WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Black Maria Film Festival’s 34th annual season is kicking off with a series of screenings taking place over four nights culminating in a Sunday matinee program sponsored by the West Orange Film Society. The program will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the AMC Dine-In Theatre, located at Essex Green 9, at 495 Prospect Avenue in West Orange, and will feature an eclectic program of short films and a conversation with the audience. Attendees will be invited to enjoy piece of “Edison Cake,” in celebration of the birthday of Thomas Edison, the inventor of the motion picture camera. Tickets will sold for $10 at the door.

Thursday, Feb. 5, at 8:00 p.m. 

The opening weekend festivities will begin on Thursday night, Feb. 5, at 8:00 p.m. in the Gothic Lounge of Hepburn Hall located at New Jersey City University (NJCU)--the Festival’s home base. The opening night screening will present the top four Stellar-Award winning films from the 2015 juried competition. Admission is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Light refreshments will be served.

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Friday, Feb. 6, at 8:00 p.m.

On Friday, Feb. 6, at 8:00 p.m. the Festival will travel to the Hoboken Historical Museum, located at 1301 Hudson Street in Hoboken and will feature the Global Insights Stellar Award winning documentary, “Yakona” as well as a number of outstanding documentary shorts. Tickets will be $10 at the door and will include light refreshments. Free validated parking will be available at Littleman Parking Garage, located at 12th Street and Shipyard Lane.

Saturday, Feb. 7 at 8:00 p.m.

A gala celebration including a wine tasting donated by Make Wine With Us of Wallington and a screening of the Festival’s award-winning short films including narrative, experimental and animation will take place at Art House Productions, located at 136 Magnolia Ave., in Jersey City, on Saturday, February 7 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets will be available in advance for $10 HERE or for $12 at the door. Advance purchase is recommended as seating is limited. Free parking will be available. Art House is located adjacent to the Journal Square PATH Station.

About the Black Maria Film Festival

The nationally known Black Maria Film Festival has generous support from New Jersey City University, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs and Tourism, the William H. Donner - Pikes Peak Foundation, and Adobe Systems, Inc. and Microsoft through TechSoup.org. The New Jersey State Council on the Arts recognized the Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium – Black Maria Film Festival with a “Citation of Excellence” in 2015, for achieving the highest standards of excellence as recognized by its peers. Unlike other major film festivals, the Black Maria Festival is not presented in only one location. Instead, the winning films are presented at universities, museums, libraries and cultural centers across the country all year.

For further information, contact Jane Steuerwald, Black Maria Film Festival Executive Director, jane@blackmariafilmfestival.org, 201-200-2043 or visit www.blackmariafilmfestival.org.