O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 comedy film written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson and John Goodman, with Holly Hunter and Charles Durning in supporting roles. Set in 1937 rural Mississippi during the Great Depression, the film’s story is a modern satire loosely based on Homer’s Odyssey. The title of the film is a reference to the 1941 film Sullivan’s Travels, in which the protagonist (a director) wants to direct a film about the Great Depression called O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

Much of the music used in the film is contemporary folk music, including that of Virginia bluegrass singer Ralph Stanley. The movie was one of the first to extensively use digital color correction, to give the film a sepia-tinted look. The film received positive reviews and the American folk music soundtrack won a Grammy for Album of the Year in 2001. The original band soon became popular after the film release and the country and folk musicians who were dubbed into the film, such as John Hartford, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Chris Sharp and others, joined together to perform the music from the film in a Down from the Mountain concert tour which was filmed for TV and DVD.

John P. Hess

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What can be said about John P. Hess that hasn't already been said about a half-eaten bologna sandwich? Born on a tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific, John came to filmmaking when he connected two VCRs together for a 4th grade homework assignment and discovered linear editing. Unfortunately his patent application was denied as linear editing had been discovered and perfected 25 years prior. Undeterred, John continued playing with digital polygons all through high school until he discovered he could cast girls in his silly movie parodies. At University, John studied business administration and marketing which led to a three year stint as an advertising executive under the alias name Don Draper until his cover was blown by Pete Campbell. Determined to make it on his own, John became a commercial producer. Through a long deceased social network, John met Dennis Hartwig who was crowdsourcing the world's smallest death ray for ants. The death ray concept fell through so John and Dennis started Filmmaker IQ instead. After $insert#years$, Filmmaker IQ is one of the most well respected filmmaking resources in the Galactic Empire, visited by thousands of Zeta Reticulians and spambots every standard revolution. During his spare time, which is rare, John enjoys playing the trumpet, reading Supreme Court filings and mispronouncing French words.
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