Dan Braun

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Dan Braun
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Braun signing copies of the relaunched Creepy and Eerie at the Dark Horse Comics booth at the 2011 New York Comic Con.
Background information
Occupations Musician, artist, movie producer
Notable instruments
Drums

Dan Braun is a musician, composer, writer, editor, art director, and film producer.

Early music career[edit]

Dan Braun and his twin brother Josh started several punk bands in high school in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, including Platinum Hardcore and Hack Ptooey.[citation needed] Their first real[vague] band was called Spinal Root Gang. Braun moved to New York City in 1979. His brother followed shortly thereafter, and they started the post-punk/no wave band Circus Mort with Rick Oller and Michael Gira.

After recording one EP on Labor Records in 1981, Circus Mort broke up. Braun joined with Gira in the band Swans for a short stint in 1982, and was on the album Body to Body, Job to Job (1991). He went on to play with a myriad of New York bands and musicians including Robin Crutchfield, performance artist Julia Heyward, and composer Pat Irwin.[citation needed] The Braun brothers then joined The Del-Byzanteens, with Dan on drums. They recorded one album, Lies to Live By, and one single, "Draft Riot".[citation needed] Braun also toured and recorded with composer Glenn Branca on his Symphony #5.[citation needed] In 1982, Braun played with producer Lefferts Brown in the band Radio Firefight. The band recorded two demos and played two shows.[citation needed] The Braun brothers formed their own band in 1982, Deep Six, with Rick Oller, Trey Sabitelli, and Tony Braun, their younger brother. Tony left the band and Phil Kline from the Del Byzanteens joined on guitar. The band recorded one album, Garage D'or, on Twin Tone/Coyote Records in 1987 and in 1993 released one single on #1 Records, "Pretty White/Looking for a Reason".[citation needed]

Advertising career[edit]

While still pursuing his musical career, Braun became a graphic designer and art director in the advertising business, including at TBWA Worldwide.[citation needed] He worked on "Absolut Panushka", an experimental animation site;[citation needed] "Absolut Kelly", focusing on the work of Kevin Kelly;[citation needed] and "Absolut DJ", a custom online DJ application that let consumers create "visual music" and interact with musical theorists like DJ Spooky and Coldcut.[citation needed]

Submarine[edit]

In 1998, Braun and two partners launched Submarine, self-described as a "convergence programming studio".[citation needed] The first project was "Absolut Director", a project that let users create their own rescripted movies online. Spike Lee, Mary Harron, and Chris Smith were three of the directors who participated. The site won advertising and web design awards.[1][2][3]

Submarine Entertainment, formed in 2001, expanded the entertainment activities of the company and reunited the Braun twins as working partners. The company, which produces and develops feature films and documentaries, has represented and sold for distribution movies including Cutie and the Boxer, Chasing Ice, Super Size Me, Spellbound, The Cove, Tiny Furniture, and Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.

In 2011, the company began Submarine Deluxe as a theatrical releasing division of Submarine.[4]

Braun was executive producer of Palm Pictures' 2006 film Kill Your Idols, which won best New York documentary at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival; Blank City, a film about 1970s experimental and no-wave filmmakers; and Sunshine Superman, about base jumping, which went into preproduction in 2011. Braun also produces and created the Instant Talk Show with host Nick Scoullar.[5]

Creepy and Eerie relaunch[edit]

In 1999, the Braun brothers started pursuing rights to Warren Publishing's defunct horror-comics magazines Creepy and Eerie. With two partners, they formed the New Comic Company, which completed the acquisitions after a seven-year negotiation. In 2008, New Comic collaborated with Dark Horse Comics to release the reprint book series Creepy Archives.[6] The first volume reached #2 on The New York Times Bestsellers list for graphic novels.[7] In 2009, Braun and editor Shawna Gore won the Eisner Award for Best Archival Collection.[8] In July 2009, New Comic and Dark Horse launched the quarterly color comic book Creepy with new material. Braun, the series' consulting editor, wrote the story "Hell Hound Blues" in issue #1.[9][10][11]

Braun announced at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con that he and his brother were developing a Creepy anthology movie with Chris Columbus and 1492 Pictures.[6][12][13]

The Dan Braun Experience[edit]

Braun writes, records, and produces music under the name The Dan Braun Experience. His song "Dirty Windows" appears on the soundtrack of the 2010 documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.

Braun's 1980s band Deep Six was featured on the soundtrack of the Mark Pellington film "I Melt With You" with the song "The Lawn", written by Braun and Rick Oller.

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