Movie review by PLUGGED IN on the Brandon Burlsworth movie GREATER

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FIRST LOOK – “Greater” movie review

 

Movie Review from “Plugged In”

“Character is what you do when nobody is looking.”

So says Arkansas Razorbacks coach Houston Nutt when he finds starting lineman Brandon Burlsworth working out alone in the team gym.

Brandon disagrees: “There’s always Someone looking, Coach.”

That line of dialogue expresses the essence of Brandon’s heart in Greater, a movie based on the true story of this remarkable young man whom we hear a sports reporter call “quite possibly the greatest walk-on story in the history of college football.”

Brandon’s story is a triumphant, satisfying tale of overcoming long odds. But it’s also a tragic story of an amazing life cut short even as it began to flourish, and how those closest to him—especially his devoted brother, Marty—seek to make sense of his seemingly senseless death.

Positive Elements

Greater is about life and faith, death and faith. And before anyone howls too loudly that I’ve just spoiled this story, well, the opening scene takes place at the monument company where Brandon’s tombstone has just arrived, with one worker there saying, “Of all people, how’s this make any sense?” A sign hanging across Main Street in sleepy Harrison, Ark., reads, “Harrison Will Always Love Brandon Burlsworth.”

The movie, then, is as much about how those who loved Brandon are coping with his loss as it is the many ways Brandon’s character, faith, integrity and perseverance enabled him to do what everyone said was impossible: start for his beloved Arkansas Razorbacks as an unheralded walk-on.

Brandon’s life isn’t an easy one. His father, Leo, is an alcoholic who until recently had zero contact with his family for a decade. His mother, Barbara, valiantly struggles to make ends meet, even as she dotes on her youngest charge. Meanwhile, Brandon’s much older brother, Marty, tries to get the overweight boy with a sweet tooth off the couch and out in the yard to play ball.

Brandon longs to play big-time college football for the Razorbacks. But he’s overweight. He’s slow. He has no real natural talent. He’s a magnet for bullies. In other words, nothing about Brandon marks him as a gifted athlete destined for glory.

Brandon’s kindhearted high school coach, however, encourages him to give his best effort. He challenges Brandon to be the first one to arrive at practice and the last to leave. Brandon takes that advice to heart—for the rest of his football career. No one is ever at practice before Brandon or stays longer. It’s just the first of many moments in the movie where the young man pairs a quietly indomitable work ethic with a teachable spirit as he takes a coach’s words to heart.

No one believes Brandon can achieve his dream, save perhaps his mother. Marty encourages him, but tries to coach him on being realistic, as do his coaches. When he meets Coach Bender at Arkansas, for instance, the man bluntly tells him that he’ll never be anything more than practice fodder for the scholarship players.

But thanks to his willingness to work, to learn, to submit and to practice the skills his coaches teach him, Brandon proves them all wrong in route to becoming a starter, an All-American and even getting drafted by the Indianapolis Colts. He goes from being a much-mocked outcast and proverbial punching bag among his peers to someone they respect and, eventually, follow as the team’s undisputed heart-and-soul leader.

Coaches deliver important life lessons throughout Brandon’s playing career. His high school coach tells the team, “You can’t control who your mom and dad is. But you can control how hard you work.” He then delivers this well-known truism: “Sow a thought, reap an action. Sow an action, you reap a habit. You sow a habit, you reap a character. you sow a character, you reap a destiny.”

Though the outcome of Brandon Burlsworth’s life was, from an earthly point of view, tragically cut short, his legacy of diligent, dignified hard work continues to influence the Arkansas Razorbacks (the film shows us in the credits) nearly 20 years after his untimely death. We even see Brandon’s father, who’s deathly ill, wishing he could have been more like his son and made the kind of wise choices that Brandon made.

Spiritual Content

There’s a great deal of Christian content in this film. It can perhaps best be summarized by saying that Brandon’s unwavering faith deeply informs everything he does, while his brother’s faltering faith after Brandon’s death is something he grapples with mightily.

Brandon has deep trust in God. At every step along his journey, when naysayers rise up to tell him that he’s being unrealistic, Brandon keeps moving forward in faith. Marty is more pragmatic, asking his brother things like, “You think God would give you D I [Division 1] dreams and a D III (Division III) body?” To Marty, the answer to that rhetorical, spiritual question is self-evident. Brandon, however, soldiers on, refusing to give up. “Have faith, Marty,” he says elsewhere. “This is my road.”

For his part, Marty struggles to cling to his faith in the wake of his brother’s death. That internal battle is depicted in a dramatic way through ongoing dialogue with a doubter named the Farmer. Marty’s trying to summon the courage to go into Brandon’s memorial service at Harrison High School. And the Farmer, depicted very nearly as a Satan-like tempter, repeatedly delivers soliloquies about the utter foolishness of faith. In one scene, the man (who’s whittling a portrait of Marty into a block of wood, almost as if he’s creating a voodoo doll) says, “Brandon did have faith. He believed if he worked hard and did everything he was supposed to do, God would make everything turn out for the best. Did everything turn out for the best, Marty?”

Elsewhere, the Farmer taunts, “There is no loving God, Marty. That’s ridiculous. There’s just a howling void. And a real man, an honest man, doesn’t get down on his knees to pray to it for his mercy. He stands up to it, and he looks it right in his face and he howls right back.”

But Marty also talks with his godly mother about how to process the randomness of Brandon’s death. She tells him that it’s only random when looked at from an earthly perspective. “If you assume this is all there is, you’d have a point, Marty. But that’s not true. This life is a drop in the ocean. One tick of eternity’s clock, and we’ll all be together again, Marty. And every trouble we had here will recede away like a dream.”

Elsewhere, we hear hymns and passages of Scripture, see folks praying, see how Brandon’s witness influences others on the team to embrace faith themselves and watch many football players begin attending a Bible study.

Sexual Content

A waitress at a restaurant wears a top revealing both shoulders. Football players are shown shirtless and in towels in the locker room. (One player jokingly calls another in a towel “sexy.”) A couple of scenes also show players in their underwear. Someone advises Brandon to “stay away from fast women” as he’s preparing to go to college. When Brandon gets some huge glasses to correct a vision problem, one of his teammates jokes, “Did you order no-sex specs?”

Violent Content

Football scenes picture some tough hits. One line of dialogue hints Brandon’s father may have physically abused him when he was younger. (“No one’s going to hurt you,” Marty tells the scared boy at one point, apparently referencing their dad.)

We hear that Brandon has been killed in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, prompting wailing grief from his bereaved mother. We see portions of funeral scenes for two characters.

Crude or Profane Language

When Coach Bender tells Brandon a story that includes the uncensored phrase “pile of s—,” Brandon corrects his profanity and calls it a “pile of manure” instead.

Brandon’s meanly labeled a “fat a–” three times. God’s name is taken in vain once. We also hear “heck,” “oh my gosh” and “jeez” once each. “Butt,” “turd” and “suck” are used two or three times each.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Brandon and Marty’s father, Leo, is an alcoholic and a smoker. He insists he’s tried to clean up his act when he reappears after a 10-year-absence from his sons’ lives while Brandon’s still in high school. Barb and Marty agree to let Brandon spend a night with his dad, who’s trying to reengage. But Marty lays down the law regarding his drinking around the boy: “Not one drop.” Leo fails that night, and Brandon finds the man drunk and clutching a mostly empty liquor bottle the next morning. Marty confronts Leo about this lapse and his supposed desire for sobriety, asking, “Do you really want help? I’ll be there for you. Until then, you stay out of our lives.”

Several of Brandon’s fellow Arkansas Razorbacks football players play a prank on him, tricking him into drinking two tall strawberry daiquiris that, unbeknownst to teetotaling Brandon, are laced with alcohol. He’s crushed when he finds out, and angrily leaves the restaurant to go run off the alcohol in the middle of the night in a driving rain storm.

Football players talk about alcohol being a part of college life. We see people drinking bottles of beer.

Other Negative Elements

Marty is deeply invested in Brandon’s life. But sometimes his frustrations boil over in negative ways. His nickname for Brandon is “Cheesecake,” a reference to Brandon’s love of junk food. Sometimes it’s a nickname that’s lobbed with affection. Other times, however, Marty uses that nickname in a shaming way.

Brandon’s teammates initially mock both his weight and his regimented, disciplined lifestyle. One says that he’s an “OCD poster child,” while another disparages, “He’s like if Rain Man and C-3PO had a love child.”

We hear Brandon vomiting (off camera) during an intense football practice. Coach Bender relates a fable of sorts about digging through a pile of manure to find a horse presumably buried somewhere beneath.

Conclusion

Just when you think all the great football stories have been told, up pops another one. And unless you live in Arkansas or are a big-time college football fan, the amazing true story of Brandon Burlsworth is likely going to be new to you as it was to me.

There are familiar elements here, of course. The training sequences, the narrative that invites you to root for the underdog. But Brandon scales that metaphorical mountain, proving that hard work, discipline, faith and quiet integrity can pay enormous dividends.

If that were as far as the story went, it would be a redemptive one. But this movie also spends as much time grappling with that familiar narrative’s vexing converse: why someone who does everything right for the right reasons would suffer the seemingly cruel fate that Brandon does.

In this, Greater treads off the beaten sports-movie path into deeper philosophical and spiritual questions. It refuses to give a pat answer to why bad things happen to good people. Instead, we watch as those who survive Brandon try to come to grips with this tragedy. (And, occasionally, players and coaches use the kind of salty language we’d likely hear in a real locker room.)

Marty struggles. His mother trusts. A town mourns. But they’re all eventually able to celebrate the goodness of Brandon Burlsworth’s faith-filled life. They recognize that his legacy is one of giving your all, no matter what the outcome might be, and trusting that God will redeem it all in the end—even if the fullness of that redemption won’t be completely unfurled until the next life.

Razorbacks Remember Legend With Award

Uploaded on Aug 23, 2010

The Brandon Burlsworth Award will honor the former hog’s memory and help walk on hogs succeed.

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Greater: Official Trailer – Old #2

Brandon Burlsworth

Uploaded on Aug 31, 2011

Brandon was a walk on turned All American at the University of Arkansas. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts and 11 days later was tragically killed in a car accident. The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation was founded in his name and has several programs: The Burls Kids program takes underprivileged children to all Arkansas Razorback and Indianapolis Colts home games. The BBF in partnership with Walmart provides eye care to 14,000 pre-K thru 12th grade students whose working families are trying, but still cannot afford extras like eye care and do not qualify for state funded programs. We hold football camps each year in Harrison and Little Rock and we have several football scholarship and awards including the Burlsworth Trophy, a national award given out to the most outstanding Division One college football player who began his career as a walk-on.

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MUSIC MONDAY Brumley Music Plays Pivotal Role in the movie GREATER Bob Brumley Sings “I’ll Fly Away” and film also features “Victory in Jesus”

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Quinton Aaron of “The Blindside” talks “Greater” and the faith and character of Brandon Burlsworth

Published on Oct 28, 2015

Quinton Aaron, star of “The Blindside”, discusses why he is so proud to be a part of “Greater”, and talks about the faith and character of Brandon Burlsworth, the greatest walk-on in college football history. “Greater” is Brandon’s story.

BRUMLEY MUSIC PLAYS PIVOTAL ROLE IN “GREATER” – FILM RELEASES JANUARY 29TH

NEWS

Bob Brumley Sings “I’ll Fly Away” and film also features “Victory in Jesus”

Family football drama chronicles the remarkable and inspiring life
of the late Razorback All-American, Brandon Burlsworth, stars Neal McDonough,
Nick Searcy and newcomer Christopher Severio  

New York, New York – (January 18, 2016)Brumley Music, the legendary music and publishing company rich in tradition and heritage of Gospel, Country, Americana and Bluegrass music and founded by Albert E. Brumley, plays a pivotal role in a new theatrical release GREATERwhich is set to hit the big screens on January 29, 2016.

GREATER is a film about the true story of the unlikely career of Brandon Burlsworth (played by newcomer Christopher Severio), regarded as the greatest walk-on (i.e., non-scholarship player) story in the history of college football. Known for hisgreaterdistinctive black horn-rimmed glasses, the small-town Burlsworth always dreamed of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but wasn’t considered good enough to play Division I football.

Undeterred, Brandon — with the support of his older brother, Marty (Neal McDonough), and their struggling single Mom, Barbara (Leslie Easterbrook), takes a huge risk by walking on to the team in 1994. He succeeds in the face of staggering odds, and by the end of his college career, Burlsworth was not only a star player in the SEC, but he was also a 1st Team All-American. He was then taken as an early pick in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.

Eleven days after being drafted into the NFL and before he was able to sign the contract that would have changed the financial status of his family forever, Brandon died in a car accident on his way home. His death stunned the state. His loss was particularly hard on the character Marty, who struggles in the film to hang on to his own faith in the aftermath of Brandon’s death – confronted at his brother’s funeral by a mysterious farmer (Nick Searcy) who tries to convince him that a truly loving God would not let such a bad thing happen to someone who was so good.

The most recorded song of all time, “I’ll Fly Away” by Albert E. Brumley is performed by Bob Brumley in a scene where Burlsworth is driving the car and singing along. Fans can hear Bob’s rendition on the radio as Burlsworth (played by Christopher Sevario) is driving the car. A clip of that pivotal scene which changes the course of the story can be seen here: http://bit.ly/flyaway_40sec

Another song from the Brumley Music Group, “Victory in Jesus” is also featured in the film. “Victory in Jesus” was written by Albert E. Brumley’s mentor, EM Bartlett and further proves that Gospel music is a vital part of establishing the importance of faith, family and conviction in this remarkable story about a remarkable athlete.

Movie trailer for GREATER is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ye6blzkaqi5cbfu/01_GRTR_TRLR_Online.mov?dl=0

“GREATER is a truly inspirational story about perseverance and a remarkable man named Brandon Burlsworth whose story is very inspiring,” said Bob Brumley, CEO of Brumley Music Company. “I am very proud of having played a role in the film and that my father’s music sets the tone for one of the most important scenes in the movie.”

The film will open nationwide on over 400 screens on January 29, 2016. Initial reviews praise the adaptation and storytelling. Albert E. Brumley’s music has been featured in numerous television series and films and recorded by a multitude of award-winning musicians in every genre. Brumley Music has been featured prominently in the movie “O’ Brother Where Art Thou” which starred George Clooney and the seven-time Platinum selling soundtrack. Brumley Music also provided music for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Apostle” and “Daddy’s Dyin Who’s Got the Will.” Television series such as the legendary hit television series “The Waltons” and Spike Lee’s documentary “When the Levees Broke” also feature Brumley Music among others.

Hammond Entertainment presents a Greater Productions, LLC production. GREATER is produced by Brian Reindl and directed by David Hunt from a script written by Brian Reindl and David Hunt. Neal McDonough and Brian Reindl serve as Executive Producers. The film stars Chris Severio, Neal McDonough (ARROW, BAND OF BROTHERS) Leslie Easterbrook (the POLICE ACADEMY franchise), Michael Parks (ARGO) and Nick Searcy (JUSTIFIED).

 

ABOUT BRUMLEY MUSIC COMPANY: Brumley Music Company, located in Powell, Missouri, is a music publishing and production company founded in the early 1940s by Albert E. Brumley. It also operates The Hartford Music Group which is part of the Brumley Music Company. President and CEO, Bob Brumley operates the company whose mission is to uphold Albert E. Brumley’s legacy while producing and providing inspirational music built on a rich tradition and heritage. Brumley’s hit Gospel song “I’ll Fly Away” remains the most recorded song ever and serves as the namesake as the company’s foundation “The I’ll Fly Away Foundation.” The company produces songbooks, the popular annual “Gospel Sing” four-day musical event, oversees the wide catalog of Brumley original music, publishing and licensing. Find out more at www.facebook.com/thebrumleysing or http://www.twitter.com/BrumleyMusic. Brumley Music can also be reached by calling 1-800-435-3725. For ticket information to the 47th Annual Gospel Sing go to www.brumleymusic.com.

FIRST LOOK – “Greater” movie review

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Greater: Official Trailer – Old #2

Brandon Burlsworth

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Café Society review – Woody Allen on nostalgic form 3/5stars Wendy Ide Sunday 4 September 2016 03.00 EDT

I have posted so many reviews on Woody Allen’s latest movie CAFE SOCIETY and I even posted an open letter I wrote to Woody Allen about the film. A serious theme of the afterlife is brought up in this film too. Some reviewers liked the film and the lavish surroundings in it and some did not. Below is another review.

Café Society review – Woody Allen on nostalgic form

3/5stars

Jesse Eisenberg is suitably jittery as the director’s alter ego, but it’s Kristen Stewart’s naturalism that carries the movie

Jesse Eisenberg in Café Society.
‘A disconcertingly accurate channelling of the director’: Jesse Eisenberg in Café Society. Photograph: Sabrina Lantos/Warner Bros

From the reassuring chug of Woody Allen’s trademark trad jazz score toJesse Eisenberg’s disconcertingly accurate channelling of the director’s jittery introspection, this handsome, nostalgia-sodden romance feels rather familiar. But just when you are about to dismiss the picture as pure cappuccino froth, the bittersweet bite kicks in. It’s not in the same league as Allen’s finest work, but nor is it a honking misfire like Magic in the Moonlight.

Eisenberg plays Bobby Dorfman, the son of a Bronx jeweller who decides to try his luck in Hollywood. His one industry connection, his uncle Phil (Steve Carell), is a high-powered agent who takes a liking to his nephew. It’s through Uncle Phil that Bobby meets Vonnie (Kristen Stewart), Phil’s secretary. Bobby is smitten, but Vonnie tactfully keeps him at arm’s length until, dumped by her boyfriend, she turns to him for comfort. The 1930s setting – Hollywood and New York are sketched with crisp, immaculately tailored art deco lines – is one of the film’s main assets. Allen increasingly seems more at ease with a story that pays tribute to a past era of cinema than one that is wholly contemporary. Another plus is Stewart, whose low-key naturalism draws us in and brings Vonnie to the very heart of the film. However, in contrast to the effortlessly elegant backdrop, a Bronx-accented narration is gratingly crude and unnecessary – like dipping a donut into a perfectly mixed martini.

Café Society Official International Trailer #1 (2016) – Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart Movie HD

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Mark J. Perry@Mark_J_Perry July 30, 2016 10:46 am | AEIdeas Happy 104th birthday, Milton Friedman

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Happy 104th birthday, Milton Friedman

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Tomorrow (Sunday) is Milton Friedman’s birthday — he was born on July 31 in 1912 and would have been 104 years old today. Unfortunately, Milton died on November 16, 2006 when he was 94 years old. In an editorial in the Wall Street Journal following Professor Friedman’s death, they reported his loss with the same tribute Milton used when Ronald Reagan died, saying “few people in human history have contributed more to the achievement of human freedom.” In honor of his legacy and birthday, here are 20 of my favorite Milton Friedman quotes:

1. There is nothing as permanent as a temporary government program.

2. Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon.

3. Inflation is caused by too much money chasing after too few goods.

4. Sloppy writing reflects sloppy thinking.

5. All learning is ultimately self-learning.

6. I’m in favor of legalizing drugs. According to my values system, if people want to kill themselves, they have every right to do so. Most of the harm that comes from drugs is because they are illegal.

7. Nobody spends somebody else’s money as carefully as he spends his own. Nobody uses somebodyelse’s resources as carefully as he uses his own. So if you want efficiency and effectiveness, if you want knowledge to be properly utilized, you have to do it through the means of private property.

8. The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.

9. The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy.

10. The high rate of unemployment among teenagers, and especially black teenagers, is both a scandal and a serious source of social unrest. Yet it is largely a result of minimum wage laws. We regard the minimum wage law as one of the most, if not the most, anti-black laws on the statute books.

11. Industrial progress, mechanical improvement, all of the great wonders of the modern era have meant relatively little to the wealthy. The rich in Ancient Greece would have benefited hardly at all from modern plumbing: running servants replaced running water. Television and radio? The patricians of Rome could enjoy the leading musicians and actors in their home, could have the leading actors as domestic retainers. Ready-to-wear clothing, supermarkets — all these and many other modern developments would have added little to their life. The great achievements of Western capitalism have redounded primarily to the benefit of the ordinary person. These achievements have made available to the masses conveniences and amenities that were previously the exclusive prerogative of the rich and powerful.

12. President Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”… Neither half of that statement expresses a relation between the citizen and his government that is worthy of the ideals of free men in a free society. “What your country can do for you” implies that the government is the patron, the citizen the ward. “What you can do for your country” assumes that the government is the master, the citizen the servant.

13. On the difference between public vs. private education: “Try talking French with someone who studied it in public school. Then with a Berlitz graduate.”

14. Fair’ is in the eye of the beholder; ‘free’ is the verdict of the market. The word ‘free’ is used three times in the Declaration of Independence and once in the First Amendment to the Constitution, along with ‘freedom.’ The word ‘fair’ is not used in either of our founding documents.

15. What most people really object to when they object to a free market is that it is so hard for them to shape it to their own will. The market gives people what the people want instead of what other people think they ought to want. At the bottom of many criticisms of the market economy is really lack of belief in freedom itself.

16. The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn’t construct his theory under order from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn’t revolutionize the automobile industry that way. In the only cases in which the masses have escaped from grinding poverty, the only cases in recorded history are where they’ve had capitalism and largely free trade. If you want to know where the masses are worst off, it’s exactly in the kinds of societies that depart from that, so that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear: that there is no alternative way so far discovered of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.

17. The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm; capitalism is that kind of a system.

18. With some notable exceptions, businessmen favor free enterprise in general but are opposed to it when it comes to themselves.

19. The case for prohibiting drugs is exactly as strong and as weak as the case for prohibiting people from overeating.

20. The government has no more right to tell me what goes into my mouth [including illegal drugs] than it has to tell me what comes out of my mouth.

Bonus 1: You’ll find a great collection here of more than 30 Milton Friedman videos (the “Milton Friedman Speaks” lectures) on a variety of topics including “What is America?”, “Is Capitalism Humane?”, free trade, energy policy, the role of government in a free society, education and vouchers, the rights of workers, consumer protection, equality and freedom, and the future of our free society.

Bonus 2: Below are some graphics created by AEI’s Olivier Ballou to honor Friedman’s birthday:

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Trailers and the incredible cast of the movie GREATER about the life of Brandon Burlsworth!!

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Football camp

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Brandon Burlsworth Football camp

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Trailers and the incredible cast of the movie GREATER about the life of Brandon Burlsworth!!

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Neal McDonough

Neal McDonough
(Marty Burlsworth)

Neal McDonough was born on February 13, 1966 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, to Catherine (Bushe) and Frank McDonough, motel owners who were born in Ireland. He grew up in Barnstable, Massachusetts, graduated from Barnstable High School, and attended Syracuse University. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 1988. McDonough frequently appeared as Captain Laser, inspiring young students to bring their studies to completion. Fron there, he trained for a short time at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. McDonough has made many television and film appearances since 1991, including Star Trek: First Contact, Minority Report, Timeline, Walking Tall, The Guardian and Flags of Our Fathers. His most recent television appearances include Band of Brothers, Boomtown, Desperate Housewives,Medical Investigation, Tin Man and Justified.

Chris Severio

Chris Severio
(Brandon Burlsworth)

Born in Louisiana, Christopher Severio was immersed in acting and performing at a very young age. He appeared alongside his brother in several of his fathers, Tony Severio, short films. Having a severe case of the acting bug, Christopher enhanced his craft with extensive training with some of New Orleans best acting coaches. After several small part and film appearances including stunt work, Chris appeared in his father film, Rugaru, as the supporting character Blake. The film stars Randall Oliver and Joe Estevez.

Next came a supporting role as the Beer Knight in Fox Digital Studio’s series, Suit Up, directed by Christopher Leone and starring Marc Evan Jackson and Barry Corbin. The series was a success and Fox launched another season bringing Christopher back in the now popular character, the Beer Knight.

Nick Searcy

Nick Searcy
(The Farmer)

In the summer of 1996, Searcy produced, directed and acted in his first independent feature, Carolina Low. Searcy’s other film credits include the blockbustersNell, The Fugitive, Cast Away, Head of State,Runaway Jury, and The Ugly Truth. He broke onto the scene as the villain Frank Bennett in Universal’sFried Green Tomatoes. Searcy is a veteran of several television series. He had a recurring role on ABC’sThunder Alley was a series regular on CBS’ American Gothic UPN’s “7 Days” (1998-2001) and ABC’sRodney (2004-2006) and has guest starred on Boston Legal, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and The West Wing, among others. He has also starred in several movies-of-the-week, including In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness, Stolen Innocence all for CBS. Searcy was a series regular on HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon. Searcy’s theatre credits include several Off-Broadway plays and regional/stock productions of “Guys and Dolls,” “Cabaret” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Searcy is married to the actress Leslie Riley and has 2 lovely children, one in college and one in the third grade.

Leslie Easterbrook

Leslie Easterbrook
(Barbara)

Leslie Easterbrook is known for her roles in The Devil’s Rejects (2005), Police Academy (1984) andHalloween (2007). She serves on the board of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and supports a number of children’s charities including Girls, Inc., The Sunshine Kids and Variety Children’s Charities. She is married to Dan Wilcox.

Quinton Aaron

Quinton Aaron
(Coach Aaron) – Cameo

Quinton Aaron was born in the Bronx, New York City. He was raised in Augusta, Georgia, by his mother, the late Laura Aaron, who wrote the book “Leave Me Alone” under the name L. A. Aaron. From an early age, Quinton has been singing. When he was nine years old, he was baptized and joined the church choir where he was a mute singer. His acting debut began with the Christmas Play. Quinton’s film debut started with Michel Gondry’s ‘Be Kind Rewind’ starring Jack Black and Mos Def. Other appearances such as ‘Fighting’ with Channing Tatum and co-starred in a NYU short film called Mr. Brooklyn. Actor best known for his work starring in Oscar nominated film The Blind Side, since then has done numerous guest star roles in shows like Law&Order SVU, One Tree Hill, Harry’s Law etc… Now Aaron is producing his first feature that he’ll also star in as well called Touch and Go which is a drama suspense story. Quinton is also co-writing a love story which he will also be starring in.

Quinton Aaron of “The Blindside” talks “Greater” and the faith and character of Brandon Burlsworth

Published on Oct 28, 2015

Quinton Aaron, star of “The Blindside”, discusses why he is so proud to be a part of “Greater”, and talks about the faith and character of Brandon Burlsworth, the greatest walk-on in college football history. “Greater” is Brandon’s story.

FIRST LOOK – “Greater” movie review

Razorbacks Remember Legend With Award

Uploaded on Aug 23, 2010

The Brandon Burlsworth Award will honor the former hog’s memory and help walk on hogs succeed.

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Greater: Official Trailer – Old #2

Brandon Burlsworth

Uploaded on Aug 31, 2011

Brandon was a walk on turned All American at the University of Arkansas. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts and 11 days later was tragically killed in a car accident. The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation was founded in his name and has several programs: The Burls Kids program takes underprivileged children to all Arkansas Razorback and Indianapolis Colts home games. The BBF in partnership with Walmart provides eye care to 14,000 pre-K thru 12th grade students whose working families are trying, but still cannot afford extras like eye care and do not qualify for state funded programs. We hold football camps each year in Harrison and Little Rock and we have several football scholarship and awards including the Burlsworth Trophy, a national award given out to the most outstanding Division One college football player who began his career as a walk-on.

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WATCH THE TRAILER FOR ‘GREATER’, FILM ABOUT FORMER ARKANSAS WALK-ON BRANDON BURLSWORTH ANDREW DOUGHTY 06 JANUARY 2016

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726 Harrison 04-27-2011 Part 3

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BY ANDREW DOUGHTY

06 JANUARY 2016

Two decades ago, Brandon Burlsworth, an offensive lineman from the small town of Harrison in northern Arkansas, began his journey as the most remarkable walk-on player in college football history. After redshirting as a freshman in 1994, he earned a scholarship the following season and starting spot before developing into one of the best lineman in the nation. Burlsworth was a First-Team All-American in 1998, the Razorbacks’ first such player in nine years.

He was tragically killed in a car accident the following year, shortly after being selected in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, ending a life of happiness, perseverance and integrity.

Since his death, the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation has created dozens of programs, scholarships and events to support “the physical and spiritual needs of children, in particular those children who have limited opportunities.”

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Greater stars Christopher Severio (Burlsworth), Neal McDonough and Nick Searcy and is set to hit theaters on Jan. 29. Here’s a look at the trailer:

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I attended a dinner and heard Stephen Moore of the Heritage Foundation speak about Trump!

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Trump Economic Adviser Stephen Moore VS. Liberal Economist Paul Krugman – August 7, 2016

I attended a dinner  and heard Stephen Moore of the Heritage Foundation speak about Trump and I got a chance to ask a question about Moore’s 2013 article on Milton Friedman’s view on Immigration and you can read that article here at this link.

Moore Talks Taxes, Trump September 22, 2016 Caleb Taylor 

Stephen Moore, an economist with the Heritage Foundation and a top economic advisor for Donald Trump, said Tuesday that Arkansas should get serious about reducing its income tax.

Moore spoke for about an hour Tuesday night on taxes and Trump at a dinner hosted by the Advance Arkansas Institute.

Moore said:

I keep coming back to this state because there are nine states without an income tax. My mission is to make Arkansas the 10th state without an income tax. By the way those nine states without and income tax, they’re dramatically outgrowing the states with high tax rates.

You aren’t going to get much economic benefit (from cutting the income tax rate on the low-end) it’s better than doing nothing, but you’ve got to bring all of the income tax rates down especially the highest tax rates. Most of the business owners and small business owners pay the individual income tax rate. Why would you want small businesses to pay a 6.9 percent rate? That’s an abomination. Let’s get the highest individual income tax rate lowered and eventually to zero.

Arkansas currently has the highest top individual income tax rate, as compared to its bordering states. Tennessee and Texas have no income tax.

Moore also detailed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s economic agenda. Moore said:

We have an amazing economic program. We put together a great tax plan. It’s a supply-side tax rate reduction plan. It cuts the business tax for all businesses to 15 percent from as high as 40 percent. We think that’s just going to be a magnet for jobs. We are going to have a massive deregulation. I told Trump.. The first thing we’re going to do is put an executive order on your desk that repeals this so-called Clean Power Plan. That’s the bill that would put tens of thousands of coal miners throughout this country out of work.

He’s a businessman and he does know how regulation affects business. Most people in Washington (D.C.) don’t. We’re going to repeal the Clean Power Plan. We’re going to repeal most, if not all, of Obamacare.

Moore, who said Trump wasn’t his first choice to be the Presidential nominee, described Trump as someone who would be a “disruptor” of the status quo in Washington D.C. This is why some in the Republican Party and the conservative movement are still not actively supporting his candidacy, according to Moore. Moore said:

He is going to disrupt Washington D.C. and I believe that’s a very good thing. Some of the political consultants, lobbyists, pollsters and political insiders…they’re terrified of Trump. The reason there is such a ferocious anti-Trump movement inside of the conservative movement is because frankly…they don’t really care about middle class people. They just care about themselves. A lot of these people…they’d do better professionally if Hillary won instead of Trump. So a lot of this is… we don’t just need a shakeup in the Democratic Party. We need one in the Republican Party as well.

Will Trump defeat Hillary Clinton? Will he “disrupt Washington?” Stay tuned.

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FRIEDMAN FRIDAY 2 videos by Milton Friedman on welfare state plus 2 cartoons that illustrate the fate of socialism from the Cato Institute

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Cato Institute scholar Dan Mitchell is right about Greece and the fate of socialism:

In my speeches, especially when talking about the fiscal crisis in Europe (or the future fiscal crisis in America), I often warn that the welfare state reaches a point-of-no-return when the number of people riding in the wagon begins to outnumber the number of people pulling the wagon.

To be more specific, if more than 50 percent of the population is dependent on government (employed in the bureaucracy, living off welfare, receiving pensions, etc), it becomes rather difficult to form a coalition to fix the mess. This may explain why Greek politicians have resisted significant reforms, even though the nation faces a fiscal death spiral.

But you don’t need me to explain this relationship. One of our Cato interns, Silvia Morandotti, used her artistic skills to create two images (click pictures for better resolution) that show what a welfare state looks like when it first begins and what it eventually becomes.

These images are remarkably accurate. The welfare state starts with small programs targeted at a handful of genuinely needy people. But as  politicians figure out the electoral benefits of expanding programs and people figure out the that they can let others work on their behalf, the ratio of producers to consumers begins to worsen.

Eventually, even though the moochers and looters should realize that it is not in their interest to over-burden the people pulling the wagon, the entire system breaks down.

Then things get really interesting. Small nations such as Greece can rely on permanent bailouts from bigger countries and the IMF, but sooner or later, as larger nations begin to go bankrupt, that approach won’t be feasible.

I often conclude my speeches by joking with the audience that it’s time to stock up on canned goods, bottled water, and ammo. Many people, I’m finding, don’t think that line very funny.

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The department will spend $910 billion in 2011, or $7,710 for every U.S. household. It employs 68,000 workers and runs more than 420 subsidy programs.

Milton Friedman – Roots Of The Welfare State


Timeline of Government Growth

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Downsize This!

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  • Medicaid Reforms. Federal spending on low-income health care should be converted to block grants for the states.
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  • 2010 Health Care Legislation. The law expanded Medicaid, added new taxes and subsidies, created new bureaucracies, and did little to reduce cost growth in health care.

The government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.

– James Madison. A paraphrase from Elliot’s Debates regarding a proposed subsidy bill, House of Representatives, January 10, 1794.

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‘Greater’: Neal McDonough Gets to Be a Good Man of Faith (Not Just in Real Life) August 25, 2016 by Kate O’Hare

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Sports Dungeon 05-17-2011 Part 2

Uploaded on May 18, 2011

Host Loren Tepper talks with Marty Burlsworth, Executive Director of the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation, about the Football Camp coming to FS Garrison Stadium in Harrison on June 10th and 11th. For information and to register go to http://www.brandonburlsworth.org.

726 Harrison 04-27-2011 Part 3

Football camp

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Brandon Burlsworth Football camp

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‘Greater’: Neal McDonough Gets to Be a Good Man of Faith (Not Just in Real Life)

Greater-Neal-McDonoughAs an entertainment journalist, I’ve spoken to actor Neal McDonough for different projects since the 1990s. He hit big playing the heroic Buck Compton in HBO’s “Band of Brothers” in 2001 — and became Compton’s friend, seeing him the last time shortly before his death in 2012 — and since then, he’s been mostly known for playing villains.

With his bleached-blond hair (first acquired to play Compton) and ice-blue eyes, McDonough makes an intimidating presence on screen — including a recent memorable turn as the drug kingpin/psycho-killer Quarles in FX’s “Justified” — but in person, it’s a different story.

He’s a family man, married with five children, a devout Catholic and a political conservative. All those things should ensure that he never works in Hollywood, but the opposite is true. McDonough recently relocated his family to Vancouver, Canada, and is hard at work on “Arrow,” “The Flash” and other comic-book dramas from executive producer Greg Berlanti.

But those five kids probably couldn’t watch very much of what their father has done — until now.

On Friday, Aug. 26, “Greater” is released in theaters across America. It’s based on the real-life story of Brandon Burlsworth, a “walk on” (meaning no athletic scholarship) who landed on the UniversityNeal-McDonough of Arkansas Razorbacks football team. Deemed too short and out of shape for the NFL, Burlsworth, bolstered by his Christian faith and a fierce work ethic, distinguished himself on the field and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts.

But, 11 days after being drafted, and before he signed his contract, Burlsworth (played by Christopher Severio) was killed in a car accident. This brought on a crisis of faith for his older brother, Marty (McDonough), who essentially raised him.

The state of Arkansas was also shaken, trying to understand how such misfortune could strike someone who appeared to be a devoted Christian and all-around good guy.

Also starring is conservative actor Nick Searcy (“Justified”), who directed the upcoming “Gosnell” feature film.

Calling “Greater” a “one-note sermon,” Variety unfortunately wasn’t impressed with the movie, saying:

Given Burlsworth’s piousness, Hunt and co-writer David Reindl use his untimely passing as a means of addressing a core spiritual conundrum: If God exists, how can He allow decent “Pilgrim’s Progress”-reading people like Burlsworth to perish so young? They tackle that query via Burlsworth’s much-older brother Marty (Neal McDonough), who, on the cusp of his sibling’s funeral, struggles to understand why awful things happen to the innocent and righteous. As with the religious comments strewn throughout “Greater,” this framing device is handled with maximum exposition and minimal grace. Its ham-fistedness is compounded by Marty’s prolonged conversation with a wood-whittling stranger (Nick Searcy) whose declarations about the universe’s “pitiless indifference” and the “howling abyss” that awaits those after death speaks to his oh-so-obvious Satanic nature.

Burlsworth’s straight-and-narrow course to gridiron glory is recounted in flashbacks that unfailingly cast him as a flawless servant of the Lord, an indefatigable and selfless worker, and an aw-shucks good guy. As embodied by newcomer Chris Severio, Burlsworth is a friendly giant with enormous black-rimmed glasses (think Drew Carey by way of Clark Kent) who ignores insults and never gets discouraged, to the point that even his drunken lout of a father (Michael Parks) can’t shake his confidence.

The Los Angeles Times was kinder, saying:

The true story of the late Arkansas Razorbacks football hero Brandon Burlsworth is an underdog saga to rival “Rudy,” and while the modest Burlsworth biopic “Greater” doesn’t have that film’s inspirational spark, the indie drama is just sweet enough and slick enough to appeal to pigskin fans and Christian family audiences.

A fine cast helps. Neal McDonough (who also co-produced) plays Brandon’s older brother Marty, who raises him in lieu of their absentee alcoholic father (the always-excellent Michael Parks). Nick Searcy plays a mysterious figure Marty talks to about God during Brandon’s funeral, as the film’s framing device.

But, McDonough liked it. As he told me, calling in during a family outing to a Vancouver mall:

It really came down to a letter that was sent to me by the writers and the producers. They said, ‘We really want you go be this guy, because if anyone could pull off the Jimmy Stewart/”It’s a Wonderful Life”-type of character for this piece, it’s Neal McDonough. I’m like, “OK, well, why do you say that?” They said, “Well, we saw you in ‘Justified.’” I’m like, “How does ‘Justified’ get to Jimmy Stewart in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’? He goes, “Well, I saw all the different levels of your performance, and I thought you were the perfect guy for this movie.” I said, “All right.”

[My wife] Ruve and I read the script. I said, “I want to be an executive producer on this, so I can really bring it home and get the right people attached, bring in some friends and make this something special.”

“I’ve been in so many films and so many TV shows, this one, for some reason, right when I read it at the beginning, was near and dear to my heart. Me being the ultimate Catholic boy, I finally got to do something about faith. You never get to do something about faith. In general, I’m playing the bad guy in so many things.”

When you get to do a piece where it questions faith and what life is really all about — I’ve wanted to do that for a while, and this came long. I was like, “Oh, boy, this is such a great piece for me and my family,” that I jumped right in. We kicked some serious butt on this one.

To make this thing come home true and strong and really show how amazing Brandon was, and how amazing his life was, and Marty’s life also, what Marty did, it was really a great time of my life. I’m so proud of this movie.

If you wondered why I wasn’t coy about revealing that Brandon dies, it’s because “Greater” begins there. Said McDonough:

The reason I loved the piece so much, everyone through Arkansas, and everyone who’s seen the movie, knows that Brandon dies right at the very beginning. I love that it wasn’t, “Here’s his life; and then he died.” It was, “He’s dead, and how do you deal with it?,” when everyone says, “He’s in a better place.”

Marty certainly didn’t have Brandon’s faith. He had faith, but no one had faith as strong as Brandon Burlsworth. The kid was incredible. For everyone to say, “Hey, he’s in a better place, don’t worry about it,” Marty is like, “What the heck are you talking about? The greatest thing in my life is gone.”

He really was his son, when you think about it. … That’s what the whole movie was about, for me, as Marty: “How do you deal with the death of someone that, to you, is so perfect”?

With my five kids, and my beautiful wife, Ruve, I’m think, “Oh gosh, what would that be like?” For some reason, Marty Burlsworth not only became stronger because of it, he became better. … If there’s a heroic, John Wayne guy on this planet, it’s Marty Burlsworth. I’m not kidding. That guy is unbelievable, and I got to play him.”

 

Quinton Aaron of “The Blindside” talks “Greater” and the faith and character of Brandon Burlsworth

Published on Oct 28, 2015

Quinton Aaron, star of “The Blindside”, discusses why he is so proud to be a part of “Greater”, and talks about the faith and character of Brandon Burlsworth, the greatest walk-on in college football history. “Greater” is Brandon’s story.

FIRST LOOK – “Greater” movie review

Razorbacks Remember Legend With Award

Uploaded on Aug 23, 2010

The Brandon Burlsworth Award will honor the former hog’s memory and help walk on hogs succeed.

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Greater: Official Trailer – Old #2

 

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Brandon Burlsworth

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Brandon was a walk on turned All American at the University of Arkansas. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts and 11 days later was tragically killed in a car accident. The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation was founded in his name and has several programs: The Burls Kids program takes underprivileged children to all Arkansas Razorback and Indianapolis Colts home games. The BBF in partnership with Walmart provides eye care to 14,000 pre-K thru 12th grade students whose working families are trying, but still cannot afford extras like eye care and do not qualify for state funded programs. We hold football camps each year in Harrison and Little Rock and we have several football scholarship and awards including the Burlsworth Trophy, a national award given out to the most outstanding Division One college football player who began his career as a walk-on.

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FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE PART 130 Part B Ellsworth Kelly (Featured artist is Art Green )

Andy, Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Koshalek and unidentified guest, 1980s

I featured the artwork of Ellsworth Kelly on my blog both on November 23, 2015 and December 17, 2015. Also I mailed him a letter on November 23, 2015, but I never heard back from him.  Unfortunately he died on December 27, 2015 at the age of 92.

BELOW IS MY LETTER TO ELLSWORTH KELLY:

 

November 23, 2015

Ellsworth Kelly c/o Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, Spencertown, NY

Dear Mr. Kelly,

I live in Arkansas and I just can’t get enough of the CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM in Bentonville.  In 1981 I visited 20 European countries on a college trip and I was hooked on art. I later discovered that two men I had read a lot about were friends of yours HANS ARP and JOHN CAGE. More on that later.

Francis Schaeffer is one of my favorite writers and he was constantly talking about modern culture and art in his books and that really got me interested in finding out what it was all about.  Actually on my blog http://www.thedailyhatch.org I devote my blog every Thursday to the series called FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE  and I examine the work of a modern day artist.

Francis Schaeffer pictured below:

You will notice below that your name is in bold type since I took a look at your work in one of my blog post. I would honored if you took time to look it over and let me know what your reaction is to how your life is presented in the blog post.  Here is an alphabetical list of those I have featured so far:

Marina AbramovicIda Applebroog,  Matthew Barney, Aubrey Beardsley, Larry BellWallace BermanPeter BlakeDerek BoshierPauline BotyBrenda Bury,  Allora & Calzadilla,   Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Heinz Edelmann Olafur EliassonTracey EminJan Fabre, Makoto Fujimura, Hamish Fulton, Ellen GallaugherRyan Gander, John Giorno, Rodney Graham,  Cai Guo-QiangBrion GysinJann HaworthArturo HerreraOliver HerringDavid Hockney, David Hooker,  Nancy HoltRoni HornPeter HowsonRobert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Martin KarplusMargaret KeaneMike Kelley,  Ellsworth Kelly, Peter KienJeff Koons Annie Leibovitz, John LennonRichard LinderSally MannKerry James MarshallTrey McCarley, Linda McCartney, Paul McCartneyPaul McCarthyJosiah McElhenyBarry McGee, Richard MerkinNicholas Monro,  Claes OldenburgYoko OnoTony Oursler, John OutterbridgeNam June PaikEduardo PaolozziGeorge PettyWilliam Pope L.Gerhard Richter, Anna Margaret Rose,  James RosenquistSusan RothenbergGeorges Rouault, Richard SerraShahzia Sikander, Raqub ShawThomas ShutteSaul SteinbergHiroshi SugimotoStuart SutcliffeMika Tajima,Richard TuttleLuc Tuymans, Alberto Vargas,  Banks Violett, H.C. Westermann,  Fred WilsonKrzysztof Wodiczko,Andrew WyethJamie WyethDavid WynneAndrea Zittel,

Recently I saw the film THE LONGEST RIDE and it featured the BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE. Since then I have done almost 30 posts on some of the individuals who were associated with that college such as  Anni Albers, Josef Albers, Donald AlterSylvia Ashby, James BishopJohn Cage,   Willem de Kooning (featured  in 3 posts)Ted Dreier, Ted Dreier Jr.,  Robert DuncanJorge Fick, Walter Gropius, Heinrich Jalowetz, Pete Jennerjahn, Wassily Kandinsky,   Karen Karnes,  Martha KingIrwin Kremen, Charles OlsonCharles Perrow, Robert Rauschenber,  M.C.Richards, Dorothea Rockburne,  Xanti Schawinsky, Claude Stoller Bill TreichlerSusan Weil,  David Weinrib,  and Vera B. Williams.

DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF INFLUENCED BY ANY OF THESE ARTISTS?

I wanted to encourage you to go to You Tube and take a look at Francis Schaeffer’s 26 minute film How Should We Then Live – Episode 8 – The Age of Fragmentation that has been posted recently by Eduardo Miller.  This film starts with the impressionists and goes through the modern day artists of the 1960’s (the film was made in 1976). I would love to hear your reaction to it.

How Should We Then Live – Episode 8 – The Age of Fragmentation

 

In the article, “A Little Art History,” I found these words:

It was while in Paris that Kelly met Dada artist Jean Arp (1950), and this was to have continued and strong impact on his work. Following Arp’s example, Kelly began to explore the laws of “chance and random selection” in his own work. Kelly used a cooler, more detached, near lyrical form of large-scale abstract painting, allowing this chance selection of color and pattern to bring life to his paintings. The formal composition, at that time, was created on a predetermined grid structure. When Kelly returned to the United States in 1954, he moved to New York where he became one of the chief proponents of hard-edged abstraction. As early as 1950, Kelly had made sculptural relief works, but it was not until the end of that decade that his free-standing compositions were created. As he became celebrated for his large-scale monochromatic canvases, Kelly continued to pursue sculptural projects over the following years.

I recently read this quote from YOU: 

My collages are only ideas for things much larger – things to cover walls. In fact all the things that I have done I would like to see much larger. I am not interested in painting as it has been accepted for so long – to hang on walls of houses as pictures. To hell with pictures – they should be the wall – even better – on the outside wall – of large buildings. Or stood up outside as billboards or a kind of modern ‘icon’. We must make our art like the Egyptians, the Chinese & the African and the Island primitives – with their relation to life. It should meet the eye direct.

  • In a letter to John Cage, 4 September 1950; as quoted in “Ellsworth Kelly, a Retrospective”, ed. Diane Waldman, Guggenheim museum, New York 1997, p. 11

(John Cage pictured above)

Since you were good friends with John Cage and since you were influenced by Jean (Hans) Arp to explore the laws of CHANCE AND RANDOM SELECTION  I wanted to include this next portion from the writings of Francis Schaeffer concerning Hans Arp and John Cage and it is taken from the book HOW SHOULD WE THEN LIVE?:

Hans Arp (1887-1966), an Alsatian sculptor, wrote a poem which appeared in the final issue of the magazine De Stijl (The Style) which was published by the De Stijl group of artists led by Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg. Mondrian (1872-1944) was the best-known artist of this school. He was not of the Dada school which accepted and portrayed absurdity. Rather, Mondrian was hoping to paint the absolute. Hand Arp, however, was a Dadaist artist connected with De Stijl. His power “Für Theo Van Doesburg,” translated from German reads:

the head downward
the legs upward
he tumbles into the bottomless
from whence he came

he has no more honour in his body
he bites no more bite of any short meal
he answers no greeting
and is not proud when being adored

the head downward
the legs upward
he tumbles into the bottomless
from whence he came

like a dish covered with hair
like a four-legged sucking chair
like a deaf echotrunk
half full half empty

the head downward
the legs upward
he tumbles into the bottomless
from whence he came

Dada carried to its logical conclusion the notion of all having come about by chance; the result was the final absurdity of everything, including humanity.

The man who perhaps most clearly and consciously showed this understanding of the resulting absurdity fo all things was Marcel Duchamp (1887-1969). He carried the concept of fragmentation further in Nude Descending a Staircase (1912), one version of which is now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art–a painting in which the human disappeared completely. The chance and fragmented concept of what is led to the devaluation and absurdity of all things. All one was left with was a fragmented view of a life which is absurd in all its parts. Duchamp realized that the absurdity of all things includes the absurdity of art itself. His “ready-mades” were any object near at hand, which he simply signed. It could be a bicycle wheel or a urinal. Thus art itself was declared absurd.

Francis Schaeffer in his book HOW SHOULD WE THEN LIVE? noted on pages 200-203:

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) is perhaps the clearest example in the United States of painting deliberately in order to make the statements that all is chance. He placed canvases horizontally on the floor and dripped paint on them from suspended cans swinging over them. Thus, his paintings were a product of chance. But wait a minute! Is there not an order in the lines of paint on his canvases? Yes, because it was not really chance shaping his canvases! The universe is not a random universe; it has order. Therefore, as the dripping paint from the swinging cans moved over the canvases, the lines of paint were following the order of the universe itself. The universe is not what these painters said it is.

John Cage provides perhaps the clearest example of what is involved in the shift of music. Cage believed the universe is a universe of chance. He tried carrying this out with great consistency. For example, at times he flipped coins to decide what the music should be. At other times he erected a machine that led an orchestra by chance motions so that the orchestra would not know what was coming next. Thus there was no order. Or again, he placed two conductors leading the same orchestra, separated from each other by a partition, so that what resulted was utter confusion. There is a close tie-in again to painting; in 1947 Cage made a composition he called MUSIC FOR MARCEL DUCHAMP. But the sound produced by his music was composed only of silence (interrupted only by random environmental sounds), but as soon as he used his chance methods sheer noise was the outcome.

But Cage also showed that one cannot live on such a base, that the chance concept of the universe does not fit the universe as it is. Cage is an expert in mycology, the science of mushrooms. And he himself said, “I became aware that if I approached mushrooms in the spirit of my chance operation, I would die shortly.” Mushroom picking must be carefully discriminative. His theory of the universe does not fit the universe that exists.

All of this music by chance, which results in noise, makes a strange contrast to the airplanes sitting in our airports or slicing through our skies. An airplane is carefully formed; it is orderly (and many would also think it beautiful). This is in sharp contrast to the intellectualized art which states that the universe is chance. Why is the airplane carefully formed and orderly, and what Cage produced utter noise? Simply because an airplane must fit the orderly flow lines of the universe if it is to fly!

New York, 1982, 25th Anniversary Lunch of Castelli Gallery at The Odeon. Standing left - right: Ellsworth Kelly, Dan Flavin, Joseph Kosuth, Richard Serra, Lawerence Weiner, Nassos Daphnis, Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenberg, Salvatore Scarpitta, Richard Artschwager, Mia Westerlund Roosen, Cletus Johnson, Keith Sonnier Seated left - right: Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Leo Castelli, Ed Ruscha, James Rosenquist, Robert Barry.  Photo: Hans Namuth: Art Studios, Warhol, Great Artists, Photo Artists, 24 7 Human, Artists Portraits, Artist Pic, Anniversary Lunch
New York, 1982, 25th Anniversary Lunch of Castelli Gallery at The Odeon. Standing left – right: Ellsworth Kelly, Dan Flavin, Joseph Kosuth, Richard Serra, Lawerence Weiner, Nassos Daphnis, Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenberg, Salvatore Scarpitta, Richard Artschwager, Mia Westerlund Roosen, Cletus Johnson, Keith Sonnier Seated left – right: Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Leo Castelli, Ed Ruscha, James Rosenquist, Robert Barry.  Photo: Hans Namuth

In an interview of Francis Schaeffer  published in New Wine Vol. 14 no..2 Feb. 1982 pp.4-9, he noted:

We must realize that there is no vehicle which displays the glory of God and the wonder of God as Creator as clearly as the practice of the humanities. By the humanities I mean the results of human endeavor in the area of intellectual matters and in what we usually call art. We must realize that art doesn’t have to be a gospel tract to be right. “Art as art” is right – though it can be misused -and it is right because art is a reflection of God’s creativity, an evidence that we are made in the image of God.

We must not think that because man has revolted against God and needs Christ as his Savior that his revolt has totally eradicated the marks of his being made in the image of God. It doesn’t matter who a materialist says he is – he is who he is, and he is made in the image of God. He bears some marks of being made in the image of God. No matter how far away from God these people are or how destructive they are in their teachings about the nature of man, they are still made in God’s image, whether they believe it or not.

The Bible teaches that we all know that God exists and has made us in his image and if we deny that then we are suppressing the knowledge of our conscience in unrighteousness.  Romans 1:18-19 (Amplified Bible) ” For God’s wrath and indignation are revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who in their wickedness REPRESS and HINDER the truth and make it inoperative. For that which is KNOWN about God is EVIDENT to them and MADE PLAIN IN THEIR INNER CONSCIOUSNESS, because God  has SHOWN IT TO THEM,”(emphasis mine).

I have enclosed a short tract called THIS WAS YOUR LIFE and I hope you will take a few moments and read it.

Thank you again for your time and I know how busy you are.

Everette Hatcher, everettehatcher@gmail.com, http://www.thedailyhatch.org, cell ph 501-920-5733, Box 23416, LittleRock, AR 72221, USA

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Featured artist is Art Green

  • Art Green
    Dire Straits
    1979
    oil on canvas over plywood
    36 1/2 x 44 inches

BIO

b. 1941

Art Green was born in Frankfort, Indiana. He came to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute, and graduated from there in 1965. In 1966, Green participated in the first Hairy Who exhibition organized by Don Baum at the Hyde Park Art Center. This show introduced six graduates of the Art Institute: Green, Suellen Rocca, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Karl Wirsum, and Jim Falconer. Over the next three years, this same group would exhibit together in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., both inspiring and popularizing the Chicago art movement that came to be known as Imagism.

Green also participated in two of three Phalanx shows at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1965, as well as the 1968 Chicago & Vicinity Exhibition at the Art Institute and a three-person show at Allan Frumkin Gallery (the other artists were Ray Siemanowski and Jordan Davies). In 1969, at exactly the point that Imagism was lifting off and gaining wider exposure outside of Chicago, Green accepted a position teaching in Canada, and he moved away permanently. In spite of not living here, Green continued to have a presence in Chicago through his affiliation with Phyllis Kind Gallery, with whom he showed regularly in the ’70s and ’80s. He was, in this way, sort of a shadow member of the Chicago Imagists, a historical figure and at the same time an active member of the scene.

Like many of his Imagist colleagues, Green’s paintings are highly complex compositions characterized by a dazzling use of color and a graphic sensibility drawn from popular culture. Throughout his career, he has been a master manipulator of space. In his early work, this manifested itself in surreal scenes populated by enigmatic men, curious buildings, and monumental foodstuffs. Layers of depth are indicated and complicated by piles of word bubbles and images of splitting zippers or parting curtains. Green’s later paintings are increasingly dense, with layer upon layer of bands of color woven in front of or behind finely rendered landscapes of cities or bridges. These paintings become engrossing visual puzzles for the viewer, who is simultaneously drawn into their hyper-realistic landscapes and confounded by their impossible architecture.

Green’s more recent exhibitions include his 2005 retrospective at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery in Kitchener, Ontario, a 2008 solo show at the Stride Gallery in Calgary, Alberta, and a solo exhibition at the CUE Foundation in New York in 2009. His work is in the collections of the Art Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna, and the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago.

  • Art Green
    Standard Deviations
    2011
    oil on canvas on MDF
    46 1/4 x 34 inches
  • Art Green
    Willful Representation
    2011
    oil on canvas on MDF
    54 x 46 inches
  • Art Green
    Hang Time
    2010
    oil on canvas on MDF
    83 x 40 1/2 inches
  • Art Green
    Same Difference
    2009
    oil on canvas over MDF
    48 1/2 x 43 inches
  • Art Green
    Panic Stop
    2009
    oil on canvas over MDF
    48 x 48 inches
  • Art Green
    Turning Point
    1983
    oil on canvas
    60 x 33 inches
  • Art Green
    Pressure Points
    1977
    oil on canvas
    29 x 43 inches
  • Art Green with Gladys Nilsson.
    Photograph by Jim Nutt
  • Art Green
    Dire Straits
    1979
    oil on canvas over plywood
    36 1/2 x 44 inches
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BIO

b. 1941

Art Green was born in Frankfort, Indiana. He came to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute, and graduated from there in 1965. In 1966, Green participated in the first Hairy Who exhibition organized by Don Baum at the Hyde Park Art Center. This show introduced six graduates of the Art Institute: Green, Suellen Rocca, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Karl Wirsum, and Jim Falconer. Over the next three years, this same group would exhibit together in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., both inspiring and popularizing the Chicago art movement that came to be known as Imagism.

Green also participated in two of three Phalanx shows at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1965, as well as the 1968 Chicago & Vicinity Exhibition at the Art Institute and a three-person show at Allan Frumkin Gallery (the other artists were Ray Siemanowski and Jordan Davies). In 1969, at exactly the point that Imagism was lifting off and gaining wider exposure outside of Chicago, Green accepted a position teaching in Canada, and he moved away permanently. In spite of not living here, Green continued to have a presence in Chicago through his affiliation with Phyllis Kind Gallery, with whom he showed regularly in the ’70s and ’80s. He was, in this way, sort of a shadow member of the Chicago Imagists, a historical figure and at the same time an active member of the scene.

Like many of his Imagist colleagues, Green’s paintings are highly complex compositions characterized by a dazzling use of color and a graphic sensibility drawn from popular culture. Throughout his career, he has been a master manipulator of space. In his early work, this manifested itself in surreal scenes populated by enigmatic men, curious buildings, and monumental foodstuffs. Layers of depth are indicated and complicated by piles of word bubbles and images of splitting zippers or parting curtains. Green’s later paintings are increasingly dense, with layer upon layer of bands of color woven in front of or behind finely rendered landscapes of cities or bridges. These paintings become engrossing visual puzzles for the viewer, who is simultaneously drawn into their hyper-realistic landscapes and confounded by their impossible architecture.

Green’s more recent exhibitions include his 2005 retrospective at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery in Kitchener, Ontario, a 2008 solo show at the Stride Gallery in Calgary, Alberta, and a solo exhibition at the CUE Foundation in New York in 2009. His work is in the collections of the Art Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna, and the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago.

For other people named Art Green or Arthur Green, see Arthur Green (disambiguation).

Arthur Green (born 1941) is an American professor and painter. Green was a member of the Chicago artistic group, The Hairy Who in the 1960s, a member of the University of Waterloo’s faculty for over 30 years and has been an influential painter for over 40 years.

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Early lifeEdit

Green was born in Frankfort, Indiana. His father was a civil engineer who designed bridges. His mother crafted quilts and grew flowers.

He first studied painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1965, he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts.

CareerEdit

Green first came to prominence in 1966, when he joined five other recent Art Institute graduates for the first of a series of group exhibitions called The Hairy Who at a series of shows at Chicago’s Hyde Park Art Center. The strange name reflected the trend in monikers for rock groups of the time. The other members of the group were James Falconer, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Suellen Rocca, and Karl Wirsum. Their work was known for its coarseness and vulgarity. It stood in contrast to the sleek and urban work by Manhattan artists at the time, namely Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist.

Between 1966 and 1967 Green worked at various Chicago public schools teaching seventh grade art. Between 1967 and 1968 he worked at Chicago City College as an Instructor. Green taught basic design, interior design, and art history. The following year he moved to Kendall College of Art and Design, Evanston, Illinois to assume a position as the Chair of the Fine Arts Department. There he taught studio and art history courses.

In 1969, Green married Natalie (also a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago), whose Art Institute education in pattern and fabric design became a strong influence on his work. He also accepted a teaching position at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University as an Assistant Professor.

In 1975, he received a Canada Council bursary, which enabled him to teach painting and drawing at the University of British Columbia.

In 1976, he moved and this time to Stratford, Ontario to teach at the University of Waterloo. While at UW, he served two terms as Chair of the Fine Arts Department; 1988–1991 and 2000-2002.

In 2005, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery hosted Heavy Weather: Art Green Retrospective in collaboration with theUniversity of Waterloo Art Gallery. This exhibition brought together 50 of Green’s pieces, loaned from the artist and several private and public collectors in the United States and Canada, as a comprehensive survey of his 40 year career. Gary Michael Dault created a soft cover book with the same Heavy Weather title. The book contains photographs of the 50 pieces, commentary, and resource images which had inspired Green.

In 2006, the University of Waterloo gave him emeritus status. Green is married with two children, Catherine and Nicholas. As of 2006, Green lived with his wife in Stratford, Ontario.

PaintingsEdit

Green is known for his layered paintings.

In the introduction to Heavy Weather, Green writes in the early days, “I aspired to make paintings that were awkward and monstrous, boring and familiar.”

In the mid-1980s, Green was interested in the Necker Cube. He wrote, “I was intrigued by the possibilities of simultaneously representing all sides of a rotating cube. I incorporated tiling patterns of unfolded cubes along with the hypercube in my work.”

Of his more recent work, Green wrote, “I have been trying to make layered paintings that take a long time to “see”. I want to encourage the viewer to be conscious of the (usually unconscious) process of the interpretation and construction of images in the mind.”

Noteworthy piecesEdit

  • Absolute Purity, 1967, Tastee-Freeze series
  • Immoderate Abstention, 1969, Fire and scissors
  • Saturated Fat, 1971, Tastee-Freeze series
  • Blank Slate, 1978, oil on canvas. First painting of an extended series that involve images of mirrors.
  • Risky Business, 1980, a fire-and-fingernail totem with a layered and shaped canvases
  • Persons Unknown, 1985, layered and shaped canvases
  • Double Crosser, 1991, imagery is secured, wired, lashed, tied-off, taped, and fastened with screws
  • Circular Argument, 1994, layered and shaped canvases

CollectionsEdit

Green’s paintings are in many public and private collections including those of The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON;The Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL;The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; The New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; The National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian Institution), Washington, DC; The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art,University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Northwestern University, Chicago, IL;Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS; The Province of British Columbia; The Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON;The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and The University of Waterloo Art Gallery.

ExhibitionsEdit

Since 1968, Green’s work has been the subject of over 25 solo exhibitions, including nine at Phyllis Kind Gallery (1974, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1986, Chicago and New York), three at Bau-Xi Gallery (1974, 1979, and 1983, Vancouver and Toronto), and one at Corbett vs. Dempsey (2011, Chicago). His work has also been featured in more than 120 group exhibitions, including Personal Torment–Human Response (1969, Whitney Museum of American Art); Who Chicago (1981, Camden Art Center, London); 12 Chicago Artists (National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution); and Chicago Imagists (2011, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin). In 2005, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Ontario mounted Heavy Weather, the artist’s first career retrospective. In early 2009, the CUE Art Foundation, New York hosted a solo exhibition of Green’s work, curated by Jim Nutt.

Green’s paintings are featured in the collections of major museums around the world, including: the Art Institute of Chicago; the Smart Museum of Art, the University of Chicago; the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin; the Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut.

HonoursEdit

  • 1991, awarded the Distinguished Teacher Award at the University of Waterloo
  • 1999, elected to Membership of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts[1]
  • 2004, awarded the Waterloo Regional Arts Council Arts Award for Visual Art

NotesEdit

  1. ^ “Members since 1880”. Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Retrieved 11 September 2013.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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