Black Maria Film Festival Makes Annual Stop at LBIF

Jun 12, 2019
“Gloria’s Call”

The Black Maria Film Festival’s 38th Annual Festival Tour returns to the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies on Friday, June 21 at 8 p.m.

This international juried competition consists of cutting edge works from independent film and video makers. The Black Maria Film Festival focuses on short films: narrative, experimental, animation and documentary, including those that address issues and struggles within contemporary society such as the environment, public health, race and class, and family.

The films are curated by Festival Director Jane Steuerwald. Animated films include “The Velvet Underground Played at My High School,” “Rabbit Tracks,” “Inverse” and “Henrietta Bulkowski.” Documentaries include “Gloria’s Call,” “What Aristotle Said” and “A Rose for Amy Garden.” “Bhairava” is an experimental film.

Daniella Kerner, Foundation executive director, urges all film lovers to “enjoy a program of bold, contemporary, award-winning works.” Tickets are $12 per person and are available at the door.

The Black Maria Film 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. This season, submissions came from virtually every continent around the world.

The festival has been awarded the New Jersey State Council on the Arts “Citation of Excellence” for eight consecutive years.  —P.J.


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