The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

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. 

A Pirate Named Ned


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