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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 21, 2003

(Mahwah) — Three New Jersey video artists are among the 11 selected videographers and animators featured in the 2003 Black Maria Film and Video Festival’s appearance at Ramapo College’s Sharp Theater Thursday, March 13, at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

The New Jersey productions in the nationally renowned film and video festival include: Kibitz Room by Jared Cowan; Weehawken, offering a whimsical slice of life” look at a Jewish deli in Cherry Hill; and NYC: 9/11, an animated film by John Schnall of Bloomfield that shows New York City’s transformation from a cacophonous metropolis into a caring community in the weeks after the terrorist attacks. Another animated video, Set, Set, Spike by Emily Hubley of Maplewood uses animated and live-action footage to create a collage where past and present emotional truths co-exist.

These are some of the nation’s most free-spirited and visionary filmmakers,” said John Columbus, the festival’s director. Columbus will discuss the content and techniques used by the 11 filmmakers presented at the Ramapo College show. The Black Maria Film Festival, named after Thomas Edison’s famous Black Maria motion-picture studio in West Orange, showcases the work of adventuresome and non-traditional filmmakers and video artists, said Columbus.

Begun 22 years ago, the festival is touring nationwide and presenting 51 films and videos for 2003 picked from top national award winners and independent film festivals. Also featured at Ramapo will be Kinetic Sandwich by Eric Dyer of Baltimore; Vision Test by Wes Kim, Seattle; Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness by Tiffany Shalin, San Francisco; Prayer by Jay Rosenblatt, San Francisco; State of the Union by Bryan Boyce, Chicago; The Freak by Aristomenis Tsirbab and Dane Smith, Los Angeles; Populi by David Russo, Seattle; and Well, Well, Well by Elisabeth Subrin, Chicago.

The Sharp Theater is located in the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts on the Ramapo College campus. For directions or information, call 201.684.7844 or visit


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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