Arts & Entertainment

What To Know Ahead Of Virtual Teaneck International Film Festival

Here's what's showing, how to tune in and how the Teaneck film festival, which starts Thursday, has been altered by the coronavirus in 2020.

Here's what's showing, when you can watch it and how this year has been altered by the coronavirus for the Teaneck International Film Festival
Here's what's showing, when you can watch it and how this year has been altered by the coronavirus for the Teaneck International Film Festival (Shutterstock)

TEANECK, NJ — Over the course of nearly two weeks, 14 films will be shown at the Teaneck International Film Festival, which will be hosted virtually in 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a series of videos promoting the festival, Executive Director Jeremy Lentz discussed what would be different this year, and he even threw out a couple positive of a virtual festival.

"You have the best seat in the house," he began, excitedly. "Second, you have the comfort and safety of being in your own home."

These first couple facts, of course, remove the context of what makes an event like a film festival great; sharing a movie watching experience — and then unpacking that experience — with others who love and adore film.

However, there are legitimate positives that go along with a more solitary viewing experience.

Tickets prices have been lowered this year, Lentz said, and, thanks to the virtual nature of the festival, there are no conflicting show times, meaning you won't have to choose between two movies throughout the duration of the festival.

Wanting to attend? Interested in what's playing? Here's what you need to know.


For 2020, the theme for TIFF is "Activism: Making Change".

"Films and talkbacks illustrate what TIFF is about – making untouchable topics part of everyday conversation by addressing racism, oppression, the environment, the LGBTQ community, women's concerns, immigration -- stories of the little guy whose story is not often heard," a description for the festival read.

"The festival is an excellent starting point for fostering appreciation of differences, understanding all that we share, and encouraging efforts to help make the world a better place."

What's showing?

Black Orpheus, the 1959 drama, kicks off the event, and will also feature a discussion with actor Sheryl Lee Ralph.

A documentary about John Lewis, the late Congressman who died earlier this year, titled "John Lewis: Good Trouble", leads the second night of the festival.

Lentz also highlighted the documentary Mama Gloria, which, follows the life of Gloria Allen, who is described as "Chicago's Black transgender icon." That film will be shown at 7 p.m. Nov. 21.

When can I watch?

Below is a schedule for TIFF 2020:

Can I still buy tickets?

Yes you can. Tickets are still available on the TIFF website, and can be purchased at this link:

Tickets for individual films are $5, or you can purchase an all access pass for $35.

Once your ticket is purchased, according to the website, you'll get a link sent to your email. That link is your ticket. Click it just prior to the scheduled start time, and enjoy.

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