MFF: Friday’s Sold Out, Here’s What’s Left for Saturday

BY  |  Friday, May 04, 2012 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

If you were planning on going to the Montclair Film Festival tonight (Friday, May 4) and you don’t have a ticket, forget it. Unless you’re willing to take your chances and hang out in the “rush line” an hour before the event. All of tonight’s shows are sold out.

“This being our first year, we’re still getting a sense of what the film going culture is here,” says festival co-director Thom Powers. The number and speed at which films have sold out is gratifying, he says. “It’s a wonderful affirmation of all our highest hopes.” But as the metrics begin to come in, Powers and company are already planning to increase inventory for next year.

Half of Saturday’s shows are sold out. As of about noon on Friday, here’s what’s left for Saturday.

Flat Daddy, 11:30 a.m., a film about kids separated from their parents serving overseas. Clairidge. Buy tickets.

First Position (co-sponsored by Barista Kids), a film about the rigors of competitive youth ballet. 11:30 a.m. Bellevue. Buy tickets.

NJ Shorts 2: Power of Youth, which includes a film about Montclair’s own Drums of Thunder. Noon Clairidge. Buy tickets.

Unraveled, a film about a major Wall Street fraudster. 2 p.m. Clairidge. Buy tickets.

Lemon (co-presented with BlueWaveNJ), a film about a felon-turned-slam poet. 4:30 p.m. Bellevue. Buy tickets.

Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Story, 7 p.m. Clairidge. Buy tickets.

The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, a film with lots of footage of the young Bruce Springsteen. 9:15 p.m. Bellevue. Buy tickets.

There are “rush lines” for all events, and tickets and comps that are not picked up at will call are released 15 minutes before each show.

Don’t count on it, but “for the most eager and dedicated and flexible with their plans, they should give it a try,” Powers says.

It does work, though, for the indefatigable. Montclair octogenarian and former NYU theater prof Ethel Owens got in to see “Cloudburst” and Olympia Dukakis last night by waiting in the rush line last night.

And speaking of stamina, we asked Powers his tips for pacing yourself through a busy weekend of film. “Drink lots of water,” he says. “And keep other excesses in moderation.”

By the way if you’ve got a ticket sell, or are looking for one in particular, feel free to add it in the comments.




  1. POSTED BY normanrosenblum  |  May 05, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    MFF Brooklyn Castle 2 tickets available. Call 201-600-8134.

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