The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Black Maria Film Festival Tour Returns To Pioneer Valley

After Long Absence, Black Maria Film Festival Tour Returns To Pioneer Valley

Local filmmaker Luke Jaeger and the Northampton Arts Council will co-present a selection of short independent films from the 2015 Black Maria Film Festival. The film festival will be presented on Friday, September 11 in conjunction with Arts Night Out. Starts at 7:00pm in the main foyer of Memorial Hall at 240 Main Street in downtown Northampton.
The 95-minute program is free, open to the public, and suitable for ages 10+.

These award-winning shorts, which audiences are unlikely to see anywhere else, include the Western drama “Lightning In The Hand”; documentaries about DIY funerals, overpopulation, and a traditional Onondaga lacrosse-stick maker; and several animated shorts including Jaeger’s own bittersweet “Fishwife.” Also on the program are films about eggs, pirates, Rene Descartes, climate change, and a dark Italian childrens’ song dating from World War I. All the films run 15 minutes or less.

The Black Maria Film Festival, held annually since 1981 at New Jersey City University, honors the vision of Thomas Edison, New Jersey inventor and creator of the motion picture. It was Edison’s New Jersey studio, the world’s first, known as the “Black Maria” from which the festival takes its name. The festival reaches out to diverse audiences in settings including universities, museums, libraries, community organizations, and arts venues. The cutting edge, cross-genre work that makes up the Festival’s touring program has been traveling across the country every year for decades. 

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