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Kirk Hunter’s “Big Shadow” Premiere

“Big Shadow” Casts Light on Filmmaker Hansen

Special to the Austin American-Statesman, Sunday, March 6, 1988

Kirk Hunter presents a tribute to his friend, the late Brian Hansen, in the video portrait Big Shadow, at 1 a.m., Monday and at 11 p.m. Tuedsay on Austin Access Channel 10. A former Austinite, filmmaker and University of Texas graduate, Hansen had shot films, commercials and videos in Austin. Most noted of Hansen’s credits was his graduate thesis film, an award-winning short entitled Speed of Light. Hunter’s show recalls highlights of Brian’s career through film clips, interviews with his friends and personal photographs.

From the “Video” Column by Kevin Phinney around the same time:

A tribute to former Austinite Brian D. Hansen is airing on ACTV Channel 10. The program features highlights of the late filmmaker’s career. Hansen, who died in December of bacterial meningitis, was a graduate film student at the University of Texas and had shot short films, features, commercials and music videos in the Austin area. His UT graduate thesis project was a well-received short called Speed of Light.

The tribute, produced and assembled by Hansen’s longtime friend, Kirk Hunter, is called Big Shadow, and offers an insightful, behind-the-scenes look at filmmaking. The program, which will air again Feb. 27 at midnight, recalls Hansen’s life and work through film clips, interviews and personal pictures.

The Austin Chronicle

We still haven’t begun to get over the recent loss of our friend Brian Hansen. In the wake of his death old friends have been renewing relationships across the country to realize how many different people knew him, worked with him, admired him, loved him. Local film / video maker Kirk Hunter, a long time Hansen compatriot, has created Big Shadow, an hour long video portrait of Brian. It includes interviews and film clips. The show will air February 27 at midnight on Access Channel 10 (check Show World for other times). Hansen was a very special person and a unique talent. Hunter understands that and it comes across in this emotionally potent work.


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