Film Fest at Sparta Train Station

SPARTA. Train Creative to welcome Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival back to Sparta Train Station.


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The 38th Annual Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival Returns to Sparta on June 14 with Screening Hosted by Festival’s Executive Director and Wine-Tasting for Attendees

Train Creative is pleased to announce the 38th Annual Black Maria Film Festival will be returning to the Sparta Train Station on Friday, June 14 with a special screening and Q&A hosted by the Festival’s Executive Director, Jane Steuerwald. The film event will also feature a complimentary wine-tasting beginning at 6:30pm with the screening beginning at 7:30 p.m. Attendees can purchase tickets in advance at Train Creative’s web site: https://www.traincreative.org/events/389.

“We are thrilled to return to the Sparta Train Station for the second consecutive year as this venue is a perfect intimate setting for attendees to interact with the short films,” said Jane Steuerwald, Executive Director, Black Maria Film Festival. “The Sparta community embraced the Festival last year as we screened for a sold-out crowd that was engaged and excited about the films. We are pleased to bring the magic of short filmmaking back to the Sparta Train Station again this year.”

The Festival focuses on short films which shine a light on issues and struggles within contemporary society. It advances and exhibits the work of diverse filmmakers from across the US and around the world. These artists often represent an under-served constituency who might not otherwise have the opportunity for live public exhibition nationwide or abroad. The festival travels across the US and to selected venues abroad. Every presentation showcases a unique selection of films created in collaboration with each host site.

“I’ve been following the Black Maria Film Festival since the mid 1980s when I was a student at the University of Delaware. I am so happy that the folks who run and own the Sparta Train Station and Train Creative have decided to host this world renown event once again. Not only is it a great venue to see exciting short films that are thought provoking, but the viewing will expose the community to different types of film techniques. For anyone who interested in any aspects film making, this is a great resource. Who knows, we might inspire a future academy award winner. The showing of the Black Maria at the Train Station will also allow the community to see a gathering space that is available to them for meetings, special occasions and gathering that has a true feeling of Sparta in it,” stated Nicole Francoeur, Rose City Framemakers.

The June 14 screening at the Sparta Train Station (30 Station Road) will feature a wine-tasting sponsored by DiFrisco Designs beginning at 6:30pm and a 90-minute screening beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m. There will be a brief intermission and a Q&A, post-screening with Jane Steuerwald. Discussion will include the content of the films, the processes involved in the making of the work, and a window into the jury’s selection process. Admission is $15 and can be purchased at the door or prior to the event at traincreative.org. Space is limited to 50 attendees. This is not an event for small children, but high school aged youth are welcome. The Sparta Train Station is an ADA compliant space.

Since 1981, the Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival, an international juried film competition, has been celebrating and preserving the diversity, invention, and vitality of the short film. The Festival is named after Thomas Edison’s original West Orange film studio dubbed the “Black Maria” because of its resemblance to the black-box police paddy wagons of the same name.

The mission of Train Creative is to facilitate community learning experiences for creative education to increase arts and humanities awareness in our community while preserving architecture, locations and landscapes. In preserving our heritage, they wish to inspire people to form a lifelong love of design. They provide access to a comfortable, affordable, and well-maintained space to learn, teach, create, and share knowledge of creative skills from yesterday, today and tomorrow.










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