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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Schnitzer Museum: The Black Maria Film and Video Festival

The Black Maria Film and Video Festival returns for second year to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s monthly Schnitzer Cinema brings back The Black Maria Film and Video Festival for the second year on March 9, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. Cosponsored with the Cinema Pacific film festival, Schnitzer Cinema is the JSMA's monthly showcase for adventurous cinema and media art. Schnitzer Cinema screenings are free, and refreshments are provided by the Museum.

“The Black Maria Film and Video Festival tour is an amazing collection of the best short films being made today,” says Richard Herskowitz, artistic director of Cinema Pacific and Schnitzer Cinema curator. 

Eight short films are featured in this year’s selection, including “Eye Liner,” a four minute animated piece by Portland filmmaker Joanna Priestly, and international selections from Nina Sabnani, India; Dennis Tupicoff, Australia; and Vicky Mather, England.

“This year's program is a typically edgy and eclectic Black Maria mix of experimental, documentary, and narrative works, with a special emphasis on animation,” says Herskowitz.

The Black Maria Film and Video Festival is an international juried competition with a mission to exhibit and reward cutting-edge works from independent film and video makers. The festival takes its name from the first motion picture studio, built by Thomas Edison in 1893, and is now in its thirtieth year. Approximately fifty jury and director’s prize-winning short films and videos go to more than 65 sites around the country, with each individual program tailored to the location of its screening. 

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