Children catch balls launched by Montclair High School Robotics Club's robot at an outdoor screening of “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” at Lackawanna Plaza for the Montclair Film Festival on Oct. 22. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Families from throughout Montclair gathered at Lackawanna Plaza Friday, Oct. 22 to take part in one of the highlights of this year's Montclair Film Festival — an outdoor screening of "The Mitchells vs. The Machines."
The film is the festival's family centerpiece this year. It follows the story of the Mitchell family, who'd been driving their daughter to the film school of her dreams when electronic devices started to take over the world.
The film stars Danny McBride, Abbi Jacobson and Maya Rudolph.
Also adding to the draw for families — food from the Pineapple Express Barbecue, a restaurant and beer garden at Lackawanna, and demonstrations by the Montclair High School Robotics Club.
See the full MFF schedule at MontclairFilm.org. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for more highlights from the festival.
Popcorn gets prepared at the Pineapple Express Barbecue stand at at an outdoor screening of “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” at Lackawanna Plaza for the Montclair Film Festival on Oct. 22. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Other highlights this weekend include:
On Saturday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. at the Wellmont, in partnership with Out Montclair, will be “Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over,” a documentary about the life of New Jersey native artist Warwick. The documentary, the festival’s nonfiction centerpiece, follows Warwick’s life and career, and her work as an advocate for AIDS research. Warwick and director Dave Wooley will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A with Stephen Colbert.
On Sunday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m., actress, writer and director Maggie Gyllenhaal will appear alongside the star of her new film, “The Lost Daughter,” and join Stephen Colbert in conversation. The Storyteller Series conversation will take place at 1 p.m. at Montclair Kimberley Academy’s Upper School. “The Lost Daughter” will follow at 4:30 p.m., with Gyllenhaal presenting the film alongside star Dagmara Domińczy. Gyllenhaal will also receive the festival’s Breakthrough Director and Writer Award.
On Saturday, Oct. 30, at 4:30 p.m. at the Montclair Kimberley Academy Upper School will be Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dogs,” the festival’s closing film. It follows two brothers, portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons, as they run their family ranch together in 1925 Montana. The film is also presented in partnership with Out Montclair.