Saturday, June 25, 2016
Where: The Paramount Theater
For thirty-five years the Black Maria Film Festival has been celebrating creativity and innovation in the moving-image arts. The Festival’s home is NJ City University in Jersey City, not far from the site of Thomas Edison’s original film studio in West Orange, known as the “Black Maria.” Edison’s employees thought the studio’s boxy shape and black tarpaper covering, resembled the so-called “black maria” police paddy wagons.
The Black Maria Film Festival’s juried collection of short films includes comedy, drama, documentary, and more. Every season there are stunning animated films, moving documentary shorts, and thought-provoking narratives included in the tour.
The Festival is an annual juried competition, which travels to audiences where they live. The tour begins the first weekend in February, and continues through November. While most festivals have a week of screenings in one place, filmmakers in the Black Maria tour know that their work will be seen numerous times by audiences in diverse settings across the US and abroad. Black Maria features new short works in all genres, and is open to filmmakers internationally.
We have all heard the clichés and assumptions often made about filmmakers working in the short form. Most typical is that shorts are meant to be “calling cards” to gain access to the world of commercial feature length film. Not true for the filmmakers who continue to push the boundaries of the moving image and who have exhibited their work in the Festival for decades. Black Maria salutes and celebrates the short form in all its permutations for its artistic challenges, aesthetics, and substance.
See the event website for a full listing of shorts!