Montclair Film Festival Announces February Programs and Events

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) will offer fun and film in the month of February.

The MFF will kick off the month’s festivities with a screening of Ethan Hawke’s new documentary Seymour: An Introduction on Monday, February 9 at 7:30 pm at The Bellevue Theater in Montclair. The film’s subject Seymour Bernstein will attend for a post-screening Q&A.

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The 2015 Montclair Film Festival Poster Design Unveiled

BY  |  Monday, Jan 12, 2015 8:45am  |  COMMENTS (3)

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The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) just unveiled the poster design for the fourth annual film festival.

Montclair resident and graphic designer Amanda Ansorge’s design was selected from dozens of submissions to the festival’s annual Poster Contest. The design features, what MFF describes as “beautiful text treatment and swirling imagery against a bright yellow background and marks an exciting new direction for the festival’s brand.”

The design will be utilized in 2015’s MFF posters, banners, publications and advertising as the 2015 festival’s signature image.

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Montclair Film Festival and MSU Offer Behind the Screen: Media Careers 101

BY  |  Friday, Nov 07, 2014 5:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Behind the Screen: Media Careers 101

Back again for the fourth year, the Montclair Film Festival will offer its Behind the Screen: Media Careers 101 program, presented in partnership with The Montclair State Universityon Saturday, November 22.

The day-long event (10:30 am – 5 pm) features free panels with leading professionals across the film and television industry that offer insights into the variety of careers available in today’s media landscape and the process of creating a career in film production. Behind the Screen is a partnership between the Montclair Film Festival and Montclair State University.

This year’s panels include:

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Montclair Film Festival Hosts “Conversation With Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell”

BY  |  Monday, Sep 29, 2014 9:16am  |  COMMENTS (0)

MFF-Celebrity_Fund-FlyerReunited and it feels so good. Stephen Colbert will team up again with Steve Carell (the pair have a history, working together on the improvisation troupe Second City in Chicago and also as correspondents on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.”) for Montclair Film Festival’s annual Conversation series. Continue Reading

Montclair Film Festival 2015 Poster Contest Is Open For Submissions

BY  |  Friday, Aug 15, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Film Festival Each year since its inception four years ago, the Montclair Film Festival holds a poster design contest. Not just any poster, THE poster that becomes that year’s festival image. It is used everywhere — banners, booklets, t-shirts— and the winner gets recognition and some film freebies.

Barista Kids’ own Jen Lange was the winner of the 2014 poster contest, which we loved. Now, it’s time for another design. MFF is currently collecting design submissions.

Here’s what they’re looking for:

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Tom Hall Named New Executive Director Of The Montclair Film Festival

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 6:01pm  |  COMMENTS (14)

tom hallThe Montclair Film Festival (MFF) announced today the appointment of Tom Hall as Executive Director of MFF.

Hall will replace founding Executive Director Raphaela Neihausen and founding Artistic Director Thom Powers.

“As the Montclair Film Festival enters its fourth year, we have grown to the point where we are looking to expand into a year-round arts organization,”said Bob Feinberg, MFF’s Founder and Chairman of The Board Of Directors.

“We are excited to welcome Tom to Montclair and believe his experience and leadership will help MFF continue to deliver outstanding programs and events to our community,our sponsors and our partners in the film industry.”

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Montclair Film Festival 2014: Wrapping Up, Looking Forward

BY  |  Tuesday, May 13, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (3)

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The 3rd annual Montclair Film Festival ran from April 28 – May 4 offering the area 92 films and events and a whole lot of community spirit. From films and parties that celebrated New Jersey, Black filmmakers, women, television, and the arts, to free community events, such as yoga classes, storytime and my children’s poster contests — MFF2014 proved that the third time is a charm.

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#MFF14: “Julie Taymor & Stephen Colbert in Conversation” Celebrates the Creative Process

BY  |  Tuesday, May 06, 2014 3:07pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Photo: Neil Grabowsky/Montclair Film Festival

Photo: Neil Grabowsky/Montclair Film Festival

On May 4, 2014, on the last day of this year’s Montclair Film Festival, Stephen Colbert sat down with Julie Taymor to discuss her work and gain insight into her creativity. This sold-out festival highlight allowed MFF attendees to delve into the behind-the-scenes creative process of a well-known director and witness the rapport between Montclair’s widely-loved Colbert (who infused the interview with his trademark comedic wit) and Tony-Award winner, Taymor. Taymor’s extensive list of creative/professional accomplishments includes work in theater, film, and opera, including the production of “Lion King” on Broadway; the films, “Titus” and “Frida;” the operas, “Oedipus Rex,” and “Beowulf,” and many other award-winning projects.

With less than 90 minutes to converse with Taymor, Colbert jumped in, asking how she discovered theater and developed her career. Starting with her early experience as an 9- to 11-year-old actor at the Boston’s Children Theater, to her stint in Paris studying mime when she was 16, to her studies at Oberlin College (she majored in mythology and folklore), to her exploration of puppet theater in Indonesia after college, Taymor traced a dot-to-dot connection between her early experiences and her later work. Continue Reading

#MFF14: The Dog, a Deeper Look at the Real Man Behind Dog Day Afternoon

BY  |  Saturday, May 03, 2014 11:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Dog

After seeing The Dog, a documentary by Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren which screened on Friday night at the Montclair Film Festival, you may forget about Al Pacino’s amazing performance in Dog Day Afternoon. John Wojtowicz, the man who attempted to rob a Chase Bank in Brooklyn in 1972 and inspired the famous movie, will leave his imprint in your mind.

The filmmakers met with Wojtowicz over almost a decade, at first likely inspired to tell the story of the robbery, but what resulted is a more intimate character study. And Wojtowicz is a character. Crass, outrageous, a self-described sexual-deviant, narcissistic, controlling, sad — Wojtowicz is a fascinating on screen presence and the filmmakers capture the combination of pathetic and charisma beautifully.

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#MFF14: Montclair Film Festival Holds Free Ticket Contest to Thank Montclair

BY  |  Friday, May 02, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

What Is Cinema?

The Montclair Film Festival has been having a fantastic week! Between a delicious opening night with Chef, family activities, and a packed and energetic room for The New Golden Age of Television, the half-way point for the festival promises a fantastic weekend for all involved!

To thank the community for its support and enthusiasm, the Montclair Film Festival is running several flash contests on its Facebook page and through Twitter for FREE tickets to five different screenings over the weekend. All it takes is answering a (pretty darn easy) question about movies or the film topics to enter.

Each of these five films will have a Q&A, so these are special opportunities to get into the mind of filmmakers and behind the scenes of the films themselves. Music, College, Black Culture in Photography, Rebellious Art, and Defining Cinema are all included. For more information and schedules of films, click on film titles below. Winners will be randomly chosen every hour!

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