The first weekend of the 2018 Montclair Film Festival was fantastic. Now get ready for these films and events you won’t want to miss this weekend:
CONVERSATION WITH TAYLOR MAC
Saturday, May 5, The Audible Theater, 2:30 p.m.
After seeing the radical, life-changing, exclusive performance of TAYLOR MAC LIVE!: A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC (ABRIDGED) on Friday, May 4, at The Wellmont Theater, you know you will have questions!
Find out more about Taylor Mac – playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director and producer — who is also a MacArthur Fellow, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama, a New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect and the Resident playwright at the Here Arts Center.
HEARTS BEAT LOUD
Saturday, May 5, Wellmont Theater, 2:30 p.m.
Frank (Nick Offerman) is a single dad who spends his days working at his record store while stubbornly clinging to his daughter, Sam (Kiersey Clemons), a high school senior preparing to leave the family nest for college. Seeking one last chance for some father- daughter bonding, Frank convinces Sam to record some music with him. But with summer coming to an end, the record store’s lease expiring despite the protestations of his kindly landlord Leslie (Toni Collette), and a hit song unexpectedly climbing up the streaming music charts, Frank’s world suddenly becomes more complicated than ever. Brett Haley’s HEARTS BEAT LOUD is a charming, luminous exploration of the bittersweet joys of family, romance, and the ties that bind us.
Q&A with director Brett Haley and Nick Offerman to follow.
Saturday, May 5, Wellmont Theater, 5:15 p.m.
Dan Reynolds has spent years thoughtfully examining his beliefs. Raised within the culture of the Mormon church, Reynolds stayed within the fold while going on to form Imagine Dragons, one of the biggest rock and roll bands in the world. Dan comes to a crossroads when he witnesses fellow members of the Mormon church spurned due to their sexual orientation. Since 2008, teen suicide rates in Utah have skyrocketed, which many people attribute to the Mormon church’s official stance regarding same-sex relationships., Reynolds decides to take action; using his position to foster acceptance and bring the community together, Reynolds challenges the church to transform itself. Don Argott’s BELIEVER is a portrait of an artist determined to change the world through understanding, compassion, and love. Featuring stunning music and concert footage from Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, and many more, BELIEVER delivers hope through the power of music.
Produced by Live Nation Productions, BELIEVER is an HBO Documentary Film.
Q&A with Dan Reynolds, Tyler Glenn (Neon Trees), director Don Argott, and producer Sheena Joyce, moderated by Stephen Colbert
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRE / HOUSE PARTY
Saturday, May 5, Wellmont Theater, 8 p.m.
André Leon Talley’s is a singular, uniquely American story in the big-money world of high fashion; raised in the segregated Jim Crow South, Talley has gone on to become a defining figure in the history of style. Kate Novack’s THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ brings André’s childhood experiences with his elegant grandmother and the Black Church together with his rise as a global tastemaker at magazines like Women’s Wear Daily, W, and Vogue to tell the story of the transformational career of one of the most iconic figures in 20th Century American culture. Full of wit, brutal honesty, and an unflinching eye for talent, André Leon Talley remains as engaging and inspired as he is glamorously biting.