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The idea for making the first township historical documentary came during early 2018 when a discussion between Bastante and the late Bloomingdale Mayor, Jonathon Dunleavy. It was the 100th anniversary of Bloomingdale, N.J. and the mayor had just unearthed a 50-year-old time capsule put into the ground in 1968 and discovered some amazing things about their past in it.
It was this event that got Dunleavy thinking about producing something to include in a similar time capsule that they would donate to the future. He asked Bastante if he could produce a 20 minute video for this purpose and he agreed to produce it.
“The only problem is that after setting out to make a small 20-minute video, I kept uncovering more and more history. By the time I was done covering it all, the film was over 90 minutes long”, Said Bastante.
The film, “Bloomingdale An American Small Town” was shown at an outdoor LA-style, red carpet premiere on August 8th, 2018 under threatening skies and thunderstorms which had everyone worried because storms were forecast all night long. a 100% chance at one point. Mayor Dunleavy rolled the dice and made the call to go on with the show. Much to the surprise of all 750 residents who showed up to watch the film, the rain and the thunder stayed away and the showing was a hit!
Pequannock Township came calling soon after and Silk City Films found itself in the envious position of producing the film, “Before A Nation The Story of Pequannock”, which made its debut at Pequannock Township High School on March 2nd, 2019 to over 600 residents of the old historic town.
Wayne was next for Silk City Films as they released “Hills & Valleys A Journey Through Wayne, N.J.” on November 2nd & 3rd, 2019 to two consecutive sold out shows at the Rosen Performing Arts Center. That film spawned two segment documentaries released on Silk City Films in November of 2019 called, “Laurelwood Arboretum” and “Albert Payson Terhune – Sunnybank”, the latter of was shipped all over the US and proved Bastante’s versatility in producing interesting historical content.
Silk City Films has three additional projects in production currently including “All Roads Lead To Parsippany”, “Paterson My City” and “Butler, N.J. Where The Rubber Meets The Road” coming out Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 and 2022.
Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the production and interviews required had to be moved back as all were scheduled for earlier releases.
Silk City Films has been successful in being able to bring these full-length documentaries to the market for only one reason...local businesses. By asking for help from the business community in every area where they have worked has allowed them to spend the requisite amount of time necessary to produce them.
Each business chooses from a specific package and level of involvement with our pictures and we give our sponsors the maximum exposure, a very unique way to advertise locally. Sponsors are positioned in our marketing as the party responsible for bringing such a film to the community, for without them, it could not be done. This is an example of our sponsor wall for our Wayne movie, "Hills & Valleys".