Normally, someone will write a book about some compelling
subject, then, if the book is dynamic enough,
someone else will translate it into a movie. That would be the natural
order of things.
The telling of Uncle Bush's story, much like
the story itself, didn't follow the natural order.
Scott Seeke, pastor, husband, dad, talented writer, and a
man with a driving curiosity, had the good fortune to marry
a girl from East Tennessee, and in so doing married into a
family that held a big player in Uncle Bush's celebrated
funeral. His curiosity was piqued from the moment Buddy
Robinson, his wife's grandfather, began to tell the
extraordinary story. Buddy had driven the hearse that
carried Uncle Bush's hand-crafted coffin, with Uncle Bush
sitting in the passenger's seat. Scott listened with rapt
attention, then started asking questions, many of which
Buddy couldn't answer. The most pressing question was,
"Why did he have the live funeral in the first place?"
Powered by that question, and intrigued by the whole idea,
Scott began to research the story, attempting to fill the
gaps with facts, and to determine the answer to that one
main question. For puzzling, not to mention vexxing, reasons,
his efforts to get at the facts were
thwarted at every turn, and he was left with little more
than Buddy had related in their initial conversation.
Frustrated, yet still captivated by the abstract idea, Scott
began to fill gaps to suit himself and ultimately created a
love story filled with mystery and suspense. It was pure
fiction, but it was high-quality storytelling, and it had a
Scott had a friend in the movie business. With the
collaboration of that friend, and dogged persistence, their
screenplay became the movie, Get Low, starring Robert
Duvall. The whole process took over ten years.