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Teaneck Resident's Film Wonders Why NJ Is A Songless State

In new film 'I'm From New Jersey,' Teaneck filmmaker Daniel Goodman follows plight to get the state a song and a new image.

Red Mascara, 91-year-old songwriter, is the main crusader in Daniel Goodman's film. He's been campaigning to get New Jersey an official state song for more than 50 years.
Red Mascara, 91-year-old songwriter, is the main crusader in Daniel Goodman's film. He's been campaigning to get New Jersey an official state song for more than 50 years.
As New Jersey's 350th anniversary approaches, one thing is missing from this state that all others have: a song.

Teaneck resident Daniel Goodman is currently producing a film entitled "I'm From New Jersey," questioning this oversight.

The film follows the plight of 91-year-old songwriter Red Mascara who's been campaigning to give the state a jingle for more than 50 years.

Goodman also takes a look at New Jersey's unique place in America's history to dispel the unfavorable publicity surrounding the state through trashy reality shows like "Jersey Shore" or curt words from New Yorkers.

"Somebody decided to pick on New Jersey, and it's never stopped," said John Quattrocchi, Republican Party Chairman of Garwood, in the preview of the film.

While the beginning of the preview paints a grim a disgruntled picture of public opinion on the state, Goodman presents the pride within the state, particularly that of his main crusader Mascara.

"I know New Jersey is made fun of, but they made fun of Sinatra in the beginning. They made fun of a lot of people in the beginning, but they became great," Mascara says in the video.

It goes on to detail the thoughts of those from New Jersey high school students to area lawmakers on restoring pride and promoting a positive view of the state by giving it a song to unite under.

"I'm not giving up on Jersey," Mascara said.

The film has a Kickstarter campaign that interested persons may visit here.

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