The Hollywood Musical began right when films learned to talk. Explore the beginnings in vaudeville to the Golden Era of Studio Musicals followed by the transformation into the modern story driven Book Musical. Finally we look at the fall of the musical genre’s stature from tent-pole money maker to family friendly fare and the potential future of one of film’s oldest genres.

John P. Hess

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Born on a tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific, John came to filmmaking when he connected two VCRs together for a 4th grade homework assignment. At university, John studied business admin and marketing which led to a brief stint as an advertising exec. under the alias name Don Draper until his cover was blown by Pete Campbell. During his spare time, which is rare, John enjoys playing the trumpet, reading Supreme Court filings and mispronouncing French words.
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