While they say Hollywood and Manhattan are the epicenters for film production, for decades, Staten Island has been an absolute base for filming. It is sort of like we’re “New York’s Mini Hollywood”. Staten Island has experienced several different films – some of which were based predominantly or solely out of this great borough.
In the Spring of 2020 FOX NY’s iconic journalist, Lisa Evers, used the 2nd Floor of Edgewater Hall as the backdrop for her interview with iNTeLL & Pxwer (of 2nd Generation Wu), Sun God, and Young Dirty Bastard after the release of their single “7.O.D.” The young rappers are the sons of Wu-Tang Clan rappers U-God, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, and Ol’ Dirty Bastard, respectively. In the interview, Evers discusses what it was like to grow up Wu and the challenges presented in starting a career in the shadow of such influential fathers.
Staten Island native James DeMonaco teams up with Edgewater Hall, once again, for his newest drama "Once Upon a Time in Staten Island." DeMonaco's film "Staten Island" shot at Amendment 18, formerly Dock Street, was released in 2009. The crime film features Ethan...
Singer Gia Bella released her single “Bombs Away” in 2014. In the music video for the track, Gia can be seen on Staten Island. Specifically, you can find her in the loft at 691 Bay Street. The clip, produced by Monstar Films, is just one in a series of music videos set on Staten Island by the production company.
The music video for Brodie Jaymz’s “Here We Go” was partially shot right here on Staten Island last October. You might recognize the restaurant in the opening of the video as Stapleton’s Gatsby’s on the Bay. After that the video shows drone footage that rides down Bay Street. There are also some great shots of the NYC skyline.
Staten Island has a wide variety of locations at which location scouts for movies and television have kept tucked in their pocked as a New York City for some time now. We’ve seen television shows like Gotham and Girls shoot on our shores, as well as feature films like Staten Island Summer. Recently, the office of Borough President James Oddo launched a SmugMug website to show off photos that showcase the range of possibilities for Staten Island’s starring role in the next big thing.
Blink is an original story written, directed, and produced by Kevin Rogers (Backslash Bomb Productions), a native Staten Islander. Rogers described the film on his IndieGoGo page by stating that, “Blink is a story about people trying to survive as the world they know slips away from them. It’s about the importance of friendship when you don’t know who you can trust and the lengths you will go to protect the people you love, even when you don’t know what the threat is.”
Young Lucid is ready to release his first music video off of his album “Lucid Dreams”. Young Lucid is signed to Dock Street Records and has been working hard on his single for the past year. The single is being released through OneRPM and will be promoted by Dock Street Media.
Staten Island’s very own Rhys Thomas and Colin Jost teamed up to create a film reminiscent of American Pie meets Project X meets Super Bad. In being that Jost is a member of the Saturday Night Live cast, and wrote the screen play for “Staten Island Summer”, the film is quirky and very funny.
Just about everyone has heard of the famous, St. George Theater. From hosting shoots for Steven Spielberg to Lady Gaga to filming for the hit TV show Smash, St. George has hosted some incredible productions.