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.

Caleb and Luis Cruz snuggle at the start of an outdoor screening of “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” at Lackawanna Plaza for the Montclair Film Festival Oct. 22. KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Caleb and Luis Cruz snuggle at the start of an outdoor screening of “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” at Lackawanna Plaza for the Montclair Film Festival Oct. 22. KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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More about the Montclair Film Festival:

A joyous return to in-person film
A first look at the newly reopened Clairidge Cinemas
Our Montclair: 10 years, plenty of new beginnings for MFF
'Rocky Horror' is coming back to Montclair

See the full MFF schedule at MontclairFilm.org. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for more highlights from the festival.

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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)

Shawnee Guy, Ariyah Catlett and Zaniyah Catlett watch from the hill at the back of Lackawanna Plaza as "The Mitchells vs. the Machines" begins for an outdoor screening at the Montclair Film Festival on Oct. 22. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Shawnee Guy, Ariyah Catlett and Zaniyah Catlett watch from the hill at the back of Lackawanna Plaza as "The Mitchells vs. the Machines" begins for an outdoor screening at the Montclair Film Festival on Oct. 22. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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Caleb and Luis Cruz at the start of an outdoor screening of “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” at Lackawanna Plaza for the Montclair Film Festival Oct. 22. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Caleb and Luis Cruz at the start of an outdoor screening of “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” at Lackawanna Plaza for the Montclair Film Festival Oct. 22. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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The Fuqua and Kerbel families await the start of 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)
The Fuqua and Kerbel families await the start of 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)
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The audience applauds the start of 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)
The audience applauds the start of 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)
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A sister and brother pair sit with drawing supplies and popcorn 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)
A sister and brother pair sit with drawing supplies and popcorn 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)
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An attendee draws while she waits for an outdoor screening of “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” to begin at Lackawanna Plaza for the Montclair Film Festival on Oct. 22. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
An attendee draws while she waits for an outdoor screening of “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” to begin at Lackawanna Plaza for the Montclair Film Festival on Oct. 22. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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Damon Wise, owner of Pineapple Express Barbecue 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)
Damon Wise, owner of Pineapple Express Barbecue 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)
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Damon Wise owner of Pineapple Express Barbecue prepares hot dogs 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)
Damon Wise owner of Pineapple Express Barbecue prepares hot dogs 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)
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Guests arrive to Lackawanna Plaza for the screening of the animated film “The Mitchells vs. The Machines," as part of the Montclair Film Festival on Oct. 22. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Guests arrive to Lackawanna Plaza for the screening of the animated film “The Mitchells vs. The Machines," as part of the Montclair Film Festival on Oct. 22. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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Guests gather at Lackawanna Plaza for the screening of the animated film “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” as part of the Montclair Film Festival on Oct. 22. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Guests gather at Lackawanna Plaza for the screening of the animated film “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” as part of the Montclair Film Festival on Oct. 22. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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Anisa Uddin of MHS's Montclair Robotics loads the robot with balls while children wait to catch them 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)
Anisa Uddin of MHS's Montclair Robotics loads the robot with balls while children wait to catch them 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)
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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)
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)
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Anisa Uddin prepares a Montclair Robotics Club robot while Vinny and Dorian Nguyen look on 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)
Anisa Uddin prepares a Montclair Robotics Club robot while Vinny and Dorian Nguyen look on 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)
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Hadrian, Justin Williams, Dorian and Vinny Nguyen visit the Montclair Robotics demo area 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)
Hadrian, Justin Williams, Dorian and Vinny Nguyen visit the Montclair Robotics demo area 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)
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Montclair Robotics Club students from Montclair High School stand with their robot before giving demos 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)
Montclair Robotics Club students from Montclair High School stand with their robot before giving demos 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)
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Ann's Catering truck serves food for movie-goers 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)
Ann's Catering truck serves food for movie-goers 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)
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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.