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Finding a Town that Helps Tells a Bigger Story.

Alamos, Sonora, Mexcio has made a deep impact on Anders Tomlinson. As a youth in Southern California he would stand on the El Camino Real, the King’s Highway, and look north and south. His imagination took over. Where would this road, in either direction, take him?

Anders enjoys a warm summer night in the Plaza after a long day shooting.
photo-Antonio Figueroa

He would eventually travel north on El Camino Real to San Francisco, California.
Later, a friend, who had family in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico, invited Anders to come along for a spring time visit. The journey was magical, traveling across the Sonoran Desert under a warm star filled sky while listening to an all-night radio broadcast of Jethro Tull. Arriving in Alamos during predawn hours was arriving in another land… another era… another spirit.

The lights of Alamos from the Mirador overlook. Every night is a holiday.

More trips followed to Alamos in the spring, summer and winter.
On one of these treks Anders arrived from Klamath Falls, Oregon. A couple of weeks later, Anders was invited to look at a local’s history library. A 1890 mining journal described Alamos as the southeast corner of the Great Basin and Range and Klamath Falls as the northwest corner.
Anders had found his big project, the story of these two towns.
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Any film project is a collaborative effort: it takes a town to do a film of Alamos, it takes a camera-person to take the pictures, it takes the sun to have light and shadows, it takes technology to record the music of everyday, it takes awareness and memory to be at the right place at the proper moment, it takes luck to happen upon an event, and to make it all worth while it takes an audience to share the recorded experience…

This is the crew that captured Alamos-Christmas-1993 and our hosts the Nuzums.

A 90 minute film is an assemblage of 90 one minute scenes, this is the art of movie making.

The video clips that can be viewed here are short sequences, or scenes, that will be stitched together by narration to create longer projects: 24, 45, and 90 minute films. As the sequences – scenes are finished they will be posted for review on Alamos-Sonora-Mexico.com. As background information, script copy and promotional concepts are written they too will be posted.

And now it is Summer 2013…

2009 thru 2013 have been important years for this project. From the end of 2009 to early spring 2010 editing took place on a prototype DVD collection, Good Morning Alamos. Starting In March, 2010 these videos were re-edited and have been posted on the newly created Alamos-Sonora-Mexico.com site. The film segments will again be edited starting in February 2012. Several film scanning sessions have produce another 800 hi-res photo prints from 35mm transparencies. In middle of January 2011 work began on the Daily Journal. The journal is now over 100 entries – scenes. These efforts will assist script writing for the next stage of editing and post-production of Good Morning Alamos. Scanning and archiving slides continue.

The nature of Anders’ film efforts is to return to specific locations throughout the years to document passing time. As far as another Alamos location filming goes, the concept of a Fall 2013 shoot is contemplated. This effort would take advantage of current equipment formats. The work seen on this website has also given Anders many ideas of how he would allocate his time on another visit to Alamos. Anders is certain many details have changed, walls do crumble and are rebuilt and new construction is a human tradition. He is also certain the patterns of Alamos have remained much the same since his first visit in 1983.

New Ways of Seeing and Hearing….

Anders, in 2008, filming across the Klamath River Watershed.

And the story continues…

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