Great news! I have just posted the full Lloyd Alexander documentary on YouTube. It is now free for the public to view as much as they want. The DVD's are still available to purchase for $10.00 but it is also on YouTube and will be forever more.
Here it is in all it's viewing glory. I hope you enjoy it, and it inspires individuals to read his books.
It seems to be a yearly tradition for me to write a blog post on here, I'm sorry that it doesn't happen more. Each year on January 30 (Lloyd Alexander's Birthday), it gives me a chance to reflect on the man who has become my favorite author, and the impact he has made on my life. It would be no exaggeration to say that the goals I have, and the direction my life is headed would definitely not be the same without Lloyd Alexander.
Today to celebrate and commemorate Lloyd on his 91st birthday, I have decided to share a list of interesting facts about Lloyd that I have learned that others may not know. I hope this list is interesting to those who read it.
Lloyd's full name was Lloyd Chudley Alexander (but in high school, he decided to drop his middle name)
The Chronicles of Prydain was originally planned as a trilogy and was to be titled "The Sons of Llyr" the 3 books in the series were to be:
The Battle of the Trees
The Lion with the Steady Hand
When "The Battle of the Trees" was edited out of the first book, Lloyd wanted to rename it "The Assistant Pig-Keeper" but was convinced by someone at the publishing house to name it "The Book of Three"
Lloyd Alexander loved classical music, especially Mozart
He thoroughly enjoyed watching the TV show "Xena: Warrior Princess"
Even though his last book was published in 2007, Lloyd did all of his writing on a typewriter up to the end.
Lloyd had Agoraphobia: Fear of leaving his house (although, not sure if it was actual fear, or just liked the comforts of home, either way he didn't travel much).
He was a master of crossword puzzles.
He truly appreciated his fans. He made it a goal to always personally write back every fan that sent him a letter (I'm unsure if he was 100% in that goal, but I know he was close).
Lloyd Alexander was a very special and unique human being. The talent that he had for writing enabled him to write in such a way that his stories and characters stick with you in a way that I have never quite experienced elsewhere.
If you have never read any of the books by Lloyd Alexander, I suggest that you do so. If you are like me and have read his books many times, then I urge you to share them with someone else. His creativity and imagination is contagious, and if this world had more people like Lloyd Alexander, it certainly would be a better place.
Lloyd Alexander was born on January 30, 1924. That makes today his 90th birthday. This being the case, I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect and share my thoughts on Lloyd Alexander, and who he is to me.
It has now been a little over a year since I finished making the documentary titled "Lloyd Alexander". In this film I attempted to pay tribute to, in my opinion, one of the greatest fantasy authors of all time. My biggest hope in making the film was to create more awareness of him and his writings. I am pleased to say that I have had countless people who have told me that they read his books for the first time because of the film. As I reflect on the experience of making this documentary there are a few thoughts that I want to share.
First, as I became consumed by learning all that I could about Lloyd Alexander, I came to love both him and his wife, Janine, almost as if they were Grandparents that I never knew. I never had the opportunity to meet the Alexanders, but through reading about them, talking with their friends and family, and visiting the places they called home (with the exception of going to France, where Janine is from), I feel as though I was able to get a glimpse into what life would have been like had I known them. And that is a happy thought.
Second, as I went through the process of making the film, I met many people whose lives have been changed by the influence of Lloyd Alexander. Some of these people were friends or colleagues of his. I met some who loved him so dearly that they were nervous of my project. And many of the people that I met had their lives changed by reading his books. This is the category that I fall into. Lloyd Alexander had such a way with words that he was able to do more than entertain. He somehow found a way to connect with individuals, and inspire each of us that read his words to become more than we were, to reach after our dreams, and to take pride in our work even if we are assistant pig-keepers.
Finally, I am very glad that I had the opportunity to make this film. It truly made me a better human being. It helped me learn more about the human condition. It introduced me to many wonderful people. It taught me that no matter how big or far away our dreams may seem, nothing is impossible if we work hard and persevere. I hope that as people are exposed to this film for generations to come, they can have part of the same learning experience that I had making it. I hope that many others can come to know and love Lloyd Alexander, just as I have been able to.
Today, for his 90th birthday, we are permanently dropping the price of the DVD's down to $10.00. Also, I am releasing 5 different clips from the documentary throughout the day. They will be available on the Lloyd Alexander YouTube channel here. We will eventually have the full film available on this YouTube channel, although I am not sure when exactly that will be.
Here is the first of the clips. This clip is 4 minutes from the beginning of the documentary. I hope you enjoy.
The DVD's of "Lloyd Alexander" are now on sale. They are available exclusively on this blog. You can purchase your copy using the button in the upper-right hand corner of the blog. The $20 charge includes all shipping and handling costs. $20 is what it says, $20 is what you pay. There are no hidden fees or charges. Ships in 5-7 business days.
If you have any questions regarding purchasing the film, please send them to Jared Crossley via firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, enjoy the official trailer to the film.
Over the past couple of years it has been my privilege to research the life and writings of a man by the name of Lloyd Alexander. I have never personally met Mr. Alexander, nor have I met his wife Janine. They both passed away in 2007, a few years before I started my research. However, over the period of reading about him, speaking to some of the people who knew him so very well, and walking the paths that he walked (visiting the places from his life such as his homes in Drexel Hill, his High School, the Drexel Hill Post Office, and even the pizza places where he was a regular), I feel as if I have gotten to know Lloyd and Janine in a unique way. As I mentioned to a friend, "I feel as if they are grandparents of mine that I never met".
My research culminated in 2 documentary films about Lloyd Alexander and his writings. Over the process of making the films, I sadly had to cut out many of the books and aspects of his life that I found so endearing. However, I feel as if I was able to tell the story that will give viewers of the films a new appreciation and understanding of this beloved American author.
Today marks 89 years since his birth in West Philadelphia. Every year on this date, I hope to remember Mr. Alexander by reading one of his books (at least part of a book), and inviting others to do the same. Next year will be his 90th birthday, and we are planning quite a celebration in Provo, UT (more details to come later). However, as for this year, I wanted to take a few minutes and reflect on my feelings of Lloyd Alexander (see above), and give an update on the status of the documentaries.
We are working out the final details in order to produce the films onto DVD. The DVD's will be sent to those who purchased one by supporting the film on Kickstarter. There will also be other DVD's available for purchase at a future date (hopefully soon).
Today, I wanted to release the cover art for the DVDs. Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I do.
So there is another screening this next month of "Lloyd Alexander". This one will be held in Logan, UT at the Logan Library. I realize that not many of the people that read this blog are in that area, but I thought I would post the information for those that are able to make it.
What: Free showing of Lloyd Alexander, the new biographical documentary by Utah filmmaker Jared Crossley
Where: The Logan Library's Jim Bridger Room
When: Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 PM
Sponsored by the Adult Nonfiction and Children's divisions at the Logan Library.
The entire soundtrack for "Lloyd Alexander" is now available online. The music was written by Stephen R. Voorhees, and is magnificent. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Here it is: Lloyd Alexander Soundtrack