Black Film Fest
Feb
7
to Feb 21

Black Film Fest

The Fort Lee Film Commission and The Fort Lee Public Library present: Black Film Fest

Admission is free and programs start each night at 7:00 pm and take place in the meeting room of the Fort Lee Public Library at 320 Main Street. For further info contact the Fort Lee Film Commission at (201) 693-2763.

Dates and screenings:

February 7th:

Symbol of the Unconquered (1920). Runtime: 54 minutes.

Produced and directed by pioneer African American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, this film was shot in Fort Lee, NJ. Micheaux would go on to shoot many of his silent and sound films in Fort Lee through his last film, The Betrayal

(1948). The Symbol of the Unconquered is a ground-breaking film in that it depicts the Ku Klux Klan as a terrorist organization as opposed to director DW Griffith's portrayal of the KKK as saviors in his 1915 film Birth of a Nation. Micheaux, in shooting this film in 1920, was using the same streets and locations in Fort Lee as Griffith did some 8 years earlier when he was shooting his Biograph shorts on location in Fort Lee.


February 14th:

Killer of Sheep (1978). Runtime 80 minutes.

This film centers on the Black urban community of Los Angeles in the 1970's. Directed and written by Charles Burnett, the film comes alive with the cinematic skills of Burnett who uses these skills to give a realistic, almost documentary-like portrayal of the Black urban experience through the lives of a family.


February 21st:

BlacKKKlansman (2018). Runtime 135 minutes.

This Spike Lee film is set in the 1970s civil rights movement and centers on the first black detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department. The black detective infiltrates the local chapter of the KKK with the help of his Jewish colleague who goes undercover as a white supremacist.

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John Barrymore's Birthday Celebration
Feb
15
6:30 PM18:30

John Barrymore's Birthday Celebration

YOU ARE INVITED…

John Barrymore Birthday Celebration - February 15th, 2019

6:30 PM:

Wreath laying ceremony at John Barrymore Way opposite In Napoli Restaurant at 116 Main Street. (Parking in adjacent municipal lot.)

7:00 PM:

Barrymore birthday celebration at the Fort Lee Museum at 1589 Parker Avenue (parking on Palisade Avenue side lot).

Celebration includes a short program on the upcoming Barrymore Film Center and a book reading/ signing by Fort Lee native Tom Austin who will read from his new book ''Another Season" co-written with music legend Charlie Calello.

Seating in museum is limited - doors open at 6:30 pm.

Light refreshments will be served at the museum.

For further info call (201) 693-2763

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Women's History Month Film Screenings at the Fort Lee Museum
Mar
6
to Mar 27

Women's History Month Film Screenings at the Fort Lee Museum

The Barrymore Film Center & Fort Lee Film Commission present: REEL JERSEY GIRLS

The museum is located at 1589 Parker Avenue, Fort Lee with free parking in the museum lot on Palisade Avenue. For further info call (201) 693-2763. Each program will be introduced by members of the Barrymore Film Center/ Fort Lee Film Commission with a film screening and Q&A to follow.

Dates and screenings:

March 6th:

Pearl White, Queen of the Cliffhangers


March 13th:

Mabel Normand, Miss Waitress from Flatbush


March 20th:

Joan & Constance Bennett, Fort Lee & Hollywood Stars


March 27th:

Alice Guy Blache, Movie Pioneer of Solax Studio

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Fort Lee Film Commission: Film History Walk
Nov
25
12:00 PM12:00

Fort Lee Film Commission: Film History Walk

The Fort Lee Historic Film Commission Executive Director Tom Meyers will lead a film history walk in Fort Lee on Sunday, November 25th at 12 noon. 

The tour will start at the Fort Lee Museum with a guided tour of our current exhibit "Coming Soon: The Barrymore Film Center." This exhibit includes drawings and video images of the Barrymore Film Center which is under construction on Main Street and Park Avenue.  Following the tour of the museum we will walk up to Main Street and tour significant locations on Main Street associated with film history of the first American film town, Fort Lee, NJ. 


This event is free to the public and will be held rain or shine. Meet up at the Fort Lee Museum at 1589 Parker Avenue (parking on other side of building near Palisade Avenue).

For further info visit www.fortleefilm.org or www.barrymorefilmcenter.org or call (201) 693-2763.

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See Historic Fort Lee by Jitney
Oct
28
2:00 PM14:00

See Historic Fort Lee by Jitney

A FREE Bus Tour of Fort Lee: the First American Film Town & Future Home to the Barrymore Film Center.

Tour Sign Up
October 28th, 9am-11am. Fort Lee Film Commission Table at the Farmer's Market (Fort Lee Community Center, 1355 Inwood Terrace). First Come, First Served.

Sponsored by
The Fort Lee Historical Society, Historic Preservation Commission, Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Fort Lee Film Commission, and the Barrymore Film Center

Tour Guide
Tom Meyers, Executive Director, Fort Lee Film Commission

More Info: 201.693.2763 or www.FortLeeNJ.org

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200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Oct
2
to Oct 30

200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

The Fort Lee Film Commission and The Fort Lee Public Library present: Books on Film Festival. 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein.

This program celebrates the bicentennial of one of the most important books ever written, Frankenstein by author Mary Shelley. This book, from the time of its original publication through today has, like the monster, taken up a life of its own. These films date back to the first film version of Frankenstein, produced by Thomas Edison in 1910 in his Bronx studio, through the Universal franchise of Frankenstein films that commenced in 1931, to the Hammer films and on to Mel Brooks .. We will discuss these films as well as Shelley's contribution to literature . Prior to each night's screening we will have a panel discuss the films and the book. Panelists will include Fort Lee Film Commission Executive Director Tom Meyers and on our opening night of October 2nd The Record entertainment reporter Jim Beckerman.

Admission is free and programs start each night at 7:00 pm and take place in the meeting room of the Fort Lee Public Library at 320 Main Street. For further info contact the Fort Lee Film Commission at (201) 693-2763 or visit www.fortleefilm.org.

Dates and screenings:

Oct 2 Edison’s Frankenstein (1910)

Oct 9th The Curse of Frankenstein (1974)

October 16 The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

October 30th Frankenstein (1931)

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Golden Door Film Festival
Sep
20
to Sep 23

Golden Door Film Festival

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The annual Golden Door Film Festival opens this Thursday, September 20th and runs through Sunday, September 23rd at the Landmark Loews Jersey in Journal Square in Jersey City, NJ. This festival showcases the works of present-day filmmakers.

As always, the festival also acknowledges the roots of the American film industry in New Jersey by having the Fort Lee Film Commission present a silent film produced in Fort Lee when Fort Lee was the first American film town and birthplace of the American film industry. The Fort Lee Film Commission has chosen the short dark comedy 'He Did and He Didn’t'. The film features the wonderful Mabel Normand and Roscoe Arbuckle. Arbuckle also directs this film which was produced out of the Triangle Studio on Linwood Avenue in Fort Lee. The Fort Lee Film Commission had the NYC based jazz band Gotham Easy create a new score for this film and Gotham Easy will play that score live to this film at the Loews in Jersey City on Sunday, September 23rd at 6pm.

For ticket info visit goldendoorfilmfestival.org or call the Fort Lee Film Commission at (201) 693-2763

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