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The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC hosts The Black Maria Film Festival

BY Diana Hernandez | 17-Jul-2015
THE 34th ANNUAL BLACK MARIA FILM FESTIVAL TOUR RETURNS TO THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART IN WASHINGTON, DC ON SATURDAY JULY 25TH, WITH TWO INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMS BACK TO BACK AT 12:30 AND 3:00PM. #director #independentfilms #shortfilms #animation #experimental #documentary #narrative #blackmariafilmfestival Follow us on Instagram @blackmariafilmfestival
The Black Maria Film Festival returns again this year with two programs on Saturday afternoon, July 25th, at 12:30 until 2:00PM, and again at 3:00 until 4:30PM, to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565. Entrances to the West Building are on the Mall, on 7th Street, on Constitution Avenue at 6th Street, and on 4th Street NW.

Both programs hosted by Curator of Film, Peggy Parsons, will be presented in-person by festival director Jane Steuerwald, and will feature a collection of stellar works touring in this year’s 34th Annual Black Maria Film Festival. Filmmakers James Hollenbaugh, featured in Program 1, and Christopher Upham, featured in Program 2, will be present to discuss their work. Filmmakers including Lynn Tomlinson, Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang will also be joining the discussion. Selections include animation, narrative, experimental, and documentary, from the top award winning works chosen by the festival’s jury this season.

The Black Maria Film Festival attracts and nationally showcases the works of highly accomplished independent film and video makers. The festival is a project of the Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium, an independent non-profit organization in residence at New Jersey City University’s Department of Media Arts.

The Black Maria was founded in 1981 as a tribute to Thomas Edison’s development of the motion picture at his laboratory, dubbed the “black maria” film studio, the first in the world, in West Orange, NJ. The Black Maria Film Festival has been awarded the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Citation for Excellence for eight consecutive years.

For further information, contact festival director Jane Steuerwald, jane@blackmariafilmfestival.org, 201-200-2043, www.blackmaria.org. The National Gallery of Art is wheelchair accessible, and large print programs will be available at both Black Maria screenings. Telephone: (202) 737-4215. Accessibility Information: (202) 842-6690. www.nga.gov.