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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.

Film crew finds what’s right about U.S. in New Amsterda

By JO ANNE KILLEEN | joanne.killeen@lee.net | Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 11:15 am | No Comments Posted

buy this photoCo-directors Rogier van Eck and Rob Rombout and director of photography Ben Wolf, from left, prepare to shoot a scene at Kit and Kate Mayer’s home in New Amsterdam. They are making a documentary about the places in America named for Amsterdam.
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Two filmmakers from Brussels, Belgium and their crew set out to cross the North American continent to paint a picture of its back roads in any location named Amsterdam or New Amsterdam.

The Coulee Region’s New Amsterdam and Amsterdam Prairie was one of the 16 of 20 targets for the five-man Saga Film crew for their documentary, “Amsterdam Stories USA.”

The U.S. has 16 of 20 such communities worldwide. The film crew started their exploration of Amsterdams in America in June 2010 and Wisconsin is part of the fourth and final leg of the journey.

Little did they know that hidden between the grasslands of Amsterdam Prairie, preserved by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, and the Mississippi River, the film crew  would find a small hotbed of political activism along with everything that’s right about America, according to some of the crew members.

Rob Rombout, co-director of the documentary along with Rogier van Eck, said the Wisconsin part of the film focuses on three characters: Tim Jacobson, executive director of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy and his efforts to preserve the landscape; Katie Frise, a Lincoln Middle School teacher who brought her students to the Amsterdam Prairie Grasslands for them to collect prairie grass samples; and Kate Mayer, an Irving Pertzsch Elementary school teacher and her husband Kit, a musician also deeply into working in theater.

“All three have very different ways of seeing things, but all three are very passionate about their jobs and their environment,” Rombout said. “They are very proud of the quality of the lives they have built.”

The film crew was struck by the openness and friendliness, contrary to what they had heard, of Midwesterners. “There is a misconception about the Midwesterners being very closed, but we didn’t see it,” van Eck said. That includes the three subjects of the film.

“He’s very talented, very serious and passionate,” Rombout said about Jacobson. “He’s full of information about nature.”

He’s also a pilot and took the crew up for an aerial view of the Amsterdam Prairie and to Grandad Bluff for a view of the valley. “To see the whole view was amazing,” van Eck said.

Rombout said he was impressed with the hospitality of Kate and Kit Mayer. The filmmakers were looking for two types of people to interview, someone involved in music and someone involved in politics. They found both with the Mayers.

It was almost dark by the time the crew had a chance to stop by the Mayers’ New Amsterdam home last Sunday night. Kate said she was watching the Brewers game when her two dogs started barking and four gentlemen pulled up and got out of their car.

They announced they were looking for Kit Mayer, but she informed them he was in London.

Kate said she felt very comfortable and at ease with them and soon they were sharing stories over beers.  “They talked to me about politics, life in general, just about everything,” Kate said.

They called back and asked her if they could interview her for the film and Kate said yes.

“I very much enjoyed their questions,” Kate said. “They were poignant questions about how I was raised, things that may have happened to me that  had an influence on the woman I have become, why music is so important to me, where did I get my sense of what’s right or wrong.

“A couple times, just by the way they asked the questions, I teared up; I surprised myself,” Kate continued. “I think they have collected many interesting stories due to their demeanor.”

Kit returned home from theater work in London Thursday, so the filmmakers agreed to come back. Thursday night they arrived, as did the rest of the Mayers’ bandmates in Middletown, including Nancy Stoll, Mike Caucutt and Brian Beard.

Pretty soon, Middletown and the film crew set about filling up reel time recording a jam session of songs calling for solidarity  and workers’ rights.

Van Eck said he wasn’t surprised about the political activism since he is accustomed to it in Europe. What’s different, he said, is the lack of a social safety net. “We have a social net in Europe,” he said. “Here you are very fragile. When you lose your job or your home, you lose everything. The social net is very fragile.”

Van Eck said it was nice to see America for himself and not be confined to any preconceptions drawn from his European background. He said to him America means people, landscapes, feelings and situations.

“Wisconsin is part of the gentleness of America,” van Eck said. “It’s about the American people we met in all these small towns away from the highways, at the dead ends. What we think are dead ends are in fact rich with lots of living going on.”

Matthew Menter, a sound engineer and logicstics expert with the crew, was amazed that New Amsterdam had such a diversity of people. Born in upstate New York, Menter has seen most of America become homogenized, he said.

New Amsterdam is what small towns are all about, he said. “La Crosse was incredibly original, Onalaska was great. Amsterdam is one of the neighborhoods of America we all want, what America is trying to be — where kids can play in the streets and not worry, where all kinds of people can coexist. What makes America great is that we’re all different.”

This is the fourth U.S. trip for the crew, one trip in each season. They started in New York City in June 2010 and will conclude their explorations of Amsterdams in Missouri. From there they will travel to Kansas and Nebraska and finally do some filming at Mount Rushmore just because of its historical and iconic significance.

Read more: http://lacrossetribune.com/courierlifenews/lifestyles/article_5e889cda-00aa-11e1-b219-001cc4c03286.html#ixzz1cDoo22ez

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By: JOLENE KELLER
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
2/12/11

http://washingtonexaminer.com/entertainment/2011/02/dutch-filmmakers-documenting-every-us-amsterdam

Sometimes the most touching stories can be found in the smallest, most overlooked towns.

That’s what Dutch filmmakers Bob Robbout and Rogier van Eck are discovering along their year-long journey across the United States, visiting all 16 towns with their hometown’s namesake: Amsterdam.

Their documentary series, “Amsterdam Stories USA,” is a road movie and mosaic portrayal of little-known America focusing less on the facts and history and more on the stories of the people who make up the 16 Amsterdams throughout the U.S.

Of course, no country wide tour of towns called Amsterdam would be complete without making a four-day stop in southwest Montana’s very own Amsterdam.

Robbout and van Eck found themselves in the hub of the town on Feb. 13 at Amsterdam Store, standing by the iconic windmill in the parking lot there. The only sounds to be heard were the hum of the nearby ice machine and the sporadic hoot of an owl hiding somewhere in a pine. Not even a car drove past on the highway as they noted that Amsterdam, Mont. wasn’t the smallest of the seven towns they’ve been through so far.

In Amsterdam, Pa., for example, the only “residents” that remain in the hamlet are found in the cemetery there. People stopped being buried there in the early 1900s. Or consider New Amsterdam, Ind., where only one man, the mayor, officially resides there. In reality, approximately 16 people call New Amsterdam home, but as Robbout and van Eck discovered, they didn’t make it to the census count, much to the chagrin of the mayor.

“Sometimes places can be small,” said van Eck, “but they all have big stories.

Robbout agreed.

“The funny thing is, in every Amsterdam we have been, residents always ask, ‘Why do you come here? There is nothing to film,'” said Robbout. “But we talk to them and find some really surprising elements. These films are a lot about suggestion — how we can make a place seem deeper. We want to give these invisible people recognition.”

Along their journey through Montana they stopped in Great Falls where they met a 19-year-old girl who was working as a barista. They filmed her outside in the falling snow as she described her dream of going to Africa to help the people there.

“It was moving,” said Robbout. “Her dream, to experience the world, it was idealistic and pure. Everyone has a detailed moment in which life is defined. That’s what we’re looking for.”

Along the way the filmmakers and their assistants have encountered poets, writers, musicians, and working class people. They believe by focusing on one resident in every Amsterdam, they can effectively portray the stories of small town America.

In Montana’s Amsterdam, after exploring the area, they soon noted the small railroad track that runs from Amsterdam School to the main drag. They discovered the owner of the track was a Mr. Fischer, and planned to interview him.

The inspiration for “Amsterdam Stories USA” began when the two filmmakers decided to create something about their own background. They discovered that two islands named, you guessed it, Amsterdam existed — one near the North Pole and one near the South Pole. They created “Amsterdam via Amsterdam” in 1997, and the film won several awards in the U.S. Recognizing the interest, they decided to create “Amsterdam Stories USA.”

The two spent six weeks filming in the east coast in the summer of 2010, and are currently spending the winter portion in the western states. They will conclude filming in the South in the spring. The entire series, which is expected to be about five hours long, will be completed in 2012.

The first six portrayals of Amsterdams along the east coast and Midwest have already been edited, and van Eck and Robbout said the producer was very pleased with the work. They asked him, ‘What did you see (when watching the film)?’

“Emotion,” the producer replied.

That’s just what the filmmakers wanted to hear.

“For us, it’s an adventure,” said Robbout. “Nowadays many films are detailed and planned. This is different. It’s a romantic way of documenting a community.”

Robbout and van Eck hope to have it aired as a series on PBS as well as in documentary film festivals across the U.S. as well as Europe.

Read more at the Washington Examiner:http://washingtonexaminer.com/entertainment/2011/02/dutch-filmmakers-documenting-every-us-amsterdam#ixzz1EFVXIlPi

Visiting the Amsterdams

Dutch filmmakers make local stop in production of documentary

August 22, 2010 – By JANICE R. KIASKI, Staff writer

AMSTERDAM – Four strangers came to Amsterdam last week, but by the time they left several days later, many townspeople had met them and better understood the reason for their visit.

Independent Dutch filmmakers Rogier van Eck and Rob Rombout came with cameraman Ben Wolf and Colin Bannon, director’s assistant and sound engineer, as part of their 16-stop, cross-country trip to visit every Amsterdam in North America.

It’s part of an effort to produce a documentary called “Amsterdam Stories USA,” a project that will take them more than a year and involve travel as far north as Amsterdam, Saskatchewan, and as far west as Amsterdam, Calif.

Also on the itinerary are Amsterdam stops in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Montana and Idaho. The Jefferson County, Ohio, stop marked the third visit to an Amsterdam since the journey began earlier this month with filming beginning in New York City. It originally was named New Amsterdam when settled by the Dutch in the 17th century prior to being changed to New York City.

As they took a break on their first full day of filming and interviewing residents locally, the crew gathered in the village building to talk about the undertaking being funded by the Belgian Cultural Board, the French speaking Belgian Television and the production company Saga Film in Brussels.

Their journey is something they bill as “16 states, four seasons, two Dutch filmmakers, one American adventure,” given they are breaking up the shooting into four travel periods, with filming expected to extend into 2012.

“This trip around the U.S. following all these Amsterdams is for us a possibility to show the United States from the interior,” Rombout said. “People always show the extremes, the big cities. Here we are going to show the unknown America, unknown for us and also unknown for the Americans themselves.”

But the documentary will not be so much exclusively an historical account of the places visited. “It’s more of an impression,” Rombout said. “We’re not journalists. We are filmmakers, so we make a poetic, subjective image of a town.”

It’s given the name “Amsterdam Stories USA,” Rombout said. “That’s already the pitch line of the whole project. We are looking not only for historical stories but also just daily life stories. The idea is that the place can be small but there are always good storytellers,” Rombout said of the objective to show a contemporary and unknown part of the United States from a European perspective. “It’s an emotional, poetic vision of small towns, and we are not only looking for stories but also for musicians.”

Among the crew’s meetings were with a group at Marsha’s Diner and another group at the Amsterdam Lending Library. They found no lack of stories or interest among the townspeople, whom they described as friendly, helpful and reflective of a melting pot of America.

“We had some breakfast in the diner, and everyone came to our table. We couldn’t stop them from talking,” van Eck said of their enthusiasm. “We heard lots of stories, when was this, when was that. They showed us books and photos. It’s very difficult to explain this town knowing the cinema is gone, the mines are gone. In Europe we have industrial archaeology. It means you keep some of the old buildings as a reminder of the times. Here (in the U.S.) you say, well, it doesn’t work anymore, let’s break it off so it’s very difficult for them. These are people energetic about their history to transmit it to us,” van Eck added.

Using Internet technology to their advantage, the crew scouted ahead of time to find a town contact, one of which was Cindy M. Kelly, editor of Plain Spoke, a quarterly literary magazine project at Amsterdam Press. That brought help in promoting their arrival and finding people to talk to.

“It’s not a road movie like in the old days where you just arrive,” van Eck said. Rombout said they didn’t know what to expect, though, when they came to this Amsterdam.

“We didn’t find any information on this Amsterdam on the Internet. We only knew how many inhabitants there were, but we didn’t find any description of the place.”

What they saw, though, gave them a flavor for a picturesque town, Ohio style.

“The entry is beautiful as you drive into it,” Rombout said. “Another thing that might be interesting to see is that there is not much here, much entertainment, but the people say there is no better place to live in the world than in Amsterdam.”

The filmmakers said the local Amsterdam element will include what stories they find most interesting. “The idea is more to know what’s behind the stories that go around. We are not searching for the truth, just capturing feelings and emotions,” Rombout said.

Their visit to Amsterdam, Pa., for example, involved one interview with a Vietnam veteran suffering post traumatic stress. “His wife was compensating his silence but his silence was very expressive. Now they’re going around to help poor kids to see something of the world so in a way, every small story is very often a circle story, with a beginning, an ending and touching a part of life,” van Eck said.

The current project is part of an Amsterdam trilogy with an overall 2010 completion date, according to Rombout and van Eck, who reside in Brussels, Belgium, and teach in film schools providing flexible schedules and enabling travel time for their filming pursuits.

Over the past 10 years, the two have been tracking down Amsterdams. Apart from the capital of the Netherlands, there are about 20 across the world, spread out from California to South Africa, from Svalbard (Spitsberg) to the Indian Ocean.

In the mid-1990s, they filmed a documentary called “Amsterdam via Amsterdam.”

It documented a sea expedition from the Dutch capital to the two islands of the same name and won three awards in the United States at film festivals.

Another Amsterdam-related documentary on the horizon is “Amsterdam Black & White,” a to-and-fro portrait of two villages, one in the province of Drenthe in the north of Holland, the other in Transvaal in South Africa.

The two filmmakers met Bannon at the Syracuse Film Festival where they were premiering “Amsterdam via Amsterdam” and mentioned their interest in visiting Amsterdam, N.Y. Bannon took them there, and his footage of it became the basis for an award-winning documentary called “True Stories from the Rug City,” the name referring to Amsterdam’s former status as the rug capital of the world. The documentary won the Student Film Award at the Syracuse International Film Festival in 2007. Bannon studied at Syracuse University.

That he has hooked up with the filmmakers for this project is an adventure Bannon couldn’t resist.

“It’s amazing to discover America through their eyes, to see small-town America and meet people you’d never get to meet and hear their stories.”

The filmmakers would like to publish a book in conjunction with “Amsterdam Stories USA.”

“We hear too many stories to include them all in the film, and we make photos so we would like to have something complimentary,” Rombout said.

As for the general public seeing the documentary, negotiating to find more funding is the next step to making that happen in venues such as film festivals or say PBS.

But making the documentary is not about making money or even having a widely viewed production.

“It will not be the blockbuster of the century,” van Eck said.

“The idea is to enjoy a way of filming, to enjoy a style which fits with the purpose of the film, our own movie traveling to America through places called Amsterdam, to enjoy it and to reach something which is the truth of these places and these people.”

New documentary on American Amsterdams coming to Botetourt

By Edwin McCoy

BOTETOURT – Amsterdam is one of the oldest communities in Botetourt, but these days it is nearly lost in the transition between Daleville and Ashley Plantation. Still, the little community on US 220 will be one of the subjects in a Dutch film that will tell the stories of all 16 American Amsterdams.

Two Dutch filmmakers and a production crew from a New York production company will be here August 20-22 filming segments for the documentary that’s expected to be released in 2012. While Amsterdam is bringing the crew, the film will be about people.

Botetourt Tourism Director Kevin Costello said the film is being produced by the independent Dutch filmmakers Rogier van Eck and Rob Rombout through Saga Films, which is based in Brussels. The film is supported by the Belgium Culture Board, similar to the American Public Broadcasting Corp. (PBS).

Amsterdam, Va. is one of 16 Amsterdams that will be the subject of “Amsterdam Stories USA.” Fifteen are in the United States and one is just across the border in Canada.

The crew was in Amsterdam, N.Y., the second leg of their journey, earlier this week. Costello said the film will be about the Amsterdam cities, towns and small communities, but will focus on the people and their stories, and not on the history of the Amsterdams.

Here, they do expect to chat with Mary Ann Rader Obenshain who wrote a history of Botetourt’s Amsterdam, and Gwen Ikenberry at Ikenberry’s Orchards. Botetourt Historical Society Executive Director Weldon Martin will get a visit from the film crew at the society museum in Fincastle where there are samples of the furniture once made in Amsterdam.

The crew is also scheduled to visit other parts of Botetourt, such as Barbara Kolb’s and Jim Holladay’s Blue Ridge Vineyard near Eagle Rock.

One of the filmmakers told an Amsterdam, N.Y. reporter, “It’s not an average image of the town; it’s a limited, subjective view of two people passing through. It has not the intention to be the global idea of this city.”

The filming started in Amsterdam, N.J., went to Amsterdam, N.Y., and is stopping at the Amsterdams in Pennsylvania and Ohio before coming to Virginia.

From here, the four-man film crew will go to Indiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Saskatchewan, Montana, Idaho and California. “It’s kind of cool they’re coming,” Costello said of the film crew that will be on the road for a year traversing the country. The filmmakers bill the making of “Amsterdam Stories USA” as “16 States. 4 Seasons. 2 Dutch Filmmakers. One American Adventure….”

Joining Rombout and van Eck on the road are Ben Wolf and Colin Bannon.

An explanation for making the film is on their blog. It notes: “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. 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 Dutch descent filmmakers establish a panorama of Middle America via 16 tableaux. As they trace that single name across the map, they examine the hinterland’s prosaic and little-known periphery from a European perspective.

“This filmic immersion into the live material of the landscapes and cultural and social universes of a complex country is a new adventure that is sometimes solemn, at other times offbeat, laidback and touching.

“Over the past 10 years, Rob Rombout and Rogier van Eck have been tracking down these little-known places around the world. The first 80-minute documentary, “Amsterdam Via Amsterdam” (1996-2004, awarded three prizes in the U.S.), was a sea expedition from the Dutch capital to the two islands of the same name at the globe’s northern and southern extremities. “After “Amsterdam Stories USA” (four shooting periods in 2010 and 2011), the forthcoming documentary will be “Amsterdam Black & White” (2012-2013), a to-and-fro portrait of two villages, one in the province of Drenthe (in the north of Holland), the other in Transvaal (South Africa).”

Folks will be able to follow the film crew on their web blog at https://amsterdamstoriesusa.wordpress.com and on Twitter.

Filmmakers plan return to Amsterdam

By Bob Cudmore (Monday, June 14, 2010)

Two filmmakers from Belgium and their American director’s assistant return to Amsterdam this summer to start work on a documentary about American cities named for the capital of the Netherlands.

Rob Rombout and Rogier van Eck, both of Dutch descent, once again will join with Syracuse University film school graduate Colin Bannon of Queensbury to shoot footage in Amsterdam, N.Y., this August.

They also will visit New York City (formerly New Amsterdam) and communities named Amsterdam in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Saskatchewan, Montana, Idaho and California. The shooting schedule is expected to continue for a year.

The trio came here on a preliminary expedition for this project in 2006. Bannon, then a film student at Syracuse, used footage shot during that visit to produce a documentary the following year called “True Stories from Rug City.”

Bannon’s gritty and humorous look at colorful characters in Amsterdam caused some controversy for its portrayal of ethnic tensions and economic decline but was critically well received. The 27-minute film won the Best of Central New York Prize in the Syracuse Film Festival, along with a new filmmaker’s award. It also was shown at the Lake Placid Film Forum.

According to a news release, the new documentary will be called “Amsterdam Stories USA” and will be a “road movie and mosaic portrayal of a little-known America.” The 160-minute film is being coproduced by the Belgian Cultural Board, French-speaking Belgian television and Saga Film in Brussels.

AMSTERDAM TO AMSTERDAM

By Johnny Coleman (August 20, 2010)

After turning heads both locally and nationally with his award-winning feature film, “Love Conquers Paul” — shot entirely in Glens Falls and the surrounding area — Queensbury filmmaker Colin Bannon is on to his next project.

This time, Bannon is setting out on a cross-country road trip with two documentary filmmakers and a photographer to shoot a film that will shine a light on the various Amsterdams in North America. The documentary will be called “Amsterdam Stories USA.”

“We are using the name ‘Amsterdam’ as an excuse to discover America,” Bannon said. “It’s our passport. We will use the name Amsterdam to meet people, hear their stories and discover how we are all different and all the same.”

Filming began recently in Manhattan, which was named “New Amsterdam” when settled by the Dutch in the 17th century prior to being changed to New York City. They will make 16 stops in all, including Amsterdam in Montgomery County, and one as far north as Amsterdam, Saskatchewan, until ending in the small community of Amsterdam, Calif.

“I knew I would be seeing America from a fresh perspective. Most of these Amsterdams are rural. One of the Amsterdams has a population of one (laughs),” Bannon said.

The filmmakers that Bannon will collaborate with — Rob Rombout and Rogier van Eck — are from Brussels, Belgium. Bannon said he met them while attending film school at Syracuse University.

“They came to the Syracuse Film Festival where they were premiering their film ‘Amsterdam via Amsterdam.’ We became friendly, and they mentioned in passing that they would like to scout Amsterdam, N.Y., for a film they had brewing about an American road trip,” Bannon said.

After meeting them, Bannon took his camera to scout Amsterdam (Montgomery County) for himself. The resulting footage would become an award-winning documentary called “True Stories From Rug City,” the name referring to Amsterdam’s former status as the “Rug Capital of the World.” The documentary won the Student Film Award at the Syracuse International Film Festival in 2007.

Meanwhile, between 1994 and 1996, Rombout and van Eck filmed a documentary called “Amsterdam via Amsterdam.” It documents a sea expedition from the Dutch capital to the two islands of the same name. It is one of four films Rombout and van Eck have planned for a series, with “Amsterdam Stories USA” being the next in the series.

“Amsterdam Stories USA” is being funded by French television, the Belgian Film Commission, and the production company Saga Film, according to Bannon. Director of photography Ben Wolf rounds out the film crew.

As of Thursday, Bannon and crew were leaving the former mining town of Amsterdam, Ohio (population 600), for a second Amsterdam, Ohio. Then it’s on to New Amsterdam, Ind.

Bannon said they were received with open arms in their first Amsterdam, Ohio, stop.

“It was amazing. Everywhere we go we are amazed by the outcry of support for the community,” Bannon said in an e-mail. “For example, in Ohio we were made lifetime honorary members of the VFW.”

Bannon said he had interviews set up with local radio stations at many of the stops along the way.

“Love Conquers Paul” won the Lynn Redgrave Award for Best Feature at the 2009 Kent Film Festival and was an official selection at 2009’s Dances with Films, the 2009 San Luis Obispo Film Festival and the 2009 Syracuse International Film Festival.

Scenes from “Love Conquers Paul” were shot at Feigenbaum Cleaners & Furriers, Davidson Brothers Restaurant and Brewery, loft apartments downtown and the Centennial Circle downtown, as well as at the Howard Johnson Tiki Resort in Lake George, among other locations.

“People from Glens Falls who see the film always get a kick out of seeing the town in the film. It’s not a nameless movie city; it’s Glens Falls, N.Y. There’s a real sense of place. The city is almost another character,” Bannon said.

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