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Free Movie Screening for 'High Maintenance', Mar. 31



MONTCAIR, NJ - A free screening of episodes of the critically acclaimed web series High Maintenance will be presented by the Film Institute at Montclair State on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 1040 of University Hall. The series’ award-winning writing/directing team of Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld will speak after the screening.

The Brooklyn-based husband and wife team’s web series, High Maintenance, has been hailed as one of the best new series on the web by the likes of The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and Indiewire. Each episode of the show follows “The Guy,” played by Sinclair, as he delivers marijuana to clients in New York City.

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Blichfeld, 30 Rock’s Emmy Award-winning casting director, and Sinclair also produce the series, which first aired in 2012. In 2015, the pair won the Writer’s Guild of America award for Best Original Short-Form New Media for their work on the High Maintenance episode “Rachel,” which starred actor Dan Stevens, best-known for his role as Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey, and featured fashion designs by Rachel Comey.

Founded in the fall of 2014, the Film Institute at Montclair State is an initiative of the College of the Arts, dedicated to the preservation, growth and enrichment of the art of film through research, education, professional development and community programming. Based within the College of the Arts at Montclair State University, the Film Institute leverages the University's rich resources in filmmaking and film scholarship together with the impressive array of film industry assets and opportunities in New York City, New Jersey and Los Angeles.

The screening on March 31 at 7:00 p.m. at Montclair State’s University Hall, room 1040, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Roberta Friedman at 973-655-7282 or

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