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Montclair Film has launched a program called “505 FILM + FRIENDS,” an inclusive sensory-friendly screening and socializing group for young people.

The program will feature film screenings, discussions for small groups, and opportunities to socialize at Montclair Film’s Cinema505, according to a release from Montclair Film.

The groups meet twice monthly, with teens ages 14 to 18 meeting on Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m., and young adults ages 18 to 26 meeting on Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m.

Using the medium of film, students will be provided with the opportunity to explore their own real-life challenges and begin to learn about film and filmmaking, said the release. Discussions will integrate film vocabulary such as narrative, theme, main and supporting characters, set design, costume design, continuity, careers, genres, as well as storytelling techniques.

Montclair Film + Education is partnering with David Steinke, Ph.D., school psychologist; Melissa Schaffer, arts educator; and Priya Lalvani, Ph.D., associate professor of disability studies at Montclair State University, who will be providing facilitation and advisory services for all 505 Film + Friends programs.

For registration or more information, go to montclairfilm.org/education/505-film-friends.

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