6th Annual Black Maria Film Festival



Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director

photo: Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival will be held on the Ford Estate on March 30 and Edison State College on March 31

6thAnnual Black Maria Film Festival
Coming to Southwest Florida in March

Fort Myers, FL (February 29, 2012) The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Edison State College will host the Annual Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival for a sixth season. The award winning festival will be held on March 30, 2012, 7:30 p.m. at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and March 31, 2012, 7:30 p.m. at Edison State College, Lee campus.

The Festival has been touring the nation for 31 years and is hosted by museums and colleges throughout the country and showcases independent and experimental film and video. The films include a variety of contemporary works drawn from the annual juried selection of award winning films and videos. The Black Maria is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy Awards qualifying festival for short films.

Tickets will go on sale March 1 at the Edison Ford ticket office. Ticket prices: March 30 – Edison Ford members and Edison State Students $5, non members $8. March 31 – Edison State students FREE, general public $8. Discounted ticket for both nights $15. For more information and updates visit the following websites: Edison & Ford Winter Estates at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org, Edison State College at www.edison.edu and the Black Maria Film Festival at www.blackmariafilmfestival.org. In the event of rain on March 30, the Festival will be held inside the Edison Ford Invention Museum with limited seating. Purchasing tickets prior to event is recommended.

The Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

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