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!!

Greater

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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______ Francis Schaeffer “BASIS FOR HUMAN DIGNITY” Whatever…HTTHR The Roots of Hitler’s Evil by Richard Weikart Professor of History California State Univ., Stanislaus [This essay first appeared in Books and Culture: A Christian Review (Mar./Apr. 2001): 18-21] What shaped the life of the man who today is the symbol of evil and brutality, but who […]

TAKING ON PETER SINGER WITH WILLIAM CRAIG’S 4 PROPOSITIONS: 1. If God does not exist, objective moral values do not exist 2. However, evil exists 3. Therefore objective moral values exist – namely, some things are evil 4. Therefore God exists

Peter May rightly notes, “Peter Singer is arguably the most famous and influential modern philosopher, offering the most radical challenge to traditional Judeo-Christian values.” Francis Schaeffer “BASIS FOR HUMAN DIGNITY” Whatever…HTTHR Dr. Francis Schaeffer: Whatever Happened to the Human Race Episode 1 ABORTION Published on Jan 10, 2015 Whatever Happened to the Human Race? Abortion […]

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On November 21, 2014 I received a letter from Nobel Laureate Harry Kroto and it said: …Please click on this URL http://vimeo.com/26991975 and you will hear what far smarter people than I have to say on this matter. I agree with them. Harry Kroto _________________ Below you have picture of 1996 Chemistry Nobel Prize Winner Dr. […]

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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

Football camp

Uploaded on Jun 4, 2006

Brandon Burlsworth Football camp

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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.

WATCH THE TRAILER FOR ‘GREATER’, FILM ABOUT FORMER ARKANSAS WALK-ON BRANDON BURLSWORTH

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.”

He has also been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, television segments and a 2001 book, Through the Eyes of a Champion: The Brandon Burlsworth Story, by Jeff Kinley. Burlsworth’s story will now hit the big screen with a feature film.

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:

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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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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Milton Friedman – Public Schools / Voucher System __ The NAACP’s Shameful Betrayal of Black Kids September 1, 2016 by Dan Mitchell I’ve explained many times that an economy’s wealth and output depend on thequantity and quality of labor and capital and how effectively those two factors of production are combined. Let’s look today on the […]

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Milton Friedman on Immigration Part 2

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Milton Friedman on Immigration Part 1

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Dr. Walter Williams Highlights from – Testing Milton Friedman Milton Friedman PBS Free to Choose 1980 Vol 8 of 10 Who Protects the Worker The Left’s Inequality Fixation Is Economically Foolish and Politically Impotent April 22, 2015 by Dan Mitchell I don’t understand the left’s myopic fixation on income inequality. If they genuinely care about the […]

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__ Milton Friedman – The Four Ways to Spend Money What establishments are you most unsatisfied with? Probably government organizations like Dept of Motor Vehicles or Public Schools because there is no profit motive and they are not careful in the way they spend our money. Three Cheers for Profits and Free Markets April 7, 2015 […]

FRIEDMAN FRIDAY Dan Mitchell on Milton Friedman and Adam Smith’s perspective on spending other people’s money!!!

Dan Mitchell on Milton Friedman and Adam Smith’s perspective on spending other people’s money!!! Milton Friedman, Adam Smith, and Other People’s Money May 8, 2016 by Dan Mitchell From an economic perspective, too much government spending is harmful to economic performance because politicians and bureaucrats don’t have very good incentives to spend money wisely. More specifically, […]

Dan Mitchell on Milton Friedman and Adam Smith’s perspective on spending other people’s money!!!

Dan Mitchell on Milton Friedman and Adam Smith’s perspective on spending other people’s money!!! Milton Friedman, Adam Smith, and Other People’s Money May 8, 2016 by Dan Mitchell From an economic perspective, too much government spending is harmful to economic performance because politicians and bureaucrats don’t have very good incentives to spend money wisely. More specifically, […]

Three Cheers for Profits and Free Markets April 7, 2015 by Dan Mitchell (With input from Milton Friedman)

__ Milton Friedman – The Four Ways to Spend Money What establishments are you most unsatisfied with? Probably government organizations like Dept of Motor Vehicles or Public Schools because there is no profit motive and they are not careful in the way they spend our money.   Three Cheers for Profits and Free Markets April 7, […]

 

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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 of Health and Human Services administers the huge and fast-growing Medicare and Medicaid programs. These programs fuel rising health costs, distort health markets, and are plagued by waste and fraud. The department also runs an array of other expensive subsidy programs, including Head Start, TANF, and LIHEAP. Growth in HHS spending is creating a federal financial crisis, and the 2010 health care law sadly makes the situation worse.

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

  • See this timeline for key events in the department’s growth.

Reading Room

Cato Experts

Spending Cuts Summary

  • Here are proposed reforms to save $81 billion annually in the short-run and prevent federal health costs from consuming a growing share of the economy in the long-run.

Downsize This!

  • Medicare Reforms. Medicare should be transformed into a system based on vouchers, individual savings, and competitive insurance markets.
  • Medicaid Reforms. Federal spending on low-income health care should be converted to block grants for the states.
  • TANF and Welfare Spending. Welfare reforms in 1996 created Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, but this sort of aid should be provided by private charities.
  • Head Start and Other Subsidies. HHS funds a vast array of other subsidy programs, many of which are wasteful and ineffective.
  • 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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____________ Levin on Milton Friedman: ‘One Thing to Have Free Immigration to Jobs, Another for Welfare’ By Michael Morris | January 16, 2015 | 5:12 PM EST During his show on January 15, 2015, Nationally syndicated radio host Mark Levin recalled the famed economist Milton Friedman and explored an important reason why open immigration, despite […]

Levin on Milton Friedman: ‘One Thing to Have Free Immigration to Jobs, Another for Welfare’ By Michael Morris | January 16, 2015

_____________________ Levin on Milton Friedman: ‘One Thing to Have Free Immigration to Jobs, Another for Welfare’ By Michael Morris | January 16, 2015 | 5:12 PM EST During his show on January 15, 2015, Nationally syndicated radio host Mark Levin recalled the famed economist Milton Friedman and explored an important reason why open immigration, despite […]

Open letter to President Obama (Part 691) Milton Friedman did not favor free immigration with existing welfare state in USA

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“Friedman Friday” Milton Friedman had a solution to the welfare state!!!

I have written about the tremendous increase in the food stamp program the last 9 years before and that means that both President Obama and Bush were guilty of not trying to slow down it’s growth. Furthermore, Republicans have been some of the biggest supporters of the food stamp program. Milton Friedman had a good […]

Thomas Sowell and Milton Friedman’s answer to the welfare problem in 1980 will still work today

_____________________________________ Milton Friedman On Charlie Rose (Part One) The late Milton Friedman discusses economics and otherwise with Charlie Rose. _________________________________________ Milton Friedman: Life and ideas – Part 01 Milton Friedman: Life and ideas A brief biography of Milton Friedman _____________________________________ Stossel – “Free to Choose” (Milton Friedman) 1/6 6-10-10. pt.1 of 6. Stossel discusses Milton […]

Milton Friedman had a solution to today’s welfare mentality!!!

  I have written about the tremendous increase in the food stamp program the last 9 years before and that means that both President Obama and Bush were guilty of not trying to slow down it’s growth. Furthermore, Republicans have been some of the biggest supporters of the food stamp program. Milton Friedman had a […]

Milton Friedman did not favor free immigration with existing welfare state in USA

Milton Friedman did not favor free immigration with existing welfare state in USA Milton Friedman – Illegal Immigration – PT 2 Uploaded on Dec 18, 2009 (2 of 2) Professor Friedman fields a question on the dynamics of illegal immigration ________________ Heritage Responds to Senator Rubio on Immigration Study Amy Payne May 8, 2013 at […]

The Welfare trap can be destroyed by Milton Friedman’s negative income tax

The best way to destroy the welfare trap is to put in Milton Friedman’s negative income tax. A Picture of How Redistribution Programs Trap the Less Fortunate in Lives of Dependency I wrote last year about the way in which welfare programs lead to very high implicit marginal tax rates on low-income people. More specifically, they […]

Hong Kong and the Miracle of Compounding Long-Run Growth March 11, 2016 by Dan Mitchell (with video from Milton Friedman)

Testing Milton Friedman: Free Markets – Full Video Hong Kong and the Miracle of Compounding Long-Run Growth March 11, 2016 by Dan Mitchell Hong Kong is a truly remarkable jurisdiction. Can you name, after all, another government in the world that brags about how little it spends on redistribution programs andhow few people are dependent on […]

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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

Uploaded on Jun 4, 2006

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

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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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,

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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

Art This Week-Blanton Museum of Art-Ellsworth Kelly Symposium, Part 1-Ellsworth Kelly

Art This Week-At the Blanton Museum of Art-Ellsworth Kelly Symposium, Part 2-Austin

Art This Week-At the Blanton Museum of Art-Ellsworth Kelly Symposium, Part 3-Questions

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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

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It’s a tragedy that Milton Friedman—born one hundred years ago on July 31—did not live long enough to combat the big-government ideas that have formed the core of Obamanomics. It’s perhaps more tragic that our current president, who attended the University of Chicago, where Friedman taught for decades, never fell under the influence of the world’s greatest champion of the free market. Imagine how much better things would have turned out, for Obama and the country.

Friedman was a constant presence on the pages of the Wall Street Journal until his death in 2006 at age ninety-four. If he could, he would surely be skewering today’s $5 trillion expansion of spending and debt to create growth—and exposing the confederacy of economic dunces urging more of it.

In the 1960s, Friedman famously explained that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” If the government spends a dollar, that dollar has to come from producers and workers in the private economy. There is no magical “multiplier effect” by taking from productive Peter and giving to unproductive Paul. As obvious as that insight seems, it keeps being put to the test. Obamanomics may be the most expensive failed experiment in free-lunch economics in American history.

Equally illogical is the superstition that government can create prosperity by having Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke print more dollars. In the very short term, Friedman proved, excess money fools people with an illusion of prosperity. But the market quickly catches on, and there is no boost in output, just higher prices.

Next to Ronald Reagan, in the second half of the twentieth century there was no more influential voice for economic freedom worldwide than Milton Friedman. Small in stature but a giant in intellect, he was the economist who saved capitalism by dismembering the ideas of central planning when most of academia was mesmerized by the creed of government as savior.

Friedman was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics in 1976—at a time when almost all the previous prizes had gone to socialists. This marked the first sign of the intellectual comeback of free-market economics since the 1930s, when John Maynard Keynes hijacked the profession. Friedman’s 1963 book A Monetary History of the United States, written with Anna Schwartz (who died June 21), was a masterpiece and changed the way we think about the role of money.

More influential than Friedman’s scholarly writings was his singular talent for communicating the virtues of the free market to a mass audience. His two bestselling books, Capitalism and Freedom (1962) and Free to Choose (1980), are still wildly popular. His videos on YouTube on issues like the morality of capitalism are brilliant and timeless.

Friedman would surely skewer today’s $5 trillion expansion of spending and debt to create growth—and expose the dunces urging more of it.

In the early 1990s, Friedman visited poverty-stricken Mexico City for a Cato Institute forum. I remember the controversy ginned up by the media and Mexico’s intelligentsia: how dare this apostle of free-market economics be given a public forum to speak to Mexican citizens about his “outdated” ideas? Yet when Milton arrived in Mexico he received a hero’s welcome as thousands of business owners, students, and citizen activists hungry for his message encircled him everywhere he went, like crowds for a rock star.

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Books by Milton Friedman and other economists are promoted at a national book fair in China. Andrei Shleifer said the Friedman era “witnessed remarkable progress of mankind. As the world embraced free-market policies, living standards rose sharply while life expectancy, educational attainment, and democracy improved and absolute poverty declined.”

Once in the early 1960s, Friedman wrote the then–U.S. ambassador to New Delhi, John Kenneth Galbraith, that he would be lecturing in India. By all means come, the witty but often wrong Galbraith replied: “I can think of nowhere your free-market ideas can do less harm than in India.” As fate would have it, India did begin to embrace Friedmanism in the 1990s, and the economy began to soar. China finally caught on too.

Well over 200 million people were liberated from poverty thanks to Friedman’s urging to rediscover the free market.

Friedman stood unfailingly and heroically with the little guy against the state. He used to marvel that the intellectual left, which claims to espouse “power to the people,” so often cheers as states suppress individual rights.

While he questioned almost every statist orthodoxy, he fearlessly gored sacred cows of both political parties. He was the first scholar to sound the alarm on the rotten deal of Social Security for young workers—forced to pay into a system that will never give back as much as they could have accumulated on their own. He questioned the need for occupational licenses—which he lambasted as barriers to entry—for everything from driving a cab to becoming an attorney, or getting an MD to practice medicine.

He loved turning the intellectual tables on liberals by making the case that regulation often does more harm than good. His favorite example was the Food and Drug Administration, whose regulations routinely delay the introduction of lifesaving drugs. “When the FDA boasts a new drug will save ten thousand lives a year,” he would ask, “how many lives were lost because it didn’t let the drug on the market last year?”

He supported drug legalization (much to the dismay of supporters on the right) and was particularly proud to be an influential voice in ending the military draft in the 1970s. When his critics argued that he favored a military of mercenaries, he would retort: “If you insist on calling our volunteer soldiers ‘mercenaries,’ I will call those whom you want drafted into service involuntarily ‘slaves.’ ”

By the way, he rarely got angry, and even when he was intellectually slicing and dicing his sparring partners he almost always did it with a smile. It used to be said that over the decades at the University of Chicago and across the globe, the only one who ever defeated him in a debate was his beloved wife and co-author, Rose Friedman.

The issue to which he devoted most of his later years was school choice for all parents, and his Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice is dedicated to that cause. He used to lament that “we allow the market, consumer choice, and competition to work in nearly every industry except for the one that may matter most: education.”

As for congressional Republicans who are at risk of getting suckered into a tax-hike budget deal, they may want to remember another Milton Friedman adage: “Higher taxes never reduce the deficit. Governments spend whatever they take in and then whatever they can get away with.”

No doubt because of his continued popularity, the left has tried to tie Friedman and his principles of free trade, low tax rates, and deregulation to the global financial meltdown in 2008. Economist Joseph Stiglitz charged that Friedman’s “Chicago School bears the blame for providing a seeming intellectual foundation” for the “idea that markets are self-adjusting and the best role for government is to do nothing.” Occupy Wall Street protesters were often seen wearing T-shirts that read “Milton Friedman: Proud Father of Global Misery.”

He won the Nobel Prize in economics at a time when almost all the previous prizes had gone to socialists.

The opposite is true: Friedman opposed the government spending spree in the 2000s. He hated the government-sponsored enterprises like housing lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

In a recent tribute to Friedman in the Journal of Economic Literature, Harvard’s Andrei Shleifer describes 1980–2005 as “The Age of Milton Friedman,” an era that “witnessed remarkable progress of mankind. As the world embraced free-market policies, living standards rose sharply while life expectancy, educational attainment, and democracy improved and absolute poverty declined.”

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I remember asking Milton, a year or so before his death, during one of our semiannual dinners in downtown San Francisco: what can we do to make America more prosperous? “Three things,” he replied instantly. “Promote free trade, school choice for all children, and cut government spending.”

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Neal McDonough says that sometimes the lines between what’s real and what’s make-believe on film and TV can get blurred and that’s not “okay” with him. McDonough, who is starring in the football-themed movie, Greater, released in theaters today, says that he won’t kiss a woman who isn’t his wife on screen according to a report by Christian Examiner. Though he often plays “bad” characters who do bad things, he won’t compromise his faith for his craft.

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Neal McDonough

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Despite his convictions, Neal McDonough was been seen in many TV series and movies including China Beach, Quantum Leap, Arrow, Captain America: The First Avenger, Band of Brothers and Minority Report.

“If at some point my career runs out as an actor of being bad guys and I can’t do anything else, then I’ll think of something else to do. But for now, I am really enjoying career and enjoying my family, and most importantly, my relationship with God. I hope I’m doing Him proud,” says Neal. “If I could do films about God every day of the week, that’s what I would do the rest of my life, but Hollywood doesn’t make enough of those movies for me to make a living. Hopefully, something like Greater will lift up Hollywood so that it will realize: You know what? We can make movies without explosions and killing people. That’s what I’m praying for.”

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A major subplot of the movie GREATER is summed up in the words below by Neal McDonough concerning his part of Marty Burlsworth and his interaction with the farmer played by Nick Searcy!

A major subplot of the movie GREATER  is summed up in the words below by Neal McDonough concerning his part of Marty Burlsworth and his interaction with the farmer played by Nick Searcy:

CP: In the film your character battles the voices of good and evil as he grieves his brother’s loss. Did the real life Marty really experience that struggle?

McDonough: Marty went through a very rough year after Brandon’s death. Though he is a man of strong faith, he definitely struggled during that time to come to terms with something that seemed so pointless and unfair. The conversation with “The Farmer” in “Greater” is that entire year kind of crystallized down into one afternoon’s worth of interactions. It’s powerful stuff, and a great way to stay true to Marty’s real experience while wrestling with some very big questions about life, death and faith in the context of the film.

(At the 1:35 mark of the below trailer you can see the piercing words of the farmer towards Marty at Brandon Burlsworth’s funeral)

‘Arrow’ Actor Neal McDonough: Actors on ‘Greater’ Set Inspired by Football Hero Brandon Burlsworth’s Christian Faith (Interview)

The real-life story of arguably the greatest college walk-on, Brandon Burlsworth, hits theaters on Aug. 26th, in the inspirational film titled, “Greater.” Actor Neal McDonough is now opening up about how the young athlete’s faith touched everyone on set.

McDonough, known for his role as the villain in the hit TV show “Arrow,” took a departure from the evil Damian Dark to take on the role as Marty Burlsworth, the brother and arguably biggest influence in the life of Burlsworth.

Starring McDonough and introducing Chris Severio, “Greater” follows the true story of Brandon Burlsworth, who is perhaps the greatest walk-on in the history of college football. Burlsworth dreamed of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks but was told he wasn’t good enough to play Division I ball. Undeterred, Burlsworth took a risk and walked on in 1994. Written off by fellow teammates and coaches, Burlsworth displayed dogged determination in the face of staggering odds. The awkward kid who once was an embarrassment to his teammates and an annoyance to his coaches, ended up becoming the most respected player in the history of the program, changing the lives of all he touched.

The All-American was the total package – a loving son and brother, a man of faith and someone who refused to give up in the face of adversity. In “Greater” viewers will fall in love with his story and his legacy and impact will surely live on.

The following is an edited transcript in which McDonough reveals how the faith and example of Burlsworth transcended beyond the script, touching the lives of the actors on set.

Christian Post : What did you take away from “Greater”?

Neal McDonough: It’s interesting, because I play Brandon’s brother Marty and a major aspect of the film is how Marty, although he’s the older brother, the supposedly wiser one, learns some really powerful lessons from the example of Brandon’s life. Brandon Burlsworth was a boy and then a young man who would not be denied – who would not let other people’s doubts about him or his abilities affect his relentless pursuit of his dreams. He worked hard, didn’t cut corners, and leaned into his faith in good times and bad to guide him along the way. Brandon inspired Marty and millions of others who’ve discovered his story – including me.

CP: In “Arrow” you play a villain but in this film we see a softer side. Tell us about this role and why you were drawn to it?

 McDonough: I’m always on the lookout for projects with a strong moral and inspirational core and “Greater” certainly qualifies there. It’s an entertaining, thought-provoking take on what it looks like to follow the path God lays out before you even when it has bumps and twists and turns.

Marty is a meaty, complex role. [He’s] a man of faith who struggles with that faith when tragedy strikes – be it his father’s absence and illness or his brother’s death. He believes in God in his head and his heart, but moving it out of those places into action is where he can stumble a bit and it really tears at him. Those are meaningful emotions to play as an actor.

CP: In the film your character battles the voices of good and evil as he grieves his brother’s loss. Did the real life Marty really experience that struggle?

McDonough: Marty went through a very rough year after Brandon’s death. Though he is a man of strong faith, he definitely struggled during that time to come to terms with something that seemed so pointless and unfair. The conversation with “The Farmer” in “Greater” is that entire year kind of crystallized down into one afternoon’s worth of interactions. It’s powerful stuff, and a great way to stay true to Marty’s real experience while wrestling with some very big questions about life, death and faith in the context of the film.

CP: Brandon was a young man of faith and his faith arguably gave him the tenacity to keep pushing himself to greatness. What can you say of his Christian faith that you learned throughout the making of this film?

McDonough: I knew about the tragedy of Brandon’s death, of course, and about what a remarkable story he was as a player – to make it as a non-scholarship walk-on at a major school like Arkansas and end up being drafted fairly high into the NFL. That takes a remarkable amount of determination.

But I didn’t know his backstory, the struggles his mom went through as a single parent and the obstacles they had to overcome. Nor did I know about Brandon’s strong faith – God was the center of his life and his character. In fact, Chris Severio, the young actor who does such a fantastic job playing Brandon, says he was so moved by Brandon’s faith and how it helped him be the best he could be that he, Chris, was actually inspired to grow closer to God in his own faith just by playing him in the movie.

CP: Did you relate to his faith?

McDonough: My faith is central to who I am as a human being, not just as an actor – so it informs every decision I make, whether it’s deciding on a project or deciding on how to treat the guy who cuts me off in traffic. And, for the record, I don’t get it right in either case every time!

CP: Were you inspired by his beliefs and integrity in any way?

 McDonough: How can you not be? Brandon Burlsworth was the real deal. A beast on the football field and a kind, gentle soul off of it. He made life better and richer for all he knew. That’s a great legacy – one we all should hope to leave.

CP: Marty in many ways was the best example Brandon had of a father. What can you say you learned about their relationship that was unique and helped in Brandon’s journey to achieve his goals?

McDonough: Marty is so much older than Brandon that he is often mistaken for his dad – which is a running joke in the film and was a running joke in the lives of the real Marty and Brandon. And since their father is troubled and absent for most of both of their lives, Marty is very much a surrogate dad to Brandon. So he has almost two concurrent relationships running with Brandon – the jovial, joking brother side and the more caring and protective parental side.

Marty’s love and support as both a brother and father figure helped Brandon endure what he had to endure to reach his goals. Not many people believed in Brandon’s dream of playing football at Arkansas – he was able to do it with hard work and determination and the love and support of his family, especially Marty. It really is a beautiful story.

“Greater” hits theaters this Friday, for more information visit greatermovie.com

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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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Interview: Neal McDonough on “Greater” Posted by Nell Minow

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Interview: Neal McDonough on “Greater”

Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/moviemom/2016/08/interview-neal-mcdonough-greater.html#f3YDzhzSpBQ5zHEd.99

 

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Life’s GREATER Purpose Spotlighted in New Faith-and-Football Film

 

 

Neal McDonough (“Arrow”) stars in “Greater,” the true story of Brandon Burlsworth, the greatest walk-on in the history of college football. He plays Burlsworth’s brother Marty, who inspired and supported Brandon’s dream of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, and who made it through sheer determination and persistence. McDonough, who has played supervillain Damien Darhk in “Arrow” and “Legends of Tomorrow” and superhero good guy Dum Dum Dugan in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” answered my question about playing a real-life character and why we love movies about sports.

How did growing up in a big Irish family help prepare you for working on movies and television?

I joke sometimes that it was great training for working in ensembles, because you’re so accustomed to having to do something to make yourself stand out when you grow up one of six kids. I suppose the real help it’s been is that it teaches you to be comfortable in crowds and chaos – and movie and TV sets are certainly that.

Your character in “Greater” was more than an older brother to Brandon Burlsworth. Why was that relationship so vital and how is it portrayed in the film?

Marty is so much older than Brandon that he is often mistaken for his dad – which is a running joke in the film and was a running joke in the lives of the real Marty and Brandon. And since their father is troubled and absent for both of most of their lives, Marty is very much a surrogate dad to Brandon. So he has almost two concurrent relationships running with Brandon – the jovial, joking brother side and the more caring and protective parental side. It makes for a very rich and complex character to play.

You’ve been working on some heightened, genre projects based on comic books. How do you recalibrate for returning to a more realistic, fact-based drama?

It’s why they pay us to act, right? Actually, for me, a role like Damien Darhk in “Arrow,” who is such a true comic-book, over-the-top villain, is far easier to play than Marty. There’s less deep characterization in a villain like Darhk – lots of broad brush strokes of villainy – how truly bad can you be, you know? But it’s a lot more rewarding, and more of an exercise in the craft of acting, to take on a character with as many emotions and layers as Marty.

What are some of your favorite football movies? Why are we so drawn to sports stories?

Favorite football movies? Well, “Greater,” of course. (laughs). Sports movies, when done right, spotlight the best about the human spirit and character: doing your best, overcoming the odds, matching your skills with another person’s, developing camaraderie and teamwork and achieving a goal – whether as a team or an individual. Sports are where we test our limits, face our fears, make our dreams come true. That’s what audiences will see in “Greater” – excitement and emotion.

What was the first acting job you got paid for?

I played the pivotal role of “Dockworker No. 2” in Darkman, which I hadn’t thought about until right now, is interesting because it was a superhero movie and, well, had a character with “dark” in his name at the center. Interesting, isn’t it, how you notice all these “coincidences” when you look back over your life and your career – when you’ve tried to follow the path God has laid out for you. Fascinating, and humbling.

What’s the best advice you ever got about acting?

Steven Spielberg told me, “Every good actor is no further than 50 feet from the camera, even in-between rehearsals, between takes.” That’s great advice because If you’re in the orbit of the camera, no further than 50 feet away, if they need you, boom, you’re right there. They don’t have to call to get you out of your trailer. If you’re always right there; that’s a great actor. You learn so much because you see how they do certain lighting; you see how other actors act. For young actors, the more you can stand around or sit there—-even when you’re not shooting-—just sit there on the set and shut up for three hours, you’ll learn more in one day than you’ll ever learn in film school.

What do you want people to learn from the story of Marty and Brandon?

First and foremost, I hope they’re truly entertained. This is a movie of very big ideas and themes but also great fun and humor. There is some excellent, exciting football action in this movie, along with lots of solid family drama. And there’s plenty of humor, too, in Marty’s relationship with Brandon but also as we see Brandon expanding his social skills as he gets more and more accomplished at football.

But I also hope audiences leave encouraged – reminded that when hard times do come, and they will, that God has a purpose in them. And we can actually be blessed through the pain if we follow Him through it.

 

Burlsworth Trophy

Uploaded on Aug 26, 2011

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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.

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Football camp

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Brandon Burlsworth Football camp

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