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Black Maria Film Festival – Film Selection

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 3rd


Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
Photos: Images from short films shown on October 5 include The Mantis Parable, and The Old Man and Hemingway. 

Thomas A. Edison Black Maria Film Festival Retrospective,
Films Selection for October 5, 2012

Fort Myers, FL (September 1, 2012), The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Edison State College will bring back the award winning Festival with a retrospect of films from the festival collection chosen by film curator, John Columbus on October 5 hosted by the Edison Ford at the Royal Palm Yacht Club and October 6 at Edison State College, Fort Myers Campus.  Festival begins at 7:30 p.m. both evenings.  Films include winning animated short films shown in Poland at the Animator Festival, as well as popular live action works.

Films to be shown on October 5 include:

High Five – 1993, by Rob Aden, West Orange, NJ.
A clever black and white short about a truly wild pickup basketball game.

A Painful Glimpse into My Writing Process – 2007, by Chel White, Portland, OR
Anyone who’s found creative writing to be a daunting task will relate to this delightful collage film.

Rooftop Bees – 2008, by Melissa Lohman Wild, Sunnyside, NY
Not everyone would raise bees in NYC but this is the fun story of one individual who’s his own man.

The Mantis Parable – 2005, by Josh Staub, Mead, WA
A sweet parable of altruism in the insect world.





The Old Man an
d Hemmingway – 2005, by Hugo Perez and Chuck Moss, Yale University
This is a fascinating first person documentary portrait of Hemmingway’s Cuban fishing boat skipper and his memories of his friendship with the author.







Seven Days a Week
– 2009, by Sean McBride, Philadelphia, PA
Audiences love this frolicsome animation about a millennium generation slacker.

Halluci – 2007, by Goo-Shun Wang, New York, NY
An eye teaser which the artist M.C. Esher might have made were he an animator.








Pickles to Nickels  – 2010, by Daniella Ash, Brooklyn, NY
This pungent collage animation about an old neighborhood in Brooklyn tells of an unlikely romance between a pickle vendor and a young baker as their block is being replaced by modernity.

Zamboni Man – 2002, by Seth Hendrikson, Chicago, IL
The Zamboni is a machine that smooths the ice of a skating rink. In this poignant narrative, a working class fellow prepares the rink after hours for practice by the graceful dancer of his dreams.

Urban Animals – 2004, by Karl Staven & students at University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
An inventive and playful animation shot on Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia

One Rat Short  – 2007, by Alex Weil, New York, NY
A heart warming rodent romance set in a futuristic animal research laboratory.

Waiting for Arif – 2005, by Didem Yilmaz, Long Island City, NY
A show business couple who married in 1957 graces this charming documentary. Husband Arif Mardin is a 12 time Grammy winning producer who worked with Aretha Franklin, The Bee Gees, Barbara Streisand, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, Louis Armstrong, and Bob Dylan. Wife Latife is an author and theater producer. Finally after years of deferred private time together they can enjoy their cocktail hour reminiscing about how he was always late as he filled the wall with gold records.

Tickets are available at Edison Ford for $10 per night, $15 for both nights.  Edison Ford members are $8 on October 5, and Edison State College students are free on October 6.  Seating is limited.  On October 5 movie goers can enjoy tapas at 5:30 p.m. at the Royal Palm Yacht Club for $20 while watching the sunset at Edison Ford.  Reservations suggested by calling 239-334-7419.

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