Archive | November, 2011

And that’s that

14 Nov

On Saturday the 12th of November, the goodbyes came. Principal photography — done.

After four different trips, 21 weeks, coast to coast and north to south, Amsterdam Stories USA comes to a close.

It’s hard to put it all into words. The mayors, the inventors, the teachers, the sheriffs, the insurance salesmen, the hunters, the taxidermists, the administrative workers, the pastors, the waitresses, the actors, the musicians, the farmers, the radio hosts — people with strong, meaningful lives, just trying to make it happen in this vast America. Everyone we met meant something. You have made all different kinds of imprints in this life.

Thank you for letting us into your lives. Thank you for sharing your stories with us. Thank you for proving to us, time and again, that there are great Americans out there. People who fight and live and love, people who keep this country moving forward. It’s not the folks in Washington or the men on Wall Street. It’s the people who take on each day with a drive and courage that no one can take away. You are the fighters, you are the creators.

A small town is more than just a small town. Whether a back road gets you there, or you stumble upon it by accident, a town is made up of the lives that call it home. Everyone is different, everyone has views that may not be your own. But they live together, lending a hand when something goes wrong, and picking up the pieces when all seems lost. A town is made up of so many colors and pasts and dreams and histories.

It has been a privilege to know you all. It has meant the world to us to be able to come in, meet you, and spend a little time understanding who you are and the town you call home. You are the ones who keep America running. And even when all seems bad, when the news reports never seem good, we will think of you and know that you are the ones who will keep us together.

Babies are born, families change, a town doesn’t always look like it used to, jobs come and go, people leave and people enter; through it all, the determination to keep going is what lasts. That’s what makes America great, that’s what makes this world great. We may seem lost every  now and then, but we know where we’re going.

To all those we met — thank you for being fearless, thank you for never giving up, thank you for pushing this country forward. It takes remarkable people to make it in this life. That’s you.

Your music, your words, your accents, your traditions, your laughter, your stories, and your humanity — we will take it with us and it will never leave.

Thank you. Never give up, never stop moving. Keep loving and keep pushing on.

“The world only spins forward.”

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Today

10 Nov

Let’s talk about what happened today…

We got stuck in the mud, trying to get through a backroad.
We narrowly dodged an oncoming train
We found a little town that made THE best pies
We drove around some more
We got stuck in the mud again, this time in the dark
We finally made it to the Indian Reservation
We lost money at the slots

And I’m done..

The lovely Brie…

10 Nov

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Brie…

8 Nov

The last few days have found in Kansas City, MO. There, we met up with actress Brie Hendersen. We got in contact with her through some studios, met her for coffee, and planned to film on Monday.

Brie was a gem — calm, cool, and professional. She was always up for taking risks and trying new things. We headed out to Kansas, back into some country roads. And despite the weather, Brie persevered. Even when we had her standing in the cold for our goodbye shot, she still managed to give a great performance. The camera loves her.

It was a fast little trip, but we found some great stuff. Big thanks to Brie, the Sheraton Suites, and the many many coffee shops we found on our short stay in KC.

Meeting and Hunting with Steve, the Taxidermist

6 Nov

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Continuing Our Travels on the Crane

6 Nov

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Bates County Live. Thanks for the shout out!

4 Nov

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2011

Film crew focuses on Amsterdam

The Dutch film crew dines in Butler Wednesday evening- L to R:
Rob Rombout,  Ben Wolf,  Matthew Menter,  Peggy Buhr,
Rogier van Eck,  Donna and Randy Gregory
There’s a movie being made not in Hollywood or New York, but all across the USA and it includes scenes featuring little ‘olAmsterdam, Mo.

That’s right- a Dutch film crew is making a documentary about all the cities named Amsterdam in the United States and of course that would include a stop here in Bates County.

While dining at the Inn Building Wednesday night, Peggy Buhr along with Donna and Randy Gregory learned about the project that will include footage from all 16 Amsterdam’s in the USA that stretch from New Jersey to California.

Besides filming, the crew had a good time visiting new found friends in and around Amsterdam and Butler. This included filming at the Amsterdam Cafe and the Fur, Fins & Feathers taxidermy shop on the South edge of town. And lots of still photos were taken as well.
From their blog- “We ended the night how all nights should end…good food and good drinks with new friends. Peggy and Donna, two great women of Butler MO, invited us to a meal at Majestic Cellars. It was such a spectacular evening. I recommend the steak and crab. After a long day of filming, dinners like this are so essential. A big thank you to everyone who made today so productive and memorable.”

The crew’s blog can be seen here www.amsterdamstoriesusa.com and it encompasses every detail of the project and their journey as it takes them across the USA in “One American Adventure” as it’s been coined.

Amsterdam MO and More Travels…

4 Nov

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Here is a look at our first days in Amsterdam. We stumbled upon the Amsterdam Cafe, where we met some fantastic people. The paintings are all from an older time. The whole restaurant has a great old world feel to it. Everyone had heard about us through the newspaper article, so they welcomed us with open arms.

I suggest getting the burgers if you ever find yourself here. Amazing.

Butler, Missouri Halloween

4 Nov

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Good day

3 Nov

We had a great day of filming. First, we checked in with Steve, the taxidermist, and he gave a fantastic interview. We put one of his deer heads behind him, so it looked sweet in the double shot.

Then, we set up in the local Amsterdam Cafe (sweet!) and we filmed portraits of the local residents. We got about 10 people in. They were all great sports and we got some amazing faces.

We ended the night how all nights should end…good food and good drinks with new friends. Peggy and Donna, two great women of Butler MO, invited us to a meal at Majestic Cellars. It was such a spectacular evening. I recommend the steak and crab. After a long day of filming, dinners like this are so essential.

A big thank you to everyone who made today so productive and memorable.