JUNE 24, 2015. 6:00 PM.


Fiterman Hall BMCC

81 Barclay Street, 13th Floor

New York, NY 10007



DIRECTOR: Marc J. Perez

PRODUCERS: Tom Meyers and Marc Perez.

CAST: Matt Zoler Seitz

Date completed: 2014

Country: USA

Film Category: Documentary

Length of Film: 36 min










In the early part of the 20th century advancements in motion picture cameras by inventors like Edison made opportunities abound in the American film industry. Entrepreneurs enthralled by the possibilities and fueled by ambition made a go in the film business looking for the American dream. Thousands of films were produced in the silent film era. In those early years two small towns on either side of the nation with an abundance of space and scenery jockeyed for a position as the center of film production, with dozens of bustling studios calling them home. However, only one would ultimately survive as as the undisputed studio town, as the other would fade into history. This is the story of Mark Dintenfass and the Champion Studio.


Marc J. Perez is the CEO and Co-Founder of Sirk Productions a New York City-based company dedicated to producing and distributing content that is inspiring, thought-provoking, and entertaining.   A graduate of New York University, he has directed and produced dozens of award winning feature films, television shows and commercials under the Sirk banner. In 2005, Marc Executive Produced the award-winning documentary “Anytown, USA” (Woodstock, Atlanta, and Newport Film Festivals), a look at the charade of partisan politics in an increasingly polarized nation. In 2010, he produced “Severe Clear” (SXSW, Rome, IDA Docuweeks) based on video footage shot by members of the Marines at the outset of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He is currently Executive Producer of the documentary “The Troublemaker: Behind the Scenes at the United Nations” which recently made its world premiere at the Havana Film Festival. Marc’s television background has included the award-winning PBS documentary “The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking” and NBC Telemundo’s “Tu Nite,” the network’s first late night talk show.  In addition to producing, Marc is an accomplished awarding-winning director and animator, creating commercials, videos and 2D/3D animation for clients like Altec Lansing, Konami, BET, and Schumacher. Marc is a member of the Fort Lee Film Commission, created to secure the towns historic role as the birthplace of the motion picture industry. He is currently directing a documentary short, “The Champion,” based on the town’s rich film history with the support of a public grant.