Since 1981 and formerly known as the "Black Maria," these films address the growing societal issues from all parts of the world. Thomas Edison Film Festival is a socially conscious, modern, fiercely independent traveling festival for short film. They reach out to diverse audiences with provocative, timely, edgy, and compelling new works by both accomplished and emerging filmmakers hybrids from filmmakers around the world. Renamed in 2021Thomas Edison's original West Orange film studio dubbed the "Black Maria," Edison’s films did for the eye what his phonograph did for the ear.
This is a free event at the Kutz Black Box Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center. Seating is limited and on a first-come-first -served basis.
Films featured this year include:
Giroscopio – Experimental by John Muse, Bryn Mawr, PA, US and Brendamaris Rodriguez, Puerto Rico
Heidi Lau’s Spirit Vessels – Documentary by Bryan Chang, NY, NY, US
Slower Animals – Animation by John C. Kelley, Knoxville, TN, US
Intersextion – Experimental by Richard Roger Reeves, Creston, BC, Canada
Life Left Behind – Screen Dance by Valia Phyllis Zwart, Oslo, Norway
Dancing in the Shadows – Animation by Elliot Bloom and Alexandra Gordon-Gibson, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Viper – Narrative by Raine LeMay, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Free from Fear – Documentary by Berenice Manjarrez, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Triboro – Experimental by Nate Dorr, Brooklyn, NY, US
Fog – Documentary by Michael Pedraza, LA, CA, US
Centenary Stage Company
Centenary Stage Company is a performing arts center located on the campus of Centenary University. Year-round events include Professinal Theater Series, music events, dance events, a Women Playwrights Series, Young Performers Workshop, an annual holiday spectatular, and more!