Jim Vanore: Behind the Bookseller – The Original Dan Kelly Film

I started working at Barnes & Noble in Fairless Hills, PA in 1996. Five years later our beloved store manager, Jim Vanore, announced that he would be leaving the store to start his own painting business. Many of the employees wanted to do something special as a sendoff for Jim. My contribution was this video, with the help of said employees.

This happened at a perfect time. It was 2001 and I had recently purchased a Macbook with a whopping 20GB hard drive and I was anxious to try iMovie. I also had a fancy 3 megapixel Canon Powershot that took video. What a crazy future it was!

Though, editing this video on my MacBook’s internal hard drive may have ultimately destroyed that laptop (lesson learned), this piece of art was well worth it. Only a handful of employees got to view the video initially as the iMovie file eventually deteriorated and became unplayable. But, alas, the original footage was discovered years later and reassembled.

This VH1: Behind the Music style mocumentary is, quite possibly, my favorite Dan Kelly film.

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