Evelyn and Stephen Colbert will be the featured guests at Montclair Film’s 10th anniversary fundraiser. (COURTESY OF MONTCLAIR FILM)

Montclair Film’s 10th anniversary fundraiser will feature township Evelyn and Stephen Colbert in conversation with Montclair Film Executive Director Tom Hall.

The Colberts are Montclair Township residents, and Evelyn Colbert is the president of the Montclair Film Board. Stephen Colbert, host of the Late Show on CBS, was previously featured at Montclair’s 2011 fundraiser.

The event will take place May 7, streaming on Montclair Film’s Virtual Cinema platform, powered by Eventive. Following the conversation, the pair will join an online cocktail party to kick off the organization’s celebration of its 10th anniversary.

The event continues Montclair Film’s annual tradition of celebrity conversation fundraisers, which raise money for the organization’s year-round film and education programs. Past events have featured Stephen Colbert (2011), Jon Stewart (2012), Jimmy Fallon (2013), Steve Carell (2014), J.J. Abrams (2015), John Oliver (2016), Samantha Bee (2017), Meryl Streep (2018), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (2019).




The organization did not host a fundraiser in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Stephen and I are looking forward to a fun evening on May 7th,“ Evelyn Colbert said in an announcement from the group “Film and arts organizations have worked very hard to sustain their programs during the challenges of the pandemic, and so support is now more vital than ever. We hope everyone will join us in supporting Montclair Film as we make plans for a bright future.”

Hall said he was excited to sit down with the Colberts “to discuss a wide range of topics, from their cinematic passions, to festival highlights, to executive producing ‘In & Of Itself‘ [a filmed stage production featuring illusionist Derek DelGaudio exploring identity], to a behind the scenes look at their collaboration this past year to bring ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ to audiences from their home.”

He said the annual fundraiser is key to sustaining Montclair Film.

Tickets for the virtual conversation begin at $50 and are available now at MontclairFilm.org, which also features details about donor and sponsor benefits, and Montclair Film’s Virtual Cinema platform. Upper-level ticket holders will be invited to join the online cocktail party, receive delivery of VIP treats to enjoy during the show from Rao’s Homemade, Ironbound Hard Cider, All Points West Distillery and others to be announced, and be entered to win two tickets to attend the first in-person live studio taping of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (at a date to be determined).