Montclair Film’s Summer Showcase

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Join us for Montclair Film’s first Summer Showcase weekend—a full weekend of festival-worthy films in June as part of the Prudential presents North to Shore Festival. It includes 24 incredible fiction and documentary films that have not been widely released.

Tickets are $17 ($15 for Montclair Film Members).

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Montclair Film’s Summer Showcase


OPENING FILM: SUPER/MAN: THE CHRISTOPHER REEVE STORY
Directors: Peter Ettedgui, Ian Bonhôte

The inspirational story of the actor Christopher Reeve who, after an accident left him paralyzed, became a powerful advocate for people with disabilities.
Thursday, June 27, 7:30pm, Clairidge 2
Thursday, June 27, 8:00pm, Clairidge 1

 


1-800-ON-HER-OWN
Director: Dana Flor
Singer, songwriter, and guitar goddess Ani DiFranco’s D.I.Y. ethos inspired a generation of musicians, but came at an unexpected cost.
Friday, June 28, 7:00pm, Clairidge 1

 


CENTERPIECE FILM: SING SING
Director: Greg Kwedar
A community of incarcerated men unite to create a unique piece of theater that will transform their lives.
Friday, June 28, 7:30pm, Clairidge 2

 


SUGARCANE
Directors: Emily Kassie, Julian Brave Noisecat
An investigation into the Canadian Indian residential school system that ignited a reckoning in the lives of survivors and descendants.
Friday, June 28, 8:00pm, Clairidge 4

 


LAST SUMMER
Director: Catherine Breillat
Anne, lives in perfect harmony with her husband Pierre and their six and eight-year-old daughters, in Paris, until Théo, 17, Pierre’s son from a previous marriage, moves in with them.
Friday, June 28, 8:30pm, Clairidge 5

 


GREEN BORDER
Director: Agnieszka Holland
At the border between Belarus and Poland, a Syrian family fleeing war find themselves stuck with dozens of other families, at the mercy of the military.
Saturday, June 29, 12:00pm, Clairidge 2

 


BREAK THE GAME
Director: Jane Wagner
After coming out as trans, world-record-holding gamer Narcissa Wright loses her massive fan base. To win them back, she sets out to break a new record and livestreams every minute of her quest.
Saturday, June 29, 1:00pm, Clairidge 5

 


MAJORITY RULES
Director: AJ Schnack
The story of how ranked choice voting transformed electoral politics in Alaska and, if given the chance, might just help save American Democracy.
Saturday, June 29, 2:00pm, Clairidge 4

 


DORY PREVIN: ON MY WAY TO WHERE
Directors: Dianna Dilworth, Julia Greenberg
A chronicle of the genius of songwriter Dory Previn on her journey from classic Hollywood movie lyricist to cult singer-songwriter.
Saturday, June 29, 3:00pm, Clairidge 1

 


WIDOW CLIQUOT
Director: Thomas Napper
After her husband’s untimely death, Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin Clicquot flouts convention by assuming the reins of their fledgling wine business, revolutionizing the champagne industry to become one of the world’s first great businesswomen.
Saturday, June 29, 4:00pm, Clairidge 2

 


CROSSING
Director: Levan Akin
Lia, a world-weary former schoolteacher from the nation of Georgia, heads to Istanbul to fulfill her recently deceased sister’s last wish – to find her long lost daughter.
Saturday, June 29, 4:30pm, Clairidge 5

 


SKYWALKERS: A LOVE STORY
Director: Jeff Zimbalist
Co-Director: Maria Bukhonina

Angela Nikolau and Ivan Beerkus, a pair of Moscow daredevils who have made a career out of scaling some of the world’s tallest buildings. They’re also in love, which means their date nights are a touch riskier than yours.
Saturday, June 29, 5:30pm, Clairidge 4

 


DÌDI (弟弟)
Director: Sean Wang
In 2008, an impressionable 13-year-old Taiwanese American boy learns what his family can’t teach him: how to skate, how to flirt, and how to love your mom.
Saturday, June 29, 6:00pm, Clairidge 1

 


MY OLD ASS
Director: Megan Park
An 18th birthday mushroom trip brings Elliott face-to-face with her wisecracking 39-year-old self.
Saturday, June 29, 7:00pm, Clairidge 2

 


DAUGHTERS
Directors: Angela Patton, Natalie Rae
Four young girls prepare for a special Daddy Daughter Dance with their incarcerated fathers, as part of a unique fatherhood program in a Washington, D.C., jail.
Saturday, June 29, 7:30pm, Clairidge 5

 


A PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY
Director: Rachel Elizabeth Seed
A filmmaker ventures into the archives of her photographer mother to construct a personal story of love, loss, and finding someone in the work they leave behind.
Sunday, June 30, 12:30pm, Clairidge 2

 


MAYA AND THE WAVE
Director: Stephanie Johnes
World-champion Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira battles against monster waves as well as chauvinism in the field of competitive surfing.
Sunday, June 30, 2:00pm, Clairidge 5

 


A HOUSE IS NOT A DISCO
Director: Brian J. Smith
A curious and empathetic look into the present-day life experiences of those who live, work, and pursue a season of pleasure in the world’s most radically queer, “homo-normative” community: Fire Island Pines.
Sunday, June 30, 2:30pm, Clairidge 4

 


PRECONCEIVED
Directors: Sabrine Keane, Kate Dumke
An examination of the pervasive but overlooked presence of Crisis Pregnancy Centers, exploring the complex role of deception, finances, faith, and privacy.
Sunday, June 30, 3:00pm, Clairidge 1

 


BETWEEN THE TEMPLES
Director: Nathan Silver
The hilarious story of a cantor at the end of his rope who finds new inspiration when he takes a late life convert to Judaism under his wing.
Sunday, June 30, 3:30pm, Clairidge 2

 


XCLD: THE STORY OF CANCEL CULTURE
Director: Ferne Pearlstein

XCLD is a nuanced look at the provocative and controversial issue of Cancel Culture,  executive produced by Trevor Noah and directed by Ferne Pearlstein
Sunday, June 30, 5:00pm, Clairidge 5

 


20,000 SPECIES OF BEES
Director: Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren
An achingly tender story of a family’s path to acceptance of a young child whose gender expression defies their expectations.
Sunday, June 30, 5:30pm, Clairidge 4

 


JANET PLANET
Director: Annie Baker
11-year-old Lacy spends the summer of 1991 at home, enthralled by her own imagination and the attention of her mother, Janet.
Sunday, June 30, 6:00pm, Clairidge 1

 


CLOSING FILM: LUTHER NEVER TOO MUCH
Director: Dawn Porter
A beautiful portrait of the life and work of iconic musical performer Luther Vandross, from childhood talent to worldwide fame.
Sunday, June 30, 7:00pm, Clairidge 2

Featured Films in this Series:

coming soon

The Tin Drum (1979)

January 12

In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out.

coming soon

Wings of Desire (1987)

December 1 + 5

An angel tires of his purely ethereal life of merely overseeing the human activity of Berlin’s residents, and longs for the tangible joys of physical existence when he falls in love with a mortal.

coming soon

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975)

November 10

After a chance encounter with a wanted man, a woman is harassed by the police and press until she takes violent action.

coming soon

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

October 6

A lonely widow meets a much younger Moroccan worker in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love, to their own surprise and to the outright shock of their families, colleagues, and drinking buddies.

coming soon

Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972)

September 22

In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

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