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NJ Motion Picture & Television Commission

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary

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39th Annual Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival Premiere Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts - Princeton University The James Stewart Film Theatre Saturday evening February 8th, 2020 at 7:30PM Reception at 7:00PM

Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival Introduction

The Girl with the Rivet Gun – Documentary
15 min. by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly, New York, NY and Danielle Ash, Brooklyn, NY Behind the iconic “We Can Do It” poster girl, millions of real-life women shook the foundations of the American workplace during WWII – forever changing not only their own lives, but the very perception of what women can do. “The Girl with the Rivet Gun” is an animated documentary based on the adventures of three real-life “Rosie the Riveters” - Esther Horne, Susan Taylor King and Mildred Crow Sargent. From vastly different backgrounds, these three women came of age in an America united by war but struggling with divisions of gender, economics and race.

Freeze Frame – Jury’s Stellar Award - Animation
5 min. by Soetkin Verstegen, Brussels, Belgium Freeze frame: The most absurd technique since the invention of the moving image. Through an elaborate process of duplicating the same image over and over again, the illusion of stillness is created. In this stop-motion film, identical figures perform the hopeless task of preserving blocks of ice, as if they were archivists. Their repetitive movements re-animate the animals captured inside.

The Rain Will Follow – Jury’s Stellar Award - Documentary
15 min. by Eugene Richards, Brooklyn, NY Though confined to a nursing home, 90-year-old Melvin Wisdahl lives an interior life filled with images of the war he fought in, the struggles of the early Norwegian settlers of North Dakota, his ghost town of a home, and his love of the ever-evolving and threatened land.

The Divine Way – Jury’s Stellar Award - Experimental
15 min. by Ilaria Di Carlo, Berlin, Germany Loosely based on Dante’s Divine Comedy, “The Divine Way” takes the viewer into a woman’s epic descent through an endless labyrinth of staircases. As her journey takes her deeper and deeper, the staircases transform, and she becomes trapped and pulled into this dangerous landscape.

Cold Storage – Jury’s Stellar Award - Narrative
9 min. by Thomas Freundlich, Helsinki, Finland On a desolate arctic shore, a lonely fisherman discovers his prehistoric counterpart frozen in the ice and thaws him out as his newfound soul brother. “Cold Storage” pays homage to the virtuosic physical performances and melancholy comedy of the classic silent screen.
Q & A to follow with Eugene Richards, “The Rain Will Follow,” and Anne de Mare, Kirsten Kelly, and Danielle Ash, “The Girl with the Rivet Gun.”

Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival For 39 years the Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival has been advancing the unique creativity and power of the short form. The Festival was founded in 1981 and is named for Thomas Edison’s original West Orange, NJ, film studio, whose resemblance to the familiar black-box shaped police paddy wagons sparked the nickname “Black Maria.” The festival is an international juried competition open to all genres and filmmakers across the globe.

The Festival reaches out to diverse audiences in diverse settings including universities, museums, libraries, community organizations, and arts venues. The cutting edge, cross-genre work that makes up the Festival’s touring program, has been traveling across the country every year for decades.

We focus on short films – narrative, experimental, animation, and documentary - including those, which address 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 and are the heart and soul of the festival., office: 201.856-6565

Jurors for the Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival:

Henry Baker works in video, television, film, sound, print and interactive media. At Syracuse University he earned a BFA in Special Studies in Art and MFA in Synaesthetic Education. While there he worked with newly invented ½ inch black and white portable video tape recording system, the SONY Portapak. He taught film and video at the Synapse Video Center, later becoming the director of the Visiting Video Artist Program.

Over a ten-year period, he produced weekly broadcast radio programs. The shows, a mixture of music and related interviews, included The Talking Heads, Les Levine, Juan Downey, Nam June Paik, Bill Viola and many others. He co-founded the New York State Media Alliance with Davidson Gigliotti.

Henry Baker’s early experimental video work is housed in permanent collections of The New York Public Library and the Everson Museum. His award honors include the Houston International Film Festival, Broadcast Designer’s Association, SONY/AFI National Video Festival, ACE Awards, Art Direction, Hermes and the International Film and Television Association. His work has been screened at: Leslie Lohman Gallery, National Museum of LGBT History, Simon Watson Gallery, Vancouver College, Hallwalls, Intermedia Arts Center, Matrix Gallery and others. His recent documentary, PISS OFF, is in official selections of several international film festivals, winning awards in the Indie Short Fest, LA; International Shorts, Melbourne; and the LGBTQ Festival Chéries Chéris, Paris.

He resides with his husband in Washington DC.

Margaret Parsons is Curator of Film and media programs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Besides an international film exhibition program, the Gallery maintains an archival collection of documentary media on the arts. Parsons has organized media events for other organizations including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, American University, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Museum of American History and Museum of American Art.

She has served as a trustee for film organizations ranging from the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar to CINE, and she has been on the editorial boards for The Moving Image and the Getty Trust’s experimental Art on Film in association with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has also served as a festival juror for numerous international film festivals, and writes and speaks frequently on film and on outsider art.

Currently, Parsons heads the advisory board for the Washington, DC Environmental Film Festival and is curator for Glimmerglass Film Days, a festival she founded in central New York State. She has recently received awards for her work in film preservation from the governments of France, Georgia, Fondazione Friuli (Italy), and the Czech Republic, and in the U.S. has been the recipient of awards from the Black Maria Film Festival; the Washington, DC Independent Film Festival; and from Women in Film and Video. Her writing has been published in the journals Raw Vision, Folk Art, The Folk Art Messenger, New York Folklore, Curator, and The Moving Image, and other publications.

The Consortium is grateful for the generous funding and support from:

New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University The Charles Edison Fund – Edison Innovation Foundation The Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and Tourism Hoboken Historical Museum
Lowenstein Sandler, LLC
The Puffin Foundation
Monster Remotes
Big Sky Edit
Fairleigh Dickinson University School of the Arts - Filmmaking Corporations and private donors

And most importantly, viewers like you!
Please visit our website and click on “Donate” to support the Black Maria Film Festival.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2020 CONTACT : Ned Donovan,

THE NEW JERSEY WEBFEST EXPANDS ITS 2020 FESTIVAL TO INCLUDE FICTION PODCASTS The Festival creates the Fiction Podcast Planning Committee of experienced creators to build an unprecedented crossover of creators for its September Event.

MONTCLAIR - The New Jersey Web Festival ( NJ WebFest ) announces the expansion of its festival to includefiction podcasts, which will join web series, music videos, pilots, and trailers to be celebrated by NJ WebFest.

“In our inaugural year our message was #MakeHistoryWithUs. We quickly became one of the highest rated film festivals on,” said NJ WebFest founder and director Neem Basha . “Each year we have strived to open doors for web content creators to have their work recognized and celebrated by the creative community. This year I’m delighted to open our doors even wider to an amazing community of artists who are making some of the most exciting fiction content on the web. The Venn diagram between web series creators and fiction podcast creators is, in essence, a circle. And so it made perfect sense to bring these vibrant, passionate, and supportive communities together. In the memory of Michael Ajakwe Jr. and his rallying cry of ‘Don’t Wait, Create!’ we decided to create a space to jointly celebrate both these creative movements.”

In honor of NJ WebFest’s creator-first focus and ideals, the Festival is creating the New Jersey WebFest Fiction Podcast Planning Committee. The committee features two NJ WebFest alums and Fiction Podcast creators, Adam Berley ( Sheriff Death , 2018 NJWF Best Writing in a Comedy Winner) and Ned Donovan ( Encounter Party! , 2 time NJWF award winner for The Hunted: Encore ), in partnership with Hug House Productions ’s ( VALENCE , Scoring Magic ) team of long-time vocal advocates of fiction podcasting: Anne Baird , Katie Youmans , and Wil Williams.

“Our mission since the inception of Hug House has been to educate people about the wonderful medium of podcasts. When Neem reached out to us about a collaboration, we knew that this was something we needed to make happen,” said Hug House co-founder and COO Anne Baird . “Our hope is that, by opening up this space for fiction podcasters and web series creators to meet and collaborate, we can increase visibility for the ever-growing fiction podcasting community and create new opportunities for both groups of artists.”

Creators of fiction podcasts who are interested in submitting their work can learn more at . All shows accepted will be showcased at the festival, be eligible for exclusive Fiction Podcast Awards determined by independent industry judges, attend industry panels, and have the opportunity to network with other fiction podcast creators and with the Web Series community that NJ WebFest continues to support and celebrate.

In 2018, the NJWebFest made history by bringing the first Web Series Festival to New Jersey. In 2019, the festival opened its doors to music videos and trailers, and joined the Web Series World Cup to further solidify its standing in the international web festival community. In 2020, the festival continues to grow with this new, amazing group of artists joining our community.

If you are an independent filmmaker needing help completing your film, the Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Spring 2020 is now accepting submissions. The Roy W. Dean Film Grant, now in its 28th year, is awarded to a unique film that makes a contribution to society. Winner will receive $3,500 cash and $23,000 in film production services. Deadline for submission is March 31st.

All Filmmakers Who Apply to Grant Get Free Consultation

From the Heart Productions, the top-rated non-profit sponsoring the grant, offers each grant applicant a 15-minute consultation. Filmmakers can get advice on how to fund their film, build up a database of donors, market their film, and more. The Roy W. Dean Film Grant is open to documentaries, short films, narrative features, and web series. Students can apply as well. Projects must be budgeted under $500K.

In addition to the $3,500 cash prize, winner will receive donations including 40% deduction on color, editing, and sound from ProMedia, and 30% discount in equipment rental from AbelCine Tech,Inc. NYC, $500 in expendables from Filmtools, $600.00 for your Free Closed Captioning by NetCaptioning, and much more from many heartfelt donors.

Filmmakers can apply for the grant at

For more information, please email or call 805-984-0098

The Rehoboth Beach Regional Showcase is designed to promote the art of film-making by showcasing the films of regional filmmakers, expose audiences to the creative talents of emerging filmmakers, and to provide opportunities for audiences to engage in post-screening discussions with film directors.

Filmmakers from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington D.C. are invited to submit their work for consideration. Eligible films include shorts, docs, and features of any length.

There is a $15 non-refundable submission fee. The submission period is from February 1 to April 1. Filmmakers will be notified of selected submissions by April 10. The filmmakers of selected films are strongly encouraged to attend the Showcase and to lead post-screening discussions about their films.

Please note that films must be submitted via online screener through FilmFreeway.

For more information, to submit a screener, and for rules and eligibility, please go to our FilmFreeway festival page:

Also, here’s the link to the Film Society’s page:

Now Casting - A New Season of Supernanny on Lifetime! The original host, Jo Frost, returns as the charming, no-nonsense supernanny ready to help moms and dads everywhere learn the ins and outs of parenting. If you wish that your children would listen better and you could calm the chaos in your household, please email with the names and ages of parents and children, the issues that you would like Supernanny to address, your email, best contact phone number, location, and a few recent pictures of your family. *Must be U.S. resident.

Day 28 Films Liberty, LLC is currently in production for the feature film Gimme Liberty, and we are accepting resumes for experienced Production Assistants and Office Assistants, (must have some prior experience working on a movie or television set, and all applicants must have a valid drivers license). Must have a positive attitude, be highly motivated, organized, good communication skills, able to multitask, work flexible hours indoors/outdoors, and able to work alone and with a team.


Assist producers and production team in a supporting role to various departments on set or behind the senses during production.

Assist producers with general office duties of the production, including answering phones, arranging travel, data entry, ordering and maintaining supplies.

Must be available to work (Monday-Friday) in Ramsey, NJ and Newark, NJ. Positions are currently available for Winter and continuing to Spring of 2020.

Serious applicants can apply by emailing your resume and experience to:
Attn: Jeff Billingsley

NOTE: Only submit resumes for the Production Assistant and Office Assistant positions mentioned above.

Day 28 Films Liberty, LLC is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is represented at all job levels. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Showman Fabricators offers full assistance for your production needs.

Our background is 33 years of building scenery for Television, Stage and Industrial locations.

We have invested time and money into creating a top of the line fabrication facility with fully supported CNC machinery. We have created "ShowCut", which is a segment of our company that focuses on making parts for set construction needs. Whether it is plywood ribs to build structures of fully carved foam sculptures, we can handle it. We have the space and capability to build things for you or to just manufacture parts so that you can build it on set.

We offer:
- Hot Wire Foam Cutting - (molding profiles, sculptured shapes, fluted columns)
- 3D Foam Milling - (statues, textured panels, props)
- Water Jet Cutting - (decorative panels, various materials, metal grates)
- Plate Laser Cutting - (steel brackets, laser engraving, tight details)
- Laser Tube Cutting - (parts for roll cages, structural elements, extreme precision)
- Break Forming - (custom angle, metal cabinets, custom brackets)
- Roll Bending - (handrails, curved pipe headers, structural elements)
- 3 Axis Routing - (plywood parts, decorative panels, multiples)
- Large Format Printing - (laser cut shapes with location points, laminations, custom direct printing)
- Storage - (daily, weekly, monthly)
- Mod Truss Rental/Sales - (Mod Truss structure to rent or purchase for custom support elements)

We want to make your concepts come to life with an understanding of tight budgets and aggressive timelines.

Mention you found us on this bulletin board and we will extend a 5% discount on any of the services we provide.

See our capabilities at or call Patrick @ 201.705.2986 for any questions or requests.

The classic game show Press Your Luck, where players take big risks for big bucks, is back for Season 2!

We're looking nationwide for outgoing and knowledgeable contestants that want to press their luck for the chance to win lots of money! If you are interested in trying out, please apply as soon as possible at...

We also highly recommend checking out a few clips of the show online so you become familiar with it. You can check it out at:

Note: You must be 21 years or older and a legal US resident to apply. Other eligibility requirements apply.


Are you ready to hit the open road for the trip of a lifetime? Tastemade is searching nationwide for people who have NEVER LEFT the state where they were born. A few lucky people will be selected to go on the ultimate all American road trip.

They want to learn your story!

If you would like to apply or nominate someone, please send name, age, city, dream destination, why you have never left your area, photos or social media profiles, and phone number to

There is payment for participating!

Princeton Productions

New Jersey’s Leading Below-the-Line Service Company Princeton Productions helps productions get done.

Our business offers a rebate of 35% back to producers and we seek to service any size production throughout the Garden State.

We offer the following equipment and services for your production:
1) Camera Gear - full Alexa Mini Package
2) G&E - have a 10 ton Grip and Electric Package that is the most affordable in NJ
3) Location Services - understand south New Jersey better than anyone and can find locations that maximize a production spend
4) Food & Craft Services -- will create a package that feeds large and small crew. Our food truck will get people fed well and back to work refreshed
5) Budget Management - will review budgets and work with producers to maximize their qualified production spend
6) All Post Production / VFX work

Our prices are the lowest in the New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia Markets. We will match any price and our packages will give you an even better deal with a 35% production rebate from the state.

Our goal is help productions to maximize every dollar.

Packages require ½ the money paid upon signature and we must be paid in full before completion of principal photography. We request every production to share their Day Out of Days and we seek to have a complete understanding of the most important aspect of any production, the schedule.

We are producers as well and we want to work with great producers.

Interested productions should use the email or via telephone at 310-483-8550 and we will get back to you quickly.


Did you finally purchase your dream home, only to find that it’s truly a ‘money pit’!?!
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Have these roadblocks created a budget sucking nightmare?!
Would you benefit from two bonafide experts – who’ve seen and fixed it all – creating premium spaces on a shoestring budget?

If so, a major cable network is looking for you! Our experts will come in and help you whip that lemon into lemon drop martini’s. We’ll track your progress on camera and show you how to make your dream home a reality once again.


The Creators of Botched and So You Think You Can Dance are launching "It Runs in the Family," on which a series of dermatologists, surgeons and experts will help multiple family members (3 or more, nuclear and/or extended) who all experience the same bothersome or unhealthy condition and who all do not have access to help or the financial means to get help.

Examples of said physical conditions that each family member are experiencing would be obesity, cleft lip or palate, alopecia, cystic acne, keloids, and more - essentially all physical treatable conditions that with help could offer relief and less inhibited lives for those desiring it.

If interested, please send your contact info to *Must be at least 3 family members, but can be more, any age and US only.

Betty TV is transforming the most popular pastime of gardening into a high stake TV competition. We are searching for American's top landscapers to compete in a brand new project for a U.S network. Contestants much work in pairs to grow the gardens of their lives; designing, building, & planting spectacular landscapes.

Apply Today!

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Premiere Residences
7 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

Affordable units available for qualifying households with annual incomes from $19,097 - $59,150

@TheActorsFund is excited to spread the word about affordable apartments now leasing at Premiere Residences. The newly constructed building contains 42 affordable and 165 market rate apartments perched above New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. Some of the units have been reserved for those applicants that qualify as Artists, please see application for full details.

With panoramic views, this majestic tower looks out over downtown New Brunswick. The contemporary studio, one and two bedroom apartments feature stainless steel appliances, spacious closets, and stunning views. Community amenities include: rooftop pool and sky lounge complete with an outdoor fire pit and kitchen, a fitness center, co-work and meeting space and karaoke room. The building is pet friendly, has bike storage and is secure with a 24-hour lobby attendant. Apply Now!

The Commissioners and Staff of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission extend our sympathy to the family of Governor Brendan Byrne, who passed away on January 4th. Our Commission was created in 1977 under Governor Byrne’s leadership, thanks to his remarkable vision, and with his unwavering support. Governor Byrne’s wisdom, knowledge and wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed. His many accomplishments, including the establishment of the NJMPTVC, have improved the state in ways that are immeasurable.




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