What To See Sunday: Highlights From Today’s Montclair Film Festival #keepconnecting

The 2018 Montclair Film Festival is off to a fantastic start and we can’t wait to tell you about all the movies we’ve seen. Here, from the Montclair Film Festival, are some of today’s “don’t miss” movies:


A film still from Studio 54 by Matt Tyrnauer, an official selection of the Documentary Premieres program at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

Studio 54 was the epicenter of ‘70s hedonism — a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society. Filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer has created a gripping and vibrant film, one which captures the spirit of the era and tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.

Q&A with director Matt Tyrnauer to follow.

Today, April 29, 2:30pm, MKA Upper School


In a fully-stocked hotel room on the night of the 2016 election, two Trump supporters celebrate the unexpected results, in the latest from indie provocateur Onur Tukel. Led by Dylan Baker’s gleefully deranged performance, Tukel’s tongue-in-cheek exploration of a divided America digs deep into that night’s mass existential crisis, and leaves us with some disquieting results.

Q&A with director Onur Tukel, and cast members Lou Jay Taylor, Christine Campbell, and Matt Walton to follow both screenings.

Today, April 29, 4:45pm, Clairidge Cinema 4


As director Amy Jenkins welcomes her first child into the world, she must also negotiate the cancer diagnoses and transits toward death of her mother, sister, and brother, all of whom fall ill within the same year. Assembled from Jenkins’ video journals and narrated through archived answering machine messages, this heartbreaking story evolves from a first-person point of view as Jenkins, a visual artist, turns her camera to interrogate loss.

Q&A with director Amy Jenkins and producer Mary Kerr to follow. Read MFF’s interview with Director Amy Jenkins about her poignant and moving film.

Today, April 29, 5:30pm, Clairidge Cinema 5

Other Showings:
Monday, April 30, 7:00pm, Clairidge Cinema 4


Spending her days juggling her job managing a small ice cream stand and her personal relationships, Kristin wants nothing more than to compete, to win a place among the elite, to be her best. But will life continue to put up roadblocks to her success?

Q&A with directors Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, producer Laura Heberton to follow both screenings.

Today, April 29,7:45pm, Clairidge Cinema 5

Other Showings:
Monday, April 30, 7:15pm, Clairidge Cinema 5


Featuring shorts about three inspiring athletes who never gave up in order to achieve their dreams including ANYONE LIKE ME, LOCKED IN: THE VICTORIA ARLEN STORY, and SONIC BREAK.

Today, April 29,12:00pm, Clairidge Cinema 1

Other Showings:
Thursday, May 3, 8:00pm, Clairidge Cinema 3


In her third feature, the British director Clio Barnard (THE ARBOR and THE SELFISH GIANT) takes on the story of a family farm in the North of England that passes down to two siblings: Joe (Mark Stanley), a young man desperate to cash in on the property and leave it behind, and Alice (Ruth Wilson), who returns to the farm in the hopes of keeping the family tradition alive. The result is a stunning, immersive story of family warfare that cements Barnard’s reputation as one of our most innovative visual storytellers.

Q&A with producer Daniel Battsek to follow.

Today, April 29, 2:15pm, Clairidge Cinema 2


After surviving the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaping sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS, 23-year-old Nadia Murad gives testimony before the U.N. Security Council that reverberates around the world. Despite longing for a normal life away from the spotlight, Nadia suddenly finds herself thrust onto the international stage as the voice of the Yazidis — a historically persecuted and voiceless religious minority. Alexandria Bombach’s inspirational documentary won the Directing Award for US Documentary at Sundance and stands as an important testament to an unwanted, necessary personal journey in the service of others.

In English, Kurdish, and Arabic with English subtitles.

Today, April 29, 2:15pm, Clairidge Cinema 1

Click here to sign up for Baristanet's free daily emails and news alerts.