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.

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5 Responses to “16 Amsterdams, 16 States, 4 Seasons, 2 Dutch Filmmakers, One American Adventure…”

  1. Yiolia August 11, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    I live in a huge bubble. I didn’t know there are that many Amsterdam, USA. I hate Amsterdam, [undisclosed state], USA. I also hate that I hate that one Amsterdam, USA. But I love what you guys are doing, and can’t wait to see the film.

  2. ROZANES August 21, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    Salut Rogier. Te suis sur ton site. Bon tournage. Hasta luego Alain

  3. pia August 23, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    ia orana! hola rogier! redevous amsterdam TONGA 2012? c’est pas loin de chez nous a la voile.
    un besote muy fuerte pia y philippe
    et mi octobre bruxelles
    et BON TOURNAGE

  4. Joanne Verwolf February 15, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    Just read the article published in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. I am thrilled to follow your documentary series, as my grandfather, John Verwolf, is considered the “father of Amsterdam, Montana” and our family has extensive information regarding our family history and my grandfather’s immigration to the U.S. And, I was thrilled to tour The Netherlands and visit our Verwolf family in Ameide! There are always lots of stories to tell, and many are passed down from generation to generation. Sounds like a great adventure! Happy filming, Joanne

    • AMSTERDAM STORIES USA February 16, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

      Thanks for you post Joanne. We will be in town again tomorrow so if you see us, feel free to come say hi! – The Amsterdamers

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