Archive | June, 2010

16 Amsterdams, 16 States, 4 Seasons, 2 Dutch Filmmakers, One American Adventure…

29 Jun

Left to Right: Rob Rombout, Ben Wolf, Colin Bannon, Rogier van Eck  (The Amsterdamers)

…What’s in a Name?

Apart from the capital of the Netherlands, there are some 20 Amsterdam’s across the world. The name is spread out from California to South Africa, from Svalbard to the Indian Ocean. Some are provincial towns, hamlets or inhabited islands – all are a long way from the Netherlands…  Amsterdam Stories USA is a road movie and mosaic portrayal of the little-known America that follows the migratory flow of the past through 16 North American towns, sites, and populated places, all of them called Amsterdam or New Amsterdam. Each little Amsterdam, embedded within a network of landscapes and encounters, is a different, unique story that progressively weaves an imaginary map of provincial America. From East to West, from New York (ex-New Amsterdam) to California, two filmmakers of Dutch descent establish a panorama of Middle America via a gallery of 16 tableaux. While tracing that single name across the map, they poetically examine the hinterlands, a little known America. This filmic immersion into the livelihoods and landscapes of the landscapes of a complex country is a new adventure:  sometimes solemn, offbeat, and touching. Over the past 10 years, Rob Rombout & Rogier van Eck have been tracking down the little-known places around the world. The first 80-minute documentary, Amsterdam Via Amsterdam (1996-2004, awarded three prizes in the US), was a sea expedition from the Dutch capital to the two islands of the same name at the globe’s northern and southern extremities, including the most isolated island in the world : Amsterdam. After Amsterdam Stories USA (to be shot between 2010 & 2011), the subsequent documentary will be Amsterdam Black & White (2013-2014), a dual portrait of New Amsterdam villages, one in the province of Drenthe (in the north of Holland), the other in Transvaal (South Africa).

Amsterdam Stories USA will shoot over the course of 120 days, spread across  four seasons, from 2010 through 2011, with a release scheduled for 2012.

The North American journey : New York, Amsterdam New Jersey, Amsterdam New York State, Amsterdam Pennsylvania, Amsterdam Ohio, Amsterdam Virginia, Amsterdam Indiana, Amsterdam Georgia, Amsterdam Mississipi, Amsterdam Texas, Amsterdam Missouri, Amsterdam Iowa, Amsterdam Wisconsin, Amsterdam Saskatchewan, Amsterdam Montana, Amsterdam Idaho, Amsterdam California.