Hero and Me Podcast
In this second installment of Mark and Me, Leigh explores "a particular brand of loophole-wriggling American ingenuity" that Mark Twain personifies in his writing. It doesn't matter whether you are talking about the words of Tom, Huck, or even Twain himself in his travel diaries there is something we all admire about a rascally trickster. But when does pulling someone's leg go from being cute to just plain cruel. Mark Twain certainly pushed the limits. Leigh introspects, "Should I feel guilty about stealing my history teacher's treasured stuffed Loch Ness monster doll named Shougal MacDougal?" Perhaps we'll scratch more than the surface of Leigh's guilty admiration of rascality in Out of Depth.
Leigh Cooper, co-creator of Do Stuff (YouTube Channel), revisits a poorly written college paper, an epic boxing match between two of America’s most prominent writers, and a best friend who doesn’t pull any punches, all in the name of telling it like it is.
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.
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.
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?"
Brian A. Crandall Productions
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.
And sure enough Nosferatu, as was depicted by Murnau's classic silent film, creeped into the heroine's room, stunned her with his black magic, and proceeded to do what vampires do. Morning came, the sun rose, and the vampire was gone. But, what the story seems to have forgotten is that vampires don't die from sunlight...
I shot this movie on a shoestring budget and screened it in front of my classmates who all said in one way or another that the movie...well, it sucked.
How was I supposed to write a new script, find actors, locations, and crew all in one month? Well, I did what I had to do--something bizarre actually.
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.
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.