M E E T  J E F F  M E H I E L 

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If there has been one constant in my life, it’s been my love of music. Growing up in the 60's & 70's provided kids with a front row seat to the renaissance of arts, and I took full advantage. And by what felt like fate, I became close friends with Dean Brown.

Being consumed by music and musicians at that time, there was a distinct moment where I knew I had met an artist. Even back then, I knew that the guitar would lead his life. His commitment, talent, and the connection between him and his guitar was inspiring and contagious. It was his primary focus, and I couldn’t imagine a world where he didn’t play guitar. Everyone around Dean knew this about him.

And as more fate would have it, I was the drummer in his band in Korea, which became one of the top bands in the country, making us “Rock Stars” in Korea for a few years, until our families finished their assignments in Seoul and returned to the US.

 

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If there has been one constant in my life, it’s been my love of music. Growing up in the 60's & 70's provided kids with a front row seat to the renaissance of arts, and I took full advantage. And by what felt like fate, I became close friends with Dean Brown.

Being consumed by music and musicians at that time, there was a distinct moment where I knew I had met an artist. Even back then, I knew that the guitar would lead his life. His commitment, talent, and the connection between him and his guitar was inspiring and contagious. It was his primary focus, and I couldn’t imagine a world where he didn’t play guitar. Everyone around Dean knew this about him.

And as more fate would have it, I was the drummer in his band in Korea, which became one of the top bands in the country, making us “Rock Stars” in Korea for a few years, until our families finished their assignments in Seoul and returned to the US.

 

After several years of editing films in a variety of roles, the desire to make my own film took center stage. And making the film provided the opportunity to document this moment in time and the art and artists that helped to shape my life. I was an eyewitness to Dean’s talent and always tracked his unique musical journey. Dean’s journey provides a direct view of what it means to be an artist. The commitment, drive, and sacrifice to get your art out there. To tell your story.

"The pursuit of your dream, following your passion, no matter where it lands you... the journey in itself and all of its demands, is worth it."

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I believe Dean’s story can resonate with all of us. Not just the fusioneers, but really anyone in pursuit of their dream. And through Dean’s career, I am able to document a group of amazing musicians and artists that he has performed with over his career, that know Dean well and share their own stories with us.

 

I hope this film can be a reminder for you that the journey is the purpose.

Through this film, Dean let me deliver this message:

 

The pursuit of your dream, following your passion, no matter where it lands you... the journey in itself and all of its demands, is worth it.

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