Black Maria Film Festival

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Edison State College announce the return of The Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival to southwest Florida for a seventh season on November 1, 7 PM,  at Edison Ford, and November 2, 7 PM,  at Edison State College, Fort Myers Campus.  Films are shown outdoors on the river lawn of the Ford Estate and indoors in the auditorium at the college.

Festival Curator and Founder, John Columbus, will present his selection of films and will be joined for discussion by Dr. Wendy Chase, Professor of Film at Edison State College.

The Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival is an international, award winning festival that has toured the nation for 32 years and is hosted by major museums and colleges showcasing 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 Thomas Edison Black Maria is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy Awards qualifying festival for short films.

Tickets go on sale October 1, 2013 at Edison Ford and are also available at the College.  For more information and updates visit the Edison & Ford Winter Estates website at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org. Contact the Edison Ford Winter Estates at 239-334-7419.

A special screening of Thomas Edison’s 1910 film, Frankenstein and discussion by Dr. Wendy Chase, Professor of Humanities, Edison State College will kick off the festival on November 1. 
 
Film Selections at Edison Ford on November 1 include:
 
Fordland, Jeffrey Moser, Lancaster, PA, Director’s Choice Selection
This experimental film gazes at automation, industry, and American culture, by manipulating appropriated 16mm footage from a vintage Ford corporation industrial film. The image is constructed from hundreds of frames inspired by some of the work of the legendary late 1800s photographer Eadweard Muybridge.
 
The Poetry Winner, Jennifer Levonian, Philadelphia, PA, Director’s Choice Selection
This animated film is based on an epiphany in a college student's life, the semester has ended and it's time to go home for the summer and deal with parental meddling vs. self-actualization. The mixed-media technique of this short makes for an engaging work of animation art.
 
And/Or, Emily Hubley, South Orange, NJ, Director’s Choice Selection
And/Or is a distinctive animated work made in a tender, elegantly laconic, hand drawn style. An artist struggling to balance doubt and inspiration shares his poetic deliberations with an inner/outer muse.
 
Here and Away, Meena Nanji, Santa Monica, CA, Juror’s Stellar Narrative Selection
Here and Away is a magical film shot in India as inspired by a short story by Franz Kafka entitled Children on a Country Road. Kafka's story describes a day in the life of a boy living in the countryside. In Nanji's film, Ravi is found lying in the grass contemplating the sky and the mystery of nature. He is aware of changing times and the possibilities of the future. In the evening an older companion and Ravi gaze at the distant city lights on the horizon and muse about those who dwell there, questioning with wonder in moments of becoming.
 
Lionfish Delusion (El delirio del pez león), Quique Rivera Rivera, San Juan, PR, Juror’s Stellar Animation
This is an imaginative underwater neo-noir and colorful animation inspired by the Lionfish plague. Fishes dream, lobster claws trans-mutate and the sea swirls in a story about greed and hierarchy in the Caribbean reefs.
 
Nile Perch, Josh Gibson, Durham, NC, Juror’s Stellar Award for Documentary
In flickering black and white, Nile Perch is a luminous, picturesque documentary filmed on the shores of legendary Lake Victoria in Uganda. This hand-made, artisanal film is not only a beautifully made work, with close-up portraiture of a lakeside village and its people's daily lives as they follow their scenic tradition of net fishing, drying and roasting; but it's also a modern-day parable of the effects of globalization on Africa. Nile Perch offers a captivating insight into a people who are in harmony with nature yet the film is equally a meditation on the economic and ecological impact of an invasive species on traditional cultures.
 
The Lost Interview of Ray Bradbury, Harry Hall, Los Angeles, CA, Director's Choice Selection
This is a personal tribute to the sci-fi/fantasy author who died on June 5th 2012. Shot over 20 years ago in the basement/office of Ray Bradbury's home, the footage has been re-edited using HD stock footage to illustrate the author's droll reflections. His views on creativity, Steven Spielberg, the notorious Black List and politics of the 1950s and a skewering indictment of networks make for an entertaining as well as curiously reconstructed interview film.
 
Queen of the Night Aria, Harry Hall, Los Angeles, CA,  Director's Choice Selection
An aria from Mozart's The Magic Flute is parodied in this outlandish parody of a classic. This version utilizes puppetry, absurdist subtitles and sound effects to create a flamboyantly humorous animation.
 
Film selections at Edison State College on November 2 include:
 
Bloom,  Scott Stark, Austin, TX
Industrial penetrations into the arid Texas landscape yield a strange and exotic flowering. Using images from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image based on oil drilling footage from the first half of the 20th century, Bloom offers an involving experience to the viewer.
 
Bug People
, Paul Meyers, San Francisco, CA
In this whimsical film essay, the maker investigates Western cultural biases and discomfort with things multi-legged with exoskeletons. Bugs for breakfast, lunch and dinner can be a great source of protein and an alternative to the flesh of four-legged creatures.
 
Feral, Daniel Sousa, Pawtucket, RI
Feral is a lyrical animated parable rendered in artfully silhouetted images. A windmill floats in from the firmament, a feral boy crouches in the forest, he snarls in an encounter with a wolf. A hunter "liberates" the child and carries him to town, introduces him to school and the vicissitudes of "civilization." But the boy must return to the only home he has ever known.
 
Balance and Swing, Anne Beal, Hendersonville, NC
This hand-painted watercolor animation is a lyrical ode to life and love, and to the beauty of the medium itself.
 
Fanfare for Marching Band, Daniele Wilmouth, Chicago, IL
Fanfare for Marching Band traces the antics of a ragtag musical militia as they romp through unexpected environs with their exuberant music and crazed frolicking. This music and dance film features choreography by Peter Carpenter and performances by the circus punk marching band Mucca Pazza, who stage the musical Actions for Joy at various inappropriate locations around the city of Chicago.
 
The Lost Interview of Ray Bradbury, Harry Hall, Los Angeles, CA
This is a personal tribute to the sci-fi/fantasy author who died on June 5th 2012. Shot over 20 years ago in the basement/office of Ray Bradbury's home, the footage has been re-edited using HD stock footage to illustrate the author's droll reflections. His views on creativity, Steven Spielberg, the notorious Black List and politics of the 1950s and a skewering indictment of networks, make for an entertaining as well as curiously reconstructed interview film.
 
Magic Mirror Maze, Gregg Biermann, Hackensack, NJ
The famed "hall of mirrors" sequence of Welles' classic noir The Lady from Shanghai is seen through a succession of four algorithmic progressions of split screen patterns, The result is hypnotic, kaleidoscopic and a bit uncanny.
 
Queen of the Night Aria, Harry Hall, Los Angeles, CA,  Director's Choice Selection
An aria from Mozart's The Magic Flute is parodied in this outlandish parody of a classic. This version utilizes puppetry, absurdist subtitles and sound effects to create a flamboyantly humorous animation.
 
Films are subject to change. John Columbus Founder and Director, Black Maria Film Festival will introduce the films and facilitate discussion afterwards.

Dinner and a Movie - Ford riverside lawn - November 1, 5:00pm (reservations required)

Menu selections: 

House Smoked Pulled Pork Nachos with Hot Melted Cheese Sauce, Sour Cream, Sliced Red Jalapenos and Chipotle Drizzle
$7.00
Nachos with Hot Melted Cheese Sauce and Sliced Red Jalapenos
$5.00
House Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich with Slaw
$7.00
Smoked Portabella Cap Sandwich and Smoked Gouda with Slaw
$8.00


20oz Pepsi Soda Products $2.50
20oz Aquafina Water $2.00
16oz Bud, Bud Light, $5.00
Magic Hat, Wood Chuck $5.00
Wine by Canyon Road $5.00