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April 30, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 49 Part 3: Montclair Film Education

We speak with the educators behind those beautiful glass doors on Bloomfield Avenue.  In the conclusion to our special series on Montclair Film, Jo speaks with Sue Hollenberg, Montclair Film's Education Director, the woman who brings us all of those great classes for kids and adults.  Find out what Sue has on the schedule plus the very special campaign Montclair Film has launched that'll have you doing something kind for a stranger today. You'll also hear from writer and director Gary Rudoren, Montclair Film's Improv class instructor, and from one of his students who happens to be a familiar voice around town - Ruthie Perretti of Montclair's famous Ruthie's BBQ.  And for all those voiceover wannnabe's - get the inside track from another Montclair Film instructor, the Emmy award winning actress and voice over artist Claudine Ohayon whose commercials you will most likely recognize.  
Montclair Film Festival 2019 kicks off this Friday!
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April 24, 2019 @ 11:51 am

Episode 49 Part 2: Local Filmmakers

We speak with three of this year's Montclair Film Festival filmmakers, all residents of Montclair. 
First up, we talk to new Montclairian Maureen Towey - about making a film inspired by one of her radical community-based theater projects She has directed live theater and many interactive live performances with Arcade Fire, Ray LaMontagne, and Esperanza Spaulding. Then we speak with Susan Skoog, who has had several of her moving narrative films presented in the festival over the years.  A mentor to many young filmmakers, Susan also teaches at Montclair State University. Finally, we'll speak with Emmy Award winner Steve McCarthy, a veteran journalist, and filmmaker who has pursued impactful stories for over 30 years through television and documentary film.
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April 21, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 49 Part 1: Montclair Film Festival with Tom Hall

We speak with with Tom Hall, Executive Director at Montclair Film.  The Film Festival which is in its 8th year, debuts May 3rd.  Tom arrived to Montclair Film almost 5 years ago, via Nantucket, Newport, Sarasota and the Hamptons Film Festivals.  Now he and his team have sifted through 1000 films to create a collection that he knows will be well-received in Montclair.  Find out what special events and celebrities you can look forward to this year as well as why Tom decided to open the festival with “Wild Rose” starring Jessie Buckley.
Details for festival films and events through link above. 
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April 14, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 48: Amie Blumberg Coaching

We speak with Montclair resident Amie Blumberg, a Senior Executive and Leadership Coach, of Amie Blumberg Coaching.  For 30 years. Amie worked in the fashion and retail industries where she held executive level positions at luxury brands like Ralph Lauren, Liz Claiborne and Bloomingdales. Amie began to learn skills that without knowing it, would create a very different future.  A victim of downsizing, she took those skills to set off in an entirely different direction. Now Amie uses her experience to help clients realize their dreams and achieve their fullest potential.
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April 7, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 47: Culture Artisan Clothing

We speak with Kent Daniel as he launches his new line of clothing, Culture Artisan Clothing, and about his journey in the world of fashion design.  This episode is an inspiration for all creatives and fashionistas looking to find their way in their business. There will be ups and downs but throughout, a positive message about how to stay on track when life throws you for a loop. 

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March 31, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 46 Part 1: Joyce Carol Oates

We were there at the Montclair Literary Festival this past week and were lucky enough to be in the room for Jonathan Santlofer's interview with Joyce Carol Oates. 
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been several times nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. Her most recent novel is The Hazards of Time Travel. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University.
Jonathan Santlofer is an author and noted artist. He is the author of five best-selling novels. The latest is The Widowers Notebook.
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March 31, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 46 Part 3: Sigrid Nunez

We bring you Part 3 of our Montclair Literary Festival Panel Series with Sigrid Nunez:

In this episode, we listen to an interview with author Sigrid Nunez and her editor Sarah McGrath as they discuss her new book, The Friend at Montclair's Literature Festival during this past month. It is a National Book Award-winning novel, a moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog.
Sigrid Nunez has published seven novels. Sigrid’s honors and awards include a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, and two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters: the Rosenthal Foundation Award and the Rome Prize in Literature. The Friend won the 2018 National Book Award. She has taught at Columbia, Princeton, Boston University, and the New School, and has been a visiting writer or writer in residence at Amherst, Smith, Baruch, Vassar, and the University of California, Irvine, among others.
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March 31, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 46 Part 2: Nathan Englander

We bring you Part 2 of our Montclair Literary Festival Panel Series with Nathan Englander:

Fiction writer Julie Orringer talks with Nathan Englander at last month's Montclair Literary Festival about his latest book, kaddish.com. Nathan Englander is the author of the novels Dinner at the Center of the Earth and The Ministry of Special Cases. He was the 2012 recipient of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for What We Talk About 

Translated into twenty languages, Englander was selected as one of “20 Writers for the 21st Century” by The New Yorker, received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Malamud Award, the Bard Fiction Prize, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts & Letters.  He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.

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March 24, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 45: The Book Doctors

We speak with Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry otherwise known as The Book Doctors.  The Montclair couple pooled their talents to start a company in an industry they know a lot about - publishing.  Between them, Eckstut, a former literary agent and Sterry, an actor, comic and author, have written more than two dozen books.  So it was only natural the two start a company that provides workshops to help others take their stories from a blank piece of paper to a published book.  Find out why The Book Doctors chose to settle in Montclair and what you need to know if you think you have a book in you.

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March 20, 2019 @ 6:21 am

Episode 44: Christina Baker Kline

We speak with #1 New York Times bestselling novelist Christina Baker Kline, a featured author this week at the Montclair Literary Festival. She discusses the writing life, her process, and her latest novel, A Piece of the World, which won the 2018 New England Prize for Fiction and the Maine Literary Prize, among other awards. A Montclair resident for 21 years, Christina recently moved back to NYC (but visits often!). The author of seven novels (including Orphan Train) and author/editor of five nonfiction books, Christina is currently working on a novel about the convict women who transformed Australia.

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