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Bolder75 met Renze Klamer - Fajah Lourens - Jan Slagter - Foppe de Haan - Otto de Bruijne - VBG Bethel Drachten

#Bolder75

I can’t tell you how much fun I had, yesterday evening. I had the opportunity to direct Bolder75, the talkshow event of VBG Bethel, Drachten. The event was hosted by Renze Klamer and included a interviews of Fajah Lourens, Foppe de Haan, Jan Slagter and Otto de Bruijne.

I wanted to include the full video in this post. But as it turns out… that’s not allowed. Which makes this website your next stop (watch the February 3rd interview, it’s Dutch only).

The Inauguration of Barack Obama

On January 20th 2009, two million people, including myself, were in Washington DC to witness one of the most historic US presidential inaugurations ever… The inauguration of Barack Obama. Since it’s been four years, I’ve been thinking about what to write about this truly historic event. Truth to be told, I don’t know.

Maybe a story about the great ‘We Are One’ concert of Bono, Bruce Springsteen and other celebrities will do? Or what about the strategic location I choose to see the inauguration and parade… I could talk about this for hours! No? A horror story about the ‘Purple Gate of Doom’ perhaps? Wait! It’s a party. No horror stories today…

I believe the story of an African American pastor from Chicago is great. While waiting for Obama, he told me about the moment when he met President Bill Clinton (in the 90s). One day, this pastor traveled with Clinton’s motorcade when the president decided to get some fastfood. He directed the entire motorcade to the nearest fastfood chain and used the drive through to order food for everyone… True story.

Or wait, I met this other great guy from New York. He told me about the unprecedented security measures in his nephews office, which is located next to the parade route at Pennsylvania Avenue. Or is it more interesting to tell the story about George W. Bush? I was near the White House when he arrived there for the last time while being president. That was quite something. We (the NY-guy and me) knew that president Bush’ helicopter, Marine One, would land on the South Lawn. But we didn’t expect three identical helicopters. All three approached the White House from the south. But George W. Bush was in just one of these presidential helicopters. I guess these three helicopters did the ultimate (real-life) shell game. It took us until the third helicopter to figure out in which one George Bush travelled. Speaking of people from Texas, our section of the parade route was secured by Texan police officers. How sad is that, being a republican police officer from Texas who’s deployed in the nations capital on that particular day. That’s a true ‘being in the belly of the beast’ situation. But I have to admit… we, including the Texans, had lots of fun together. Which is good, because it was an extremely cold and long wait…

Which leaves us with the last story to be told… which is the inauguration of Obama itself. During those days, the message of hope and change sounded throughout the United States. Everyone hoped for better times, which could easily be seen on the faces of the people attending the inauguration. It simply was unbelievable and something I’ve never seen before. And… the sound of two million people shouting Barack Obama’s name and going wild after he took the oath of office… That was quite something!

Well, I don’t know which story I should pick. But perhaps I don’t have to. Instead, I created a new OneMinute video (see above). It’s the inauguration (and preceding days) in just one minute. Enjoy!

Ransuil - long-eared owl

Long-eared owl

“There’s an owl sitting in a tree next to the window.” Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke? Well, actually it’s not. There really is an owl sitting in a tree next to the window. And this photo proofs it… What a beautiful sight!

Barack Obama’s motorcade

Exactly four years ago, on January 17th 2009, I was in Washington DC. It’s three days before the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States takes place. An event I was looking forward to for a very long time already. In fact, this trip was planned (and paid for) about four months earlier, in September 2008. Barack Obama and John McCain were still in campaign mode and the election was two months away. At that time, I didn’t realize I was about to experience an historic inauguration. An inauguration attended by two million people in Washington DC and billions (!) more via television.

Anyway, I finally arrived in Washington DC. After a tour inside the US Capitol and a visit to the National Mall, I walked to Lafayette Square, which is a public park in front of the White House. All I wanted was to cross the street and make some pictures of the White House… but a nervous security guard stopped me. He ordered me to wait for a few minutes. It didn’t take that long before a helicopter positioned itself right above us. Also, in the far distance, there was the (increasing) sound of many police cars… It’s the motorcade of Barack Obama! Immediately, I grabbed my camera and shot this video (see above).

Three days later, Obama was sworn in as 44th President of the United States.

Bolder 75

Last year, I had the privilege of being director of talkshow-event Bolder 75. It’s a talkshow-in-a-church (yep, that’s possible), with a live audience of about 1500 people. I never directed anything close to being a talkshow (and the camerateam never did anything like it either), which made Bolder 75 a new and unique experience for the entire team.

Everything was new, we didn’t know the interviewer (each show had its own host), had to find out where to position the camera’s (how do you film/direct a talkshow anyway) and didn’t know what to expect. But the results were great. Even better, last year we had four Bolder 75 events. This year, there are five.

Today, I read a blog of Renze Klamer, who’ll host all upcoming events. He included a great trailer video of Bolder 75, which I’d like to share with you (see video above). Also, you can watch all full episodes of ‘season one’ here. Renze mentioned he sees it as an honor of being host and looks forward to the events… That makes two of us.