The American I never was
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The website is a virtual road trip through the history of American pop culture. Rare pictures and found footage, touching facts and finds found on the world wide web, excerpts from novels and visitor's contributions. Most of the material is in English, but some of it is only available in Dutch. But you can add your contributions in any language you like.
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The DVD is a roadmovie told in stills, about a man coming home where he has never lived. Narrator Chris Keule-mans is a Third Culture Kid always imagining that he was really from New Jersey, USA. Now that he finally arrives there, he and photographer Rob Smits aim to discover the beauty, the sense of home, that lie beneath grim surface of New Jersey. Find out by following him in a sometimes poetic, sometimes harsh sequence of photographs, music and text.
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This radiodocumentary (40 minutes on Dutch public radio) is a spoken letter to David Holden, writer and radio-journalist. He was 'The American I never was'. On location, in quiet little Cranford, NJ, where he grew up, his old friends will try to reconstruct who he was and where he came from.

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reviews

“De foto's die Rob Smits maakte leggen op krachtige wijzen het verval van de eens zo glorieuze gebieden vast - door Keulemans de 'achterkant van New Jersey' genoemd. ... De foto's zijn leeg en tonen vanaf een discrete afstand de neergang van de Amerikaanse droom... die beelden vormen de kracht van de documentaire...” NRC Handelsblad

"Een documentaire lijkt zich minder goed te lenen voor de fictie van een roman, toch vertellen ze samen één verhaal." De Volkskrant

"Chris Keulemans fotodocumentaire De Amerikaan die ik nooit geweest ben is zijn persoonlijke visie op vaderlandsliefde en vreemdelingenhaat in New Jersey." Skrien


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De DVD has been shown at the end of 2004 in:

• filmtheater Plaza Futura in Eindhoven (21 november 2004)
• het Haags Filmhuis ( 18 december 2004)
Lantaren / Venster Rotterdam (9 januari 2005)

een Submarinechannel productie (www.submarinechannel.com)