If you are interested in film and enjoy learning about history then you are in luck. A month long exhibit in the Walsh gallery, titled “A Celluloid Story: New Jersey’s Filmmaking History” will run several events from Nov. 3 – Dec. 12, and an opening reception is set for Nov. 6 from 5-8 p.m.
These events will include a presentation on New Jersey’s involvement in film history by author Dr. Richard Koszarski, a Rutgers University English professor, and a presentation/film screening of “A Reckless Romeo” in the SHU Arts Center room 104 on Nov. 17 from 6:30-8 p.m.
“Before Hollywood captured the world’s imagination, audiences knew Fort Lee as America’s first film town,” Dr. Koszarski said. “A host of silent-screen pioneers, from D.W. Griffith to Theda Bara, created the American motion picture industry right here in the streets and studios of New Jersey.”
New Jersey’s culture of invention, creativity and storytelling gave the state a place in the history of film innovation and laid the foundation for today’s movie culture. Through objects, “A Celluloid Story” explores the stories of New Jersey inventors, studios, communities, films, and celebrities who helped film to grow from a technological fad into a form of art.
Portions of movies filmed in New Jersey, such as “He Did and He Didn’t,” will be on view, and both cinema celebrities and everyday New Jerseyans who embraced the movies will tell the story of the birth of film in New Jersey in this film event.
These exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public. For more information, see www.shu.edu/walshgallery. The Walsh Gallery is open 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.
Sean Fahey can be reached at sean.fahey1@ student.shu.edu.