Friday, January 6, 2012

Posthumus Film Credit

A number of months ago I received an email from documentary film director Victoria Bruce. She found my Grandfather's Central & South American film footage on my YouTube channel and expressed interest in using scenes of 1960 Panama in her film We're Not Broke. As I have my own filmmaking aspirations I consented freely.

My grandfather filmed Central & South America during a trip he and my grandmother made in 1960. It was his first trip back since leaving Argentina as a boy for Switzerland in 1911.

I was just informed today that We're Not Broke will be featured in year's Sundance Film Festival lineup. As I dream one day to have my own film at Sundance, it fills me with great pride that at least one family member is being recognized this year. Bravo Henri!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Swiss Miniature

I came across the following image today and was thoroughly puzzled.

It is the de Büren ancestral family Castle of Vaumarcus, but in miniature. I did not know if this was for an event at the castle or for a cantonal celebration, but after some research found out that it is one of many models of Swissminiatur, a theme park of Swiss scale landmarks.

Swissminiatur is located in Melide, Ticino near Lugano. It was founded in 1959 by Valais grocery store owner Pierre Vuigner. Mountains, lakes, trains, and precision, so very Swiss. Photos below give some idea of scale of this "Little Switzerland". 


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