SUMMIT, NJ - When Annette Dwyer opened Mondo in September, she brought a new type of business to Summit and it has flourished since. Music, art galleries, yoga and many retailers occupy the four story facility and one of them is the Summit Film Society.
In April, Dwyer approached her friend Lisa Reznik who has a background in journalism and screen writing about doing something in the building. While she spent many years teaching, Reznik said she was excited for the opportunity.
“We’re an avenue for entertainment that’s enriching,” Reznik said.
They have a screening room on the top floor where she attempts to show independent films or documentaries every Saturday. She finds movies by attending film festivals and emailing directors, who usually send a copy of their film and sometimes come in person as well.
After seven years of writing, she made a movie about "The Lost Generation," of writers and other artists who came to Paris in the 1920s and it was recently in festivals in New York City, Ireland and Rhode Island.
Creating a film for the first time was a tough task, she said. At first she thought she might be able to do it on her own, but she ended up hiring a costume designer, a director of photography, a composer and a post-production editor.
“That was a challenging experience,” she said.
Some films they have shown so far include “Searching for the Sugar Man,” which is about a Peruvian musician form Detroit and “Whiskey and Apple Pie,” where 200 people 75 or older were interviewed on how they stay healthy.
She also hopes to screen the movie “Knuckleball” about Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey in the near future and is working one her second film titled “I Hear You,” which is about overcoming hearing loss and succeeding.
Reznik said the Summit Film Society has been successful so far and well received in the community. The room, which holds 60 people, may also eventually be used for live theater as well. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at smarttix.com and at Mondo and to see what is playing go to summittfilmsociety.com.
“What we’re doing is good for the residents to have something interesting to do and is also good for filmmakers to give them the opportunity to screen their films before an audience that will appreciate their work,” Reznik said.