Who Is Frank Huddy?  Part 1.  Ducks, Drillbits, and a More Integral Hollywood.  
Steve Brill
Steve Brill has written, directed, produced, and acted in a score of Hollywood hits, including The Mighty Ducks trilogy, Without a Paddle, Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds, Big Daddy, and The Wedding Singer, among many others.  Steve has clearly succeeded in his “day job,” but what one might not immediately guess is that he has a deep and long-standing interest in Ken’s work and the Integral Approach in general.

We caught Steve after the first week of shooting his latest film, Drillbit Taylor with Owen Wilson.  Although he tends to remain modest about his understanding of integral, within two minutes Steve has used elements of integral to explain the plot of Drillbit!  That’s really one of the incredible things about an integral approach: integral doesn’t change what you’re doing, it simply helps you look at what you’re already doing with a wider set of perspectives, explains how those perspectives relate to each other, and then gives you a language to talk about all the cool new things you can see. 

One of Steve’s abiding interests is in the astonishing memoir, Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber.  A week after getting married to Ken, Treya was diagnosed with breast cancer, and Grace and Grit is the story of how these two extraordinary souls shared the next five years together, swept up in the darkest shadows and broken open to the brightest light.  Many people have wanted to bring Grace and Grit to the silver screen, and Ken and Steve talk about how the time to make this a reality may be drawing near.  Jennifer Aniston has expressed interest in the role, and her producing partner, Kristin Hahn, recently dropped by Ken’s loft.  Things are in the early stages of development, but there is clearly a mutual desire to find a way to tell this remarkable story.

Steve recounts how, 3-4 years after first picking up one of Ken’s books, he made a personal connection by dropping by a Stuart Davis show.  But far from simply being a means to get in touch with Ken, Steve recognized Stu to be what everyone in the integral crew had seen for years: an undiscovered superstar.  Two years ago Ken handed Stu a video camera and said, “Just wander around and record yourself doing what you do anyway.”  The result was “Stu Cam,” a series of twenty or so 5-10 minute videos, which is quite possibly the funniest—and smartest—material you’ll see anywhere.  It’s so good, Steve and Stu have been shopping the networks—from HBO to Discovery to A&E—with a DVD cut straight from these episodes.  The tentative name for one possible Stu show:  Kill the Buddha.  Steve has made it something of a personal goal to put Stu on the map, so keep an eye out!  With Steve at the helm, it’s only a matter of time. 

Steve participated in the last Integral Spiritual Center meeting, and dropped by for a recent Integral WET Weekend.  He’s truly become one of the family, and we are extremely excited to finally be able to share some of the fruits of this blooming relationship, from Grace and Grit, to Kill the Buddha, to the incredible possibilities for Integral Actors Studio.  We hope you enjoy the dialogue….

(P.S. Who is Frank Huddy?  And what does he have to do with the mysterious Teddy Castellucci?  Listen closely, and you’ll find out….  And if you don’t, don’t sweat it :-)

transmission time: 30 minutes
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most memorable moment: “My acting agent at the time gave me some great advice: ‘All you have to do is write a hit movie, and then they’ll pay you to direct the next one.’ Funny enough, as silly as that sounded, I actually did.  I wrote The Mighty Ducks, which became a hit, and they let me direct the next one.”

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