Governor Ranolfo Vieira Júnior this week met American filmmakers Mark Sayre and Steven Swadling, who work in Hollywood and are in Rio Grande do Sul to get to know landscapes that can be used as film locations. They were welcomed at the Rio Grande do Sul government headquarters at Expointer Park, in Esteio (Porto Alegre Metropolitan Region).
The duo came to the state at the invitation of the Transforma RS group, which brings together public authorities, society, companies and universities to support sustainable development. They have already toured several places in Porto Alegre and four cities in the Serra Gaúcha – Canela, Gramado, Bento Gonçalves and Caxias do Sul.
“We didn’t expect to see such lush landscapes,” said Swadling. “We are delighted with the climate, soul and culture here.” He and his colleague are also prospecting local partnerships for film production and the development of a new cinematographic hub.
The Secretary of Tourism, Rafael Ayub, the Secretary of Culture in office, Gabriella Meindrad, the representative of “Transforma RS”, Gabriela Schwan, and the director of the State Institute of Cinema (Iecine), Zeca Britto, participated in the meeting, which dealt with of possibilities for carrying out projects linked to the so-called “Seventh Art”.
Ranolfo Vieira Júnior highlighted the beauties of Rio Grande do Sul, as well as the State’s interest in developing projects within the audiovisual industry that can foster the economy:
“Our state has an enormous diversity of landscapes and cultures. We certainly have every interest in promoting initiatives and partnerships that highlight the Rio Grande do Sul scenario and can generate jobs and development. We are available. The departments of Culture and Tourism are the focal points for the development of this idea”.
Visiting Serra Gaúcha last weekend, visitors Mark Sayre and Steven Swadling praised the natural landscapes they were able to see in cities like Bento Gonçalves. Swadling, for example, mentioned one of his biggest surprises at the time:
“I had no idea of the existence of places with such beautiful and cozy vineyards in the country. I thought it was all wonderful and what we saw here is very similar to what we have in US wineries. When we think of wine, natural scenes from California, France or Chile immediately come to mind, but not Brazil. This visit has helped us to open our eyes to the possibility of shooting a film here”.
Source: The South