Films are being confirmed, and, according to the very busy screening committee that is somewhat bleary-eyed after hours of watching movies and choosing the best of the best, the selection is fabulous. Some will make you laugh; some will make you cry; all will make you think and re-think. The list and descriptions are on the website, but I'm including capsules and photos to whet your appetite. Check it all out at www.teaneckfilmfestival.org for updates.
Also of note:
The Red Carpet and Kick-off Party will be held Thursday, November 8 (7 or 7:30 p.m.; time to be confirmed) at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe. There will be opportunities for Red Carpet Specials at the new restaurant, Pancetta, before the festivities begin, and a gala evening in the ballroom featuring light refreshments, cash bar, and fabulous entertainment - Music from the Movies - with renowned vocalists (NYC and internationally known) Vivian Sessoms and Clinton Daniel. For two invitations, send a donation to TIFF for $25 or more to TIFF, c/o The Puffin, 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck NJ 07666. This event is by invitation only! Those who attend are asked to bring a non-perishable packaged or canned food item for the Center for Food Action or Teaneck Helping Hands Food Pantry.
Tickets for the festival will go on sale in October, on line and in several Teaneck stores. A weekend pass- $35 - will include opening and centerpiece films ($10 per ticket if purchased separately) and ALL other films ($5 per ticket). Again, check the website for details - www.teaneckfilmfestival.org
IT'S ALL MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF GENEROUS DONATIONS FROM OUR MAJOR SPONSORS, MAIN STREET BUSINESSES, GRANTS, AND FOLKS LIKE YOU! Check the list of who is with us this year, and let folks know you appreciate their support of the arts! Thank you - thank you.
Mark your calendar - join us at the movies!!
Judy Distler (forgive any errors - this is going out minus the careful attention of my usual editor/checker!)
TIFF 2012 - The films so far:
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin -
This powerful documentary chronicles the life of openly gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, who, among many contributions to the cause, is best known for organizing the 1963 March on Washington, D.C. Eighteen and under will be admitted free.
Cloudburst - a feature starring a surprisingly foul-mouthed but always amazing Olympia Dukais and Brenda Fricker playing an aging gay couple who escape from a nursing home and embark on a Thelma & Louise-style road trip from Maine to Nova Scotia to be legally married. .
The Contradictions of Fair Hope - Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, the documentary traces the history of The Fair Hope Benevolent Society in Uniontown, Alabama, from its beginnings in 1888 to the present, when 21st century "pleasures" have turned it into something completely different. Director/co-producer S. Epatha Merkerson (Law and Order, Broadway) will participate in a talk-back.
Crackers - an outrageous dark comedy starring, among others, Teaneck's own Anthony Laciura (Boardwalk Empire), who will participate in a talk-back with other cast members.
Crime After Crime -State Senate Majority
Leader Loretta Weinberg will lead a discussion following the dramatic story of a legal battle to free a woman imprisoned for more than two decades because of her connection to the murder of a man who abused her.
Dressing America: Tales from the Garment Center
Co-produced/directed by Teaneck resident Steven Fischler, who will discuss this documentary about the schmatte (rags) business in NY. You don't have to be in the industry to fall in love with the story and the real Damon Runyan type characters.
400 Miles to Freedom follows the exodus of observant Ethiopian Jews from a 2,500 year old community, and issues of immigration and racial diversity in Israel.
Local Tourists - Come for 14 minutes of laughter and a talk with the director of the film named
Best Short at the 2012 Lighthouse International Film Festival.
Metropolis - the fully restored version of this
1927 German masterpiece will be shown to live
musical accompaniment thanks to sponsorship by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, NY. This is a rarely seen, don't-miss event.
Moments of Happiness (Khushiyann) - a Bollywood
musical feature for the whole family, with scenes
that could have you dancing in the aisles The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers.
Princess - NJ premiere of a feature from
Finland based on the true and moving story of
a cabaret dancer claiming to be "Princess," who
spent 50 years of her life as a patient at
Kellokoski Psychiatric Hospital, where she healed
and brought joy to those around her through her lovable personality.