Lecture: The Champion a Story of Americas First Film Town

The Champion: A Story of America’s First Film Town

On Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Tom Meyers, executive director of the Fort Lee Film Commission, will present a screening of the film  “The Champion: A Story of America’s First Film Town”. The film will run for about 40 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A with Tom.  Part of the Mahwah Museum Lecture Series, the lecture will take place at the Ramapo Reformed Church, 100 Island Rd., Mahwah.  Admission is $3, free for museum members.  Contact programs@mahwahmuseum.org for reservations or call 201-512-0099.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.

This documentary was produced by the Fort Lee Film Commission in 2016 and is making the circuit of film festivals. Tom Meyers is the Executive Director and Founder of the Fort Lee Film Commission. He is a lifelong resident of Fort Lee and. His grandmother , born there in 1901, was an extra in the silent films era as a young girl and as a teen she became a film cutter for Éclair  Studio in Fort Lee.  Once the major studios left Fort Lee by 1925 she spent the rest of her life in the Consolidated Republic Film Lab in Fort Lee where other family members worked as well.  Meyers worked for NBC News in their archive before moving onto ABC News as an archivist. From there was hired by the borough of Fort Lee as the Administrator of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.  He founded the Fort Lee Film Commission in 2000.

This lecture is hosted by Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike.  The Museum is currently featuring the new exhibits Mahwahs Herstory: The changing roles of women in Mahwah’s history, and Medicine in Mahwah. Permanent exhibits are Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, which is open weekends 1-4 pm.   The Museum is open weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm.; admission $5 for non-members, members and children are free.

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