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Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival Tour

The 38th Annual Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival Tour visits UT

The Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival travels to the University of Texas at Austin, at the Harry Ransom Center’s Prothro Theater, 300 West 21st Street, Austin, TX. The program is co-hosted by the Plan II Honors Program & the Center for Women's and Gender Studies. Ms. Isabel Dunn, a filmmaker and graduate of the Plan II Honors and Radio-Television-Film programs will present the program of unique short films and lead a Q & A on Saturday afternoon, November 16th, 2019 at 5:00PM. The screening is free and open to the public. Featured films include Once and Again – a documentary by Ms. Dunn, and a selection of works by women touring with the Thomas Edison Black Maria film Festival in 2019.

Ms. Dunn’s film Once and Again explores the human desire to connect with the music and voices of the past. We meet three residents of Austin, TX obsessed with antique phonographs and 78 rpm records. Featuring Jim Cartwright, a phonograph collector; Amelia 'Foxtrot' Raley, Austin’s only phonograph disc jockey; and Dr. Louis Alexander Waldman, an art history professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival attracts and nationally showcases the works of highly accomplished international film and video makers. The Festival is a project of the Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium, in partnership with the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. 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, NJ. 

This event is free and open to the public.

For further information, contact festival director Jane Steuerwald,, 201-856-6565,; or Wendy Fernandez, Assistant Event Manager, Harry Ransom Center, 512-232-6232,

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 5:00pm

Harry Ransom Center (HRC), HRC Prothro Theater
300 21ST ST W, Austin, Texas 78705

Event Type

Arts & Humanities


College of Liberal Arts

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, General Public




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