In brief: dates for Montclair Film Festival, carpool films
Montclair Film today announced that the 9th Annual Montclair Film Festival, originally scheduled to take place May 1-10, 2020 before being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been rescheduled for Oct. 16 through 25, 2020.
For the first time, the festival will feature a program of drive-in screenings, virtual screenings, special events, and conversations. The full program, schedule, and venues will be announced on Oct. 2, 2020, with tickets on-sale to Montclair Film Members on October 5, and public tickets available Oct. 8.
Last week, Montclair Film also announced that its outdoor screening series will continue July 24-26, presented in collaboration with the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs.
The organization will present a single screening of three films, beginning Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26 at South Mountain Reservation Archery Field, located at 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange. This parking lot is located across from McLoone’s Boathouse.
All films begin promptly at sunset and ticketed patrons should plan to arrive early in order to follow strict safety precautions for the screenings. Venue opens at 7 p.m.
On Friday, July 24, Montclair Film will present a screening of "The Lego Movie," featuring voice performances from Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Ferrell.
On Saturday, July 25, Montclair Film presents "Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory," the 1971 classic starring the great Gene Wilder.
On Sunday, July 26, Montclair Film presents an advance screening of the new documentary "The Fight," an emotional look at four court cases and the ACLU lawyers on the front lines of attacks on civil liberties from directors Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, and Eli Despres. This screening will also feature a pre-recorded Q&A following the film. Magnolia Pictures will release the film in theaters and on-demand on July 31.
Tickets for each screening are $30 per car, $25 per car for Montclair Film members, and limited to 105 cars per screening. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Montclairfilm.org.