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One Day in Houston


By: Zenfilm

Genre: Documentary

Added: 8 years ago

Views: 37

Cool organic documentary that shares some of the hidden secrets of America's 4th largest city. The story is told through beautiful cinematography and insights from interesting local personalities... Executive Producers: Holly Clapham-Rosenow, Lindsey Brown Director: W. Ross Wells Producer: Merideth Melville Cinematographers: Wayne Forster, Raul Casares Unit Production Manager: Jarrod Gullett Gaffer: Richard Lacy

Does a good job of selling the city to yuppies.

Review by: MiamiMovieCritic

Added: 8 years ago

Up front, you should know that One Day in Houston was “commissioned by the Greater Houston Convention and Visitor's Bureau and funded in part by a grant from Continental Airlines.” So this is a promotional video we’re talking about here, not a documentary. As a corporate product, it’s been slickly put together by commercial director W. Ross Wells.

To review such a piece, I guess I’d have to ask if it does its job. Does it make me want to visit Houston? Not especially. I’m more of an Austin man myself, but the film does a good job of selling the city to yuppies.

The video takes a look at the cultural aspects of the city and explores its vibrant nightlife. Celebrities and athletes who come from Houston sing the praises of their hometown for the cameras. The most amusing appearance is by former heavyweight champion George Foreman, who says, “If I had one wish for Houston, I’d hope it doesn’t change.” George has his salesman’s smile down flat.

Technical credits are excellent across the board. The Greater Houston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau must have been very happy with the finished product. Still, it would have been nice to see somebody ambush the cameras and yell out “Houston sucks!”