Dancers tap in “No Maps on My Taps.” Courtesy Montclair Film.

Montclair Film today announced the complete September 2017 film lineup for Cinema505, the organization’s screening space in the Investors Bank Film & Media Center at 505 Bloomfield Ave. September sees the continuation of The Mastery of Miyazaki series, which features the Japanese animation legend’s “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Castle in the Sky,” both presented in English for the enjoyment of younger children.

September will also see runs of the critically acclaimed new releases “Columbus,” directed by Kogonada and starring John Cho, Parker Posey, Haley Lu Richardson, Rory Culkin, the Irish documentary “School Life,” directed by Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane, and Nicole Garcia’s Cannes favorite, “From the Land of the Moon,” starring Academy Award-winner Marion Cotillard and Louis Garrel.

“No Maps on My Taps” by George T. Nierenberg marks the continuation of the ongoing Montclair Film + Classics series, this time featuring a documentary about the legends of tap dancing, restored from the original camera negative by Milestone Films.

The Films

Sept. 6-10, “No Maps on My Taps,” directed by George T. Nierenberg
Sept. 9 & 10, “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” directed by Hayao Miyazaki (dubbed in English)
Sept. 13-17, “Columbus,” directed by Kogonada
Sept. 20-24, “School Life,” directed by Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane
Sept. 27-Oct 1, “From the Land of the Moon,” directed by Nicole Garcia
Sept. 30-Oct. 1, “Castle in the Sky,” directed by Hayao Miyazaki (dubbed in English)

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MF FILM DESCRIPTIONS:

Classics

“No Maps on My Taps”
Director: George T. Nierenberg
Runtime: 58 Min

Originally released in 1979, George T. Nierenberg’s exhilarating landmark film “No Maps on My Taps” features music by Lionel Hampton and the dance artistry of Bunny Briggs, Chuck Green, and Harold “Sandman” Sims. Nierenberg’s love for the dancers and their art have made this documentary a hit with audiences and critics, and the talent and charisma of the three dancers shines through in every fame. Thanks to the release of the film on TV, tap dancing gained a huge multitude of new fans and inspired thousands of young dancers to put on tap shoes. Milestone Films has restored this wonderful film, and we will present it in all of its restored glory. The screening will also feature Nierenberg’s 1985 short film “About Tap.”

The Mastery Of Miyazaki
​C​ontinues with these beloved family classics

“Kiki’s Delivery Service” (1989)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Runtime: 102 Min
“Kiki’s Delivery Service” is the beloved story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. It is tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and set out into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her life journey with her chatty black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a sea-side village, where a bakery owner hires her to make deliveries. Rarely has the animator’s art been so brilliantly rendered as in this delightfully imaginative film – a beautiful and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world.

CASTLE IN THE SKY (1986)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Runtime: 124 Min
A young girl with a mysterious crystal pendant falls out of the sky and into the arms and life of young Pazu. Together they search for a floating island in the sky, site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous wealth and power to those who can unlock its secrets. “Castle in the Sky” is an early masterpiece of storytelling and filmmaking whose imaginative and ornately detailed vision remains a transformative cinematic experience.

Premieres
First-run theatrical films receiving their Montclair premiere at Cinema505.

“Columbus”
Director: Kogonada
Cast: John Cho, Parker Posey, Haley Lu Richardson, Rory Culkin
Runtime: 100 Min
When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Ind., a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their own conflicted emotions.

“School Life”
Director: Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane
Runtime: 99 Min
This observational documentary follows a year in the lives of two inspirational teachers at Headfort, the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. Housed in an 18th century estate, school life embraces tradition and modernity. For John, rock music is just another subject alongside Maths, Scripture and Latin, taught in a collaborative and often hilarious fashion. For his wife Amanda, the key to connecting with children is the book, and she uses all means to snare the young minds. For nearly half a century these two have shaped thousands of minds, but now the unthinkable looms: what would retirement mean? What will keep them young if they leave?

“From the Land of the Moon”
Director: Nicole Garcia
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel
Runtime: 120 Min
Based on the international best-selling novel and starring Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard, “From the Land of the Moon” is the story of a free-spirited woman fighting for passionate dreams of true love against all odds. Gabrielle (Cotillard) comes from a small village in the South of France at a time when her dream of true love is considered scandalous, and even a sign of insanity. Her parents marry her to José (Àlex Brendemühl), an honest and loving Spanish farm worker who they think will make a respectable woman of her. Despite José’s devotion to her, Gabrielle vows that she will never love José and lives like a prisoner bound by the constraints of conventional post World War II society until the day she is sent away to a hospital in the Alps to heal her kidney stones. There she meets André Sauvage (Louis Garrel), a dashing injured veteran of the Indochinese War, who rekindles the passion buried inside her. She promises they will run away together, and André seems to share her desire. Will anyone dare rob her of her right to follow her dreams?

The complete lineup, including showtimes and ticketing information, is now available at montclairfilm.org.

ABOUT MONTCLAIR FILM
Montclair Film, a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, nurtures and showcases the talents of filmmakers from around the region and world. Montclair Film unites, empowers, educates, and celebrates our region’s diverse cultural heritage and robust artistic community by presenting engaging programs and events all year long. The seventh annual Montclair Film Festival will take place from April 27 through May 6, 2018. Montclair Film’s year-round and festival programming is made possible through generous support from Investors Bank; Audible; Hackensack Meridian Health; the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; Ashenfelter, Slous, McDonough, Golia & Trevenen, LLP; Chubb; Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; and William H. Connolly & Co., and others. Our programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. For information about Montclair Film, visit www.montclairfilm.org.