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Montclair Film Festival Announces 2013 Program, Includes 'In a World' and 'Frances Ha'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 4, 2013 at 8:54PM

Montclair Film Festival Announces 2013 Program, Includes 'In a World' and 'Frances Ha'
"Twenty Feet from Stardom"
"Twenty Feet from Stardom"

The second annual Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey has announced its 2013 lineup.

Running from April 29th to May 5th, the festival is curated by Thom Powers, who programs the Toronto International Film Festival's International Documentary area, the Miami International Film Festival and runs the IFC Center's weekly doc series Stranger than Fiction.

Montclair's opening night selection is Morgan Neville's "Twenty Feet from Stardom" -- which was also the opening night doc at this year's Sundance -- a film profiling various underdog back-up singers who have performed onstage with bands such as the Rolling Stones and Talking Heads (more about the film, picked up by RADiUS-TWC, here).

Also hailing from Sundance is Montclair's centerpiece "In a World," the feature film directorial debut of Lake Bell, who stars as a vocal coach with aspirations of becoming a voiceover star. Read Indiewire's interview with triple-threat Bell here.

Other films on the docket include Noah Baumbach's festival darling "Frances Ha," slated for a mid-May theatrical release in the US (read TOH's Berlin review and watch clips here). Also screening is the Werner Herzog and Errol Morris co-production "The Act of Killing," Joshua Oppenheimer's experimental doc about Indonesian death squad leaders (read TOH's post about the film's backstory here).

Visit the festival's official site for the complete lineup

This article is related to: Lake Bell, Montclair Film Festival, Frances Ha, 20 Feet From Stardom, The Act of Killing

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.