Montclair Film Kicks Off #MFF19 With Glitter Ball and New Festival Art Work

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Excitement for #MFF19 ramped up Saturday at The Glitter Ball, a great night of dancing, song and support for Montclair Film Festival.

Glitter Ball – A Celebration Of Soul, R&B And Funk (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for The Montclair Film Festival )

The theme for this annual fundraiser for Montclair Film Festival — The Glitter Ball: A Dance Floor Celebration Of Soul, R&B, and Funk — had the Wellmont Theater sparkling with attendees decked in sequins, sparkles, and glittery makeup.

Live music from Joe McGinty & The Loser’s Lounge kept everyone groovin’ on the dance floor while special performances from Stephen Colbert, Jim Johnson, Patrick Wilson and Warren Zanes (and his Zanes band) brought the house down.

Stephen Colbert performs at the Glitter Ball. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for The Montclair Film Festival )

Stephen Colbert became Dr. John for his own funky spin on “Right Place, Wrong Time.”

(Warren Zanes and his “Zanes Band,” along with members of The Loser’s Lounge. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for The Montclair Film Festival )

Warren Zanes and his Zanes Band (comprised of talented teens including Zanes’ son and a group of Montclair High School students) performed Diana Ross’ “Upside Down” and Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music White Boy.”

Former New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Jim Johnson made his debut with a soulful rendition of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.”

But the all-time crowd favorite was Montclair’s own movie star Patrick Wilson, who outdid himself again this year, channeling Tom Jones’ “Delilah,” Hall & Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True” (joined onstage by his son as Oates!) and finally, making the crowd go wild with George Michael’s “Freedom.”

Proceeds from this special evening will support Montclair Film’s ongoing, year-round film and education programs.

Montclair Film Releases #MFF19 Festival Artwork

This year’s artwork was designed by local graphic artist Daniel Hertzberg. The campaign was developed by Montclair Film Directors of Marketing Kelly Coogan Swanson and Lisa Ingersoll, and was created to illustrate the way in which the festival brings unique, diverse stories to the screen.

“My vision behind the Montclair Film Festival poster was to show films from around the world converging to become a center of differing opinions, perspectives, and voices,” said Hertzberg. “The rectangular shapes represent film screens with the shapes, colors, and widths varying throughout the composition. Montclair is a cultural icon of New Jersey, and a place I have called home for over five years. Its identity is rooted in diversity, representing all walks of life.”

The 2019 Montclair Film Festival takes place May 3-12, 2019 in Montclair, NJ. The complete festival program will be announced on Friday, April 5, with Member tickets available beginning at 10:00 am, Monday, April 8, at montclairfilm.org. Public tickets will be available at 10:00 AM on Friday, April 12.

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