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Jerome Hill

Jerome Hill (2 March 1905, St. Paul, Minnesota - 21 November 1972, New York City) was an American filmmaker and artist. He was born into the family of Louis W. and Maud Van Corlandt Hill, one of the prominent families of Saint Paul and heirs to the railroad fortune of James J. Hill, the famed “Empire Builder.” He attended St. Paul Academy where, as a student, he first demonstrated skill as an artist. He studied music at Yale University receiving a degree in music. As a student, he took many trips to New York City to see a variety of arts events. After graduation in 1927, he traveled to Europe where he began to study painting, and experiment with still photography and film. While painting Landscapes in the south of France, Hill discovered and purchased a piece of property in Cassis, a scenic port town on the Mediterranean Sea. Hill’s film endeavors began with Ski Flight (1938), a documentary and instructional film on downhill skiing. Filmed on location at Mt. Rainier in Washington state, and starring skier Otto Lang, the film premiered at Radio City Music Hall. A second documentary film The Seeing Eye (1939-40) profiled companion animals.

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