Black Maria: Selections from the Festival
For thirty-seven years the Black Maria Film Festival has been advancing inventiveness and vitality in the short form. Named for Thomas Edison’s original West Orange, New Jersey, movie studio (its resemblance to black-box police paddy wagons sparked the nickname “Black Maria”), the Black Maria Festival is an annual juried competition centered at New Jersey City University and open to all genres and all makers. The films in these two programs at the Gallery were chosen from among the award winners at the most recent competition. With special thanks to Black Maria executive director Jane Steuerwald, who introduces both events.