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

Proving again that there’s always more to learn about film history, Marc J. Perez’s documentary tells the story of a major American film capital before Hollywood. Milestone surrounds it with a couple of hours of early silent films made in the cinema Mecca of . . . Fort Lee, New Jersey.

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

DVD

The Milestone Cinematheque

2015 / Color + B&W / 1:33 flat full frame / 35 min. main documentary; many more short subjects / Street Date October 17, 2017 / available through The Milestone Cinematheque / 34.99

Film Editor: B.B. Enriquez

Original Music: Ryan Shore

Based on a book by Richard Koszarski

Produced by Tom Myers, John L. Sikes

Directed by Marc J. Perez

Milestone’s new crash course in film history is a two-disc set centered around a 2015 documentary, The Champion: A Story of America’s First Film Town. ‘The Champion’ was the name of a short-lived but significant film company,
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