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Montclair Film Announces December 2017 Film Lineup For Cinema505
originally published: 11/22/2017
(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Montclair Film has announced the December 2017 film lineup for Cinema505, the organization’s screening space located in the Investors Bank Film & Media Center at 505 Bloomfield in Montclair, NJ. December sees the continuation of The Mastery of Miyazaki series, which features the Japanese animation legend’s Academy Award™ winning masterpiece SPIRITED AWAY, presented in English for the enjoyment of younger children.
December will also Montclair premieres for the critically acclaimed indie comedy MR. ROOSEVELT, directed by Noël Wells, the Sundance hit documentary 500 YEARS, directed by Pamela Yates, the beloved documentary BIG SONIA, directed by Todd Soliday & Leah Warshawski, and MAYA ANGELOU: REFLECTIONS OF A BLESSED SOUL, directed by Hafiz Farid, which marks the return of our Filmmakers Local 505 program, featuring the work of local filmmakers.
December 1-3 MR. ROOSEVELT, directed by Noël Wells
December 2-4, SPIRITED AWAY, directed by Hayao Miyazaki
December 6-10, BIG SONIA, directed by Todd Soliday & Leah Warshawski
December 13-14, MAYA ANGELOU: REFLECTIONS OF A BLESSED SOUL, directed by Hafiz Farid
December 15-17, 500 YEARS, directed by Pamela Yates
The Mastery Of Miyazaki continues with the beloved family classic
SPIRITED AWAY (2001), directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Japan/ 125 min
Dubbed In English for young viewers
Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award®-winning masterpiece SPIRITED AWAY was the biggest box office hit of all time in Japan. Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, ten-year-old Chichiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a dream-like spirit world where she is put to work in a bathhouse for the gods, a place where all kinds of nonhuman beings come to refresh, relax and recharge. Here she encounters a vast menagerie of impossibly inventive characters — shape-shifting phantoms and spirits, some friendly, some less so — and must find the inner strength to outsmart her captors and return to her family.
Saturday, December 2, 1:00 PM
Saturday, December 2, 4:00 P?M?
Sunday, December 3, 11:00 AM
Sunday, December 3, 5:00 PM
First-run theatrical films receiving their Montclair theatrical release at Cinema505
MR. ROOSEVELT, directed by Noël Wells
USA/ 90 Min
Cast: Noël Wells, Nick Thune, Britt Lower
After a loved one falls ill, struggling comedian Emily Martin (Noël Wells) returns to her college town of Austin, Texas and must come to terms with her past while staying with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend.
Friday, December 1, 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 2, 6:30 PM
Sunday, December 3, 7:30 PM
BIG SONIA, directed by Todd Soliday & Leah Warshawski
USA/ 93 Min
In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski - great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor - runs the tailor shop she's owned for more than thirty years. But when she's served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to revisit her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, BIG SONIA also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.
Wednesday, December 6, 7:30 PM
Thursday, December 7, 7:30 PM?Saturday, December 9, 5:00 PM
Saturday, December 9, 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 10, 6:00 PM
500 YEARS, directed by Pamela Yates
USA/ Guatemala/ 105 Min
In Spanish and English with English subtitles
From a historic genocide trial to the overthrow of a President, 500 YEARS tells a sweeping story of mounting resistance played out in Guatemala's recent history through the actions and perspectives of the majority indigenous Mayan population, who now stand poised to reimagine their society.
Friday, December 15, 7:30 PM?Saturday, December 16, 5:00 PM
Saturday, December 16, 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 17, 3:30 PM
Sunday, December 17, 6:00 PM
Filmmakers Local 505
The Filmmakers Local 505 initiative offers local filmmakers the opportunity to not only share new films with local audiences, but also offers a revenue sharing opportunity, with a percentage of all ticket revenue given to the filmmakers. This program is open for submissions on an ongoing basis by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries.
MAYA ANGELOU: REFLECTIONS OF A BLESSED SOUL, directed by Hafiz Farid
USA/ 41 Min?Q&A following each screening
MAYA ANGELOU: REFLECTIONS OF A BLESSED SOUL is a documentary film based on an exclusive interview with Maya Angelou in her home in Winston Salem, North Carolina by the multi-award-winning filmmakers Hafiz Farid, Shelley Grodner Seidenstein, and Richard Woods. The film offers an intimate portrait of one of the greatest Artists/Poets/Activists/Teachers/Philosophers and Humanitarians of our time. With a razor-sharp memory of events that occurred many decades ago, Dr. Angelou reflects on her unforgettable experiences, and her deep insight into the most controversial and pressing issues of the day.
Wednesday, December 13, 7:30 PM
Thursday, December 14, 7:30 PM
The complete lineup, including show times and ticketing information, is now available at montclairfilm.org
ABOUT MONTCLAIR FILM
Montclair Film, a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, nurtures and showcases the talents of filmmakers from around the region and world. Montclair Film unites, empowers, educates, and celebrates our region’s diverse cultural heritage and robust artistic community by presenting engaging programs and events all year long. The seventh annual Montclair Film Festival will take place from April 27 through May 6, 2018. Montclair Film’s year-round and festival programming is made possible through generous support from Investors Bank; Audible; Hackensack Meridian Health; the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; Ashenfelter, Slous, McDonough, Golia & Trevenen, LLP; Chubb; Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; and William H. Connolly & Co., and others. Our programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. For information about Montclair Film, visit www.montclairfilm.org
2018 Westfield International Film Festival To Take Place September 20-23
(WESTFIELD, NJ) -- Anybody can go to a movie theater to watch a film, but the Westfield International Film Festival is bringing movies to the mansion with its sixth season at the James Ward Mansion in downtown Westfield from September 20 - 23, 2018! The festival will span a four day weekend and will include Q&A sessions with actors and filmmakers, networking opportunities, and red carpet parties.
JCTC FILM Premiers DEKA-LOG, New Series Depicting Contemporary Urban Life
(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- A new anthology web-series by an up and coming, Jersey City-based filmmaker, premiers at Merseles Studios on August 23rd when Jersey City Theater Center presents DEKA-LOG: a Finding Me story. Doors are at 6:30pm, screening at 7:00pm. Admission is $10.
The Newton Theatre Presents a Silent Film Halloween With A Live Orchestra
(NEWTON, NJ) -- The Newton Theatre presents a trio of ghostly silent films paired with the original historic orchestral scores on Saturday, October 27 at 3:00pm. Travel back to the early 1900s to cheer and hiss with Buster Keaton in The Haunted House (1921), Laurel and Hardy in Habeus Corpus (1928), and Charlie Chaplin in One A.M. (1916). Between the films, enjoy the rollicking rhythms of the early 20th century as played by The Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra, featuring favorites by Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin, and more! Fun for the whole family!
A Look At New Jersey Film Festival's Fall 2018 Lineup
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The 36th Bi-annual New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2018 will take place at Rutgers University in New Brunswick from September 14 - October 26. The festival showcases new international films, American independent features, animation, experimental and short subjects, and cutting-edge documentaries through over 30 film screenings. The Festival will run on select Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. The festival is presented by Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, in association with the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies.
Montclair Film and Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center To Hold Free Screening of "MILK"
(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Montclair Film and Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center will present a free screening of MILK (2015) on Wednesday, August 29th at 10:30am at Montclair Film’s Cinema505. The screening, presented in celebration of World Breastfeeding Month, seeks to educate and promote breastfeeding among nursing and expecting mothers.
Newark Black Film Festival
Richard Wesley is a playwright, screenwriter, and professor of Dramatic Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and has been involved with the Newark Black Film Festival for well over three decades. A Newark native, he’s currently the Chairperson of the festival’s Selection Committee. The NBFF is currently in full swing, with a screening of Cadillac Records tomorrow, and the biennial Paul Robeson Awards for young filmmakers taking place on Wednesday, August 8. This season’s program also features the films Selma, I Called Him Morgan, The Art of the Journey, Coco, and Hidden Figures. We recently spoke with Wesley about the history and mission of the Newark Black Film Festival, the role it plays in the lives of young filmmakers, and a chance encounter with Sidney Poitier that launched him into the film industry.
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Most of the world learned of Linda Chorney in 2012 when her name was listed as one of the Grammy nominees for Best Americana Album. Her film, When I Sing, not only follows her rise from obscurity to the Grammy Awards, it goes much further. It’s a love story between a die hard Red Sox fan and a Yankees fan; a spotlight on how indie artists survive on the road; and a deeply, revealing portrait of how the media and the music industry turned what could have been a wonderful Cinderella story into a very hurtful experience.
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