It seems like the first two months of 2012 I’ve been writing a lot about Hugo and The Artist so I was pleased they both did so well at the Academy Awards last night. I’ll reflect on the Oscars later this week.
I shot the above photo Elkader, Iowa on Saturday at the day end of a 15 hour shooting day. I’m a sucker for neon movie signs, but this one had a nice third element to it—a wink to the viewers. Or maybe its secret message was unintentional. Like the church I once went to in Hawaii that met in a movie theater that where Sin City was on the marquee.
Elkader, Iowa was featured on CNN last week bringing a little attention to the town. A producer from Colorado contacted me on Thursday to do camerawork for a documentary that will be showm in Algeria. Really? Really.
Turns out that the town of Elkader, Iowa was named in 1848 after Algeria leader Abd al-Qadir-Jaza iri. Which I believe makes Elkader, Iowa the only city in the United States named after a Muslim. That tends to be a twist that interests people. Hence, why I’m going back out there to shoot today.
By the way, if you ever find yourself going through Elkader in north east Iowa, make sure to stop and eat Schera’s Algerian-American Restaurant. Great food. (Look for the Red Sox flag flying out front.) One of the owners graduated from MIT and has an IT background. Yeah, Iowa is full of surprises.
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