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

BY  |  Monday, Mar 27, 2017 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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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 State University’s Peak Ambassadors Believe Arts Matter

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

Peak Ambassadors

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.

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Baristanet Profile: Cara Moroze

BY  |  Friday, Mar 24, 2017 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Cara Moroze

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Cara Moroze

Where do you live? Montclair in the ’43

When did you move there? New Year’s Day 2014

Where did you grow up? Canton, Massachusetts

How do you make a living? These days I seem to collect part-time gigs (b’nai mitzvah tutoring, marketing/events management for a music/art school, and freelance writing), then fill the spaces in my calendar with a lot of volunteering.

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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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Can You Break Out? Jimmy’s Escape Room Brings Adventure to Bloomfield

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jimmy's Escape Room

Looking for an exciting adventure to do with a group of friends or your family? Jimmy’s Escape Room offers that and more. The latest escape room place in Baristaville is located at 372 Broad Street in Bloomfield.

Your adventure begins in one of two themed rooms — Asylum and Lighthouse. You are locked in the room with a group of 2-8 people for 55 minutes. Your mission is to solve a bunch of puzzles and riddles throughout the room until you get the combination for the safe. If you succeed, you escape as champions. If you don’t, no need to worry, they will let you out. Either way you get an hour of fun.

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Montclair History Center Presents Our Schools, Our Town Tonight

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The Montclair History Center continues with its Price of Liberty film series — a series which deals with issues related to race, segregation, integration, and Civil Rights — with a free screening of Our Schools, Our Towns tonight, March 22 at 7 pm at Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair).

Created by Masiel Rodriquez-Vars, the short film documents the history of the magnet school system in Montclair, which was designed in response to the racial inequities in the schools. There will be a discussion period with Rodriquez-Vars, Fourth Ward Councilor Dr. Renee Baskerville, former teacher Marcia Haddock, Hillside School teacher Eli Siebert, and Dr. Carole Willis. The discussion will be moderated by Lillian Edwards, PhD.



Montclair Arts Organizations Respond to Threat of Losing the National Endowment for the Arts

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

National Endowment for the ArtsYesterday, March 20, was Arts Advocacy Day, a day in which hundreds of arts advocates from across the country come together in Washington, DC for the annual National Arts Action Summit to underscore the importance of  public funding for the arts. This year’s event was more important than ever.

President Trump’s 2018 budget proposes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Museum and Library Service, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (which benefits PBS and NPR).

The NEA budget appropriation is roughly $148 million, and constitutes just .004 percent of the federal budget. Nearly 80 percent of that is given to artists and arts projects through state arts agencies. The elimination of the agency would negatively impact our arts organizations and artists.

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

BY  |  Monday, Mar 20, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Love is Love

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

BY  |  Monday, Mar 20, 2017 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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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