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Black Maria Film Festival Returns in October with Retrospective

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 5th

Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival Retrospective

Friday, October 5, 7:30 p.m., Royal Palm Yacht Club

Saturday, October 6, 7:30 p.m., Edison State College, Fort Myers Campus 





Since 2007, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Edison State College have collaborated to bring the international Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival to Florida. The Festival began its national tour in 1981, celebrates Edison’s pioneering work in cinema, and features award winning contemporary independent and experimental short films and video. The Black Maria is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy Awards qualifying festival of short films.

Typically the Festival has been held in spring, however the award winning festival is

moving to October with a retrospective of films from the festivals’ collection. Films include exceptional animated works shown in Poland at the Animator Festival and certain live action works which have proven to be highly popular in recent seasons as well as southwest

Florida fan favorites! Black Maria Film Festival Director and Founder, John Columbus will introduce the films and facilitate discussion afterwards both nights.


On October 5, the Edison Ford will host the festival at the neighboring Royal Palm Yacht Club. For an additional fee, movie goers can enjoy cocktails and tapas at 5:30 p.m. as they watch the sunset at the Edison Ford Coconut Grove (reservations must be made in advance). 

Tickets will go on sale September 5 at the Edison Ford ticket office.

Ticket prices: October 5: Edison Ford Members and Edison State College Students $8,

non-members $10; October 6: Edison State College Students FREE, general public $10. Discounted tickets for both nights, $15. Early evening tapas at Royal Palm Yacht Club, $20 (cash bar). Seating is limited for both nights.

      For more information or to reserve your seat call 239-334-7419. A detailed list of films will be listed on Edison Ford website: www.edisonfordwinterestates.org on September 15. For more information on Edison State College visit www.edison.edu or Black Maria Film Festival www.blackmariafilmfestival.org


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