As part of its 38th annual tour, the renowned international Black Maria Film Festival returns to Princeton for a program featuring five films about the human experience and issues of global importance. Festival Director Jane Steuerwald introduces the program featuring short documentary, experimental, narrative, and animated films.





Documentary, 37 min.
by Bence Máté and Florian Schewe (Berlin, Germany)




Experimental, 4 min.
by Helen Cho Anthos (Reseda, CA)




Narrative, 15 min.
by Jorn Threlfall (London, UK)



Documentary, 20 min.
by Sumie Garcia & Santiago De la Paz (Mexico City, Mexico)




Animation, 7 min.
by Ioanna Tsinividi and Harold Herbert (Athens, Greece)




The Black Maria Film Festival attracts and nationally showcases the work of independent film and video makers. The festival is a project of the Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium, an independent non-profit organization. The festival was founded in 1981 as a tribute to Thomas Edison’s development of the motion picture at his laboratory, dubbed the “Black Maria” film studio, the first in the world, in West Orange, New Jersey.

The Black Maria Film Festival annually conducts an international juried competition. Following the extensive pre-screening and jurying process by experts in the field of film curation, media studies and production, the festival launches its year-long tour traveling to museums, colleges and universities, libraries, cinemas, and arts venues. Black Maria received over 400 submissions for the 2019 festival tour from every continent around the globe, save Antarctica. The highly regarded festival jurors, Margaret Parsons, Head Curator of Film at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and Henry Baker, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and former director of Synapse Video Center, chose 55 films for the 2019 collection and awarded the top prizes.

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  • Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium
  • Program in Visual Arts

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