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Montclair Film Receives $50,000 Gift From Craig Newmark Philanthropies

originally published: 02/08/2020

Montclair Film Receives $50,000 Gift From Craig Newmark Philanthropies

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Montclair Film has announced a $50,000 gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies for the 9th Annual Montclair Film Festival, to take place May 1-10, 2020. The support from the foundation of craigslist founder Craig Newmark will help the organization present stimulating new films that explore the world in meaningful ways. 

“Through their power to tell stories, film and other arts have the ability to spark understanding and empathy, and that’s important to encouraging civic engagement,” said Newmark. “I’m proud to support Montclair Film as they bolster the New Jersey community, my home state, and our entire country in this way.”

The festival welcomes over 28,000 patrons annually to enjoy new films and rediscover classics;  interact and network with industry insiders; learn about filmmaking and storytelling from directors, producers, and actors; and celebrate the arts throughout the New Jersey community. 

Montclair Film also received a Cooperative Marketing Grant of $20,500 from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism, to help support the implementation of its 2020 marketing plan. This strategy includes promoting the signature spring film festival, year-round screenings and public programs at Cinema505, as well as classes and workshops at the Montclair Film Education Center.

Montclair Film’s marketing efforts focus on attracting a geographically diverse audience of cultural tourists to explore Montclair's parks and gardens, restaurants, museums and galleries, retail establishments, and regional hotels. These efforts help to enhance the organization’s reputation as the suburban epicenter for arts and culture in the New York Metro Area.

“Montclair Film is a trailblazer within our state and is helping New Jersey rise as a top destination for visual storytelling,” said Jeffrey Vasser, Executive Director of the New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism. “From hallmark events, like the Montclair Film Festival, to live performances and celebrity speaker series, Montclair Film brings the arts to residents and visitors of the state, and we’re proud to have them as a strong partner.”

In addition, Montclair Film received a grant of $15,000 from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. The donation, made through The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, will be used to help fund this year’s film festival.



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“Horizon is pleased to support the important work being done by Montclair Film to promote a greater understanding, awareness, and appreciation of the art of filmmaking and the role that media arts and storytelling play in our community,” said Jonathan R. Pearson, Executive Director of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. 

“These donations will enable Montclair Film to continue our important work of connecting artists with audiences and bringing people together through film and storytelling,” said Tom Hall, Executive Director of Montclair Film. “We are grateful to all of our sponsors and donors for their generous support of our mission, and we look forward to bringing another year of inspirational programs to our community.”

Montclair Film strives to create a festival that reflects the diversity and wide-ranging interests of the community. With a depth of local talent in northern New Jersey, Montclair Film’s programs have established the organization as one of the nation’s leading regional film institutions.

Craig Newmark Philanthropies was created by craigslist founder Craig Newmark to support and connect people and drive broad civic engagement. It works to advance grassroots organizations that are getting stuff done in areas that include trustworthy journalism & the information ecosystem, voter protection, gender diversity in technology, and veterans & military families.  

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is committed to working alongside those who can help us improve our neighbors’ health, inform their health decisions and inspire them to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. The Foundation’s mission is to support organizations that make New Jersey healthier. The Foundation has three funding pillars, Caring, Connecting and Creating. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the sole member of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, both of which are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  


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Event calendar
Fri, Feb 21, 2020


MUSIC


FUNGKSHUI @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Longwave @ The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

SUPER DIAMOND @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

Light Opera of NJ presents "Die Fledermaus" @ St Marks Episcopal Church (Basking Ridge), Basking Ridge - 8:00pm

LUCERO @ White Eagle Hall, Jersey City - 8:30pm

Les Paul Festival: The Young Philadelphians @ Berrie Center for the Arts, Ramapo College, Mahwah - 8:00pm

Get The Led Out @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

Academy of St Martin in The Fields with Joshua Bell @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 8:00pm

Mardi Gras Boogaloo 2020 @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm

Rod MacDonald in concert at Princeton Folk Music Society @ Christ Congregation Church, Princeton - 8:00pm

Mandy Harvey @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 8:00pm

Eric Lindell Solo @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm

Kinky Boots (Broadcast) @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 7:30pm






THEATRE


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 8:00pm

RITZ KIDZ - Pinocchio @ The Ritz Theatre, Haddon Twp - 10:00am

LEGALLY BLONDE @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 7:00pm


Sound of Music @ Rhino Theatre, Pompton Lakes - 8:00pm

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD @ Hamilton Stage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm

COMEDY


BOB SAGET @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

Progressively Funny: John Fugelsang and Friends @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 8:00pm

Tracy Morgan: No Disrespect @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm


DANCE


two may be one, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance @ Hearst Dance Theater at Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus, Princeton - 8:30pm


FILM


Screening of William Greaves’ Nationtime—Gary, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts @ James Stewart Film Theater at 185 Nassau Street on the Princeton University campus, Princeton - 6:00pm


POETRY


Open Book III - Poetry & Perform - FREE @ Bluefox Craft Beer & Restaurant, South Plainfield - 7:00pm

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