Montclair Film Announces Opening, Closing and Centerpiece Screenings for 6th Annual Montclair Film Festival

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Mark your calendars! Montclair Film just announced the Opening, Closing and Centerpiece screenings for the 6th annual Montclair Film Festival (MFF), taking place April 28 – May 7.

Amanda Lipitz’s STEP will open the festival on Friday, April 28; Stanley Nelson’s TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: AMERICA’S BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, the festival’s Documentary Centerpiece, will screen on Friday, May 5; Geremy Jasper’s PATTI CAKE$ is set as the festival’s Fiction Centerpiece for Saturday, May 6, with Zoe Lister-Jones’ BAND AID set as the Closing Night film on Saturday, May 6. Each of these screenings will take place at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair.

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Additionally, Montclair Film and the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) are proud to announce a partnership that helps build meaningful opportunity for African American professionals in the film and television industry, and which celebrates the work of established artists in the field. This year’s partnership includes a new program, Emerging Black Voices, which will offer opportunity to filmmakers and producers at both the MFF and ABFF, as well as multiple panel discussions, screenings, and the House Party, a celebration of African American filmmakers held each year at the MFF. The inaugural class of Emerging Black Voices fellows will feature Iyabo Boyd (producer, FOR AHKEEM), Sabaah Folayan (director, WHOSE STREETS?), and Yance Ford (director, STRONG ISLAND), and they will meet with industry advisors Jeff Friday (Founder & CEO, ABFF Ventures, LLC), Patrick Harrison (Director, New York Programs and Membership, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences), and Julie La’Bassiere (Founder & CEO, Tall Bird Marketing & Strategy.)

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Montclair’s Forth Wanderers Rock Rachael Ray at SXSW

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What does Rachael Ray do in her spare time? At this year’s SXSW festival, we learned that she likes to rock out to Montclair’s own Forth Wanderers.

The band made its first trip to Texas’ annual music and technology festival and earned the headline “Forth Wanderers Charm The Hell Out Of SXSW.” Guitarist Ben Guterl said that just getting to attend and play was a dream come true: “I’ve heard about it since 8th grade. It’s always been this huge milestone in my mind, and to make it down and play SWSW was kind of surreal.”

Even more surreal was one stop in the band’s 8-shows-in-6-days schedule: a live gig hosted by celebrity chef and TV host Rachael Ray.

“She was actually there, watched our set, and said she’s a big fan of us,” said Guterl. “She was in the front taking pictures, then cheering really hard after each song.”

Montclair was well-represented at this year’s festival, with Pinegrove side project Half Waif also in the mix.

So what does an up-and-coming local band do after playing to enthusiastic crowds in Austin? They hit the books—all of the Forth Wanderers are still in college, and they’re not letting recording and touring get in the way of school.

The band is recording when they get breaks from school, and they’re planning a summer tour out to Chicago and back. Guterl notes they’re making sure to really appreciate the big moments like SXSW along the way. “We have a crazy opportunity, and we want to take as much advantage of is as we reasonably can,” he says. “We want to have stories to tell. We want to enjoy it, tour when we can, keep recording, and just enjoy being a band.”

Montclair State University’s Peak Ambassadors Believe Arts Matter

BY  |  Friday, Mar 24, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Local arts organization aren’t the only ones worried about the possible elimination of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), as proposed in President Trump’s 2018 budget plan. Students at Montclair State University care deeply as well.

Locals know that Peak Performances on the campus of MSU brings a wide range of internationally acclaimed artists and productions to the Alexander Kasser Theater for the community to enjoy. What you may not know about is a group of student arts advocates called Peak Ambassadors who help to promote the program and bring awareness of the importance of the arts on campus to the student and wider community.

Peak Ambassadors are volunteers for the Office of Arts and Cultural Programming, the hub of Peak Performances. Since 2015, this small group of student arts lovers, have created campaigns to promote the performing arts. On Monday, they joined with others across the nation to celebrate Arts Advocacy Day, with a community banner. The group  reached out to other arts groups to co-sponsor the event. They wanted to assemble the campus community to speak out. They made a banner and asked the community to sign it. As students came to participate they shared info on NEA and why this year’s it’s particularly important to support the agency.

Waverley Leun, a Peak Ambassador member and Sophomore majoring in Dance, shares the impact her arts education and experiences at MSU have had on her. Continue Reading

Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: March 23 – 26

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lots of great local events to enjoy this weekend! From live music and concerts, to comedy and theater, to lectures and social events, this is your guide to what’s happening this weekend:

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MAM Art Talk: Crosscurrents: Native American and American Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The next MAM Art Talk presents Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky and artist Jeff Kahm discussing the cultural exchanges between modern and contemporary American and Native American artists from the early twentieth century to the present at MAM on Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 pm.

Dr. Stavitsky will be providing a sneak preview of an upcoming exhibition exploring the complex relationships between historic, modern and contemporary American and Native American art and culture. Jeff Kahm is Associate Professor in the Studio Arts Department of the Institute of American Indian Fine Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A Plains Cree artist, Kahm describes his work as “rooted in indigenous abstraction and Modernist aesthetics.”

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East Side Mags to Host a Love is Love Comic Signing and Fundraiser

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East Side Mags will host seven comic professionals involved with the Love is Love Anthology, which honors those killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, at a special signing on Saturday, March 25 from 1 pm – 6 pm.

The oversize comic mourns the victims, supports the survivors, celebrates the LGBTQ community, and examines love in today’s world. All material has donated by the writers, artists, and editors with all proceeds going to victims, survivors, and their families. East Side Mags will also be donating 5% of its total daily sales split between Equality Florida and the ACLU. They’ll also have copies of local artist/writer/comedian Patrick Reilly’s books with 100% of those proceeds going to the ACLU.

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Don Quixote, Theater, String Festival, and More This Month at Peak Performances

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Peak Performances, the arts and music program at Montclair State University if offering an incredible line-up of the arts this month.

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First up from the Department of Theatre and Dance is Michigan Murders running from March 23 – 26. From 1966 to 1969, at the dawn of second-wave feminism, several young college women were murdered in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor Michigan area by a fellow student. Theater artists Meghan Finn and Julia May Jonas create a multidisciplinary play with music based on real events surrounding the crime. Michigan Murders celebrates the exuberant chaos and quickly won freedom of the 60’s, pits that against the real and palpable terror of victimization facing women at that time, and reflects on the state of feminism today.

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The Dome Lounge at The Manor Presents Live Music by “The Weeklings” Performing Music of The Beatles

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Weeklings

“The Dome” Rooftop Lounge at The Manor in West Orange will host a Wednesday night series of live musical performances featuring The Weeklings, a Beatles-inspired band.

The fab foursome will perform a mix of popular hits by The Beatles as well Beatles-influenced original songs.  As professional musicians that have appeared and collaborated with many high profile national artists, they bring a level of precision and authenticity rarely matched in any performance of 60s rock and roll. Cocktail service and a lounge menu will be available.

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Ladies Night! Bubbly & Bingo To Benefit MHS Project Graduation

BY  |  Friday, Mar 17, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Come out for a fun Ladies Night of Bingo, champagne, ‘celebrity’ Bingo callers, a 50/50 raffle and fun prizes, all in the name of a good cause — Montclair High School’s Project Graduation!

Individual tickets are $35 and include one Bingo card, champagne and refreshments! Got a group? Buy a team table! Tables of 10 are $500 and include two Bingo cards for each player, upgraded champagne service AND table signage! (Start thinking of your team name now!) Extra Bingo cards will be available for $5 each. Continue Reading

Become a Volunteer for The 6th Montclair Film Festival

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The 6th Montclair Film Festival is around the corner. Interested in joining an amazing team of volunteers?

Come check out one of two Volunteer Information Sessions to find out how you can volunteer and what is required. Current volunteers can come and find out what’s new for the 2017 festival. New volunteers can come see what it’s all about.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 7pm – 8pm at the Montclair Public Library auditorium.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 4pm – 5pm at Cinema505 at 505 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair. Continue Reading

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