Opening night at Teaneck Film Fest to feature ‘Invisible Beauty’ 

Opening night at Teaneck Film Fest to feature ‘Invisible Beauty’ 

The 18th Teaneck International Film Festival (TIFF) will begin with “Invisible Beauty” on Thursday, November 9, 7:30 p.m. at Teaneck Cinemas on Cedar Lane.

Once again, the Bergen/Passaic chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., will present the opening film. The documentary is about fashion revolutionary Bethann Hardison, a pioneering Black model, modeling agent, and activist, who has had, and continues to have, a major impact on the fashion industry.

In the film, which she codirected with Frederic Tcheng, Hardison shines a light on a little known chapter in the fight for racial diversity. Featured in the film are Tracee Ellis Ross, Naomi Campbell, Tyson Beckford, Zendaya, Iman, Whoopi Goldberg, Fran Lebowitz, and Kadeem Hardison. A talkback will follow the screening (guests to be announced).

The 2023 festival will be hybrid (in-person screenings will not be offered virtually, and virtual screenings will not be offered in-person.) The virtual part of the festival will begin Sunday, November 5; ticket holders will be able to watch three films on demand any time between November 5 and 12 and enjoy a pre-recorded talkback following each work. The virtual films are “Jews of the Wild West” — a feature-length documentary about resilience and identity highlighting the dynamic contributions Jewish immigrants made to shaping the American West — as well as the Pakistani feature “Joyland” and “Las Abogadas,” a documentary about immigration.

TIFF is held November 5-12 in partnership with the Puffin Foundation, Ltd. This year “the film festival with a social conscience” will be dedicated to the late Bob McGrath, a “Sesame Street” favorite for many years and a beloved resident of Teaneck. On Sunday, November 5, at 1:30 p.m., in the Teaneck Public Library, Kid Flicks One, the popular program long emceed by McGrath, will be shown free for children 5-10 years old and the adults who accompany them.

To buy tickets for “live” films being shown November 9-12 at Teaneck Cinemas, Temple Emeth, and the Puffin Cultural Forum, go to, where details about films, venues, ticket prices, and sponsorship opportunities are available. Questions may be emailed to (Properly fitting KN95 or N95 masks are required at Puffin Cultural Forum screenings.)

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