Montclair Film

505 Films + Friends

505 Films + Friends
Special Sneak Preview!

505 Films + Friends is a new club where young people can gather in a safe, positive, thought-provoking environment to engage socially through the viewing and discussion of films. Students will begin to learn about film, filmmaking, film vocabulary, as well as storytelling techniques. Each screening allows members to explore their own lives in relationship to the themes represented in the films with interactive discussions and activities led by a teaching artist and professional psychologist. Participants will also have time to schmooze and enjoy refreshments.

505 Film + Friends is an inclusive space for young people with and without disabilities and will inspire creativity, build confidence, connections and community awareness while empowering members with social skills to navigate school, career, and life.

505 Film + Friends launches in January, 2018. Don’t miss this chance to check it out!

Special Sneak Preview Only $20!
Space is limited so register now!

High School Sneak Preview

Ages: 14 – 16
Date: Friday, December 1

Time: 4:00 – 7:00
Where: Montclair Film, 505 Bloomfield Ave
Cost: $20

Click Here to Register for 505 Films + Friends Sneak Preview (High School)


Young Adults Sneak Preview

Ages: 18 – 28
Date: Sunday, December 3

Time: 1:30 – 4:30
Where: Montclair Film, 505 Bloomfield Ave.
Cost:  $20

Click Here to Register for 505 Films + Friends Sneak Preview (Young Adult)


 Facilitators and Advisors:

Dr. David Steinke, PhD, School Psychologist & Private Practice

Dr. David Steinke is a NJ state licensed psychologist whose specialties include working with adolescents and young adults whose emotional and academic issues impact their pursuit of academic success and emotional wellness. He works in Montclair High School and maintains a private practice in Montclair, NJ, and has expertise in Asperger’s Disorder, Anxiety, ADHD, and Social Skills deficits. Dr. Steinke is Nationally Certified and holds a PhD in Educational Psychology with a specialization in School Psychology from the City University of New York (CUNY) and a Master’s degree in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia. He is a 2017 recipient of the Governor’s Educational Support Professional of the Year award. 

Melissa Schaffer, Arts Educator, BFA Theatre Arts, Theatre, Music, Certified Movement Specialist, Playwright.

Melissa Schaffer, Teaching Artist, is an actress/musician/teacher/playwright/Certified movement specialist. Her BFA from Boston University and vast experience as a performer and teacher in NYC, NJ and regionally is the foundation of a lifelong pursuit of inspiring individuals to explore and discover more about themselves, each other, their communities, and the world at large through active engagement in the arts. Melissa has been a leader of the Montclair SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) and is an advocate for people with disabilities.

Dr. Priya Lalvani, Advisor, PhD, Associate Professor of Disability Studies, Montclair State University

Dr. Priya Lalvani, Advisor, is an Associate Professor of disability studies and inclusive education at Montclair State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the City University of New York (CUNY) and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Columbia University. She has extensive professional experience working with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Her research is focused on disability oppression, and on the marginalization of individuals with disabilities in schools and society. Her work is published widely in academic journals.

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