Visual Arts Lecturer Lana Caplan Wins the Director's Choice Prize For Her Film play and repeat in the Black Maria Film Festival 2015

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Since 1981, the mission of the Black Maria Film and Video Festival has been to promote, illuminate, and advocate innovation in the art of the moving image. The Festival has passionately embraced this mission for over thirty years, and is named after the world's first motion picture studio built by Thomas Edison, where he made all of his own short experimental films. Moviemaker's Spring 2010 issue lists the Black Maria Film and Video Festival as one of "25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee."

The Festival's annual competition is juried by noted exponents of independent work and results in 40 to 60 works chosen for the Festival's annual tour. The tour visits 65 or more diverse institutions in 20 or more states, starting with the premiere each season at New Jersey City University, in Jersey City, NJ.

The Festival has a long track record of commitment to short works. It encourages and seeks creative, insightful, sensitive, free spirited, expressive, poetic and experimental works in animation, narrative, documentary, and hybrid forms. All genres are welcome. The intent is to recognize, exhibit and reward uncommon work. For most of its history, the Festival has been able to offer cash awards and/or exhibition honoraria to the film and videomakers it has exhibited and, has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Association of Independent Film Animators. The Festival has been featured on National Public Radio and on NJ Network.

Every program presentation in the Festival tour is custom curated and drawn from the season's award collection. Programs are assembled in collaboration with each host venue. Programs vary widely, some focusing on animation or documentary, others on personal memoir or experimental narrative. Virtually every program is presented in person, by the Festival’s executive director, artistic director, or other highly qualified Festival representative.

The Festival has presented work at institutions including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; the MoMA, NYC; the Des Moines Art Center; Millennium Film, NYC; the Capri Theater in Montgomery, AL; Rhode Island School of Design; Savannah College of Art and Design; University of Delaware; Princeton University; University of Colorado, the A. Harry Moore Laboratory School for children with disabilities; and many more venues across the United States. The Festival's gala premiere is held annually on the first Friday in February at New Jersey City University.

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