We're proud to announce that THE THIRD DAD has been selected for the 35th Black Maria Film Festival and has received one of the 4th Prize Director’s Choice Awards!
The mission of the Black Maria Film Festival is "to promote, illuminate, and advocate innovation in the art of the moving image".
The festival, currently directed by Jane Steuerwald, was initiated over three decades ago by John Columbus at the world's first motion picture studio built by Thomas Edison at his West Orange, NJ labs, a short distance from Manhattan. The 1893 studio is an important landmark from the dawn of moving pictures. Acrobats, strong men, vaudeville performers, actors and dancers, sharpshooter Anne Oakley, Buffalo Bill, and dancer Annabelle Whitford, were all invited to the Black Maria to be filmed.
Since its inception in 1981 the prestigious festival has screened independent and avant-garde films by award-winning international filmmakers and moving image artists such as Alan Berliner (Intimate Stranger, First Cousin Once Removed), Les Blank (Burden of Dreams), Su Friedrich(Sink or Swim, The Ties That Bind), Takahiko Iimura(Observer/Observed), Bill Morrison (Light Is Calling, Decasia, The Miner's Hymns), Sarah Pucill (Taking My Skin, Magic Mirror) and Jessica Yu (Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien, In the Realms of the Unreal).
Unlike most film festivals, the Black Maria Film Festival is unique in that it travels, bringing its films to audiences around the United States and tailoring each programme to 60 or more notable venues such as the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Des Moines Art Center, the Rhode Island School of Design and University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
The final tour schedule for 2016 is yet to be announced. Stay tuned for updates.
Thomas Edison's Black Maria studio in New Jersey.
Annabelle Whitford in Serpentine Dance in 1896. One of the films shot in Thomas Edison's Black Maria studio.