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The difference was what went on behind the scenes

There is no denying that having the right connections can make a world of difference in achieving one’s goals. As is so often said, it’s not what you know but who you know. This applies not only to people but organizations as well. We all need a little help from time to time.

Such was the case with an Atlanta institution when it first opened for business. Patterned after New Orleans’ French Quarter, Underground Atlanta was an immediate hit with the nightlife crowd but its days as one of Atlanta’s most treasured entertainment venues were almost brought to an end before things ever got going. It is an interesting tale and one we thought worthy of a second look in this encore presentation of the Stories of Atlanta.

Lance Russell is an Atlanta-based filmmaker and media communicator who, for over three decades, has been entrusted by clients to tell their stories. A seasoned producer with an innate ability to cut to the heart of the matter, Lance’s instincts are tailor-made for today’s “media bite” culture. Brief, poignant and always entertaining, Lance’s current passion is bringing Atlanta’s colorful and inspiring past to life with his “rest of the story” style video series, Stories of Atlanta. “History’s best communicators,” says Lance, “have always been storytellers. It’s in our DNA. ‘Once upon a time’ is how we got to where we are now.”

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