Black Maria Film Festival 2018 Tour
On Saturday, Feb. 10, at 7:00 pm, the Museum is proud to welcome back Hudson County’s own Black Maria Film Festival for the debut of the 2018 Festival Tour.
Since 1981, the Black Maria Film Festival has been celebrating and preserving the diversity, invention, and vitality of the short film. The Festival’s home is New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ and is named after Thomas Edison’s original West Orange film studio dubbed the “Black Maria” because of its resemblance to the black-box police paddy wagons of the same name.
Black Maria is an international juried film competition, focusing on short films including those that shine a light on issues and struggles within contemporary society. Its touring programs always include provocative works by diverse filmmakers from across the US and around the world. These artists often represent an under-served constituency who might not otherwise have the opportunity for live public exhibition nationwide or abroad.
The festival welcomes all genres including narrative, experimental, animation, and documentary that push the boundaries of film. The festival’s touring collection addresses topics such as the environment, public health, climate change, substance abuse, gun violence, sustainability, immigration, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ issues. Short films are celebrated as central to the festival – not as a sidebar to feature length films.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Seating is limited, reservations are advised.