The Quintessential Old-School Bodybuilding Gym

Frenchie and his gym wouldn't be out of place in a Tarantino flick.

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Frenchie is the heart and soul of his gym in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The 72-year-old bodybuilder has been running the place for 36 years, with loads of weathered snapshots on the wall to prove it -- Speedos, oily muscles, the whole deal. "Wow! This place is old!" is a typical comment for a new visitor, Frenchie says. "Some people today, they want to go to [a] fancy place. There's plenty of places around, but -- people like the way it is. It got character!" Frenchie's Gym isn't 24 Hour Fitness, that's for sure. "The neighborhood keeps changing," the filmmakers write on Vimeo, "but Frenchie's not going anywhere." 

This Must Be the Place is a documentary series about home, belonging, and loving what you do. Combining intimate interviews with lovely cinematography, David Usui and Ben Wu of Lost & Found Films craft unique portraits of individuals and the places that mean the most to them. The directors talk about the project in an interview with the Atlantic Video channel here, and don't miss the rest of the series here

For more from Lost & Found Films, visit http://www.lostfoundfilms.com/.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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