March 30, 2017
Investors Bank Film and Media Center Opens Doors
MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Film Festival, New Jersey's leading film non-profit, cut the ribbon on its new home, the Investor’s Bank Film & Media Center, located at 505 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, NJ. On hand to launch the building were Kevin Cummings, President and CEO of Investors Bank, which made the gift of the building to Montclair Film, Bob Silver of the Bravitas Group, who was Project Director of the renovation, and Evelyn Colbert, President of the Montclair Film Board, and Bob Feinberg, Chairman, of the Montclair Film Board.
The ribbon cutting was the culmination of a two year process that began in May of 2015 with the formal announcement of the gift of the building from Investors Bank to Montclair Film. Over the past two years, Montclair Film has worked with an outstanding group of professionals to develop the building into a state of the art home for the organization’s film, education, and administrative programs. The team was assembled by the Bravitas Group and includes Project Manager Katie Long from Bravitas, Architects Paul Sionas and Rick Jarzembowski from Sionas Architecture, PC, Design Architect Rachael Grochowski from RHG Architecture + Design, Contractor Jack Finn, Project Manager Lance Hoffman, and Ken Jarvis from Jack Finn & Company, Building Contractors, LLC, and Partners Larry Slous, Cal Trevenen, and Of Council Todd Wieseneck of Ashenfelter, Slous, McDonough, Golia & Trevenen, LLP.
"The opening of the new building is the realization of a dream, where a community focused not-for-profit and a financial institution partner to create opportunities for our constituents, patrons, and students while providing great, entertaining programming for the community throughout the year,” said Kevin Cummings, President and CEO of Investors Bank.
“We are very grateful to the extraordinary team of developers, designers, and builders whose leadership and vision helped Montclair Film realize our long-held goal of having our own home,” said Montclair Film Board Present Evelyn Colbert.
"It was thrilling to be part of the team that transformed a former bank branch into the creative, vibrant new home for Montclair Film,” said Bob Silver of the Bravitas Group. “Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the staff and volunteers at MF, the architects, designers, and many talented trades people, Montclair Film now has a gem of a space in the center of Montclair.”
“I am truly grateful and honored to have worked with the visionary team of Montclair Film in bringing them their new home,” said Design Architect Rachael Grochowski from RHG Architecture + Design. “Our team worked hard to create a balance of artistic quality, creative energy, and flexible space that would become uniquely Montclair Film. From a magical ticket booth to focused classrooms, I couldn’t be more excited to see how this space acts as a place to bring community together.”
“It was a very cool project and a great team effort. We wish Montclair Film continued success in their new home,” said Jack Finn, of Jack Finn & Company.