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Black Maria Film Festival

Location: 
Prairie Theater
Cost: 
Free
Contact: 
920-929-1100
Dates: 
Thu, Apr 20, 2017,
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Description 

The Black Maria Film Festival’s 36th anniversary tour. This is the only venue in Wisconsin on the 2017 tour.
Two dates: Apr. 6 and April 20. The only stop in WI for the 36th Annual Film Festival.
Sponsored by the Fine Arts & Lecture Committee

This special program, the second in a series of two Black Maria presentations at UW-Fond du Lac, features The Land Beneath Our Feet, a powerful documentary film produced and directed by Gregg Mitman and Sarita Siegel, with associate producer Jojin Van Winkle of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The film weaves together rare archival footage from a 1926 Harvard expedition to Liberia, with the journey of a young Liberian man, Emmanuel Urey. Urey was uprooted by war in his country, and found himself seeking to understand how the past shaped land conflicts in Liberia today. This film is an explosive reminder of how large-scale land grabs are transforming livelihoods across the planet. Today, Urey is pursuing a PhD in the United States, while helping to advance land reforms in Liberia critical to equitable development.

Emmanuel Urey and associate producer Jojin Van Winkle, will be present to talk about the film and lead a Q & A.

The Black Maria Film Festival was founded in 1981 as a tribute to Thomas Edison’s development of the motion picture at his laboratory, dubbed the “Black Maria” film studio, the first in the world, in West Orange. The Festival attracts and showcases the work of independent filmmakers internationally. This season, submissions came from every continent around the world except Antarctica.

The Festival is a project of the Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium, an independent non-profit organization in residence at New Jersey City University’s Department of Media Arts.