Tag: Willard

The New American Dream

by on Aug.20, 2011, under Work

This week I headed up to Washington, DC with Nick Nanton and a small crew to interview 20 small business owners from across the country on their lessons, views and goals for achieving “The New American Dream.” We got to DC early Wednesday morning and checked into the Willard, a historical hotel originally built in 1816 and restructured in 1901. The hotel has housed some of history’s greats such as Abraham Lincoln days before his inauguration and Martin Luther King right before his march on Washington, giving him time to write his “I Have a Dream” speech. That night I went out with fellow filmmaker Amardeep explore the city for good shot locations and wasn’t in the least surprised by all the tourists and security personnel still out and about. It was interesting that at 10:00PM there were still almost 500 visitors hanging out on the steps on the Lincoln Memorial. The next day we had a quick and early breakfast then all loaded up on a partybus to shoot intros and b-roll at different monuments across the city. Even with permits we were getting grilled by police and secret service people every 10 minutes. We finished around 1PM and had lunch back at the hotel. Amar and I spent the rest of the day setting up a room for interviews. We woke up early Friday morning and shot interviews for almost 10 hours strait. Washington, DC was a very cool place to visit and one day I hope to go back as a tourist to learn some interesting facts about our country’s history. Above is a screen grab of JW Dicks, Lindsay Dicks, Nick Nanton and Greg Rollett of the Celebrity Branding Agency standing in front of the Washington Monument.

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