entertainment cardThe Newark International Film Festival (Newark IFF) comes to town this coming weekend, from September 9th through September 11th.

After taking a gander at the schedule, it’s clear the organizers intend to convert Brick City into Tinsel Town East during the ambitious three-day affair. The festival features more than 100 screenings and events in nearly a dozen venues in the vicinity of downtown, so there will be plenty to take in for myriad tastes, interests and aspirations.

Here are seven standout events that caught our eye.

Women In the Room…How Hip Hop Became Mainstream Panel

Sunday, September 11, 2PM – 4PM @ Newark Museum Theatre

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The panel will feature perspectives from women music business executives whose work was critical to the success  of some of the leading lights of the genre — and the genre itself. Panelists include Faith Newman, Sophie Chang, Thembisa S. Mshaka, Kim Osario, Angelique Miles and Tonya Pendleton, and will be moderated by Wendy R. Credle.

No Justice No Peace: Baltimore + Q&A

Friday, September 9, 3PM – 4PM @ Essex County College

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“No Justice, No Peace: Baltimore 2015” chronicles the community response to police brutality in Baltimore, and a push to transform the society that enables it at a systematic level. A question-and-answer session will follow the documentary, which should have significant resonance in Newark given our own push to transform police-community relations.

Diversity In Hollywood: Changing the Lens w/John Gibson & the Tate Brothers

Saturday, September 10, 6PM – 7:30PM @ NJIT Theatre

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In an era when the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag was a thing, diversity in Hollywood — in terms of access to onscreen and offscreen opportunities and depictions on screen — is a timely and critical conversation. James Gibson, who advises Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA) chairman Sen. Chris Dodd on diversity and multicultural outreach, will moderate a panel including brothers-in-showbiz Larenz Tate, Lerron Tate and Lahmard Tate.

This discussion will cover issues people of color face while working to make their dreams come true in Hollywood, including the misrepresentation and the scarce acceptance of minorities and women on the big screen and what actions can be taken to make depictions better reflect the world we live in.

NewarkIFF Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, September 10, 10AM – 1PM @ 744 Broad Street

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Sounds like a fun excuse to get out into the late summer air, enjoy some camaraderie and discover/rediscover the city, and there are cash prizes on the line. The 18-and-older scavenger hunt will have participants chase Newark film history clues to ten locations in pursuit of a cash come-up.

Bob Sumner Let’s Laugh Comedy Showcase

Saturday, September 10, 10PM @ Taste Venue

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Who doesn’t love a good comedy show? Bob Sumner is the television comedy pioneer who helped bring Def Comedy Jam and BET’s ComicView to television in the 90s, and has done the same with Laff Mobb’s We Got Next in the present day. His 10 p.m. comedy showcase at Taste Venue (47 Edison Place) will close out festival activities on Saturday, September 10th.

Elite Stuntwomen and Stuntmen in Hollywood

Saturday, September 10, 2PM – 4PM @ Essex County College Mary Burch Theatre

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Forget “Stunt 101,” this panel sounds more like a doctoral seminar. Moderated by producer of household names in black film like House Party and Boomerang, the panel will feature four veteran stunt actors including Alyma Dorsey, Dametrius Angelo, Robert Samuels and Vincent Lyn.

Newark Shorts Showcase

Saturday, September 10, 2AM – 7PM @ Newark Museum

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The showcase of Newark short films is set to feature eight films at Newark Museum on Saturday, September 11th. Among them is the celebrated short film “Ugly” which has been making a splash on the festival circuit, including a recent win for Best Film Short at the BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta. Other films to be screened include “What Kind of Man,” “Driver,” “Heavy Nimbostratus Clouds,” “Flight of the Arrowhead,” “We Came & Stayed,” “NewArt: A documentary in 3 Acts,””Dare to Dream,” “The Door (DaniC),” and “Crimson Man.”

Purchase tickets for the entire festival or for individual events on Eventbrite.

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