BRAN­DON FLOCK

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A beloved son passes away sud­denly from un­der­ly­ing health com­pli­ca­tions. Dev­as­tated par­ents and the com­mu­nity are left to mourn. A par­tially fin­ished movie script is found among the young man’s be­long­ings, some­thing he had been work­ing on for a long time. The par­ents, de­ter­mined to see their son’s work through to com­ple­tion, re­cruit an award-win­ning au­thor, who cre­ates a story about a young man qui­etly writ­ing a script while push­ing back against the fa­mil­ial and so­ci­etal ex­pec­ta­tions that frame his life. The re­sult is TwoBlack­Eyes and The Un­fin­ished Script.

Bran­don Flock loved liv­ing and he was very good at it. He trekked to the Mount Ever­est Base Camp and sum­mited Kil­i­man­jaro. He ran with the bulls in Pam­plona, scubadove in the Red Sea, and raced camels around the pyra­mids of Egypt. He lived life fully.

Flock was a writer, ac­tor, artist, en­tre­pre­neur, and phi­lan­thropist. He stud­ied in New York, Los An­ge­les and Van­cou­ver. He co-founded (with his child­hood friend Max Van Dijk) ZClay Fresh, an in­te­grated mar­ket­ing de­sign and pro­duc­tion com­pany. He helped build a school in Uganda. At the age of 15 he shaved his head for The Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety, rais­ing a record amount of funds in Canada.

Not long af­ter his sud­den pass­ing in 2012, his griev­ing par­ents Brad and Dena found the un­fin­ished script Bran­don had been work­ing on called Buck Off. Al­most five years later, award-win­ning au­thor Tyler Traf­ford (Al­most a Great Es­cape) brings Bran­don’s script back to life.

TwoBlack­Eyes and The

Un­fin­ished Script is the semi-bi­o­graph­i­cal com­ing of age story of Nathan Munro who, in his fi­nal year of high school, en­rolls in a film stud­ies course and dis­cov­ers a world of ranch­ing, rodeos, and bull rid­ing. Traf­ford ex­pertly weaves the Bran­don Flock script into the story of Nathan Munro, his fam­ily, and friends to cre­ate a won­der­fully en­ter­tain­ing and spell-bind­ing read. Set against a ta­pes­try of Calgary’s most af­flu­ent neigh­bor­hood, the ranch­lands of Longview, and the Rodeo grounds of the Calgary Stam­pede, TwoBlack­Eyes

and The Un­fin­ished Script is the must-read of the sum­mer.

Sales of the book will ben­e­fit the Bran­don Flock Foun­da­tion (www.bran­don­flock­foun­da­tion.com) which pro­vides schol­ar­ships and men­tor­ing sup­port to stu­dents in the arts. TwoBlack­Eyes and The Un­fin­ished Script is avail­able at Owls Nest Books (page 43), Lammle’s (page 53) and their 2017 Calgary Stam­pede booth in the West­ern Show­case. —Brian French

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