Monday, February 26, 2018
4:30-6:00 PM
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.



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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.


boy with basketball


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?



Mickey’s Pets

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.



Black Dog

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.


woman in gown

Lady Eva

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.


man and woman

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.


event posterThe films that become the centerpiece of the Black Maria Film Festival honor the vision of Thomas Edison, New Jersey inventor and creator of the motion picture. It was his New Jersey studio, the world’s first, which he called the “Black Maria” from which we take our name. The Festival reaches out to diverse audiences in diverse settings including universities, museums, libraries, community organizations, and arts venues. The cutting edge, cross-genre work that makes up the Festival’s touring program, has been traveling across the country every year for decades. We focus on short films – narrative, experimental, animation, and documentary – including those, which address issues and struggles within contemporary society such as the environment, public health, race and class, family, sustainability, and much more. These exceptional works range from animation, comedy, and drama to the exploration of pure form in film and video and are the heart and soul of the festival.

The Consortium is grateful for generous funding and support from: New Jersey State Council on the Arts The Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and Tourism New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ Private foundations, corporations, and private donors.

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HENRY BAKER works in video, television, film, sound, print and interactive media. In 1987, he founded his video company BXB in NYC. Clients include HBO, Cinemax, SONY, Panasonic, Four Seasons Hotels and many others. At BXB he received numerous awards for his creative work in video and television including: Houston International Film Festival, Broadcast Designer’s Association, ACE and IFTA awards.

His work has been screened at various locations including: Leslie Lohman Gallery, National Museum of LGBT History, Simon Watson Gallery, Vancouver College, Hallwalls, Intermedia Arts Center, Matrix Gallery et al. His works are in the collections at The NY Public Library and the Everson Museum. He administered the Video Artist Grant Program at Synapse Video Center, Syracuse NY, serving ultimately as Director of the Center from 1978-81. At Synapse he also curated their video exhibitions and distribution programs. He served as a panelist at the National Endowment for the Arts, the WNET-TV Lab, the Broadcast Designer’s Association and the Ithaca Video Project. In 2015, he served as a pre-screening juror at Black Maria Film Festival. Henry has given lectures at the International Television Society, Video Free America, Greenwich High School, Boston Film and Video Foundation and the San Francisco Art Institute. He co-founded the New York State Media Alliance.

A consummate sound aficionado, he produced regular radio broadcasts for over a decade at WAER-FM and WONO-FM. Henry has worked in film since the 1950s and video since the 1970s. He received a BFA in Media Communications and an MFA in Synaesthetic Education at Syracuse University. He later received an MS in Information and Library Science at Pratt Institute. He is currently Chief Creative Officer at BXB LLC, Washington DC.

MARGARET PARSONS is curator of film and media programs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Besides an international film exhibition program, the Gallery maintains an archival collection of documentary media on the arts. Parsons has organized media events for other organizations including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, American University, the National Archives, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History. She has served as a trustee for film organizations ranging from the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar to CINE, and she has been on the editorial boards for The Moving Image and the Getty Trust’s experimental Art on Film in association with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has served as festival juror for numerous international film festivals including Washington, Nashville, Syracuse, Turin (Italy), and Tulcea (Romania).

Currently, Parsons is a member of the advisory board for the Washington DC Environmental Film Festival and curator for Glimmerglass Film Days, a festival she founded in central New York State. She has recently received awards for her work in film preservation from the governments of France, Georgia, and the Czech Republic, and in the U.S. has been the recipient of awards from the Black Maria, the Washington DC Independent Film Festival, and from Women in Film and Video. Her other interests include photography (35mm film and dark room), as well as naïve and outsider art which she collects. Her writing has been published in the journals Raw Vision, Folk Art, The Folk Art Messenger, New York Folklore, Curator, and The Moving Image.

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