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The Montclair Film Festival on Tuesday unveiled its full lineup of 150 films and events that will take place over the course of the fifth annual gathering, set to run April 29-May 8 in Montclair, N.J.
“This year’s festival marks our organization’s fifth anniversary and we are deeply honored to be able to present such a diverse, engaging program of films at the festival,” MFF executive director Tom Hall said in a statement. “To see how far our community has brought us in just five years — filmmakers, sponsors, donors, members, volunteers, partners and patrons — is extraordinary. We cannot wait to introduce these filmmakers and their stories to our audiences.”
Noteworthy films set to screen at the 10-day fest include Maris Curran’s Five Nights in Maine (starring David Oyelowo, Dianne Wiest and Rosie Perez); Rob Reiner’s Being Charlie; Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship (starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny); Hunt for the Wilderpeople, helmed by Thor 3 director Taika Waititi; James Lapine’s Custody (starring Viola Davis and Hayden Panettiere); Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan (starring Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Wallace Shawn and Greta Gerwig); and Lorene Scafaria’s The Meddler (starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and J.K. Simmons.) The documentaries Weiner (about the disgraced ex-congressman), Newtown (about the 2012 Connecticut school shooting) and Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise will also screen at the event.
Reiner will also participate in a conversation with The Late Show host Stephen Colbert, a longtime supporter of the Montclair Film Festival. Other participants in the fest’s Audible-presented Conversation series include Margo Martindale, in conversation with Adweek TV writer Jason Lynch, and Patrick Wilson.
Ten narrative and documentary films will compete in four categories: Narrative Feature; Documentary Feature; Future/Now; and New Jersey Films, non-fiction films directed, produced by or featuring New Jersey talent. The Documentary Feature winner will receive the Bruce Sinofsky Prize for Non-Fiction Filmmaking.
The opening-night, centerpiece and closing-night films were previously announced, as was a tribute to Richard Curtis, including another Colbert-led conversation.
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