Hoboken Historical Museum and Black Maria Film Festival celebrate Pride June 18

A still from filmmaker Wrik Mead’s short film “=” one of the works to be screened virtually at the 39th Annual Black Maria Film Festival’s Hudson County Movie Tour in collaboration with the Hoboken Historical Museum. Photo credit: Courtesy of Wrik Mead.
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A still from filmmaker Wrik Mead’s short film “=” one of the works to be screened virtually at the 39th Annual Black Maria Film Festival’s Hudson County Movie Tour in collaboration with the Hoboken Historical Museum. Photo credit: Courtesy of Wrik Mead.

On June 18, at 6 p.m, The Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival and the Hoboken Historical Museum will feature a special program celebrating Pride Month and the LGBTQ community with a virtual screening paired with an online Q&A.

Attendance is limited to the first 100 guests who sign in and is free of charge. To join via Zoom go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6656017524 for the one-hour program of short films at 6 p.m.

At 7:15 p.m., meet Festival Director Jane Steuerwald, Executive Director of the Hoboken Historical Museum Bob Foster, and international guest filmmakers Wrik Mead, Leandro Goddinho, and Paulo Menezes, who will be joining live from Canada and Germany for a discussion of the films.

One of the featured films is “=,” an experimental short by Wrik Mead, of Toronto, which shows how in the 21st century, gay rights are being threatened worldwide.

In Mead’s film “=” an animated likeness of the artist bears witness to a dizzying array of homophobic protests on the web that are currently happening around the world.

Another film, “Lolo” is a narrative short by Leandro Goddinho and Paulo Menezes, produced in Germany and Brazil.

Lolo is an openly gay 11-year-old boy who tries to convince Max, his first love, to go public with their relationship at their school party.

To learn more about the Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival visit blackmariafilmfestival.org.

To learn more about the Hoboken Historical Museum visit  https://www.hobokenmuseum.org.