The Montclair Film Festival is a gem. Its a festival that was kick ass from day one, thanks in part to one of the founders Thom Powers, who is quite simply one of the best festival programmers working today.
Montclair's programming is a combination of one of a kind events mixed with a solid selection of premieres and the best of other festivals. Its so good that if one lives near Montclair one can pretty much skip most of the New York festivals because all the good stuff will show up here.
The selections are so well chosen that I would have no trouble telling you to just see whatever hits your fancy. Even if it's a film I'm not in love with I completely understand why it was programmed.
Its the sort of festival that has me trying to see if I can get to Montclair despite being completely worn out by the past four weeks covering Tribeca.
I love this festival. Its just really cool.
In order to help you pick a movie, or six, I've provided links to 19 of the films we've seen previously.
BETTING ON ZERO
CONTEMPORARY COLOR (this is a link to a capsule review I did at Tribeca. A longer rave for the film will be coming shortly as soon as Chocko finishes it up)
DO NOT RESIST
FIVE NIGHTS IN MAINE
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (this was the favorite film of most people I know who saw it at Tribeca)
MISS SHARON JONES!
NEITHER HEAVEN NOR EARTH
SUNSET SONG (This is a capsule. I was restricted to that by Film Comment Selects until the film comes out in May)
SYL JONSON: ANYWAY THE WIND BLOWS (Another capsule revie- I was specifically told not to review the film despite this being one of the best films at DOC NYC)
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE - There is no review at Unseen for this film. Chocko had seen this at a press screening for DOC NYC and came out of it raving about how moving it was. He insisted that it go into our pre-fest list of must sees.
The Festival starts Friday and runs through the following weekend. Go see something.
For more information and tickets go here.