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Thomas Edison Black Maria: Selections from the Festival

August 24

For thirty-eight years, the Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival has been advancing the unique creativity and power of the short form. The festival is named for Thomas Edison’s original West Orange, New Jersey, film studio, whose resemblance to the familiar black box-shaped police paddy wagons sparked the nickname “Black Maria.” Black Maria is an annual international juried competition open to all genres and filmmakers across the globe. In 2019, the festival announced its partnership with the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. The films for the two programs at the National Gallery of Art were chosen from the award winners selected for the festival’s 2019 tour. Executive Director Jane Steuerwald introduces both events.

still from Chula, with Invisible Strings (Emily Collins)
courtesy Black Maria Film Festival

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