The dates have been set for some time but, as we get closer to the eighth annual Teaneck International Film Festival, the films, guests, and special events are being confirmed and excitement is building. Make sure your calendar is clear and you are holding those three days in November when Teaneck becomes the center of the film festival world!
It will all begin with Red Carpet interviews on opening night – with MCs Sandi Klein and Anthony Johnson - at the new and improved Teaneck Cinemas. We will be showing the PBS documentary, The Central Park Five (sponsored by the Bergen County chapter of The Links and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Bergen/Passaic Chapter), which traces the arrest, trial, and wrongful incarceration of five Black men following media hype and hysteria about the attack on the Central Park jogger. Three of the men - Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam, and Kevin Richardson - will participate in a talkback with a co-director of the film and other guests who are familiar with the criminal justice system and the plight of ex-convicts. There will be no charge to see this PBS film, but advance reservations/tickets are recommended, and contributions to help defray costs will be accepted.
There will be a break in the Saturday screenings for another gala evening, Cinema and Song II, featuring the talented Vivian Sessoms and Clinton Daniel singing songs to swing/dance/clap to, plus film clips to help you recall magical movie music moments. Temple Emeth will be transformed into a beautiful venue by award winning Broadway set designer Ed Pierce. A minimum donation of $25 will get you two tickets to this not-to-be-missed event, which will also include desserts and coffee and time to step out on the dance floor.
Other definite films on the schedule include: Kid Flix Mix (the best of the NY International Children’s Film Festival for 3-6 year olds) hosted by Bob McGrath of Sesame Street and Teaneck; Valentine Road, a documentary about bigotry and a school shooting in Oxnard, CA; Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, a sweet and poignant Chinese feature about marriage, homosexuality, and family; Hannah Arendt, the German feature about the philosopher whose coverage of the trial of Adolph Eichmann incurred the wrath of even her closest friends; Fill the Void, an independent Israeli feature which has earned rave reviews. Theodora Lacey, long-time Civil Rights activist, retired Teaneck Public Schools teacher, and leading Teaneck citizen, will be honored by WOW (Wise Older Women) at the screening of the film sponsored by that group – Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock.
So – make your contribution to insure your spot at the gala; keep watching the website for news about weekend passes ($30), tickets ($6 in advance; $8 at the door), and films; and – plan to join us at the movies! Hope your calendars are marked, your checks are in, and you're ready to see some great films, hear terrific guest speakers, come to the Saturday night gala, and be part of the 8th annual Teaneck International Film Festival, November 15-17, 2013.
An update follows. Keep track of what's happening by checking the website: www.teaneckfilmfestival.org