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Bergen LEADS Presents 'Bergen County Film Through the Years' In Paramus

Bergen LEADS graduating class
Bergen LEADS graduating class Photo Credit: Melissa LaRobardier

PARAMUS, N.J. -- The Bergen LEADS Class of 2016 is bringing "Take 2, Bergen," on June 14. The forum, moderated by Roger Paradiso and Gary Donatelli, will discuss the film industry through the years.

Debbie Emery of Glen Rock remembers back to the time when Bergen County was the center of the movie-making universe. That was almost a century ago, when the silent film series, "The Perils of Pauline" was filmed along the cliffs of the Palisades.

But if Emery and her 34 colleagues from the Bergen LEADS Class of 2016 have anything to say about it, the county may be making a comeback in the movies. The presentation is the culmination of a 10-month civic engagement and leadership course that Bergen LEADS Class of 2016 has undertaken.

Through the forum, facilitated by a moderator, the class will try to answer a variety of questions, including

  • What was the film industry of Bergen County like in the past?
  • What is the current state now?
  • What is the future of Bergen County in the economy of film, television and digital media?
  • What do we need to do to bring more of the industry back to Bergen County?
  • What will be the short term and long term benefits of stimulating this aspect of our economy?
  • What recommendations do you have for policies to help stimulate this growth?
  • New York City is continuing to expand and develop studio space in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Why? What are the trends they are anticipating or hoping to stimulate?

The event will run from 2:30-4:30 p.m., in the Ciccone Theater of the Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Rd.

The 2016 class includes 31 county residents: three from Oradell, two from Rochelle Park, two from Hillsdale, two from Saddle Brook, two from Hackensack, two from Old Tappan, and one from Paramus, Teaneck, Westwood, Wallington, Ho-Ho-Kus,Upper Saddle River, Bergenfield, River Edge, Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Allendale, Leonia, Waldwick, Harrington Park, Bogota, Teaneck, and North Arlington. Other 2016 class members are from Ledgewood and Boonton in Morris County; Sussex, Sussex County; and Wayne and Hawthorne in Passaic County.

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