Events

The Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival will kick off its 39th annual season with two special screening events on consecutive evenings before launching its international tour.

On Friday night, February 7, filmmakers Su Friedrich, Edith Goldenhar, Emily Hubley, and Lynne Sachs will screen and discuss their work and participate in an audience Q&A with Festival Director Jane Steuerwald in an evening of “Women in Film.” 

Saturday night, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. will be the Festival’s 2020 premiere with a screening of five top prize-winning films with filmmaker/photographer/author Eugene Richards, winner of the Festival’s Stellar Award for Documentary, present to discuss his work and participate in an audience Q&A with Steuerwald. A pre-screening reception starts at 7:00 p.m. at 185 Nassau Street.

Both the reception and screenings are free and open to the public; no tickets required. Free parking is available behind 185 Nassau Street in Lot #10 on Williams Street in Princeton.

 

FEATURED FILMS IN “WOMEN IN FILM” PROGRAM:

NORTHERN ICE, GOLDEN SUN

by FAITH HUBLEY

grassy hill by seaA MONTH OF SINGLE FRAMES

by LYNNE SACHS
With footage shot by Barbara Hammer

 

 

animated stick figuresHER GRANDMOTHER’S GIFT + FAITHY, HEY

by EMILY HUBLEY

 

 

RETURN TO CALAIS

by EDITH GOLDENHAR

 

 

 

 

little girl smiles in purple coatQUEEN TAKES PAWN

by SU FRIEDRICH
Followed by a presentation of “Edited By: Women Film Editors,” a comprehensive website (womenfilmeditors.princeton.edu) featuring 206 women film editors, developed and edited by Friedrich with support from Princeton University

 

 

 

ABOUT

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 2020 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 2020 collection and awarded the top prizes.

Venues interested in scheduling a screening should contact Festival Director Jane Steuerwald at jane@blackmariafilmfestival.org.

To learn more about the Black Maria Film Festival and Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium, visit blackmariafilmfestival.org.

Map + Directions

The James Stewart Film Theater is located on the first floor at 185 Nassau Street in Princeton.


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