|Occupation(s)||Musician, artist, movie producer|
Dan Braun is a musician, composer, writer, editor, art director, and film producer.
Early music career
Dan Braun and his twin brother Josh started several punk bands in high school in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, including Platinum Hardcore and Hack Ptooey. 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. 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". Braun also toured and recorded with composer Glenn Branca on his Symphony #5. In 1982, Braun played with producer Lefferts Brown in the band Radio Firefight. The band recorded two demos and played two shows. 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".
While still pursuing his musical career, Braun became a graphic designer and art director in the advertising business, including at TBWA Worldwide. He worked on "Absolut Panushka", an experimental animation site; "Absolut Kelly", focusing on the work of Kevin Kelly; and "Absolut DJ", a custom online DJ application that let consumers create "visual music" and interact with musical theorists like DJ Spooky and Coldcut.
In 1998, Braun and two partners launched Submarine, self-described as a "convergence programming studio". 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.
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.
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.
Creepy and Eerie relaunch
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. The first volume reached #2 on The New York Times Bestsellers list for graphic novels. In 2009, Braun and editor Shawna Gore won the Eisner Award for Best Archival Collection. 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.
- "DAILY NEWS: Submarine Launches, Vancouver Winners and a Correction".
- "Online Experience Allows Everyone the Opportunity to Create an Original Movie".
- Submarine Deluxe official site
- Instant Talk Show official site
- "Reanimators". Entrepreneur. May 2010. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
- "Graphic Books Best Seller Lists: March 14". The New York Times. March 20, 2009.
- "Creepy (New Comic Co.)". The New York Times.
- Fleming, Mike (July 12, 2012). "Comic-Con: Chris Columbus, Braun Brothers Plot CREEPY Magazine Feature". Deadline New York.
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- Dan Braun at the Comic Book DB