Groundbreaking for the Barrymore Film Center in Fort Lee, NJ.

Officials in Fort Lee, the birthplace of the motion picture industry in America, broke ground Wednesday morning for our 260-seat cinema and film museum. Using engraved ceremonial shovels, Mayor Mark Sokolich, accompanied by members of the Fort Lee FIlm Commission and Borough Council members, dug into the gravel to mark the start of construction. Thank you to all who came to celebrate this historic occasion!

Photos by: Adrian Padarath of Sirk Productions


The Fort Lee Film Commission Presented the French Embassy of NYC with the 2018 Alice Guy Blache’ Award at the 9/01 Movies and Music Under the Stars Films on the Green program.


 
 

2018 Fort Lee Film Commission Barrymore Award Presented to On the Waterfront Actor and Lifelong Longshoreman Tom Hanley

The Fort Lee Film Commission presented our 2018 Barrymore award to On the Waterfront Actor and lifetime longshoreman Tom Hanley during a Q&A following a screening of this classic American film at the United Palace of Cultural Arts / formerly Loews 175th Street in NYC. On the Waterfront, shot in nearby Hoboken, NJ in 1954, is considered one of the greatest films ever produced. Tom Hanley appeared in this film as the teenager on the roof with film star Marlon Brando (Terry Malloy). As adult, Tom spent his career as a longshoreman in Hoboken and Bayonne for over 50 years. This award is presented to him for his role in this classic film and for his lifetime as an honest longshoreman on the docks of New Jersey. The video footage was captured by the Fort Lee Film Commission's Donna Brennan.


 
 

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