Posts tagged Brian A. Crandall
Davy Crockett timeline from 1786 to 1836 and beyond

Davy Crockett wore a lot of hats — not just a coonskin cap. He was a famous hunter, a charismatic politician, and a war hero. Some people know him for his legacy — his fight for the fair treatment of the poor and his participation in the Texas Revolution. Others may play down his historical significance, regarding Crockett more as a poster child of a new American culture emerging on the frontier. But yet seeming to collide with the quintessential frontiersman image, are all of those things that make him seem more like an outlier. He was the only congressman of Tennessee to vote against the Indian Removal act — an action that lead to his political ruin.

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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? My thoughts after working with YouTube creators.

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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