The Montclair Film Festival (MFF), in partnership with The Montclair Art Museum launched a contest to design the official poster for the 2014 Montclair Film Festival to be held April 28-May 4.
The winning design will be seen on buses, lampposts, t-shirts, the web, catalogs and, of course, the big screen, as the centerpiece of a dynamic week of 80+ films and events that will comprise the third annual celebration of the art of filmmaking in Montclair.
Here are the winning posters from MFF’s past two years:
Mark your calendar — the Montclair Film Festival turns three on April 28-May 4, 2014!
The 2014 festival will build on 2013’s success of more than 14,000 attendees who viewed over 80 films and events, including selected world and New Jersey premieres. A favorite category, New Jersey Spotlight, provides a platform for dozens of talented and up-and-coming filmmakers from New Jersey to exhibit new work as does its sister category, “New Jersey Shorts.” Other categories include “Music On Film,” a special Family section, “African American Stories,” Narrative Film,” “Documentaries” and “Comedy” among others to be announced when the Festival lineup is set. Continue Reading
And now, MFF is (rightfully) bragging that the Times’ cilm critics Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott have included three MFF alums in a list of international rising young filmmakers. The Times’ coverage, “20 Directors to Watch,” features Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell-2013), Terence Nance (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty-2012), and Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess-2013).
Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen. Photo: Montclair Film Festival
Thom Powers, Artistic Director of the Montclair Film Festival, was dubbed “A Kingmaker for Documentaries,” in a recent NY Times article. With an impressive, and very full, workload as organizer of the Toronto International Film Festival’s documentary section, the monthly Stranger Than Fiction series of new and classic films at the IFC Center in Manhattan, the DOC NYC series, and Artistic Director of the Montclair Film Festival—he deserves the title.
Bob Feinberg, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of Montclair Film Festival, is excited about Thom’s recognition. He tells Baristanet that he and a number of MFF Board members will be in attendance at the Toronto International Film Festival to support Thom and to check out what he calls, “the largest, most important film fest in North America.”
As summer begins to wind down, and many Baristaville folks head to vacations either far-flung or at the Jersey Shore, we’re wondering what books you might be bringing along. What will (or did you) stash in a suitcase or get lined up on your e-reader? Even if you’re not headed out of town, are you looking for something to read on your commute?
How excited are you about Breaking Bad Season 5 this Sunday, August 11th on AMC? (And to that end, how sad are you going to be to say goodbye to Walter White, Skyler, Jesse, Hank, Marie and Walt Jr. when the series comes to an end?)
To get you in the mood for what’s to come, Montclair Film Festival shares one of the most exciting film panels during Montclair Film Festival 2013 — a talk with Breaking Bad cinematographer Michael Slovis and Joel Stillerman of AMC. Continue Reading
“Now that was when people KNEW how to be in love. They knew it! Time, distance… nothing could separate them because they knew. It was right. It was real. It was…
A movie! That’s your problem! You don’t want to be in love. You want to be in love in a movie.”
That’s the beauty of a good love story, it’s magically romantic and perfect. And Sleepless in Seattle delivers, which you can see for yourself, along with your sweetie, on Friday, June 21 at 9 pm at Van Vleck House & Gardens at Montclair Film Festival’s outdoor screening.
Inspired by the 1957 film An Affair to Remember with the climactic meeting at the top of the Empire State Building, the romantic comedy will get you feeling all warm and fuzzy. Yes even you tough guys.
Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen. Photo: Montclair Film Festival
It’s easily the coolest thing to happen to Montclair and now that it’s wrapped for 2013, we asked Montclair Film Festival’s Bob Feinberg, Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen to share their experiences and give us a hint at what might be ahead for #MFF14.
What was your favorite moment from MFF13?
RN: For me it was introducing the 1950 Disney classic Cinderella. It was the first time my three-year old son was in a theater to watch a movie and he was accompanied by my parents. It was a rare treat to have them all there, and poignant that they were watching a film that meant so much to me when I was a child. Continue Reading
There’s a scene in Concussion, the closing film of the Montclair Film Festival, that speaks volumes. Abby (played by Robin Weigert), apres sex with a paying client and clad only in a bra and panties, is astride a counter top in a loft apartment, vigorously ripping apart a brand new tile backsplash with a pry bar. This frenzied moment in the life of a Montclair mom and interior designer turned lesbian hooker, captured by Montclair director Stacie Passon, shows what happens when the furious, desperate need to escape the doldrums of marriage, in any way possible, takes over.
A jarring look at what can happen — in extremes — when couples love each other but lose that spark, Concussion explores the mid-life crisis of Abby, who after getting hit by a baseball in the movie’s open (hence the film’s name), starts to look at her life and finds something is missing.
Abby’s wife (played by Montclair actress Julie Fain Lawrence) is a successful lawyer who is no longer interested in sex. Abby, lost and frustrated with her own life, throws herself first into a loft renovation project in Manhattan, and later, answers a Craig’s list ad for sex with a hooker. When that goes horribly wrong, she pays for a high-end pro, who tells Abby after their encounter that she should start working herself. Continue Reading
As an opening gambit for a film fest discussion about documentaries, “I hate documentaries” is on the provocative side. But it’s standard fare coming from director Michael Moore, who presided over Sunday evening’s “Dangerous Docs” event at the 2013 Montclair Film Festival.
Joining Moore on stage at the Montclair Art Museum were three documentarians whose work screened at the MFF: Lucy Walker (The Crash Reel), Bill Siegel (The Trials of Muhammad Ali) and Montclair-based Dawn Porter (Gideon’s Army). The event was modeled on the “Dangerous Docs” series that Moore hosts each year at his Traverse City Film Festival, and his guests shared the host’s predilection for calling on the audience to take a sometimes-difficult look at painful and/or dysfunctional aspects of society.
So the director of hot-button docs like Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 framed the sold-out talk with the idea that most filmgoers don’t really want to see documentaries about tough subjects, asking: “Why are we bothering to do this?” Continue Reading