Montclair Film, in partnership with Out Montclair, assembles 18-film ‘Celebrating Pride!’ series

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“The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” will be shown at The Clairidge in Montclair, June 11.

In partnership with the Out Montclair organization, Montclair Film has put together a “Celebrating Pride!” series, with 18 films that explore LGBTQIA+ themes.

The screenings will start on May 6 and lead up to the Montclair Pride 2022 day on June 11, with the last film — “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” — to be shown on that day.

Most of the films will be shown at the Montclair theater, The Clairidge, though there will also be a free, outdoor screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Montclair’s Lackawanna Plaza, June 3.

“For decades now, film and the arts have helped break the stigma of being LGBTQIA+ in this world by giving people connection to stories they can relate to and by extension, affirmation,” said Out Montclair President Peter Yacobellis in a press release. “With everything happening in the world today, it’s as important now as ever before that our stories continue to be told, not just for our own affirmation but so that allyship and relatability to who we are continues to improve.”

Here is the schedule:

May 6-12: “Desert Hearts” (1985, directed by Donna Deitch), “Kiki” (2016, directed by Sara Jordenö) and “The Queen” (1968, directed by Frank Simon) at The Clairidge.

May 13-19: “A Fantastic Woman” (2017, directed by Sebastián Leilo), “Portrait of Jason” (1967, directed by Shirley Clarke), “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (2001, directed by John Cameron Mitchell) at The Clairidge.

May 20-26: “Edge of Seventeen” (1998, directed by David Moreton), “Paris Is Burning” (1990, directed by Jennie Livingston), “Rafiki” (2018, directed by Wanuri Kahiu) at The Clairidge.

May 27-June 2: “Ma Vie en Rose” (1997, directed by Alain Berliner), “Multiple Maniacs” (1970, directed by John Waters), “The Watermelon Woman” (1996, directed by Cheryl Dunye), “The Witnesses” (2007, directed by André Téchiné) at The Clairidge.

June 3: Free outdoor screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975, directed by Jim Sharman) with live floor show by The Ordinary Kids at Lackawanna Plaza.

June 4-9: “The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love” (1995, directed by Maria Magenti), “Poison” (1991, directed by Todd Haynes), “Tangerine” (2017, directed by Sean Baker) at The Clairidge.

June 11: “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (1994, directed by Stephan Elliott) at The Clairidge.

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