From the Episode: Big City Blues

I Am John Wayne

| February 21, 2014

Columbia University / 2011 / 17 minutes / English / Color

“You’re not fit to ride today, son.”

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In Brooklyn, a makeshift memorial for a young man’s friend has been set up on a street corner. He walks up and takes a closer look. Alongside his best friend, a picture shows them on horseback. They’re smiling.

Taco is the young man’s name and he has a funeral to go to. Problem is, he doesn’t want to. Guilted by his elders to attend and chided by his peers to take revenge, Taco only wants to do one thing: take his horse Chance out for a ride. But against the concrete and graffiti and haze of grief, is this a good idea?

Written and directed by Christina Choe. Principal Cast: Jamir Daaliya, Violetta Shimanova, Basil Scrivens and Althea Alexis.

I Am John Wayne

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Series Producer
Lisa Landi

Associate Producer
Julia Shackelford

Peter Borg

Zaldy Serrano
Christina Zee White

Original Music
Written and Produced by

John Andrieni

Kevin Cooke
Marie K Lee

Social Media Specialist
Aldo Mora-Blanco

Sarah Hoffner

On Air Promotion
Bridget Louie

William Lowery
Abby Staeble

Director of TV Production
Sandy Schonning

Executive Producer
Scott Dwyer