Fort Lee Film Town USA Episode 04 Living History Part I

Map Fort Lee Film Studios

Jimmy Viola & MapInterview with long time Fort Lee resident James Viola, “Uncle Jimmy” part of Fort Lee Museum/Fort Lee Film Commission Living History Project.  Uncle Jimmy who worked in the film plant at the back end of the lot for Consolidated Film Industries on Main Street in Fort Lee in the 1940s and stories surrounding the film lab, storage facility and distribution center with people like Bud Stone and Eddie Mannix of MGM. Originally built in 1914, he tells his stories–“I worked in building 2, and we took the studio negatives from Hollywood and we made the prints. This plant produced thousands of prints from the negatives for such studios as MGM, RKO, Paramount and Fox.”

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Fort Lee Film Town USA Episode 3– Women in Film History Month

Reel Jersey Girls

Celebrating Women in Film History Month all through March as Tom Meyers, Nelson Page and Christina Kotlar are back for Episode Three–bringing out the best out of Fort Lee, the original Film Town USA remembering  film pioneers, Pearl White, Mabel Normand, Alice Guy Blache and those who support them.

Fort Lee Film Town USA Episode 02 “Barrymore More or Less”

Barrymore & friendsFort Lee Film Town USA Barrymore More or Less Episode 02 podcast kicks off with a Happy Birthday to a Fort Lee Film Commission fave, John Barrymore as well as more from Nelson Page and Tom Meyers about FLFC’s work on getting a film tax credit for New Jersey and the future plans for the Barrymore Film Center. According to executive director, Tom Meyers, “John Barrymore spent his 18th year in Fort Lee living with his dad, Maurice in Maurice’s Coytesville house. In that same year of 1900, he made his stage debut in the play Man of the World directed by his dad and staged at Buckheisters on Main and Central Road in Fort Lee. This was a fundraiser for the Coytesville fire department and the funds raised purchased uniforms and built a firehouse on Washington Avenue. On February 15th, we celebrate his 135th birthday by raising funds in his name at a restaurant near Main and Central Road…Santorini’s. All funds go toward programs for the Fort Lee High School Drama Department students. This pic shows John with some of his Bundy Drive boys– WC Fields, Gene Fowler, John Carradine, Jack LaRue and artist John Decker. They make the Rat Pack look like amateurs!”

Fort Lee Film Town USA Episode 001

Over a century ago, before there was Hollywood, there was Fort Lee, New Jersey– Birthplace of the Motion Picture Industry– where independent filmmakers flocked to make movies for mass audiences eagerly consuming this experimental and imaginative technology. Today, Fort Lee is once again showcased as the epicenter for cinema history as well as an economic development engine with Fort Lee Film Commission members– Tom Meyers, executive director, and Nelson Page, chairman of the board –  at the helm.

Episode 1 Podcast Description:
Fort Lee Film Commission executive director, Tom Meyers and chairman of the board, Nelson Page explain the viable economic development and future impact with filmmaking and digital media in the State of New Jersey.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is showing a silent film that was mostly filmed in Fort Lee, The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912) often noted as one of the first gangster films depicting social issues of the time. USA. Directed by D. W. Griffith. 16 min. Music by Ben Model. Until Jan 13th.