Podcast: Ryan Lintelman traces the roots of America’s motion picture industry
Hollywood wasn’t always the glitzy heart of America’s film industry. It was born in the 1880s in West Orange, New Jersey, at Thomas Edison’s state-of-the-art labs. Ryan Lintelman, Research Specialist in Photographic History at the National Museum of American History, sets the stage in this podcast, describing revolutionary developments in filming, projecting, and producing motion pictures made by Edison and his remarkable assistant, W. K. L. Dickson. Lintelman traces the early growth and movement of an industry, from Edison’s first motion picture studio, the Black Maria in West Orange, to sunny (and then-sleepy) Southern California.

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A production of the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center. Written and audio production by Matt Ringelstetter. Art Molella, executive producer. Amanda Murray, podcast program manager. Joyce Bedi, webmaster. Ryan Lintelman was interviewed by Matt Ringelstetter at the National Museum of American History, January 28, 2010. Podcast released February 25, 2010. Music from the Free Music Archive , Artist: Latche Swing, Song: “Hungaria.”