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