Halley's Comet - The fascinating connection between Mark Twain and Davy Crockett

Strangely enough as Crockett was on his way out, another luminary figure was being brought into the world. This individual would become a prolific writer who would owe a great deal of his craft to the folklore and legends that were developed around Davy Crockett. 

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Difference between Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone

It is unfortunate that Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett are so often paired together. Not only were their personas and legacies entirely distinct, but the spirits of the ages they come from are perhaps as different as the Greeks and Romans. Ok, maybe I went a little over the top with that comparison. But I have to make the point that blending these two figures together prevents us from understanding the real men and the cultures that they belonged to.

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Davy and Me Ep3 - The Frontiersman

When was the last time you heard some disillusioning news about a public figure you admire? I am going to make a wild guess that it wasn't too long ago. For better or for worse, the lives of famous people, both living and deceased, are receiving as much attention for their accomplishments as they are for their mistakes. When I was in Elementary School, Davy Crockett was my Hero. But then I learned something about his life which would force me to rethink what a Hero is. This third episode of Davy and Me is about that experience which many of you will be able to relate to--when our role models let us down.

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Davy and Me Ep2 - The Alamo

This second episode of "Davy and Me" is about this emotion that we Americans feel in our stomachs every time we watch rebel good guys face off against another Evil Empire. While the monuments dedicated to this ideology can be found in the movies and collective imagination, when I was a kid I had the opportunity to see first hand that place where Davy Crockett fought in the Texas Revolution. In other words, the journey in developing my identity as an American began with a movie and culminated in my pilgrimage to the actual site where the battle took place.

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Davy and Me Ep1 - Role Models

An American Producer working in Seoul, struggles to find his own artistic voice while immersed in a foreign country. Despite having assimilated into Korean society, he wonders what he left behind decade ago when he first left his hometown. His peculiar position as an expat working in a homogenous culture, leads him to wonder if there is any mentor who can advise him. For want of an exemplary figure, he reflects on his childhood hero. This leads him to ask the question, "Do we need role models?"

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Interview with Liu Defu, Transnational Movie Director

Recently I had the opportunity to grab a beer with my good friend, Liu Defu, a Chinese movie director working out of Seoul, South Korea. He recently released a transnational melodrama called "By Chance," a production casting actors from China and Japan and a shot with a Korean crew.

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Davy Crockett Podcast?

On this day in 1836, my hero died unexpectedly while pursuing his dreams.  His motto was "be always sure you're right-then go ahead." He practiced what he preached and he lived an exceptional life as a storyteller and social activist. His intuitions lead him to both unprecedented achievements, but extreme hardships as well.  Even though he left this world prematurely just as his career was beginning, he lived a life as human beings were supposed to live -- Free and Passionatly.  This podcast is dedicated to him, David Crockett.

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Could music videos be the future of transnational cinema?

This project would be the fulfillment of a dream I had when I first moved to Korea, to produce something poetically transcultural, a work that might lack the visual spectacle of international blockbusters, but reincorporates the philosophical aspect of film that we may have drifted from with the advent of talkies.

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Does it matter what audiences think?

What I appreciated about working with Soo Zee and Leigh is that they would let this piece slide even though we knew from its conception that it was unlikely to to be a video that would get a lot of views. They believed in the story enough that this particular video received more attention than some of the other videos that were destined to get more traffic.

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