New Jersey: The Movie

8/9/2010 Update:

NJ is more than stereotypes!

A couple years back, Hoboken411 told you all about NJ Filmmaker Steve Chernoski and his friends who made a documentary called New Jersey: The Movie. It covered many common identity issues NJ has, like where is north/south Jersey? What the properly terminology for a sandwich is, and other frustrating situations that result from being in the shadows of NYC and Philadelphia.

Well, Steve is back with another mini-documentary – this time related to the stereotype filled reality shows clogging people’s brains now on TV:

“There’s more to New Jersey than the reality TV Shows like Jersey Shore, the Real Housewives of NJ, and Jerseylicious. Follow Steve Chernoski, Director of New Jersey: the Movie, as he finds out there’s more to New Jersey than stereotypes.”

He interviewed people on the street from Hoboken, Morristown, Montclair and Ridgewood. See what they have to say in the video below!

See original update from 2008 after the jump…


Ambitious filmmakers Stephen J. Chernoski, Alena Kruchkova, and Andrei Litvinov want all Hoboken residents to know about their film project: New Jersey: The Movie. There’s also a “fundraiser” to help them push their documentary to the final stages. This Wednesday, July 30th at Mulligan’s (in the “back room”).

What do you think of their project?


Where is the dividing line between North & South Jersey?

Ben Franklin called New Jersey, “A Barrel tapped at both ends” in reference to the state’s geography between New York City and Philadelphia. This reference still holds true today.

There is no doubt that the two cities have a tremendous effect on New Jersey. And these influences do indeed meet in certain areas (usually referred to as “Central Jersey”). But by measuring what names locals call a sandwich (hoagie or sub?) to what sports’ teams New Jerseyans cheer; this small state has many conflicting characteristics.

Does the state possess a unique culture of its own? Is New Jersey simply a backwater for New York City and Philadelphia? It is questions like these that have caused New Jersey to have its own “identity crisis.” So while historically this great state has had to weather being the butt end of jokes from outsiders, it also struggles with itself.

So, can the state find any common ground that may help to unite them and ensure more cultural pride?

Follow Steve Chernoski, as he visits New Jersey’s wonderful towns, interviews colorful residents (including many mayors) and gets in the middle of town festivals and high traffic areas polling people on the often asked question: Where is the cultural dividing line between North and South Jersey? From Rodeos to Minor League Ballparks, From Boardwalks to Speedways, From Cape May to High Point, see the real New Jersey in “New Jersey: A Barrel Tapped at Both Ends.”

Meet the Filmmakers


Stephen J. Chernoski – Writer/ Director, Co-producer
Born and raised in New Jersey, Steve always wondered about differences between regions of the state. After he met his recent collaborator Alena, the two started working on their film debut documentary “North-South Jersey” (working title), a story of self-identification and interdependence. The project gained the attention of distinguished historian John T. Cunningham and is now being made into a book. Stephen just completed his feature length script on young people in post a 9/11 world.

Alena Kruchkova – Producer, Director of Photography
Alena is an independent filmmaker from Philadelphia. Her work ranges from short fiction, documentary, experimental video to theater, animation and new media. Her films have appeared on public television and have screened on regional festivals. Alena had already found her voice with films like “No Exit”, “Fear City” and “Units”, which although executed in different styles always examine human nature. She is working on her first feature length script. She is currently involved in preproduction for her next documentary about Neil Stein.

Andrei Litvinov – Editor
Andrei is a Philadelphia based editor. Educated at Temple University, he began his career by working for Oscar nominated director/writer Eran Preis. This collaboration resulted in two documentaries “Patricia Baltimore” and “J.P.”(working title, currently in postproduction). He is currently working on his own documentary “The Man Of Leisure”

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[quote comment=”95924″]in your car on the GSP or when near the beach with a home stereo? because my car fades around holmdel on the Parkway.[/quote]

In the car on the GSP, out on my boat in Barnegat Bay, or driving around town.

I used to listen to Howard Stern every morning on 92.3 Krock when I lived down there.


Strand tramp, there is something that disturbs car radios on the parkway and surrounding holmdel area. I’ve have always picked up some type of interference in that area,on am the radio goes nuts and fm it gets weird.


North of the Bridge=north jersey
Central= exit 120-80
South= 80-and so on


I consider central to start on the north end once you cross the Driscol Bridge, or pretty much when you clearly pick up 95.9 or 106.3

strand tramp
strand tramp

in your car on the GSP or when near the beach with a home stereo? because my car fades around holmdel on the Parkway.