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Virtual Event: Ramapo College’s Berrie Center to Host Animated Selections from Thomas Edison Film Festival

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A Family that steals Dogs

A still from filmmaker John C. Kelly’s film, "A Family That Steals Dogs"

MAHWAH, N.J. — On Tuesday and Wednesday, March 9 and March 10, the Berrie Center for the Performing & Visual Arts at Ramapo College is pleased to host a virtual custom-curated program featuring animated selections from the Thomas Edison Film Festival 40th anniversary season.  Following the two days of viewing, Festival Director Jane Steuerwald will lead a Zoom talk about the films at 6 p.m. on March 10 including Ramapo Associate Professor of Art Ann LePore and filmmaker John C. Kelly.  All events are free and open to the public. The Vimeo link to view the films will go live at 10 a.m. on March 9 and remain live through 10 p.m. on March 10.

To view the films beginning March 9 and join the Q&A session on March 10 at 6 p.m., patrons should go to the Berrie Center website at

Films include The Ephemeral Orphanage by Lisa Barcy, Chicago, IL;  The Chimney Swift  by Frédéric Schuld, Hamburg, Germany;  One of Their Own – by Allen Colombo, LA, CA;  Metro6 by Geoff Hecht, San Francisco, CA; Metamorphosis by Wang Xi, LA, CA; Lost Lula – by Steven Vander Meer, Arcata, CA; Whirlwind by Adolfo Ruiz, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Green Grass by Michael Greco, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; A Family That Steals Dogs by John C. Kelly, Knoxville, TN; Three by Soyeon Kim, Lake Balboa, CA; and Beyond Noh by Patrick Smith, NY, NY and Kaori Ishida, Osaka, Japan.

For 40 years, the Thomas Edison Film Festival has been advancing the unique creativity and power of the short form. The Festival is an international juried competition open to all genres and filmmakers across the globe.

The Festival’s touring program reaches out to diverse audiences in diverse settings with screenings of cutting-edge, cross-genre films — narrative, experimental, animation, and documentary. Subject matter includes issues and struggles within contemporary society such as the environment, public health, race and class, family, sustainability, and much more. These exceptional works range from animation, comedy, and drama to the exploration of pure form in film and video. To learn more about the Thomas Edison Film Festival, visit

For more information about this program and other upcoming events, please visit the Berrie Center for the Performing & Visual Arts at



About Ramapo College

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 comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

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, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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