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Life of Misty Copeland Highlighted During Black History Month Screening, Feb. 27



MONTCLAIR, NJ – The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) and the Montclair Fund For Educational Excellence (MFEE) have collaborated to bring forth the annual Black History Month screening on February 27.

Nelson George’s A Ballerina’s Tale will be shown on Saturday, February 27 at 3:00 PM at Glenfield Middle School.

This film tells the story of African American prima ballerina Misty Copeland and the hard work, dedication, and artistic vision that have lead her to become one of America’s greatest dancers. The film will be followed by a post-screening discussion.

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Tickets for this screening are free and available to the public, but must be reserved online (at no charge) by on a first come, first served basis. The film is a Sundance Selects release.

“MFEE is thrilled to partner with the Montclair Film Festival to bring the film, A Ballerina’s Tale to Montclair." said Masiel Rodriguez-Vars, Executive Director of the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence. "Misty Copeland is an amazing role model and special trailblazer and we hope that her story will resonate with all who watch and it will inspire us to continue chipping away at barriers.”

“We’re incredibly proud to be bringing Misty Copeland’s extraordinary story to Montclair in celebration of Black History Month,” said MFF Executive Director Tom Hall. “Director Nelson George is a former MFF guest and has made an important, deeply moving film that highlights Ms. Copeland’s historic contributions to the art of dance and to our global culture.”

In addition, MFF along with National Council of Jewish Women Essex County Section will screen Dawn Porter’s new film TRAPPED on March 1st  at the Bellevue Theater.  The film which examines the proliferation of so-called “TRAP” laws on women’s reproductive health care providers, will be featured in a special screening for MFF Members. The screening will honor Women’s History Month on the eve of the Supreme Court arguments that will decide the constitutionality of the regulations depicted in the film.

“Dawn Porter has been such a friend, supporter and ally to the Montclair Film Festival, we could not be more proud to be presenting her powerful new film in celebration of Women’s History Month,” Hall said. “We are eager for our Members to get a sneak peak at this outstanding documentary.”

“As a strong supporter of reproductive justice, NCJW/Essex is privileged to partner with the Montclair Film Festival to bring TRAPPED to our community so that the film’s critical issues may be brought to light,” said Phoebe Pollinger, NCJW/Essex Advocacy Committee and Board Member.

To become a member and purchase tickets for this screening, visit

The full program for the 2016 Montclair Film Festival (April 29- May 8) will be announced in early April.


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