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#Americart2019 Documentary to Highlight Importance of Promoting Art & Culture in America’s Heartland for CVB’s

#Americart2019 Itinerary - March 2019Series will be shot by crew traveling cross-country, documenting real American’s connection with art and culture

Legit Productions, the New York City based documentary films productions company, announces the launch of the pre-production of #Americart2019, a one hour documentary and six episode series about art and culture in America, featuring intimate interviews of everyday Americans about their personal connection with art and cultural heritage and their connection to their own city and community.

Directed by the NYC artist and photographer, EFDLT Studio, #Americart2019 will be shot on location from NYC to Sonoma County, from mid August to mid September 2019, with a camera crew in a van crossing the country and inviting everyone on the road to be part of the project.

“My goal is to reach everyday Americans, meet people and discover their intimate relation with art using my years of experience of conducting interviews as a former social worker. I am hoping for open heart discussions to collect authentic stories and personal relationships with art and culture,” said EFDLT Studio, the film Director.

Co-produced by local Conventions and Visitors Bureaus, #Americart2019 brings a new narrative to the relationship of Americans with art and culture. The team will make stops in the cities and counties partners and take the time to explore their arts and culture scene: Montgomery County (MD), Franklin (TN), Pueblo (CO)Glenwood Springs (CO) and Sonoma County (CA) have so far joined the project.

#Americart2019 is presented by WhistlePig Rye Whiskey, an independent distillery in Vermont producing small batches of handcrafted Rye Whiskey.

“#Americart2019 is the first of a new generation of documentary film and series giving directly a voice to actual residents of small and medium size cities in America, with no filter, no preconceptions and no bias. We also want to encourage more domestic and international cultural travelers to discover the rich and diverse cultural heritage of lesser known U.S. cities and counties,” said Pierre Gervois, CEO of Legit Productions and #Americart2019 Executive Producer.

The documentary film and the six episode series will be released in 2020 for cable television and streaming platforms in the U.S. and internationally.

Everyone is welcome to join the project and learn more on the official website www.americart2019.com

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Forget about flashy luxury hotels: Affluent Chinese travelers in America want to go on road trips the good old way

legit productions - americart 2019 - efdlt studioFlashy luxury hotels are a thing of the past for Wealthy Chinese outbound travelers coming to the United States.  According to a survey of the Shanghai Travelers’ Club, 82% of the most affluent Chinese frequent outbound travelers prefer authentic travel experiences in the United States, such as road trips, versus old fashioned luxury experiences. Exotic sport cars are now too much the sign of new money, and don’t carry the sophistication that the new generation of Chinese travelers want to project, and differentiate from their parents.

Colorado and Nevada seem to be the big winners as they are described as the two favorite states for road trips by 67% of Chinese travelers.

As a growing part of China’s Elite is immigrating to the United States, through business investments programs such as the EB5, they are more and more eager to embrace American culture, values, and way of thinking.

Too bad for American brands who naively thought they could lure Chinese tourists with fake “Chinese style” restaurants, hotels, or chinese symbols on luxury goods. Now, most of Chinese travelers want to wear made in Texas cowboy boots rather than buying a handbag from a U.S. designer with a chinese symbol on it.

It’s time for an awakening for the entire U.S. travel, tourism and hospitality industry. Authenticity sells. Real American values and brands sells. Stop thinking about Chinese tourists as Chinese. They are individuals who have chosen to come to the U.S. and discover its culture. And what better way to achieve this than a good old road trip?

“We have seen in the past months huge changes in the way Chinese outbound travelers consume travel & cultural media. Chinese frequent overseas travelers are shifting from Chinese networks (Weibo, WeChat, Youku…) to YouTube and Instagram as source of information and inspiration for their upcoming travels to America” said Pierre Gervois, Executive Producer of Legit Productions, a New York City based production company producing travel shows such as “Legit City” and political interviews “The Face of America”.

Gervois added “U.S. Travel and tourism industries need to quickly grasp these trends and adjust their strategies to reach their millennial Chinese customers, increasingly fluent in English, seeking authentic information in U.S.-produced media content, rather than in Chinese produced content in Mandarin, as their parents used to watch.”

It’s no surprise that the upcoming project Americart2019, a road trip across America at the initiative of visual artist EFDLT Studio is already gaining interest from Chinese and international travelers interested in understanding cultural trends in the United States.

In August 2019, the artist will embark in a month long road trip across America with a camera crew and will engage a dialogue with everyday Americans (as well as immigrants) she’ll meet on the road about their personal relation with art. Following her trip, a six episode series will be produced for streaming platforms as well as a documentary film in Q1 2020. A great source of inspiration for international experiential and cultural travelers.

Source: Chinese Tourists Blog, article by Patricia Lin (c)2019

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