New York, NY | April 10, 2016 - Anthology welcomes the Black Maria Film Festival for programs in celebration of their 35th year.
The development of the short film is diverse and rich, and Black Maria has celebrated its legacy for the past thirty-five years. The festival was named after the American birthplace of the motion picture -Thomas Edison's West Orange, NJ, laboratory - a revolving photographic studio dubbed the “Black Maria” because it resembled a police paddy wagon. For decades, this alternative festival has embraced the diversity and passion found in the cinematic short form. It provides many directors with their earliest exhibition opportunities and often discovers personal, eccentric and unconventional talents. Black Maria travels each year to dozens of host sites and reaches audiences in the farthest corners of the US and abroad through its annual tour. The festival champions film that lives in the margins of popular culture and in the center of filmmakers' imaginations.
This five part series presented in honor of the festival’s 35th anniversary, focuses on works from the past fifteen years of Black Maria programming including animation, documentary, experimental and narrative. From the sublime to the outrageous to the profound, we hear the voices of highly venerated experimental filmmakers, young documentarists, and ingenious animators. Black Maria provides a window into the short form in its infinite variations and continues to honor Thomas Edison’s passion for innovation.
Curated by Jane Steuerwald, Executive Director.
PROGRAM 1: EXPLORATIONS OF THE HUMAN PSYCHE Thursday April 28 at 8:00.
The Edison Luminary Award presented to Margaret Parsons, Head of Film Programs, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. After-party following the screening at the Ukrainian National Home - 140 2nd Ave.
From the cerebral hemisphere to animation inspired by Dr. Oliver Sacks, filmmakers explore personal, ritualistic and group behaviors. “Each of us is a singular narrative, which is constructed, continually, unconsciously, by, through, and in us…” – Oliver Sacks.
AFRAID SO - Jay Rosenblatt, San Francisco, CA, 3 min., 2006 I’M SIMPLY OVERWHELMED, I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY – THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.
GOOD NIGHT – Roddy Bogawa, NY, NY – 25 min., 2005 AMYGDALA - Jeanette Louie, Livingston, NJ - 10 min., 2013 FERAL - Daniel Sousa, Pawtucket, RI – 13 min., 2012 LIGHT IS CALLING - Bill Morrison, NY, NY – 8 min., 2004 PLEASURES OF URBAN DECAY - Sam Ball, San Francisco, CA – 17 min., 2000 THE LOST MARINER –Tess Martin, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 6 min., 2014 AND/OR - Emily Hubley, West Orange, NJ – 6 min., 2012
Total running time: ca. 95 min.
PROGRAM 2: HISTORY, INEQUALITY, PROTEST, LIFE ON THE STREET
Friday, April 29 at 8:00.
We take a whirlwind voyage through defining moments of Black History, and hear urgency in the voices of young people of color trying to make sense of gun violence in their community. The power of art as therapy and an emotional exploration of the duality of man and the place for God in a sometimes-dismal world, help to guide our understanding of personal and group protest.
BLACK SOUL (AME NOIRE) by Martine Chartrand, Canada – 10 min., 2002 TABULA RASA – Vincent Grenier, Ithaca, NY – 8 min., 2004 BULLETS IN THE HOOD: A BED-STUY STORY - Terrence Fisher & Daniel Howard, Brookl yn, NY
– 22 min., 2004 HIP PRIEST – Gregg De Domenico, Brooklyn, NY. – 27 min., 2011 SELMA TO MONTGOMERY – Stefan Sharff, NY, NY – 10 min., (original footage - 1965), 2003 SELF PORTRAIT PORTRAIT - James Hollenbaugh, Lancaster, PA – 6 min., 2014
Total running time: ca. 90 min.
PROGRAM 3: AN ANIMATED STATE OF BEING
Saturday April 30 at 5:30.
Filmmakers find inspiration from the man-made and natural world, mutiny on the high seas, inter-species romance, and the murderous and dark themes of film noir in this wild mash-up of forms.
YOURS TRULY – Osbert Parker, London, UK – 7 min., 2007 BLOOM – Scott Stark, Austin, TX – 11 min., 2012 THE SOLITARY LIFE OF CRANES – Eva Weber, London, UK – 27 min., 2008 TEETH – Tom Brown and Daniel Gray, Brooklyn, NY - 6 min., 2015 KUDZU VINE – Josh Gibson, Durham, NC – 20 min., 2011 FISHWIFE – Luke Jaeger, Northampton, MA - 4 min., 2014 THE BURNING WIGS OF SEDITION – Anna Fitch and Simon Chiffon, San Francisco, CA – 10 min., 2010
Total running time: ca. 90 min.
PROGRAM 4: NEEDS, WANTS, CONSTRAINTS AND FEARS
Saturday April 30 at 8:00.
Filmmakers search through 25 years of footage, a woman takes a fantastical journey through memories, and we see a haunting portrait of the fragile future of films made on film. From Eadweard Muybridge to the poetic memoirs of seven Syrian girls in a refugee camp in Jordan, the nature of cinematic storytelling is examined, probed and explored.
WHERE WE STAND – Lindsay McIntyre, Alberta, Canada - 5 min., 2014 STARFISH AORTA COLOSSUS – Lynne Sachs & Sean Hanley, Brooklyn, NY - 5 min., 2015 LOST MOTION – Janie Geiser, LA, CA – 11 min., (created 1999), 2005 MISSED ACHES – Joanna Priestly, Portland, OR – 4 min., 2009 HORIZONTAL INTIMACY – by Seoungho Cho, Elmhurst, NY – 9 min., 2011 SECRET MACHINE – Reynold Reynolds, Berlin, Germany – 10 min., 2009 PHANTOM CANYON – Stacey Steers, Boulder, CO – 10 min., 2006 FILMS BY SYRIAN GIRLS – Laura Doggett, Durham, NC - 22 min., 2015 THE BALLAD OF HOLLAND ISLAND HOUSE – Lynn Tomlinson, Owings Mills, MD - 4 min., 2015
Total running time: ca. 85 min.
PROGRAM 5: MAKING ART OUT OF LIFE - FINDING ART IN THE WORLD
Sunday May 1 at 7:00.
Themes of loss, family unity and emigration are central as we travel from urban America, to a steel town in Pennsylvania, a Romanian city and to the homes of the Kurds of northern Iraq. The futility of humankind's struggle against the natural processes of decay is eclipsed by the wonders of the aurora borealis.
IRAQI KURDISTAN FLIPBOOK – Ed Kashi, Montclair, NJ – 12 min., 2005 ODE TO A STEELTOWN – Tony Buba, Pittsburgh, PA – 12 min., 2007 LIONFISH DELUSION (EL DELIRO DEL PEZ LEON) by Quique Rivera Rivera, San Juan, PR. – 4 min., 2012 MAGNETIC RECONNECTION - Kyle Armstrong, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – 13 min., 2012 CALLING MY CHILDREN – David Binder, Boston, MA – 35 min., 2009 GLASS CROW – Steven Subotnick, Providence, RI – 7 min., 2004 PRODIGAL – Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang, NY, NY - 8 min., 2015, digital.
Total running time: ca. 95 min.
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