The Montclair Film Festival is this weekend and if you’re in the New York Metro Area it’s a must attend. Trust me on this the festival is now a very big to do within the New York film community; a fact borne out by many many people at the just ended Tribeca telling me that they were going to pick up a bunch of the Tribeca films at Montclair and that they were looking forward to seeing the films that were premiering there.
I became aware of the festival the first year of its existence when Mr C and Chocko covered it for their own Planet Chocko. I’ve watched it grow every year since then, always hoping to get there but always too worn out from Tribeca to go. Its gone from a really cool little festival to one of the cooler film events of the film year. It’s a festival that I wish was running by me instead of over in New Jersey.
That the film has managed to jump into the fore front of film festivals is due to the clout of founder Thom Powers, a programmer for Toronto, DOC NYC and other festivals. In wanting to give his home town a film festival, he brought out the big guns and jump started it into being a world class fest from the get go.
I’m hoping to get there this weekend, but I’m not sure it’ll happen. I know Mr C and Chocko will be checking in so hopefully they’ll report in some somewhere.
Since the festival cherry picks the best of other festivals in addition to having some great premieres, the fest is screening some films that we at Unseen have already reviewed. The films are listed below and if you click o the name you’ll be taken to out review.
ARMOR OF LIGHT
BOULEVARD - has a great performance by Robin Williams and deserves to be seen.
BOY AND THE WORLD
DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON
IN MY FATHERS HOUSE
KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK
OUT IN THE NIGHT
TIME OUT OF MIND
VERY SEMI SERIOUS
The Montclair Film Festival runs May 1-10 and tickets and more information can be had by going to the festival website.