Frontenac House and The Brandon Flock Foundation are Set to Launch TwoBlackEyes and the Unfinished Script during Calgary Stampede 2017. Details TBA.
Here’s the trailer about the book, TwoBlackEyes and the Unfinished Script
In 2012, when Brandon Flock passed away at age 26, his family and friends created a legacy honouring Brandon’s burgeoning scholarship program for art students. The resulting Brandon Flock Foundation is a scholarship and mentoring program that supports art students to follow their dreams.
Brandon had numerous projects in the works when he died, and in his papers his parents found an unfinished script he called Buck Off, the story of a young man who finds something in himself that others couldn’t see. It’s a story of redemption more than revenge, and it’s a story of how challenging yourself to do the seemingly impossible is the only way to grow. They were compelled to share it because they felt it carried a universal message they loved. In fact, his father Brad has a shorthand version of the message he shares everywhere as a motto – Do Your Impossible! In an interesting move, they showed the script to award-winning author Tyler Trafford who crafted a novel that would include Brandon’s message.
Trafford fashioned an ending to Brandon’s Buck Off script, then fused the story into a novel featuring a character named Nathan Munro whose life is based loosely on Brandon’s. Trafford then wove the two stories together with recurring Palaeolithic mirages and rodeo intrigue. The result is an elaborate three-act, character-driven, story inside a story. The Flocks then approached Frontenac House to edit and publish the work.
Trafford created multi-faceted characters to help Nathan in his quest to find his way. Willie applies the dodge and duck tactics of welfare survival to the dangers of rodeo bull fighting; smart-mouthed Stevie endures the black and blue reality of family violence; and self-assured Kayden proves that getting bucked off isn’t nearly as painful as never trying. With the help of their mysterious and unorthodox teacher, Miss Emily Arbutus, the four friends challenge boundaries, face their fears and write their own futures.
Proceeds from sales of TwoBlackEyes and The Unfinished Script will benefit the Brandon Flock Foundation. The Foundation offers financial aid and mentoring to students seeking their passion in the Arts, and encourages emerging talent through the awarding of scholarships to talented and deserving students in Canada. www.brandonflockfoundation.com
Tyler Trafford and Brad Flock are available for interviews. For further information, contact Lyn Cadence at 403.465.2345.
By Tyler Trafford
Published by Frontenac House
9781927823705 $24.95, 6 x 9 inch paperback, Publication July, 2017
ABOUT BRANDON FLOCK
There is much of Brandon in Nathan’s story. As his parents, Brad and Dena Flock say, “As our only child, Brandon inevitably carried the weight of our aspirations for him. He did his best, while, as all young people must do, he searched for his own path in life.” Brandon tried to accommodate their wishes for him to follow their path into the business world, but he was never comfortable with that goal. After much family discussion, he enrolled at the New York Film Academy, eventually graduating in their MFA program.
Brandon drafted Buck Off over several years, beginning in 2008 while he was at the New York Film Academy. During this time, watching his Elbow Park friends begin careers in business and engineering, he began to realize that his chosen path – his dream – was precarious, challenging, with great potential for failure, and that he was fortunate to have the support of his family and friends.
Shortly after graduating, Brandon and his friend Max Van Dijk started ZClay Fresh, an integrated design and production company. They used original artwork by local artists to create unique advertising and branding material for their clients.
Brandon saw the financial woes and lack of support that many people working in the arts are forced to deal with. He knew that he had been extremely fortunate. So, through ZClay Fresh, he and Max initiated an Arts Scholarship Program to help struggling arts students.
Sadly, Brandon never lived to complete his script. He passed away in 2012, leaving the unfinished manuscript in with his papers. Dena found it, and after she and Brad read it they knew their son had left them a gift, and they thought he would have wanted it shared. Buck Off is the story of a young man who finds something in himself that others couldn’t see. It’s a story of redemption more than revenge, and it’s a story of how challenging yourself to do the seemingly impossible is the only way to grow.
After Brandon passed away, his friends encouraged Brad and Dena to start a foundation to continue the arts scholarship program that Brandon had founded with ZClay Fresh. They agreed, and The Brandon Flock Foundation was created.
Tyler Trafford has created a parallel world in TwoBlackEyesand The Unfinished Script. The story of Nathan Munro is in many ways similar to the story of Brandon Flock, yet it isn’t just Brandon’s story. It’s the story of every young person who takes a chance and follows their dreams. It’s the story of every person who understands that the only thing worse than being bucked off is not trying at all.
THE BRANDON FLOCK FOUNDATION http://www.brandonflockfoundation.com
Brandon recognized the financial challenges many young people face as they begin careers in the arts. He knew he was extremely fortunate to have friends and family with the resources and desire to provide him with the support he needed – and that not everyone was as lucky.
The Brandon Flock Foundation offers financial aid and mentoring to students seeking their passion in the Arts. The Foundation provides scholarships to students attending The Vancouver Film School, Alberta College of Art and Design, The University of Calgary, and Emily Carr University.
Brandon’s friends put on an annual baseball tournament to raise funds for the foundation. Watch for it in September.
Throughout the Stampede you will see The Brandon Flock Foundation promoting their Stampede Poster contest. Watch for them.
Based in Calgary, Alberta, Frontenac House publishes poetry, aviation, political satire, fiction, art and photography. Frontenac is best known for an annual Quartet of poetry books which launch in September.