Monday, February 26, 2018
James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau St.
FREE and open to public
Marking its 37th annual Festival Tour in 2018, the renowned Black Maria Film Festival celebrates creativity and innovation in the moving-image arts. The Festival’s juried collection of short films includes animation, experimental, documentary and narrative works. Black Maria celebrates the short form in all its permutations for its artistic challenges, aesthetics, and substance. The program will be presented in-person by Festival Director Jane Steuerwald and will feature a collection of stellar works chosen to tour in this years’ Festival.
I Saw You Yesterday
by JOHN VALERIANI — Chelmsford, MA
Animation, 3 minutes
A stream of consciousness exploration of characters and ideas suspended on a wall, who struggle to find a place and a story. “I Saw You Yesterday” is a hand-drawn stop-motion animation involving charcoal, paint, shadows, and objects.
by JEANNIE DONOHOE — Los Angeles, CA
Narrative, 15 minutes
A.J. Green, a new kid in town, shows up at the high school boys basketball tryouts, and instantly makes an impression. Coach takes notice, and so do the other players, some of whom feel threatened by the new blood. The school’s team is excellent—second best in the state—and this is the year Coach plans to win it all. A.J. proves himself on the court and clearly has talent, heart, and drive… as well as a big secret. Will A.J. be able to claim a spot on the team once the players and coach discover the truth?
by ASHLEY BRANDON — Evanston, IL
Documentary, 13 minutes
Mickey Alice Kwapis spends her free time gutting small rodents and then putting them back together. A self-taught taxidermist, Mickey has been working professionally with dead animals for four years. Now, with her trusty peacock in tow, Mickey is on her way to compete in the U.S. National Taxidermy Championships. The competition will be stiff. Mickey is up against current and former World Champions who have been working in the field for longer than she has been alive. “Mickey’s Pets” is the story of an underdog, striving for victory and intending to do so in her own quirky style.
by JOSHUA TUTHILL — Soquel, CA
Animation, 15 minutes
Utilizing archival footage and stop-motion animation, “Black Dog” is set during the space race of the 1960’s. Two brothers must deal with the sudden loss of their parents. One falls into the darkness of a troubled marriage, and the other must find an escape from the evil that is devouring his family.
by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu — Honolulu, HI
Documentary, 11 minutes
In the Kingdom of Tonga, the last remaining monarchy in the Pacific, traditional culture clashes with modern religious zealotry. On the eve of the biggest day in her life, a young transgender beauty contestant is given an ultimatum by her Mormon family. They tell her, “If you choose to participate in that pageant, you can pack your bags and get out of this house.” Fiercely determined, Lady Eva takes off on a journey to become her true self – with a little inspiration from Tina Turner along the way.
Contigo (With You)
by Daniel Boord and Luis Valdovino — Boulder, CO
Documentary, 7 minutes
“Contigo” is a waltz with family and tradition, close to the South Texas border. While the Alamo has been designated, by the United Nations, as a World Heritage site, equally noteworthy is the cultural heritage in the lower Rio Grande Valley. “Contigo” celebrates a Sunday afternoon in San Antonio and a weekend at a conjunto music festival in San Benito. The project is based on a song written by one of the pioneers of conjunto music, Don Santiago Jiménez. It is performed by his son, Santiago Jiménez Jr.
We Know Where You Live
by Honora Talbott — Los Angeles, CA
Narrative, 13 minutes
When a Mexican American couple moves into a trendy, gentrifying LA neighborhood, two hipsters invite themselves over to offer a ‘warm welcome.’ But as the night goes on, it’s clear these neighbors are not what they seem: cold pressed, cold brewed, and cold blooded.