MONTCLAIR, NJ - The 2016 Montclair Film Festival kicks off tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Wellmont Theater with the showing of "Life, Animated."

The screening will be followed by an interview with director Roger Ross Williams and subjects Owen, Walt, Cornelia and Ron Suskind. Special guest Gilbert Gottfried will also join the MFF. Stephen Colbert will moderate.

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Tonight is the Opening Night of the 2016 Montclair Film Festival.
 
LIFE, ANIMATED is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. A boy with Autism who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, and turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, and brotherhood. Directed by Academy Award® winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams, LIFE, ANIMATED is the story of a family's love, struggle and triumph, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive. The Montclair Film Festival is proud to present the luminous, inspiring LIFE, ANIMATED as the Opening Night Film of our 2016 festival.  
Co-presented by Investors Bank.
 
7:30PM, The Wellmont Theater
 
Q&A immediately following the film with Director Roger Ross Williams and subjects Owen, Walt, Cornelia and Ron Suskind.  Special Guest Gilbert Gottfried will also join us. Moderated by Stephen Colbert.
 
Following the film, join us as we kick off the 2016 Montclair Film Festival's 5th season with the Opening Night Party!  With inspired cuisine from our Official Caterer, Events by Joni; craft beer from New Jersey Beer Co.; desserts from Little Daisy Bake Shop and of course a great selection of wine and cocktails, the Opening Night Party is the perfect start to ten days of film, conversation and celebration!
 

 
GOT PARKING?  WE DO!
 
Daily Parking Passes
for the lot located at 63-65 Church Street
help support the MFF's spring festival + growing educational initiatives.
 
COST
$20 per day
$50 for any 3 days
$175 for all 10 days
 
Purchase parking passes at
The Audible Lounge at 544 Bloomfield Avenue
Every day from 11AM - 5PM
For questions, call 973-783-6435
 
 
 
                 All Proceeds Benefit MFF Programs
More Seats Released for Joe's Violin
 
Saturday, April 30, 11AM, The Wellmont Theater
In her beautifully crafted short documentary JOE'S VIOLIN, Kahane Cooperman tells the story of Joseph Feingold, a 91-year-old Polish Holocaust survivor who donates his violin of 70 years to a local instrument drive. When the violin lands in the hands of a 12-year-old schoolgirl from the nation's poorest congressional district, their lives intersect, changing both of them forever. 
Co-Presented by Kensington Senior Living.
 
This special screening will feature a musical performance and extended Q&A with the filmmakers and subjects.
 
In Person: Director/Producer Kahane Cooerman, Producer Raphaela Neihausen, Editors Amira Dughri and Andrew Saunderson, Subjects Joe Feingold, Brianna Perez, Kokoe Tanaka-Suwan and many others.