As luck should have it, the folks on the Res, Palm Pictures, and Perrier voting committee have selected my film proposal, and so I am one of the five filmmakers given 10 days to traverse the USA from NY to LA in 10 days (June 14, 2002 - June 24, 2002) and shoot the film.

"The film" is "Tourist Pictures". There is indeed a theme going on here.

As son of a photographer and videographer (of weddings & bar/bat mitzvahs), I have been weaned on these record-keeping contraptions from an early age. And not unlike most of us, I found myself armed with camera whenever I went on holiday.

In the summer of 1995, I took a 5 week road trip around the USA, and somewhere along the way I began pointing my camera the other way, at the tourists taking pictures. I guess back then it was a way of distancing myself from the stereotypically geeky stigma associated with the tourist. But I also thought it to be entertaining.

In 2000, I launched Launched meaning it's a glorified personal home page, or as I see it, a place to park the work I deem worthy enough public consumption and self exploitation. However, the name "Tourist Pictures" implies two things, but I leave that for you to puzzle out.

So when the "Perrier Across America" contest came to my knowledge, I figured this was an ideal opportunity to make the definitive film of the concept I happened upon in 1995.

The journey has been completed and even though it was all a blur, there are plenty of pictures and video to jog the memory. The folks we met were wonderful, especially when they understood what we were doing, everyone was genuinely interested.

Since the interviews yielded a variety of concepts about photo-taking, it was a delight to let those ideas dictate the movement and tempo of the film, hence nothing is predictable, the film is a journey in itself, a dynamic photo album, a jaunt in which there are always surprises and where the tourists are characters and the film crew are tourists.

New York • St. Louis Arch • Mt. Rushmore • Yellowstone
Grand Canyon • Las Vegas • LA

Stefan Nadelman : director, video, driver
Michael Reid : photographer, musician, driver

Mike Reid
(foreground), Stefan Nadelman (background)

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