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Ridgewood Library | Reel Voices Film Festival 2019-2020

A year-round showcase of award-winning documentaries and filmmakers.
The 17th Annual Reel Voices Film Festival runs from Fall 2019-Summer 2020. Films will be added throughout the year. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the
Ridgewood Education Foundation. 

Soundtrack for a Revolution 
Friday, January 17, 2020 at 6:30pm

Special FREE event for all

Soundtrack for a Revolution (2009; US; NR; 1h22m) 

A fresh and exhilarating take on one of the most important social movements in American history, this film explores the civil rights struggle through the powerful and stirring songs that inspired a generation. Legends of the fight for equal rights such as Congressman John Lewis, Julian Bond, Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow, Coretta Scott King, testify to the indispensable role that songs of rebellion and hope played in helping activists fight against brutality and injustice. In riveting studio performances, top contemporary artists including John Legend, Wyclef Jean, The Roots and Joss Stone reinvigorate and reinvent timeless songs like "We Shall Overcome" and "Wade in the Water."

The Ridgewood Library is pleased to host the launch program for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee’s events for the weekend of Jan. 17-19, 2020.

Rev. Prof. Mack Brandon

Rev. Professor Mack Brandon has been a music professor at Ramapo College for 25 years and is also pastor of  the Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church in Ridgewood. In his musical past, he served as pianist and musical director for such artists as Ben E. King, The Drifters, Average White Band, and the Supremes.  


As a solo artist, he toured worldwide, including appearances as the opening act to comedienne Joan Rivers and to country artist Clint Black. He was a musical arranger for the BBC Television Orchestra in England and the composer/producer of many television and radio commercials aired on 5 continents. He acted in the role of the pianist in the film She Devil and composed the soundtrack to the PBS documentary, Brother Men. Rev. Prof. Brandon has been leading and directing sacred music vocal ensembles for the past 30 years.

Info: Roberta Panjwani, Reel Voices Coordinator

(201) 670-5600, ext. 132

Biggest Little Farm
Monday, February 10, 2020, 7:00pm

No speaker. Free screening, no registration.

The Biggest Little Farm  (2018; US; PG; 1h30mm) 

It all began with a dog named Todd. Filmmaker John Chester and his wife, Molly, a private chef, promised their rescue dog a happy life, but their Los Angeles apartment just isn’t cutting it. So the couple decides to take a leap of faith and realize a long-held dream. Locating a patch of land outside the city—and a veteran farmer to shepherd them through the process—they set about building Apricot Lane Farms. As the couple faces a seemingly endless cascade of challenges from weather, predators, infestations, and disease, John documents their setbacks—and progress—over eight years.

Beautifully filmed to capture the impressive scale of the undertaking and featuring unforgettable characters of both the two- and four-legged variety, The Biggest Little Farm is an inspiring ode to uncompromising idealism and a graceful reminder of the magnificence and resilience of the natural world.

The Biggest Little Farm Official Website

Info: Roberta Panjwani, Reel Voices Coordinator

(201) 670-5600, ext. 132

For Information:

Roberta Panjwani, Festival Coordinator

(201) 670-5600, ext. 132

Library Hours


Monday - Thursday    9am - 9pm

Friday                           9am - 6pm

Saturday                      9am - 5pm

Sunday                         1pm - 5pm


125 North Maple Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450