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Selections from the Black Maria Film Festival

  • Templeton Hall 63 Pioneer Street Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States (map)

Includes a discussion and Q & A with Jane Steuerwald, Executive Director of the Black Maria and Ann Talman, Woody’s Order.

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First, in Henrietta Bulkowski – Jury’s Stellar Award for Animation (Rachel Johnson, 2018, USA, 15 mins.), we meet a determined young woman who will stop at nothing to fulfill her dream of seeing the world. In Ulises (Jorge Malpica, 2018, Mexico, 8 mins.) Jury’s Stellar Award for Narrative — the filmmaker adapts the story of Circe and Ulysses into an encounter between a singular fisherman and a mermaid. Next, in The Last Guide, another fisherman, the last fishing guide in the Algonquin Park, tells his story of survival and redemption (Cristian Gomes, 2018, Canada, 16 mins.). The Elephant’s Song – Global Insights Stellar Award for Animation (Lynn Tomlinson, 2018, USA, 8 mins.) tells the true and tragic tale of Old Bet, the first circus elephant in America. Her story is portrayed in colorful, handcrafted animation, created frame by frame with clay-on-glass.  We close the program with Woody’s Order – Global Insights Award for Documentary (Seth Kramer. Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger, 2016, USA, 16 mins.) based on a one-woman show written and performed by actress Ann Talman, and adapted into film by Seth Kramer. Family legend has it that Ann was “ordered” into this world in 1956 by Woody, her then eight-year-old brother with severe cerebral palsy.  Ann’s raison d’être was to care for Woody if and when their parents could not. 

JANE STEUERWALD is the Executive Director of the Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium - Black Maria Film Festival.  She curates and presents film programs for colleges, universities, museums, cinemas, and arts venues across the country and abroad.  Her films have screened at MoMA; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; Anthology Film Archives; and festivals across the US.  Steuerwald was a professor and chair of the Media Arts Department, NJ City University, for many years, where she taught media production, history and aesthetics. She has worked with film and video as an art medium since 1980 creating installations, documentaries, found footage works, experimental films, and single edition art books. In 2012, she was a Women’s History Month Honoree in NJ for empowering women through education.

ANN TALMAN made her Broadway debut playing Elizabeth Taylor’s daughter in The Little Foxes. Additional Broadway credits include roles in The House of Blue Leaves, Some Americans Abroad, and The Women with numerous credits Off-Broadway and regionally. Selected TV and film work includes roles in Seinfeld, Law and Order, Special Victims Unit, and in Wall Street, Limitless, Serendipity, and Archeology of Woman. Her cast album credits include Yours Anne, and Hannah 1939, and on NPR’s Tales from the South. She wrote and performs in Woody's Order!, a one-woman stage show which has played to overwhelming acclaim in New York, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh, the Talmans’ hometown. The documentary short of the same name, which she produced, captures the first time she performed Woody’s Order! for her brother Woody.

Earlier Event: November 9
A Taste of Greece Dinner Buffet
Later Event: November 10
Illusions: Brunch with Peter Rutkoff