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Fort Lee Film Commission Presents Early African American Talkie

Oscar Micheaux's 1931 film 'The Exile' was shot in Fort Lee.

Join the Fort Lee Film Commission and Palisade Interstate Park for a very special Black History Month film program and a rare screening of the first all talking African American movie musical shot right here in Fort Lee.

The program, scheduled for Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Fort Lee Historic Park Museum Theatre off Hudson Terrace and Bruce Reynolds Blvd., features a book reading / signing by Grant Harper Reid whose grandfather co-directed "The Exile" with African-American film pioneer Oscar Micheaux.

Pioneer African-American film director Oscar Micheaux produced many of his films in Fort Lee between 1920 and 1948 including the groundbreaking 1920 film "Symbol of the Unconquered."  

"The Exile," shot at Fort Lee's Metropolitan Studios in 1931 (present day site of Constitution Park on Linwood Avenue) is the first all talking African American musical film and this is a very rare public screening of this historic film. For further info visit www.fortleefilm.org or call the Fort Lee Film Commission at 201-693-2763.

Submitted by the Fort Lee Film Commission 

Anna February 06, 2014 at 02:20 PM
Sounds great!

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