Montclair Film Announces 1st Annual Documentary Film Weekend

Montclair Film, New Jersey’s leading film non-profit, announced the launch of its first annual documentary weekend, featuring six films screening over the course of a single weekend, October 18-20, 2019. This program presents a diverse array of stories that speak to a wide range of interests. All screenings take place at Montclair Film’s Cinema505.

(From left): Rodessa Barrett Porter, DeLois Barrett Campbell, Billie Barrett GreenBey (The Barrett Sisters) raise the roof performing “He Has Brought Us” in SAY AMEN, SOMEBODY,”

The weekend opens on Friday, October 18 with Linda Goldstein Knowlton’s “We Are the Radical Monarchs,” followed by Saturday’s program of “Narrowsburg,” directed by Martha Shane (in attendance), “Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements,” directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky (in attendance), the new, 4K restoration of the classic gospel music documentary “Say Amen, Somebody,” directed by Georg T. Nierenberg (in attendance), and Sunday’s screenings of “J.R. ‘Bob’ Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius,” directed by Sandy K. Boone, and the new American Masters film “Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous,” directed by Eric Slade (in attendance) and profiling the great American artist Mark Rothko.

Mark Rothko

“Every year, we are blown away by the quality and range of the documentary films being made, and we wanted to create a new program that highlights some of our favorites,” said Montclair Film Executive Director Tom Hall. “We’re proud to be able to feature new and classic films that tell a wide range of stores, creating an opportunity for audiences to enjoy thought-provoking, deeply engaging documentaries that will inspire conversation and community.”

Tickets for Montclair Film Members go on sale at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 24, with public tickets available at 10:00 AM Friday, September 27. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door (if available) 30 minutes prior to any film screening. Stand by tickets will be made available for all screenings and will be made available 10 minutes prior to each screening.

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