“I can’t… I have rehearsal.” COURTESY MONTCLAIR FILM

There’s almost too many can’t-miss events to list during the MFF’s opening weekend.
But in additon to Thursday night’s opening film (“Far From The Tree”) and party, here are eight of this weekend’s events and films that capture our interest. Check back for more recommendations and keep up with our coverage online at montclairlocal.news.

1. “Liyana”

An animated film about five orphaned children in Swaziland, and a quest.

Saturday, April 28, 1 p.m. Clairidge 5
Q&A with executive producers Susan MacLaury and Albie Hecht to follow.

2. “Madeline’s Madeline”

A girl in a physical theatre troupe is pushed to explore her inner world and her relationship

“Madeline’s Madeline.” COURTESY MONTCLAIR FILM

with her mother. In the “Future/Now” Competition.

Saturday, April 28, 5:45 Clairidge 3
Q&A with director Josephine Decker to follow.

3. Conversation: The Future of Television

What will television be like in the future? Variety Editor Cynthia Littlton; Chris Licht, showrunner on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert;” Joel Stillerman, content chief at Hulu, and others.

Saturday, April 28, 1:30 p.m., MSU Presentation Hall
Presented in partnership with Variety

4. “I Can’t… I Have Rehearsal”

Six different high schools rehearse “Mary Poppins” and compete for the Rising Star Awards.

Saturday, April 28, 5:30 p.m., MSU
This special screening features an extended Q&A with director Madeline Orton and executive producer Phil Alongi, who will discuss the film and the impact of theater programs on schools in our area.

5. “Disobedience”

Stars Rachel Weisz as a Jewish woman shunned by her Orthodox community due to an attraction to a childhood friend.

Saturday, April 28, 5:30 p.m.,  MKA Upper School
Q&A with Weisz follows.

6. NJ Shorts 2 – Documentaries

Includes “Here I’ll Stay,” by MHS grad Marlene McCurtis, an 11-minute film about a 13-year-old girl and a coalition of activists in Mississsippi opposing anti-immigration bills.

Saturday, April 28, 8:45 p.m. Clairidge 4
Sunday, April 29, 3:15, Clairidge 5

7. “Eighth Grade”

An eighth-grader tries to get through her last week of middle school, curating her online


Saturday, April 28, 5 p.m., Clairidge 1
Sunday, April 29, 6:45 p.m., Clairidge 2
Q&A with director Bo Burnham following Saturday’s screening.

8. “Ted Williams”

A bio of the Boston Red Sox All-Star. Tickets include a post-screening reception at the Yogi

BOSTON – CIRCA 1955: (UNDATED FILE PHOTO) Baseball legend Ted Williams (1918 – 2002) of the Boston Red Sox holds a baseball bat circa 1955. Photo by Getty Images.

Berra Museum.

Sunday, April 29, 4 p.m, MSU

MKA is at 6 Lloyd Road.

MSU is at 1 Normal Ave.

The Clairidge is at 486 Bloomfield Ave.