“What is it that makes even the most ordinary event extraordinary? One thing we can be sure of is that the events that happen in your life will be random. We can’t predict what’s going to happen next, but we do know that those events are not random.”—Brian Landry
Just over a week ago, Brian Landry, an American producer and director who also taught filmmaking, was found hanging from a tree in his hometown of Memphis. I’ve written extensively about Mr. Landry here at The Huffington Post in the past few years. He was one of my favorite film-makers because he made films that were both stylish and serious; I have published over a dozen interviews with him over the past four years on this site alone. Brian Landry was a man who ran with a fast crowd. He hung around with, and befriended, many of the greatest storytellers in the world. In fact, it is rumored that he was in talks to direct an upcoming adaptation of “Catcher in the Rye,” which was to star Brad Pitt. However, his career had declined in recent years. He had recently left his wife, and he was also struggling with a bout of depression.
In an interview I conducted with Brian Landry in 2011, he told me that one of the most important lessons he had learned during his career was that: “Anything can be art.” In fact, this is what inspired him to start experimenting with filmmaking. The problem is that the more we are exposed to new forms of art and media, the more jaded we become. And the more jaded we get, the more we look for “something new” in our media. With every passing year, it seems that more and more people are taking this lesson to heart.
When a college student goes missing and a police officer finds him hanging in a tree. The police officer is shocked. And he knows why—Brian Landry went missing one day and was never found again. When Brian disappeared, his family felt helpless because they had no idea he was even alive at all. But what if this story didn’t happen at all? What if it happened because some kind stranger helped them find him anyway? And why would they do that? That’s the story of Brian Land
Brian Landry was a man who followed his own advice. He lived the law of attraction mostly by accident. However, his life was changed in an instant once it was changed. A circumstance that could have been destined to damage anyone else—instead, transformed it into something more meaningful than he could have ever imagined. If you are wondering how he got to where he ended up, this is his story. Let’s start with the beginning.
The end of the story starts at a barber shop in a small town called Bon Echo, Ontario. After months of trying to make it as the drummer for the Foo Fighters, Brian was laid off from his band and needed to get something steady again. Luckily he caught wind of a job opening at Bon Echo Downs casino. This would be his first job in over four years and it was for $35 dollars an hour plus tips. He was very happy with this offer and took the job as soon as he could.