31st Annual Black Maria Film Festival

April 10, 2013 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
South Orange Public Library
65 Scotland Road
South Orange, NJ 07079

The Black Maria Film and Video Festival will be coming to the South Orange Public Library on Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. The program will be presented by John Columbus, Founder and Director of the Festival.

Now in its 31st year, the Black Maria takes its name from Thomas Edison’s pioneering 1893 film studio. Each year since 1981, a panel of film scholars has selected about 45 short films submitted from around the world to showcase at the festival which travels around the United States.

Among the works to be shown are:

Hip Priest by Gregg De Domenico – A gritty narrative set in Brooklyn about a street-savvy priest who ministers to the people of his neighborhood in an unorthodox but powerful way. This black and white film won the top jury prize for narrative.

Bound by Hope, One Family’s Story – This documentary by Maplewood resident Anna Campbell is the story of a young boy who was diagnosed with a very rare disease which progressively turns his soft tissue into bone. It poignantly depicts the family’s struggles to give their son a normal life while dealing with their own feelings, and ultimately shows the strength of the human spirit. The filmmaker will be present.

Heritage Chutzpah by Neil Ira Needleman – There is a rumor in the filmmaker’s family that they are descended form a great 18th century Hasidic leader. Needleman looks at his secular family today and asks, “How can this be?” in this whimsical portrait of a family celebration.

Steam is Steam by Etienne Desrosiers – In this atmospheric narrative film set in Montreal in 1952, teenager Samuel takes his friend Julian to the neighborhood steam bath for his weekly routine with his dad. For Julian it will be a day to remember.

Dziad I Baba by Basia Goszczynska – Based on an old Polish fable, this imaginative stop-motion animation tells of two soul mates facing a conundrum about each other’s deaths, ending with a wry twist.

(This is not a GlobalSOMA event.)

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