The Montclair Film Festival has revealed its documentary centerpiece to be the André Leon Talley doc, The Gospel According to André, and will wrap with an Imagine Dragons film, Believer.
The iconic André Leon Talley shares his life story and rise to the top of the fashion world in The Gospel According to André. After the screening, director Kate Novack, producer Andrew Rossi and Talley will take part in a Q&A.
The closing night film at the New Jersey-set film fest is Don Argott’s Believer, with the director, producer Sheena Joyce, and subject Dan Reynolds participating in a post-screening Q&A, moderated by Stephen Colbert. The HBO Documentary Film focuses on the Mormon church’s official stance against same-sex relationships, which many believe have led to an increase in teen suicide rates in Utah. The Imagine Dragons’ band member himself was raised in the Mormon church.
In addition, the festival will screen Black Mother; Hale County This Morning, This Evening; Makala; Shirkers; and The Maison Dasan in its documentary feature competition. The jury includes Patrick Harrison from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Gregory Wakeman from Metro New York; and Chris O’Falt from Indiewire. The winning film will take the 4th Annual Bruce Sinofsky Prize for Non-Fiction Filmmaking.
Another category includes the New Jersey Films Competition, with non-fiction films directed, produced by, or featuring New Jersey talent. 306 Hollywood, The 5 Browns: Digging Through the Darkness, Crime + Punishment, Dark Money and Liyana are the films in competition.
The full line-up can be found here.
The seventh annual Montclair Film Festival takes place from April 26 to May 6.