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An inside scoop to the Montclair Film Festival:

Some of you know I’m heading up online marketing for the Film Festival.  Thought I would give you a quick run down on some must-see films and events — all that program reading/trailer watching should be good for something.  At ten days, it’s a longer festival.  And some great films are already on stand-by only.

It’s an incredible year for women directors:

Abigail Disney is a Disney.  But she doesn’t make animated movies.  She’s taken on human rights issues in a big way.  Her new film The Armor of Light follows an Evangelical minister’s journey from conservative gun rights advocacy to gun control support.  Rev. Bob Schenck was born in Montclair.

May 9th and 10th

Even better, Abigail Disney joins us to talk about her work at the Audible Listening Lounge (you remember it as the Halloween or Lamp Store on Bloomfield Avenue).  

May 9th

Barbara Kopple — you have to remember Harlan County USA? joins us to discuss her work at Audible and her new film Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation.

Film May 3rd and 4th, Conversation on the 3rd

Keeping the “movies about amazing singers” MFF fest tradition alive, Mavis Staples will join us for a screening of a documentary about her life.  Stephen Colbert and director Jessica Edwards join Ms. Staples after Mavis! for Q & A.

May 8th at the Wellmont

Erin Lee Carr has made her first film: Thought Crimes.  Yes, that’s the late David Carr’s daughter.  It’s about the “Cannibal Cop” who prowled chat rooms talking about some pretty gruesome things. He was convicted for conspiracy, served a year a half and was then released. 

May 9th and 10th


Other films on my list that you can still get tickets for include:

Opening night’s Hello, My Name is Doris, starring Sally Field.  You don’t have to get the 125 dollar party tickets — balcony seats at the Wellmont are $25   Friday night, May 1st.

Richard Gere is joining us on May 2nd at the Wellmont to talk about his passions on and off the screen.  His new film, Time Out of Mind, is on stand by only.

Remember how the word “prom” was fraught with peril in high school?  Who got asked and when, what they wore … it’s a right of passage.  How to Dance in Ohio follows a group of autistic teenagers with gentle compassion as they prepare for prom night. May 2nd and May 4th.

Very Semi-Serious looks at the history and culture shared by cartoonists at the New Yorker. May 5th and 7th.

Most Likely to Succeed presents a radical new format for public education, a topic that is definitely top of mind in Montclair.  May 8th and 10th.

Worth standing by for:  Love and Mercy, the Brian Wilson Biopic; Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Think Juno meets Garden State); Al Pacino and Holly Hunter in Manglehorn; 7 Chinese Brothers, with Olympia Dukakis and Jason Schwartzman; What Happened, Miss Simone? and the ultimate busman’s holiday, Five Flights Up with Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton — a Brooklyn apartment for sale and a niece (Cynthia Nixon) as a realtor. It was one of the first to sell out!

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Not sure I understand Afar's Tableside cocktail comment but we did love our suite at the NoMad for Thanksgiving.

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Don't forget -- this Saturday is Behind the Screen, a full day of free media career seminars at MSU sponsored by the Montclair Film Festival -- all we ask is that you REGISTER so we know we have enough seats!  Visit and join industry insiders  LAURA BELSEY – ANDY DAY – EILEEN BERNSTEIN – ALEXANDRA JEWETT – NORA SKINNER
Share with your friends (once you're nabbed your seat!)

Our old management company took all our prior reviews off line -- so we'e slowing adding them back.  Have two new ones we'll share first from fall guests:

September 2014

Great home away from home. Great location, great ambiance, enjoyed our stay. Very peaceful.

Mave and Toni Coover (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

September 2014

Your casita provided the perfect setting for our visit to Santa Fe to celebrate my 50th birthday and celebration of our 8th wedding anniversary! The home is beautiful and perfectly appointed. We appreciated the Santa Fe, New Mexico decor and accoutrements. Also your home was suitably stocked with all the necessities. The location is ideal for walking to Canyon Road and the Plaza. I’m glad I spent the time to find this gem nestled in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Thank you for everything! 

Rhonda Porter (Dallas, Tx)

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Feeling creative? Submit your designs to the #MFF Poster Design Contest! In addition to having the winning design highlighted during the festival, the winner will receive two tickets to the 2015 MFF Opening Night Celebration! 

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