Montclair Film is partnering with Out Montclair for "Celebrating Pride," a film program exploring LGBTQIA+ storytelling. The eighteen-film program will launch on May 6 and culminate on June 11 during the first-ever Montclair Pride festival.

Screenings will take place at The Clairidge, Montclair Film’s non-profit six-screen arthouse cinema. A special free community screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, featuring a live floor show performance by The Ordinary Kids, will additionally take place outdoors at Lackawanna Plaza on Friday June 3, at 7:30 p.m. A special presentation of "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" will be at the Clairidge on Saturday, June 11. Film information, tickets, and showtimes for all films can be found at theclairidge.org.

"For decades now, film and the arts have helped break the stigma of being LGBTQIA+ in this world by giving people connection to stories they can relate to and, by extension, affirmation. With everything happening in the world today, it's as important now as ever before that our stories continue to be told, not just for our own affirmation but so that allyship and relatability to who we are continues to improve," Out Montclair President Peter Yacobellis said in an announcement from Montclair Film. "Out Montclair is thankful to and proud to partner with Montclair Film on this incredible five-week showcase of LGBTQIA+ people and their stories, through the power of film," he added.

Yacobellis is additionally a member of the Montclair Township council.

“Montclair Film is excited to partner with Out Montclair to present a diverse program of films that speak to the wonderful range of experience and expression in LGBTQIA+ cinema,” Beth Gottung, Montclair Film executive director and co-head, said in the announcement. “The entire organization is looking forward to welcoming our community to the movies as we join together for Montclair’s first-ever Pride celebration.”

The full schedule of films for CELEBRATING PRIDE! is:

MAY 6 to 12
DESERT HEARTS (1985), directed by Donna Deitch
KIKI (2016), directed by Sara Jordenö
THE QUEEN (1968), directed by Frank Simon

MAY 13 to 19
A FANTASTIC WOMAN (2017), directed by Sebastián Leilo
PORTRAIT OF JASON (1967), directed by Shirley Clarke
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (2001), directed by John Cameron Mitchell

MAY 20 to 26
EDGE OF SEVENTEEN (1998), directed by David Moreton
PARIS IS BURNING (1990), directed by Jennie Livingston
RAFIKI (2018), directed by Wanuri Kahiu

MAY 27 to JUNE 2
MA VIE EN ROSE (1997), directed by Alain Berliner
MULTIPLE MANIACS (1970), directed by John Waters
THE WATERMELON WOMAN (1996), directed by Cheryl Dunye
THE WITNESSES (2007), directed by André Téchiné

JUNE 3
FREE OUTDOOR SCREENING AT LACKAWANNA PLAZA AT 7:30 p.m.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW), directed by Jim Sharman

JUNE 4 to 9
THE INCREDIBLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF TWO GIRLS IN LOVE (1995), directed by Maria Magenti
POISON (1991), directed by Todd Haynes
TANGERINE (2017), directed by Sean Baker

JUNE 11
SPECIAL SCREENINGS DURING PRIDE 2022
THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994), directed by Stephan Elliott