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Fantastic video: Three hikes up Track Rock Gap

Fantastic video:   Three hikes up Track Rock Gap

This is one of several videos by Brady Brandwood, which I will be forwarding to POOF subscribers.   For those you, who have not been able to hike up the slopes of Buzzard Roost Mountain, this professional film maker provides extraordinary wintertime views.   A personal message to Brady.  You were absolutely insane to hike up the slopes alone and to crawl into those old tombs and volcanic caves without anybody standing guard outside.  The second time that I went to Track Rock ruins alone, I poked my head into an old tomb and was face to face with a REALLY angry Mama Bear and nursing cub.   Fortunately,  she was afraid of my three herd dogs.   Readers, please don’t try that experiment at home alone.  It is equivalent to driving a car into a tornado!  

Brady Brandwood’s Bio

Brady grew up in the Nacoochee Valley of Northeast Georgia, but now lives in Charlotte, NC. He began his career in film & video production as an editorʼs assistant at a film production house in Charlotte, NC. There he learned the craft of film editing & post production & advanced to editor, producer, director, & cinematographer. His experience in film post production provided him a solid background in cinematography, lighting & sound as he was able to see and understand good footage & bad footage, and he learned a great deal about scene blocking and continuity, and the flow and pace of good film making before he ever looked through the lens of a camera himself.

Since this beginning he has shot and lit many, many hours of footage in 16mm, 35mm, and HD video formats. He has photographed many national caliber commercials, documentaries, dramatic productions, & live television programs, & has worked with International level actors & spokespersons, with his work being seen on Discovery Channel, ESPN, Nickelodeon, Showtimeʼs Inside NASCAR, FOX Sports, NBCSN, the reality show Wife Swap, The Anna Nicole Show, The Doctors on CBS, Cartoon Network, Aaronʼs Outdoors, Hard Copy, Inside Edition, GAC, NASCAR Wives, Inside Nextel Cup, NASCAR This Morning, NASCARʼs Think Fast, NASCAR Performance, the Showtime movie ʻThe Ride Of Their Livesʼ, MAV TV, SPEED, The Apprentice.

His career awards include Best Music Video – Myrtle Beach International Film Festival, Award Of Excellence for Moonshine Heritage at the
Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards – 2 Bronze Apple Awards – National Educational Film & Video Festival, Silver Award – Houston Intl. Film Festival, Award For Creative Excellence – U.S. Industrial Film & Video Festival, 2 Telly Awards, 1st Place National CAB Award, 2 Wins – Texas Ultimate Shorts Film Festival, as well as Official Selection of the Charleston International Film Festival, Ogeechee International History Film Festival, North Beach American Film Festival, Tribal Film Festival, Miami Independent Film Festival, Lookout Wild Film Festival, as well as a YouTube video that’s gotten 7.5 million views.



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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    Nice quality of film and audio… wish everyone had such respect for the land.

    • It is the first film on Track Rock that didn’t sensationalize things.


    Wish you could see my great big smile! So glad to see you two talented, dedicated professionals together.

    • Edna, did you know that Brady grew up in the Nacoochee Valley?


        No, I didn’t know that, but I’m not surprised. He obviously has a deep love and respect for the natural and cultural history of the area.


    Thanks Richard for sharing Brady’s video. I look forward to the next ones. Yes James , I agree Brady was very respectful of the mountain land as more people should be. Please hikers No Pepsi cans or chairs left behind. I really enjoyed trekking along on the 3 hikes with him. Brady was knowledgeable and explained things about what he was noticing during the hikes. Looks like you may have found a film maker to assist with the grant Richard.


    I really appreciated this video. After hearing Richard’s comments about the area above the petroglyphs for some time, I wanted to go exploring up there myself. Fortunately, this video convinced me that as an old man, I have no business trying to walk up a mountain. Last year I had a hard time walking around Chaco Canyon and much of it is fairly flat and paved! I wish Richard had been along with Brady to offer some explanations to the interesting finds. Plan on going up to see the recently rediscovered mound at Batesville as soon as I get a chance. I have been following POOF for about two years now and find it much more interesting than the work of traditional archaeologists I used to work with. This has given me a new hobby in my retirement. Thanks!

    • Maybe you can help us explore the Batesville Area. We are just beginning that project. With LIDAR I have discovered a terrace complex, east of the Batesville General Store.


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