#MFF16: Young Voices: A Community Conversation

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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What do young people have on their minds today? The subjects that teens explore when creating films provide fascinating insights into their ideas, hopes, dreams, and deeply felt concerns. Young Voices: A Community Conversation, co-presented by the Montclair Film Festival and Partners for Health Foundation, will use selected submissions to the Festival’s Emerging Filmmaker Competition as a platform for a panel discussion that will examine concerns of local youth and how our community can provide a safety net to support them. The conversation will take place on Wednesday, May 4 at 7 pm at the Audible Lounge (544 Bloomfield Avenue).

Moderated by John Mooney, Founding Editor and Education Writer of NJ Spotlight, the panel will include these local experts:

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The Weekend: Montclair Film Festival, Books, Music, and More!

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Film Festival Adds Special Guests: Gilbert Gottfried and Ras Baraka

Get out and enjoy this jam-packed weekend at one of these local events!

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Here’s what else is happening:

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#MFF16: Masters of the Score: Sound Design For Film, Audio, Games

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Montclair Film Festival will present Masters of the Score: Sound Design For Film, Audio, Games, a free panel event on the importance music plays in storytelling, on Saturday, April 30 at 3 pm in the Audible Lounge. Continue Reading

Locals Share Their Top Film and Event Picks at the 2016 Montclair Film Festival

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Baristanet shared our top film and event picks at the 2016 Montclair Film Festival here. Now it’s time to share what other locals are excited to see.

We asked “What are you most excited to see and/or attend at the Montclair Film Festival this year?” and you answered:

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Baristanet’s Top Film & Event Picks for the 2016 Montclair Film Festival

BY  |  Monday, Apr 25, 2016 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) is one of Baristanet’s favorite Montclair events — film, parties, and Montclair love all wrapped in in 10 days! With over 150 films and events to take place during the 5th annual Festival (April 29-May 8) it’s difficult to choose what to do and see (and to try and fit it all in!). We’re breaking down our top picks.

Here are Baristanet’s top film and event picks at the 2016 Montclair Film Festival:

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Be a Volunteer For the Montclair Film Festival

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Sarah Barrack, MFF Volunteer Chair, and Jill Montague, MFF Volunteer Coordinator.

It’s less than 10 days away from the start of the 5th annual Montclair Film Festival! With over 150 films and events, the festival needs lots of people to keep things running smoothly which is why the volunteer program is a big part of the organization. The festival needs about 10 volunteers per event. Volunteers are needed to help in the theaters, at the box office, and with merchandise during the 10 days of the festival run.

There’s no previous training required to be a MFF volunteer – just a love of film and community.

“The diversity and enthusiasm of our volunteers is a big part of what makes our festival so much fun,” says Volunteer Coordinator Jill Montague. “From students to retirees to young professionals, our volunteers come from all walks of life, all ages and all experience levels. Everyone works together to create this great event for our community.”

Sarah Barrack, Volunteer Chair says she got involved with the film festival for two reasons. “As an in-house attorney at a talent agency, I was interested in getting to know the entertainment industry professionals in our town, and as a Montclair resident, I wanted to see our empty storefronts fill up and I always believed the success of the festival could benefit our town.” There have been perks for her too. “I’ve stayed involved with MFF because of all the wonderful people I’ve met.  My husband and kids are no longer surprised when I hug someone in a store or a restaurant — I see familiar faces all over town because of the festival.  Our volunteers are the best!”

Aside from the fun experience, MFF volunteers get some great perks:

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Montclair Film Festival Adds Special Guests: Gilbert Gottfried and Ras Baraka

BY  |  Monday, Apr 18, 2016 2:12pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) just announced the addition of special guests for the upcoming festival, taking place April 29 through May 8:

  • Comedian Gilbert Gottfried will join the festival’s Opening Night screening of Life, Animated on Friday, April 29, at the Wellmont, participating on the red carpet and at the Q&A session following the film. Mr. Gottfried’s performance as Iago in Disney’s Aladdin is one of the focal points of the film, and he will join Stephen Colbert, The Suskind family, and director Roger Ross Williams for the post-screening discussion.
  • Newark, NJ mayor Ras Baraka will attend the festival’s screening of Shorts from The Newest Americans, which features the short film We Came And Stayed, which tells the story of the African American migration to Newark, NJ in the 20th century. Mayor Baraka will participate in a post-screening Q&A.
  • Thom Powers will record three episodes of his new podcast Pure Nonfiction at the festival, live at the festival’s Audible Lounge. These conversations, part of the festival’s Conversation Series presented by Audible, Inc., are free and open to the public and will focus on the films and careers of leading documentary filmmakers. The schedule is: Continue Reading

Montclair Film Festival & Montclair SEPAC Partner to Offer Free Sensory Friendly Screenings

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


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Montclair Film Festival in partnership with Montclair SEPAC of NJ will offer two free Sensory Friendly Screenings for families on Friday, May 6 at 4 pm.

Lights will be up (and dim), sound will be down, theater will be wheelchair accessible, and kids and their families will be welcome.

To reserve a seat, RSVP online here.




The Walking Dead Star Norman Reedus Coming to Montclair Film Festival!

BY  |  Friday, Apr 08, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Calling all Walking Dead fans!

The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) announced today that Norman Reedus, a.k.a. Daryl Dixon, will attend the festival to participate in the festival’s Conversation Series, presented by Audible, Inc. Reedus will join Joel Stillerman, president of Original Programming, AMC and Sundance TV, for a wide-ranging discussion of Reedus’s craft and career (you know he will be asked about this!). The event will take place May 7 at 2:30 PM at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair.

Norman Reedus by Adam Fedderly

Norman Reedus by Adam Fedderly

“Norman Reedus’ iconic performance on The Walking Dead has made him one of the most beloved actors working today,” said MFF Executive Director Tom Hall. “We are deeply honored to have him with us and look forward to a fascinating discussion.”

In Conversation With Norman Reedus

Reedus is one of the biggest stars on television, where his portrayal of Daryl Dixon on AMC’S The Walking Dead has made him a household name. But his career began with a bit part in the horror film MIMIC, with Reedus going on to capture critical attention as a creepy hitman in the independent black comedy SIX WAYS TO SUNDAY, which lead to key roles in films like DARK HARBOR and 8MM. His first leading role came in BOONDOCK SAINTS, which landed him as one of Vanity Fair’s 1999 Stars To Watch. His career encompasses dozens of films and television performances which speak to his versatility as an actor. In this expansive conversation, Reedus will discuss his work in depth, sharing the stories that have shaped his unique career.

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Ready, Set, Draw! Time for the 2016 Montclair Film Festival Kids Art Project

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 4:34pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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One of my favorite Montclair Film Festival traditions is back — The Montclair Film Festival’s Kids Art Project!

As you read this, students in schools all over town are busy illustrating their favorite films.

This year, although the special paper for the artwork is in black and white, all artwork submitted needs to be in color. While the basic drawing may be in pencil, color MUST be an element in this year’s pictures. Continue Reading

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