Black Maria Film Festival 2015

Black Maria Film Festival Showcases Award-Winning Short Documentaries In Caldwell on March 21

The Black Maria Film Festival returns to Caldwell on Saturday, March 21 from 3:30- 5 pm. The program will be presented in Caldwell’s gorgeous architectural landmark, Caldwell Flowerland at 329 Bloomfield Ave. The Caldwell Merchants Association is sponsoring the program.

The festival in its 34rd year showcases this year’s winners of short, international documentary films. A festival spokesperson will provide insightful commentary of the films shown.

Tickets are $12.00 and seats are limited. Tickets are available at Caldwell Flowerland, Lovely Living Interiors ( 295  Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell) or by calling Linda at 973-226-7196.

With a festival admission ticket many of Caldwell’s restaurants are offering a 20% discount after the show. Participating restaurants include: Bangkok Kitchen, Calandra’s Italian Village, Caldwell Seafood, Cedar Grill, Cloverleaf Tavern,  Jersey Mac’s and Xunta Spanish Tapas.

The festival honors the Black Maria Studio built by Thomas Edison in West Orange in 1893. It is considered America’s first movie production studio. At the time it was nicknamed “Black Maria” owing to its resemblance to police paddy wagons. The festival began at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park and its current home is New Jersey City University.