Tourism Matters is a film series we developed and produced for Visit Las Vegas, telling the story of the Las Vegas tourist economy through the individuals impacted by it. We employed techniques of verité-style film-making and intimate interviewing to tell these personal stories of hardship and success.

We featured Maria, a former showgirl turned entrepreneur adapting vintage Vegas culture in the face of rapid urban change. We profiled Oliver and his ragtag crew building a food truck empire to support his mother. We followed Peter, a flower shop owner, exploring the ecosystem of local artisans and small businesses it takes to create a single floral arrangement. And we produced an intimate portrait of Bill, a 100 year-old man who still works at the convention center because he loves the people, which went viral with over 10M views.

CLIENT: Las Vegas Convention & Visitorʻs Authority
AGENCY: R&R Partners
COLOR: Color A Go-Go
SOUND MIX: Disher Music & Sound, Jeremiah Moore

"To me, Las Vegas is like a wonder-world ... I meet people from all over the world and they're so friendly. I'd say that's one of the foundations of my good health. To me, life is wonderful."
- Bill Darwin