Film PodcastsJune 26, 2014


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This week marked the 350th birthday of the state of New Jersey.  The website officialnj350.com is filled with fun things to do throughout the state to celebrate, as well as fascinating articles about New Jersey’s history and culture.  One of those articles was written by critic and founder of the popular online magazine “TV Worth Watching” David Bianculli.  He’s been a TV critic since 1975, and is a regular contributor to NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross.”  A resident of New Jersey, he’s also an associate professor of television and film history at Rowan University.  Producer Christopher Benincasa met with Bianculli to talk about the birth of the film industry in the Garden State, and how New Jersey has persisted in media and the public imagination ever since.

Edison 07Edison 01Waterfront 01

Clerks 03

GARDEN STATE

Gandolfini 05

Harold Kumar 02

Wrestler 01

Spielberg 02

JERSEY BOYS

 

 

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Christopher Benincasa
Christopher Benincasa

Christopher Benincasa is an award-winning producer of arts and culture programming, and a founding member of PCK Media. He’s won six regional Emmy Awards (Mid-Atlantic and New York) for his work on the series State of the Arts, plus a CINE Golden Eagle Award. Most recently, he produced stories about Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn, silversmith and MacArthur Genius Award-winner Ubaldo Vitali, and gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wremble. A graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Christopher has a BFA in Visual Art and a minor in Religion.