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Bradford in 2011
November 19, 1969 |
Boothbay Harbor, Maine, U.S.
|Occupation||Writer, filmmaker, Camp Director|
Arthur Houston Bradford (born November 19, 1969 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine) is an American writer and filmmaker. He has published a book of short stories, Dogwalker (Knopf ISBN 0-375-72669-1) and a children's book, "Benny's Brigade" (McSweeney's 2012). He has directed several films, most notably the How's Your News? documentary series, and the emmy-nominated film 6 Days to Air (Comedy Central 2011).
Bradford was born in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, the son of energy regulator, Peter A. Bradford, and painter Katherine Bradford. He and his twin sister, Laura Bradford grew up in Maine and New York City. They both attended Yale University. After graduating, Bradford moved to Austin, Texas where he worked at The Texas School for the Blind and began writing short stories and making short films. During this time he was awarded a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University and later a James Michener Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin.
After the publication of his first book, "Dogwalker", in 2001, Bradford lived briefly in a remote cabin in The Northeast Kingdom where he wrote and published several short stories about the experience. He later moved to Brooklyn, NY in order to pursue filmmaking. In 2005 he became the co-director of Camp Jabberwocky, a residential camp for people with disabilities. It was there that he originated the "How's Your News?" series with help from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The series was co-created with longtime friend, musician Chad Urmston. Bradford now lives in Portland, Oregon.
Bradford's short stories have won an O. Henry Award and have been published in Esquire, McSweeneys, Zoetrope, Dazed & Confused, Tin House, and Vice. His first book, Dogwalker (Knopf ISBN 0-375-72669-1), is a collection of stories centered around his experiences in Austin and Vermont. His second book, "Benny's Brigade" (McSweeney's 2012) recounts the adventures of two girls who discover a small talking walrus inside a walnut. It was illustrated by Lisa Hanawalt. In 2014, Planthouse, Inc. published a limited edition artist book Forty-Three Monsters by Bradford and Chuck Webster. Bradford contributed a comic narrative to accompany Chuck Webster's childhood monster drawings from the 1970's. The book can be found in the public collections of Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT, the Thomas J. Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY and The Artist Book Collection of the Library of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. His next book, "Turtleface" will be published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in Feb. 2015.
Bradford kept a blog in 2007–2008 about raising his daughter on babble.com, entitled "Diaper Bandit". He was a contributor to the McSweeney's publication The Future Dictionary of America. He has also written outdoor travel stories for Men's Journal, Powder Magazine, and "Nowheremag.com".
While a student at Yale, Bradford created a public access TV show called "Street TV" which featured candid, man-on-the-street interviews. He later taught a video class at Camp Jabberwocky, a residential camp for adults with disabilities and with several other counselors developed the concept for the documentary series How's Your News?. Early video tapes were seen by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker who became executive producers on the project. Bradford directed the first How's Your News? feature film, a documentary wherein disabled and handicapped adults interview unsuspecting passersby in a cross-country road trip, in 2002. The film was broadcast on HBO, PBS, and British channel, Channel 4. The concept was expanded and developed into a series for MTV and broadcast throughout 2009. Bradford served as executive producer and director. The group also made films about their trips to the 2004 and 2012 political conventions. Arthur and a "How's Your News" reporter were interviewed on the BBC podcast Ouch! He was also featured on NPR's This American Life in the "Special Ed" episode.
In 2012, Bradford directed of 6 Days to Air, a documentary that depicts the making of an episode of South Park, which premiered on Comedy Central on October 9, 2011. It was nominated for an emmy award in the outstanding non-fiction special category. He is currently shooting a feature documentary about the lives and careers of Parker and Stone.
He has directed music videos for bands such as State Radio and The Dandy Warhols. Since 2006, Bradford has served as director of "Camp Jabberwocky", one of the longest running residential camps for adults with disabilities in the United States.
- Walker, Rob (August 26, 2001). "Books in Brief: Fiction & Poetry". The New York Times. p. 20. Retrieved August 19, 2011.
- The New York Times http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/260484/How-s-Your-News-/overview
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- "6 Days to Air: Trailer" South Park Studios accessed October 13, 2011.
- Arthur Bradford at the Internet Movie Database
- The Future Dictionary of America
- Diaper Bandit Blog
- video of arthur bradford at backfence storytelling event
- "Sad Vacation" Dandy Warhols 2012 music video directed by Bradford
- "Right Me Up" State Radio 2010 music video directed by Arthur Bradford