The Black Maria Film Festival will return to Florida SouthWestern State College on October 14th to celebrate its 36th anniversary tour.
The festival was originally founded in 1981 to honor the pioneering spirit of Thomas Edison through cinema and allows independent directors to showcase a variety of short films. Black Maria is recognized by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy Award qualify festival which travels across the county to universities, museums and other venues.
FSW has worked with the Edison/Ford Estates for the last eight years to keep the festival returning to Southwest Florida.
“The films we will screen at the college this year were chosen by students in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars,” said Dr. Wendy Chase coordinator of FSW’s Honors Scholar Program. “They selected these particular films in hopes that they will provide a platform to engage in meaningful and civil conversations about pressing issues of social justice. The students will facilitate a discussion following the screening.”
The event will begin at 7:30 on October 14th and is being held in the Rush Library Auditorium, Building J, Room 103, on the schools Fort Myers campus. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for members of the Edison/Ford Estates, $5 for FSW staff, and free for FSW students. They are available in advance at the Edison/Ford Estates or at the door.
Proceeds from the sale of tickets will benefit the RCMA Immokalee Community School to help low- income victims of Hurricane Irma. RCMA operates three charter schools, 66 child-care centers, and around 25 family child-care homes.
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