5 Wishes From the Montclair Film Festival On its 5th Birthday

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Montclair Film Festival will celebrate its 5th birthday with a big party on February 6. The festival has grown so much in just five years. In 2010 MFF opened with over 45 films and events during a 6 day run. In May 2015, the festival offered 150 films and events for 10 days. There’s plenty to celebrate.

So what’s ahead? What does MFF hope for in the next 5 years? Baristanet asked MFF staff and founder to share the wish they will make when they blow out the candles on MFF’s 5th birthday cake at the party:

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Biggest Local Stories of 2015

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Biggest Local Stories of 2015

Here’s a look back at the biggest local stories of 2015 brought to you by Baristanet:

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Montclair Film Festival to Celebrate its 5th Birthday With a Bash

BY  |  Monday, Dec 07, 2015 10:00am

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Back in 2010, Bob Feinberg had a dream to organize a film festival in Montclair that he hoped would “set out to create a film festival for the town that would serve as a focal point for the cinematic arts, an economic engine and an expression of cultural and artistic diversity.” He also hoped it would be  “as cool as Sundance, with people walking around in all black, drinking cappuccinos and going from movie to movie.”

Montclair Film Festival‘s (MFF) inaugural line-up offered over 45 films and events during a 6 day run in 2012. Fast-forward to May 2015 when MFF offered over 150 films and events for 10 days and Feinberg’s dream seems to be coming true.

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Montclair Film Festival and MSU Offer Behind the Screen: Learn From the Masters

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Back again for the fifth year, the Montclair Film Festival will offer its Behind the Screen program, presented in partnership with The Montclair State University, on Sunday, December 6.

The day-long event (10:30 am – 5:30 pm) features free panels with leading professionals in the industry. Behind the Screen is a partnership between the Montclair Film Festival and Montclair State University.

This year’s panels include:

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Stephen Colbert Goes Inside the Director’s Studio with JJ Abrams for Montclair Film Festival

BY  |  Monday, Nov 23, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Photo: Neil Grabowsky/Montclair Film Festival

Photo: Neil Grabowsky/Montclair Film Festival

The conversation between Stephen Colbert and JJ Abrams at Saturday night’s fifth annual benefit for the Montclair Film Festival at NJ PAC was a Thanksgiving feast for nerds with heaping portions of Star Trek and Star Wars.

The evening started by both participants bearing their nerdy past. Abrams was always among the last ones to be picked for neighborhood sports teams, “I didn’t play sports because I physically couldn’t and something funny happens when you don’t play, turns out you get worse.”

Undeterred. the future writer/director pursued his passion, moviemaking and would go on to create the TV series Lost, Alias, Fringe and Felicity, reinvigorate James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock with his Star Trek movies and direct one of the most anticipated films of 2015—Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Colbert, spent countless hours playing Dungeons & Dragons as a teenager, even memorizing hit tables used to calculate the damage one character would inflict on another. Continue Reading

The Montclair Film Festival Announces An Evening With Stephen Colbert and J.J. Abrams

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 02, 2015 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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We were pretty sure that Stephen Colbert would be involved at Montclair Film Festival‘s annual fundraiser event held at NJPAC, but we had no idea who the guest would be. Past guests have been Steve Carell, Jimmy Fallon, and Jon Stewart. Today we found out! MFF just announced that Stephen Colbert, host of CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” will host an evening with director J.J. Abrams (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Lost”) on stage at NJPAC on Saturday, November 21 at 8 p.m.

Stephen Colbert and J.J. Abrams: Celebrity Nerd-Off! will feature the pair in a wide-ranging on-stage discussion of their influences, ideas, and creative work.

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The Montclair Film Festival Open For Film Submissions

BY  |  Monday, Aug 31, 2015 1:00pm

montclair film festivalCalling all filmmakers! The Montclair Film Festival just announced the opening of its annual film submission process for films to be included in the 5th annual Montclair Film Festival (April 29 – May 8, 2016).

Featuring a rich program of films in the Fiction, Non-Fiction, World Cinema, Short and Student Filmmaking categories, as well as a program dedicated to the work of filmmakers from New Jersey, The Montclair Film Festival offers emerging and established artists the possibility to present their films in a world-class screening environment, with curated competitions, Audience Awards, and opportunities to reach attending members of the national press.

“We are excited to begin our annual programming process,” said Montclair Film Festival Executive Director Tom Hall. “As the Montclair Film Festival continues to grow, we remain dedicated to our mission of introducing our audiences, press, and industry guests to the work of great filmmakers from around the world.”

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Montclair Film Festival Moves HQ to Hillside Square

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 8:30am

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Meredith Ladov (Managing Director) and Sue Hollenberg (Education Director) working at MFF’s new home.

Over the past five years, the Montclair Film Festival has grown tremendously. What started as a week-long festival in 2012, has expanded to a 10 day event with over 150 films, events, and parties at the 2015 festival this past May. Add the many events throughout the year that MFF offers and it’s no wonder that the growing organization needed more space.

This month, MFF moved from its headquarters at 494 Bloomfield Avenue to a larger home in the Hillside Square building at 8 Hillside Square, a renovated 1926 former church turned Silver LEED certified office building, just one block from Montclair’s central business district.

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See A Princess Bride On Church Street Friday Night

BY  |  Monday, Aug 10, 2015 11:00am

A Princess Bride

Not going to see A Princess Bride on Church Street this Friday night? Inconceivable!

You don’t want to miss the chance to see the beloved and endlessly quotable film—it’s also the last in Montclair Film Festival’s Summer Outdoor Movie Series.

Bring your chairs, blankets and snacks (Anybody want a peanut?) and go early for a live performance by Big Mamou beginning at 8 pm.

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Enjoy a Groovy Film at the Montclair Film Festival Summer Series on Friday Night

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 1:30pm

Montclair Film Festival Summer Series

Dig out your tie dye and bell bottoms and join others for a celebration of the 60’s at Montclair Film Festival’s next outdoor, free summer film on Friday nigh at Van Vleck House & Gardens—Festival Express!

Festival Express is a 2003 documentary film about the 1970 train tour of the same name across Canada taken by some of North America’s most popular rock bands, including Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.

Bring your chairs, blankets and picnics and go early for a live performance by Parent’s Who Rock’s Blastaways beginning at 8 pm.

Montclair Film Festival Summer Series: Festival Express
Friday, June 12. Live music by Blastaways at 8 pm / film at 9 pm
Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ, 07043


And mark your calendars for the other great films in the series this summer:

Montclair Film Festival Summer Series


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