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June 5, 2011 — First Online Funders

What a won­der­ful sur­prise to open my email and find a notice from Pay­pal that the esteemed New York City artists Richard Cramer and Car­ol Markel had made an online dona­tion to FINDING KUKAN.  They are tru­ly an inspi­ra­tional cou­ple and obvi­ous trend-set­ters.  I hope their ground-break­ing gen­eros­i­ty will encour­age oth­ers to take the step.

Richard Cramer & Carol Markel from the Advanced Style Blog

Richard Cramer & Car­ol Markel from Ari Seth Cohen’s “Advanced Style” blog

For a fun peek at this great cou­ple, see Ari Seth Cohen’s blog “Advanced Style”.

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May 21, 2011 — Official FINDING KUKAN Website Goes Live

If you build it.…they will come.”

I’m adapt­ing the lines from the great base­ball book/movie Shoe­less Joe/Field of Dreams and hop­ing they’ll apply to this web­site and even­tu­al­ly to the fin­ished doc­u­men­tary FINDING KUKAN. Since this project has been fueled by online research and dis­cov­er­ies made pos­si­ble by oth­er web­sites, it’s only appro­pri­ate that I put out one of my own.  Now it’s up to the cyber­space gods to work their mag­ic…

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May 16, 2011 — Bryan Pearson Records Narration for Fundraising Trailer

British stage actor Bryan Pear­son stepped in to record a few lines of nar­ra­tion for the Find­ing KUKAN fundrais­ing trail­er cur­rent­ly in its final edit.

 

Finding KUKAN narrator Bryan Pearson

Bryan Pear­son and Robin Lung go over lines of nar­ra­tion for the FINDING KUKAN fundrais­ing trail­er.

 

Bri­an refers to him­self as the “orig­i­nal Ter­mi­na­tor” since he played Thor in the 1959 cult clas­sic Teenagers from Out­er Space under his stage name Bryan Grant.

 

Bryan Pearson aka Bryan Grant as Thor

Bryan Pear­son aka Bryan Grant as Thor in TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE

 

I found Bri­an through a fas­ci­nat­ing loop of con­nec­tions that start­ed off when I inter­viewed war-time Chungk­ing jour­nal­ist Wing Yung Emery and sis­ter of Choy Wai Chuen, the first Chi­nese man to play at Wim­ble­don in 1948. The loop of con­nec­tion was made pos­si­ble by the dili­gence of Chris Essex, web­mas­ter for Fram­ling­ham Col­lege alum­ni. Fram­ling­ham was the prep acad­e­my that Choy Wai Chuen and Bryan Pear­son both went to.

Anoth­er eye-open­ing zig in the amaz­ing zig-zag jour­ney I’ve had since find­ing KUKAN.

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January 2011 — Work on the Fundraising Trailer Begins

Ron Darby on set

Ron Dar­by sets up for an inter­view

Cam­era­man Ron Dar­by and Pro­duc­er Robin Lung begin film­ing inter­views and b‑roll in Hawaii for the Find­ing KUKAN fundrais­ing trail­er.

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