Black Maria returns to WO

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Sponsored by the West Orange Film Society, the Black Maria Film Festival returns to the AMC Dine-In Theatre, Essex Green 9, in honor of Thomas Edison’s birthday, on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at

The films will be presented in-person by festival director Jane Steuerwald. Leading the program is Jury’s Stellar Award for Documentary winner “The Washing Society,” by Lynne Sachs and Lizzie Olesker of Brooklyn. Sachs and Olesker will be present for a question-and-answer session with the audience. Also featured will be 2018 Jury’s Choice Award-winning films.

The Black Maria Film Festival is an international juried film competition that focuses on short films, including those that shine a light on issues and struggles within contemporary society. Its touring programs include provocative works by diverse filmmakers from across the United States and around the world. The festival’s home is NJ City University in Jersey City and it was named for Thomas Edison’s West Orange film studio, dubbed the “Black Maria” due to its resemblance to a type of black-box police paddy wagon known as a “black maria.”

For more information, contact the West Orange Arts Council by visiting, calling 973-325-0151 or sending an email to; or Jane Steuerwald by sending an email to or visiting