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 teaneckfilmfestival.org, where details about films, venues, ticket prices, and sponsorship opportunities are available. Questions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Properly fitting KN95 or N95 masks are required at Puffin Cultural Forum screenings.)