by Karen Backstein A celebration of Harry Belafonte—his life, his work, and his politics—took place at NJPAC in Newark on Sunday, April 28th. A kind of “pre-game” event before the Montclair Film Festival officially started the following evening, it featured a screening of the 2011 documentary Sing My Song, followed by a post-movie discussion with […]
by Tanya Manning-Yarde A Girl and a Gun instigates a discomfiting albeit necessary conversation about firearms, illuminating the fantasies, frights and fascination associated with them. Filmmaker Cathryne Czubek gains access to the chambers (literally and figuratively) of women’s personal experiences with firearms, and with surgical precision unfolds their revelations. Intersecting issues around gender, identity, history, […]
by James Feinberg The What-is-It, a one-of-a-kind Montclair Film Festival Event that debuted at the inaugural film festival last year, was well-received from a near-full house at MKA on Saturday night. Daily Show producers/writers and stand-up comedians Rory Albanese, Adam Lowitt and Elliot Kalan (after performing about five minutes each of their respective routines) satirized […]
by James Feinberg Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of the former Speaker of the House, directed Fall to Grace, a documentary about the charity work of previous New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey. For the past eight years, Governor McGreevey has been working with female prisoners in our state who would otherwise have nowhere else to turn in […]
by James Feinberg Amy Nicholson’s documentary, Zipper: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride follows the trials and tribulations of one of Brooklyn’s most famous neighborhoods, Coney Island, using the Zipper ride as a focus. Tracking the story of a controversial rezoning deal between the city of New York and real estate developer Joe Sitt in 2007-2009, the […]
Host of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report and Montclair Resident, Stephen Colbert gives a shout out to the Montclair Film Festival before signing off for the night on Wednesday, May 2nd! The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,Video Archive
by Rebecca Leffler The Montclair Film Festival will be bringing more and Moore to its second annual event with an impressive line-up of 80 anticipated titles and a visit from over 100 special guests including Michael Moore, Lake Bell and Ice-T. “The 2013 MFF will be a work of art complete with a colorful palette of […]
The Montclair Film Festival, along with Barista Kids, needs kids of all ages to decorate Montclair for the 2013 Montclair Film Festival! Kids are invited to come draw a picture of their favorite film to be displayed in business windows through this year’s festival, which runs April 29 – May 5. We want to welcome […]
Join us this Thursday, April 4th at the Montclair Art Museum’s Free First Thursday Nights program as we announce this year’s Festival line-up! Some highlights for the evening include: Late hours, 5–9 p.m. Free admission to the galleries. Check out the exhibitions on view. Full-service bar with special First Thursday Night prices provided by Egan & […]
Come out and support our community outreach with the MFF “My Favorite FIlm…” Kidz Art Project 2013. Kids around town and in area schools have been hard at work on their masterpieces, with top picks from Cinderella to Jurassic Park. The art is being hung on decorative film strips in businesses around town to welcome […]
THE FESTIVAL IS COMING . . . THE FESTIVAL IS COMING! You’ve been waiting in anticipation an entire year and now it’s almost here! The Montclair Film Festival 2013 line-up will be announced Thursday, April 4th and tickets will go on sale to members. Tickets will be available to the general public on Sunday, April […]
Check out this interview with MFF’s Executive Director, Raphaela Neihausen on the most recent episode of Destination Montclair. View the episode now or watch the show when it airs: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9:00 PM from April 24th until June 2nd on Montclair TV34.
MFF and NJPAC present “SING YOUR SONG” on Sun, April 28th at NJPAC.
Please click on link below to hear the radio interview with MFF’s Artistic Director, Thom Powers on WFDU-FM, April 14th. http://wfdu.streamrewind.com/bookmarks/listen/63003/digest
The Montclair Film Festival was voted Best Film Festival in Discover Jersey Arts Fifth Annual People’s Choice Awards. Nearly 7,000 total ballots were cast in all categories. On Thursday, March 21st, the awards were presented at the 2013 New Jersey Conference on Tourism in Atlantic City. From left: Montclair Mayor Robert D. Jackson; Luther Flurry, […]
A special reception for Kidz Shortz Families and MFF members PLEASE RSVP BY: March 22nd to firstname.lastname@example.org The winning films will be screened throughout the evening. Thank you to our event hospitality sponsors: […]
Congratulations to Inocente directors, Sean Fine & Andrea Nix, winners of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film! Last year the award-winning husband and wife documentarians took to the crowdfunding site, Kickstarter to raise funds to finish and promote their film about Inocente, a documentary the Montclair Film Festival was proud to present as part of its inaugural […]
by Abbe Harris MFF Captures Audience with Screening of Venus and Serena in Honor of Black History Month A diverse and enthusiastic crowd didn’t let a miserably rainy day stop them from celebrating Black History Month with the Montclair Film Festival and their free screening of Venus and Serena at the Glenfield Middle School on Saturday afternoon. […]
Kidz Shortz Awards Reception has been rescheduled to March 28th CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2013 WINNING FILMS
MFF is very excited and honored to have been chosen “Favorite Film Festival” by the JerseyArts.com voters! We plan to live up to this honor by bringing you an even bigger and better Festival this April 29th through May 5th! Thank you!
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT Come see all the Academy-Award nominated short films! They will be screened on the actual day of the Awards, Sun. Feb. 24th, 2013 from 10am – 5:30pm at Montclair State University, in University Hall, Room 1070 (directions below). For the past three years, these “underdogs” of the Academy have been […]
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by Liz Dircks If there was one event to attend where two late-night comedians shared advice, insight, and absurd stories surrounding their wildly-popular satirical shows … this was it. Piggybacking on the success of last year’s A Conversation with Stephen Colbert fundraiser, the Montclair Film Festival hosted Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert at […]
Submissions are now open for the 2013 Montclair Film Festival. Please click on the below Withoutabox link for all eligibility requirements and submission details. MFF will be accepting feature films (55 min. or longer) for the following program strands: Comedy Competition, Fiction Showcase, Documentary Showcase, Family Films, New Jersey Spotlight (shorts also eligible for this […]
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Montclair Film Festival and Montclair State University’s Film Department present: Behind the Screen: Media Careers 101 A day of FREE one hour seminars on careers in filmmaking by industry professionals. These seminars are for high school and college aged students. Sunday, December 9, 2012 Montclair State University University Hall 9:45am – 5:30pm […]
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The Montclair Film Festival presented the World Premiere Screening of Bad Parents on Wednesday, October 3rd to a sold out audience. Director, Caytha Jentis and cast members including Janeane Garofalo, Reiko Aylesworth, Rebecca Budig and Ben Bailey also attended and participated in an audience Q&A following the film. Check out photos from the event on Facebook: […]
by Christopher Dixon The Montclair Film Festival ended its Summer Movie Series with the showing of the John Hughes 1985 classic, The Breakfast Club–arguably one of the all-time best high school flicks ever made, and one of Hughes’ most identifiable works. This film strikes a chord with everyone who sees it, and tonight was no […]
MFF and the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center presented a special screening of KNUCKLEBALL! on Thursday, September 27th at the Yogi Berra Museum. The screening coincided with R.A. Dickey’s 20th win! Director Ricki Stern and Author Wayne Coffey joined us for a Q&A following the film. Ricki Stern — an acclaimed documentarian and the co-director of “Knuckleball.” She also directed […]
Check out the sizzling video recap of the incredibly exciting and successful first ever Montclair Film Festival!
Life & Living with Joanna Gagis Montclair Film Festival programs, Parts 1 & 2 will have an encore performance this weekend and next on NJTV. Below is the broadcast schedule for both airings. Alternatively, click on the links below to download each program for viewing. Montclair Film Festival, Part 1 Sat. 8/25 NJTV 2:30PM Montclair Film Festival, Part 2 […]
by Christopher Dixon The “big” night was finally upon us when the Montclair Film Festival took over Church Street in Montclair for a showing of the 1988 film classic, Big. Much the way they set up at the Van Vleck Gardens last month for the showing of Raiders of The Lost Ark, a large projection […]
Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank’s son chooses a different option: against the old man’s wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to […]
by: Debra Marrazza It’s really love dear, I knew it from the start; how fitting are the first few lyrics of the theme song from The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson? Especially for those adult enough to tune in nightly or, those who tried to talk their parents into letting them tune in nightly. In […]
by Liz Dircks Late last month, Vikram Gandhi went on The Colbert Report to talk about his film Kumaré, which was shown during the Montclair Film Festival to a sold-out audience. Gandhi directed and starred in the film, a documentary that follows a fake guru’s visit to Arizona and the impact on his newly-made followers. […]
Van Vleck House and Gardens provided a lovely setting last Friday evening to watch Raiders of the Lost Ark projected on an outdoor screen under the stars. Friends of all ages, families, neighbors, and even some “date-nighters” converged at the delightful Gardens to watch the second film in the Montclair Film Festival’s Free Summer Screenings […]
by Liz Dircks Movie and musical fans of all ages gathered at the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens last Friday to watch Grease, the first screening of the Montclair Film Festival’s Cinema Montclairismo, the Festival’s outdoor film series. Cars lined Upper Mountain Avenue, Highland Avenue, and a few other nearby side streets and despite […]
It was a warm welcome for Montclair State University alumna Lorene Scafaria. The Writer and Director of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World took questions after a screening (and the East Coast premiere!) at MSU’s Kasser Theater on June 21, 2012. The film premiered around the country the next day and stars […]
GREASE SING-A-LONG Friday, June 29. Full details here: http://montclairfilmfest.org/2012-summer-series/grease-sing-a-long/
Missing the festival already? Join us for a special evening on Thurs. June 21 where we screen SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, starring Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley. The director will join us for a post-film conversation. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
By Dan Sorbera As the Montclair Film Festival wrapped up Sunday afternoon, the screening of About Face a documentary focusing on beauty and hardships in the modeling business, director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, producer Chad Thompson and one of the model interviewees, Pat Cleveland, came to discuss the documentary . Timothy Greenfield-Sanders opened up the discussion with […]
By: Liz Dircks Festival-goers began lining up well beforehand to see director and documentarian Michael Moore at the Montclair Art Museum on Sunday. Moore, famous for documentaries such as “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11,” entered to a standing ovation from a sold-out audience in Leir Hall. Over the course of the 75-minute conversation, hosted […]
Michael E. Uslan the executive producer of the much anticipated The Dark Knight Rises discussed some of the reasons behind why Batman made it to the big screen and talks about some of the scenes that were filmed in Newark, NJ. VIEW PHOTO SET HERE
By Merve Fejzula If it were not for Martin Scorsese’s non-profit, the Film Foundation, The Red Shoes may not have made it to a screening at the festival on May 6. Mold had been eating into the emulsion, but a lengthy restoration process at UCLA returned the film to its original Technicolor glory. So narrated […]
By Liz Dircks Rory Albanese and Adam Lowitt took time from their busy schedules producing Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to give Montclair Film Festival attendees their hilarious takes on old, educational film clips. Albanese and Lowitt played to a sold-out crowd in an intimate setting at the Clairidge Cinema, offering their […]
By Meredith Yannuzzi Judy Blume has sold over 75 million copies of her well known and affecting books. Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages, yet she has never made it to the big screen. That is until now. Tiger Eyes is about a young girl named Davey who is transplanted from […]
By Dan Sorbera Audiences lined up outside Claridge Cinemas in Montclair Saturday afternoon to see the sold out world premiere of The Prep School Negro, a documentary about the culture clashes and social alienation of black students from inner city neighborhoods in Philadelphia getting scholorships to all-white prep schools. Attending the screening was the film […]
Today’s Films & Events 11:30 AM Last Call at the Oasis Clairidge Cinema 2 Buy Tickets 12:00 PM The Atomic States of America Clairidge Cinema 1 Buy Tickets 12:00 PM Documentary: Inside the StoryMontclair Public Library FREE PANEL 12:30 PM The Road to Batman and Dark Knight Montclair Art Museum Buy Tickets 1:00 PM Red […]
By Merve Fejzula Cartoon characters bloom on the screen, stop-motion wooden figures make calculated steps towards each other, suddenly we return to the photographic depiction of a couple, alternate between films as a narrator pauses to inform us of the change – Terence Nance’s debut film “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” is nothing if not […]
Today’s Films 11:30 AM Flat Daddy Clairidge Cinema 2 Buy Tickets 11:30 AM First Position Bellevue Theater Buy Tickets 12:00 PM NJ Shorts 2: Power of Youth Clairidge #1 Buy Tickets 2:00 PM Unraveled Clairidge #2 Buy Tickets 2:00 PM The Perfect Family Bellevue Theater Buy Tickets 2:30 PM The Prep School Negro Clairidge #1 […]
By Merve Fejzula To describe Cloudburst in brief, it is something like, “Thelma and Louise for the assisted living set.” So joked Mary Alice Williams, as she began the question and answer session with Olympia Dukakis following the screening of her latest film. In actuality the movie is an uproarious telling of an elderly lesbian […]
Today’s Films 7:00 PM Sacrifice Clairidge Cinema 2 Buy Tickets 7:00 PM Undefeated MSU Kasser Buy Tickets 8:00 PM Cloudburst Bellevue Theater – SOLD OUT There will not be a rush-line. HIGHLIGHTS FROM YESTERDAY Kathleen Turner talks about her career, why she prefers women directors and “that Voice.” Read more here.
By Gene R. Sower As a run-up to her new film, The Perfect Family, Kathleen Turner delighted a Montclair Film Festival audience at the Bellevue Theater with stories and insights from her long and illustrious career. Beginning with her first movie, Body Heat, Turner described working with first-time director Lawrence Kasdan and actor William Hurt, […]
TODAY’S FILMS at a Glance 7:00 PM Unfinished Spaces Clairidge Cinema 2 Buy Tickets 9:00 PM Trishna Bellevue Theater Buy Tickets 9:15 PM American Masters Johnny Carson: King of Late Night Clairidge Cinema 2 Buy Tickets HIGHLIGHTS FROM YESTERDAY The opening night of the MFF saw the community turn out for the sold out […]
By Gene R. Sower Montclair Film Festival’s founder, Bob Feinberg, welcomed the audience at Montclair State University’s Kasser Theater to “the first night of the first film of the first Montclair Film Festival.” The sold out crowd was there to see The Oranges, a comedy-drama set in Essex County, New Jersey. At the end of […]
Patrick Wilson, Michael Moore, Olympia Dukakis, Judy Blume are only a few of the great guests appearing for MFF films and events. See individual film pages on the web site for who’s appearing in person.
Changing the Face of Modern Movie Posters at the Montclair Art Museum The collection on view at the Montclair Art Museum represents a revival of the craft of film poster art. Today’s film studios for the most part usually just simply copy each other’s successful designs and use photos of a star’s face to sell a film. […]
Stephen Colbert signed off his show on April 26 with a ringing endorsement of the Montclair Film Festival and special mention of the film Flat Daddy playing on May 5. Watch the clip here and read more about Flat Daddy here.
Late-breaking news: Judy Blume announced on her Twitter feed @judyblume that she’ll attend the Montclair Film Festival on May 5 for the screening of Tiger Eyes, directed by her son Lawrence Blume. This is the first time one of her novels has been adapted for the big screen. Act fast to get tickets: http://montclairfilmfest.org/2012-festival/tiger-eyes/.
MFF is this year’s theme for the May in Montclair Window Painting Project! SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH May in Montclair is pleased to announce the theme for this year’s Store Window Painting contest. The Montclair Film Festival will take center stage in our store window contest this year. The event takes place on Saturday, April 28 […]
By Gene R. Sower What could be more “Jersey” than spending many summers of my happily misspent youth at such places as Long Branch, Asbury Park, Seaside Heights and Belmar? Nothing, apparently, according to New Jersey native Thomas Bentey, who wrote, directs and stars in his new film, At the Jersey Shore. As an avid […]
By Gene R. Sower Being part of a “military family” was nothing I ever thought about until my son joined the US Air Force Academy as a cadet in 2010. Even though he’s still a student and won’t have to begin his Air Force career until he graduates in 2014, paying back his education with […]
By Merve Fejzula “When do any of us know in our own lives what will happen next…let alone, what might happen in someone else’s life?” asks Beth Levison, the filmmaker behind the inspiring documentary, “Lemon.” This question grips the audience as they follow the journey of Lemon Andersen in Beth Levison’s documentary, “Lemon.” The inspiring […]
By Debra Marrazza NBC Today Show co-host, Bryant Gumbel once asked; “Is this a passing fancy or is this in front of the wave?” It is 25 years later and once you see, EVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. MOVIE from Ironbound Films on Saturday, May 5th at 7PM, you will walk away with the answer. […]
The Resurgence of Cuba’s Architectural and Artistic Gem By Joyce Kaffel The documentary film, Unfinished Spaces, traces the path of Cuba’s Revolution by delving into the unfortunate story of the Cuban National Art Schools and the experiences of the three innovative architects commissioned to design the Schools’ buildings. Their work was halted when Cuba’s political […]
By Debra Marrazza Sometimes the wrong track takes you to the right place and the right place is the Clairidge Cinema on Sunday, May 6th at 4:30PM. The Review Page calls Downtown Express, “More New York than Spike Lee and Woody Allen.” So, for all you Montclairians who want to be swept away in music […]
We’re witnessing a new movement “of young black filmmakers telling stories that complicate assumptions about what ‘black film’ can be,” as Nelson George wrote in the New York Times in December. MFF showcases these voices in films such as An Oversimplification of Her Beauty and The Prep School Negro. African-American stories are also prominent in […]
At MFF, we take our laughs seriously. For Opening Night, we feature The Oranges with a tremendous ensemble cast including Oliver Platt appearing in person. We have a whole comedy section that includes 2 Days in New York (starring Chris Rock); Kumaré (pictured above) about a Borat-style stunt involving a fake guru); live-improv featuring comedians […]
MFF pays special attention to films with a New Jersey background or focus. Most screenings in the New Jersey Spotlight will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers or other special guests. Music has a heavy presence including the world premiere of David Bromberg Unsung Treasure; and rare theatrical screenings of The Promise: The […]
Looking for films suitable for tweens and teens? Check out the weekend family matinees Brooklyn Castle and First Position (pictured above), co-presented with Barista Kids. Beyond those, look for the Oscar-winning Undefeated about an inner city high school football team; Tiger Eyes adapted from a Judy Blume novel; the original King Kong playing under Classics; […]
WHO: 35 French Winemakers WHAT: 150 Wines WHERE: The Vault at Bangz Salon and Spa 23 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ WHEN: Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm, $75 WHY: A benefit for the Montclair Film Festival REPLY: Call 973 509 WINE (9463) $75 per person Thanks to our sponsors: Affinage Cheese Shop & […]
DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION PANEL DISCUSSION Montclair State University – FILM FORUM DATE: MARCH 20, 2012, TIME: 7PM – 9PM PLACE: UNIVERSITY HALL 1040 Watching movies and television on the Internet is the wave of the future and it’s happening now! MSU Film Forum presents a panel discussion on the realities of Internet Distribution for film and […]
On Sat. Feb. 25, Montclair Film Festival held its second annual Pre-Oscar fundraiser last night. More than 320 film aficionados walked down the red carpet at the Bobbi Brown Loft, skirting paparazzi on their way to a sumptuous sampling of local drinks and delicacies. Attendees included Louis Zorich, Patrick Wilson, and Mayorial hopefuls. Guests reviewed […]
The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m. FREE In this moving documentary, the artist Winfred Rembert relives his turbulent life in the segregated South and the injustice and bigotry he experienced as recently as the 1960s and 70s. The film is abundantly visualized by his extensive paintings depicting the day-to-day […]
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On Jan. 12 the winners of the first annual Montclair Film Festival Kidz Shortz Film Competition were honored at MFF’s headquarters on Bloomfield Ave. MFF’s Chairman of the Board Bob Feinberg and Award winning actor Roscoe Orman (aka Gordon on Sesame Street for the last 36 years) presented the awards. Kidz Shortz is an educational […]
On Sat. Dec. 3, Montclair Film Festival, in partnership with Montclair State University, presented “Behind the Screen – Media Careers 101”. This day-long series of seminars was free to all high-school and college students and included the following topics: Content Creation: Writers and Directors talk about how ideas become scripts. Producing and Directing: Making your […]
On Fri. Dec. 2, Stephen Colbert appeared in conversation with journalist and Montclair resident Jonathan Alter at the historic Wellmont Theatre. The standing-room-only audience of over 1700 people were participating in a fundraiser for the first annual Montclair Film Festival. Read more about the night here. In Steve Adubato’s introductory remarks, he announced MFF’s newly […]
CONGRATULATIONS! The Montclair International Film Festival (MIFF) is proud to announce the recipients of the First Annual “Kidz Shortz” filmmaking competition, an educational initiative aimed at showcasing and inspiring the talent of Northern New Jersey students in grades 4 through 12, on the theme, “My Town…The Way I See It.” To ALL students who […]
On Oct. 16, MFF hosted a members-only “Trivia Night” benefit, held at Fitzgerald 1928 Pub. Categories included Film, Sports, Art, Current Events and more! See the full gallery on facebook…