to the homeless.

Discover how St. Benedict's Prep in Newark achieves success with inner-city African-American and Latino teenage males.

Follow the yellow-brick road with us and celebrate this film’s 75th birthday!

Filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris creates a lively cinematic essay on how photography represents black culture, from family snapshots to the art world.

Pimps, prostitutes, johns and cops analyze the state of sex trade on American streets.

A nerdy vampire attempts to give up his taste for blood to win the punk rocker he's falling in love with on the Jersey Shore.

A rebellious young Orthodox Jewish woman explores her reasons for severing ties to her family by following other teens as they travel to Israel.

Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson (Together) returns to his lighter side with this hilarious and delightful story of three preteen female punks and their antics in 1980s Stockholm.

From the creator of numerous montage sequences at the Academy Awards, this documentary interviews legendary filmmakers as they try to answer the question, What is cinema?

From Clerks to AMC's Comic Book Men, Kevin Smith is a provocateur, a pop culture junkie, and a very funny man. He shares his wit and insights in a wide-ranging conversation.

A multi-generational memoir about a white family's relationship with race through their adoption of two African American children.

James “Whitey” Bulger was indicted for multiple murders, evaded capture for 16 years, and inspired the film The Departed.

Montclair's own Sophia Takal stars as a woman who investigates her rent-controlled neighbor's sudden death in this comedic murder-mystery whodunit.

A set of bumbling bankrobbers get more than they bargained for when their high speed getaway leads them off the grid into a small village where a blood-thirsty coven of witches is preparing for an ancient ritual in this zany Spanish horror comedy.

NJ-based comedian Bonnie McFarlane investigates the long-held stereotype that women aren't funny and in turn goes on a journey of discovery both personal and hilarious.

Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche pop with perfect comic timing as a saucy English teacher and an emotional art teacher who get their students to square off in challenge to prove once and for all which is more powerful: words or pictures.

Writer and director Nelson George shares clips from his work-in-progress about the black ballet dancer Misty Copeland; and talks about his new book on the history of Soul Train.