European Filmmakers Find 'Amsterdam' in South Georgia

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

European filmmakers Rob Rombout and Rogier Van Eck are trekking across the 'Land of the Free' on a search for something that's singularly Dutch.

Explains Rombout, "We are making a film about all of the Amsterdams in the United States."

There are sixteen sites, to be exact, in states from New York all the way to California.

The duo, who claim stakes in Holland, Belgium, and France, say their project is also an 'in' to everyday America.

Continues Rombout, "It's a film, not only about the Amsterdams -- it is a film about small town America, what I would call the unknown America."

Now, the project's led them to the Peach State.

Though all that's left of the Amsterdam community is a road, filmmakers say the red clay holds a lot more history than you might think.

Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin says Amsterdam was a bustling tobacco town until about 1965.

He says the documentary will paint a more realistic picture of America because people have 'an image of New York, and Los Angeles, and we think there's a better image, we think middle-class America.'

The filmmakers hope their project will challenge Europeans and Americans to understand what really makes this country tick.

The filmmakers will enter the finished documentary in film festivals, and it will run in a series of episodes on European TV.

They are also searching for partners to air the special in America.

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