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December 1, 2023

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Bergen Filmmaker to Shoot Indie in North Jersey

Bergenfield , New Jersey — Bergen County, New Jersey resident and filmmaker, Jerry Dean Hocek, has begun pre-production for his first full-length independent film titled, Homecoming. Production of the film is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2024. The plot is loosely based on Hocek’s June 2020 unconventional relocation from New Jersey to the West Coast, and his recent return to The Garden State. The film spins a harrowing tale of a hustler that must quickly raise $100,000 to avoid being murdered when he returns to New Jersey after a 34-month self-imposed exile on the Washington Coast. The story features a host of gangsters and other colorful characters, and contains numerous references to that which most stereotypes New Jersey and its inhabitants.

Homecoming will be filmed on location in Northern New Jersey. Hocek’s inspiration for the film began while living on the slow, largely undeveloped coast of Washington. He states, “I had the proper conditions to do some deeper contemplation to decide what else I wanted to accomplish, and producing a full-length film landed at the top of my list.”

Hocek credits his past experience acting and co-producing short films with friends that worked professionally in the film industry as the seed that spawned his love for filmmaking. “I clearly witnessed how producing a film uplifted the spirit of everyone involved. I believe pursuits that allow us to engage in creative expression can help individuals develop purpose, joy and passion, and can even be instrumental in therapeutic programs. Filmmaking also demands the effective execution of ongoing tasks in a structured process within a team dynamic, which mirrors the work environment in most companies and the military.”

The entire production of Homecoming will be captured in a series of rolling documentary-style, behind-the-scenes video episodes published on Hocek’s blog at, as well as various social media platforms. The documentary provides an extensive online video tutorial for those that wish to learn filmmaking. The venture is being funded mainly by advertisers and sponsors featured in the documentary and product placement opportunities in the film itself. This allows any participating business to write off their contribution as a marketing expense.

Some of Homecoming’s scenes will be filmed in distressed, urban areas of New Jersey, where Hocek plans to focus on introducing young people to the joy of filmmaking, by having them participate hands-on in the production process, so they too can find the inspiration to pursue and nurture creative endeavors.





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