Montclair Film Fest: ‘Patti Cake$’ and ‘Band Aid’ Among First Batch of Screenings

The New Jersey-based organization will also present a new rendition of ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and an Emerging Black Voices fellowship in partnership with the American Black Film Festival.

The Montclair Film Festival has unveiled its opening, closing and centerpiece films.

Amanda Lipitz’s Step will open and Zoe Lister-Jones’ Band Aid will close the the annual New Jersey event. Geremy Jasper’s Patti Cake$ and Stanley Nelson’s Tell Them We Are Rising: America’s Black Colleges and Universities will serve as the fiction and documentary centerpiece films, respectively.

The fest will also screen restorations of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker.

“Today’s announcement highlights the diversity of programs and ideas that we’ll be bringing to the 2017 Montclair Film Festival,” MFF executive director Tom Hall said Monday in a statement. “We are incredibly excited to welcome these incredible artists and partners to our festival, and look forward to unveiling the full program next week.”

MFF also announced Monday that it is partnering with the American Black Film Festival on an Emerging Black Voices fellowship for filmmakers and producers. The inaugural class of fellows includes For Akheem producer Iyabo Boyd, Whose Streets? director Sabaah Folayan and Strong Island helmer Yance Ford. They will meet with industry advisors Jeff Friday, founder and CEO of ABFF Ventures; Patrick Harrison, director of New York programs and membership for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; and Julie La’Bassiere, CEO of Tall Bird Marketing & Strategy.

“We are excited to partner with the 2017 Montclair Film Festival. Their new Emerging Black Voices fellowship program aligns with the work we…

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