Black Maria Film Festival

The International Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival has been re-scheduled for Saturday evening, March 23, 2013. Director and Founder, John Columbus will present a selection of spirited and provocative award films from last year’s 31st Annual Festival, as well as the upcoming 32nd Annual Festival. The Black Maria’s name is taken from the world’s first motion picture studio built in 1893 by Thomas Edison in West Orange, NJ. The year’s program begins at 8 PM at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County, 35 Cleveland Street, Orange, NJ, just a stone’s throw from the birthplace of the motion pictures. Award winning documentaries, animation, experimental and mixed genre shorts will be included in the screening. Local filmmakers’ work will also be seen. Akintola Hanif , filmmaker of “Moral Panic”, a Director’s Choice Selection, will be on hand. This very special program’s admission price is $10, and will include refreshments served in the “afterglow” reception on site. The program will be drawn from the sampler of award films listed below.

For more information on Black Maria or this showing, contact Frank Barszcz at 973-324-9351, John Columbus at 201-200-2043, visit, email, or phone 973-674-0010.

About Tuli Patel

Tuli Patel is our part time Executive Director as well as our part time Director of Religious Education. She would love to hear from you.