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May in Montclair Calendar of Events


Basketmaking: Wine Totes

Basketmaking: Wine TotesSponsored by Adult School Department of the Montclair Public Library. 50 S. Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042. 10:30 a.m. In this hands on class, attendees will make their own wine basket tote, that is both functional and decorative. Reservations / registration required by 05/17/2024. For more info: https://asm.augusoft.net//index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=47213&int_category_id=0&int_sub_category_id=0&int_catalog_id=0, adultschool@montclairlibrary.org, 973-744-0500. $39.


Montclair Film Special Screening: WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN (1987)?

Sponsored by Montclair Film. 486 Bloomfield Avenue Montclair, NJ 07042. 7PM. Rare Public Screening!
Thursday, May 23!

On a hot summer night in Detroit in 1982, Ronald Ebens, an autoworker, killed Vincent Chin, a young Chinese American draftsman with a baseball bat. Although he confessed, he never spent a day in jail. This gripping Academy Award-nominated film relentlessly probes the implications of the murder, for the families of those involved, and for the American justice system. Who Killed Vincent Chin?, a legacy title from POV’s archives, was recently restored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and also added to the National Film Registry. Best Documentary Nominee, 61st Annual Academy Awards.
Q&A with Helen Zia, moderated by Taylor Jung (NJ Spotlight News), to follow the screening.

Presented in Partnership with AAPI Montclair, Montclair State University, and United Asian Voices of West Orange.
Reservations / registration required by 05/23/2024. For more info: https://theclairidge.org/events/who-killed-vincent-chin-1987/, info@theclairidge.org, (973) 381-5588. Free.

Troubling Waters: The Spirituals, Freedom, and African American Narratives

Sponsored by Adult School Department of the Montclair Public Library. Online. 5:45 p.m. This course examines the discourse of freedom encompassed within the spirituals—the foundational genre of African American music. Reservations / registration required by 05/22/2024. For more info: https://asm.augusoft.net//index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=47196&int_category_id=0&int_sub_category_id=0&int_catalog_id=0, adultschool@montclairlibrary.org, 973-744-0500. $35.


BRING YOUR OWN BABY (BYOB) Matinee at The Clairidge!

BRING YOUR OWN BABY (BYOB) Matinee at The Clairidge!Sponsored by Montclair Film/TheClairidge & Newmoon Photography/ Just Kidding Around. 486 Bloomfield Avenue Montclair, NJ 07042. 10:00am. Come see a newly released film in an environment that’s friendly to parents and caregivers of new babies. Crying babies and nursing mothers welcomed. Socialize with other new parents and bond over the joys of parenthood.
No judgment. Just movies.

Film titles will be announced one week in advance. Lights will be dimmed but not off and the volume moderated. Guests are free to move around as needed. Children under 5 are free.
We’re all in the same boat. Sometimes you just need to get out of the house. No babysitters required.

Join us next on Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00am for IF. 

This Program is Sponsored By New Moon Photography and Just Kidding Around.

https://theclairidge.org/events/bring-your-own-baby-byob-matinee-at-the-clairidge/ For more info: info@montclairfilm.org, (973) 381-5588. $11 matinee/ Children <5 Fr.


Panel + Conversation: Crowdfunding to Build Independence

Sponsored by Montclair Film & NJEDA. 505 Bloomfield Avenue Montlciar, NJ 07042. 7:00pm. Thinking about making a movie, show, or web series? Great, but how are you going to fund it? And when you’re finished, who’s going to watch it?

Join Seed&Spark’s founder and CEO Emily Best for this can’t-miss Crowdfunding to Build Independence workshop to learn:
* Why audience building is essential for a film career and crowdfunding;
* How to define, find, talk to, and grow your audience;
* How to prepare for a successful crowdfunding campaign (including goals, incentives, and a communication plan);
* Why staged financing might be right for you;
* How all of this ties into a lasting and sustainable career as a creator and;
* What the advantages are to filming in New Jersey!

Presented in partnership with NJEDA Reservations / registration required. For more info: https://montclairfilm.org/events/crowdfunding-to-build-independence/, info@montclairfilm.org. Free.


Howard Pyle, Father of Modern American Illustration

Sponsored by Adult School Department of the Montclair Public Library. 10:30 a.m. Howard Pyle was at the forefront of new technology that made full color reproduction possible at a fraction of its former cost. Unlike the gritty urban realists of the time, Pyle escaped into a fantasy world of swashbuckling pirates, noble knights and medieval romance. Reservations / registration required by 06/10/2024. For more info: https://asm.augusoft.net//index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=47199&int_category_id=0&int_sub_category_id=0&int_catalog_id=0, adultschool@montclairlibrary.org, 973-744-0500. $25. Rain date: 06/10/2024.


Tempestuous Beauty: Artists Inspired by Gardens

Sponsored by Adult School Department of the Montclair Public Library. 11:00 a.m. Artists have long been drawn to the natural world to stimulate their creativity. The rich symbolism, diverse color and changing nature of flowers have been a source of inspiration across cultures for centuries. Reservations / registration required by 06/17/2024. For more info: https://asm.augusoft.net//index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=47167&int_category_id=0&int_sub_category_id=0&int_catalog_id=0, adultschool@montclairlibrary.org, 973-744-0500. $25.


Montclair Film Presents Paul Giamatti In Conversation With Stephen Colbert

Montclair Film Presents Paul Giamatti In Conversation With Stephen ColbertSponsored by Montclair Film & North To Shore Festival. 1 Center Street Newark, NJ 07102. Montclair Film, New Jersey’s leading film non-profit, is proud to announce that Paul Giamatti will join Stephen Colbert on stage at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in downtown Newark, NJ on Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 8:00 PM as part of the second annual North To Shore Festival.  The pair will sit down for an unforgettable evening of conversation celebrating Mr. Giamatti’s award-winning career as one of our most beloved on-screen performers.

Tickets for Paul Giamatti + Stephen Colbert are available now, online at www.njpac.org and ticketmaster.com, by telephone at 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722), and at the NJPAC Box Office at One Center Street in downtown Newark. More information about this event can also be found at montclairfilm.org.

This special evening is presented as part of the 2024 North To Shore Festival, featuring all the talent, diversity and creativity that New Jersey has to offer, packed into three extraordinary weekends of performances, screenings, parties and conversations in three of the state’s most iconic cities. Hosted by Asbury Park, Atlantic City and Newark, the North to Shore Festival brings together events at more than 100 venues for an over-the-top showcase of Jersey excellence, aligned with Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy’s vision of a celebration worthy of the Garden State’s long legacy of innovation in the arts, film and technology. Reservations / registration required by 06/29/2024. For more info: https://montclairfilm.org/events/north-to-shore-a-conversation-with-stephen-colbert-and-special-guest/, kasey@montclairfilm.org. Pricing Varies*.