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Montclair Film Festival's Show and Movie Draws Crowd at Library

Natalie Heard Hackett

Friday, August 8, 2014 • 6:55am

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Now in its fifth year of the summer film series, the Montclair Film Festival (MFF) hosted a viewing of the movie "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" on Thursday night. The 2014 Summer Film Series includes films for the entire family to enjoy.  

“Tonight was the fourth film of a series of five,” said Dana Krieger Bosheck, operations manager of the Montclair Film Festival.

MFF is a non-profit organization that is designed to nurture and showcase the talent of filmmakers from around the world. Although the annual film festival is what draws thousands to Montclair, the MFF has also designed year-round events for the community to enjoy.

Before the film, the local band Thee Volatiles played to a crowd of more than 100 spectators.  After a nearly 16-year hiatus, the trailblazing indie rock quartet that came of age in the late 1980s underground East Village DIY club scene, has been rocking again with disarming energy and intensity.

Their best songs (“All About You“, “Sally“, “Kids Again”, “Home Alone”) scripted the self-deprecating middle-class vulnerability of the ’80s and 90s just as sharply as Dylan sketched the pretentious middle-class dreams of the ’60s.

“I think we estimate probably 175 people being here, I know some folks left after the band.  We have to wait until it gets dark to show the film.  As a way to make it more of an event, we wanted to give a venue for local bands to play in,” continued Bosheck.

It was around 9pm when the band concluded.  Some of the fans had come just to see the band while many others made themselves comfortable on blankets and lawn chairs along the library property and out into the street to view the film.  Popcorn and ices were available for those who wanted to partake.  Families snuggled under blankets to watch the film under the stars on the cool August night.

Bosheck added, “We closed the road down today for safety reasons and so that people could go into the road if they wanted to, but we had a pretty decent turnout.  Each film is different.  I think that movie choice, weather and location are huge factors of whether people will come out.

Recently awarded the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant of $15,000, the MFF offers year-round family-friendly activities that get people out of the house and promotes the sense of community already existent around Montclair.  The grant recognizes MFF's contributions to the artistic landscape of New Jersey and the festival's continued commitment to diverse films, programs and events.

MFF is also financially supported by Investors Bank Foundation, Audible, Audi, the New Jersey Department of State Division of Travel and Tourism, Chubb & Son, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, HackensackUMC Mountainside, RBC Wealth Management, Neuberger Berman, Clara Maass Medical Center, William H. Connolly, LLC, the Essex County Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs, The Montclair Foundation, as well as many generous individual donors, members, partners and businesses.

The final film in the summer film series will be ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, shown on August 22nd on Church Street at 8pm.  

To learn more information about the Montclair Film Festival, visit www.montclairfilmfest.org

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