Discovering Something To Stand For | 301

In this episode of the Teach Them Diligently Podcast, Leslie Nunnery chats with Jonathan Coussens, the director of the inspiring new movie “Something to Stand For.” Just in time for the 4th of July, this film brings American history to life through engaging stories narrated by Mike Rowe. Jonathan shares insights into the making of the film, the importance of understanding history through personal stories, and how this movie can help families celebrate Independence Day with a deeper appreciation for our nation’s past. Tune in to learn more about the stories behind the film, the values it promotes, and why it’s a must-watch for families. 

Meet the Guest:

Jonathan Coussens is an award-winning commercial director, writer, and producer. Jonathan’s career began in the competitive arena of advertising agencies, where he honed his skills in storytelling and visual communication. He quickly established a name for himself by leading award-winning commercial campaigns for esteemed non-profits such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the American Red Cross, Wounded Warrior Project, Shriners Hospital for Children, the United Nations and Disabled American Veterans. His move into television work involved directing several series, where he naturally gravitated towards exploring themes of history and family, themes that deeply align with both his personal values and professional vision. Now at 38, Jonathan is embarking on a new chapter with his film directorial debut, “Something to Stand For.” This project blends his passion for inspirational and authentic storytelling with his profound appreciation for America’s rich historical tapestry. Off the set, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his Norwegian wife and two sons, often relaxing with a glass of sweet tea on their patio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His work continues to be a powerful medium through which he conveys content that is not only compelling but also profoundly resonates with audiences. 

Key Takeaways:

  • The movie ‘Something to Stand For’ celebrates American history and encourages viewers to look at the past with gratitude and not judgment. 
  • The film reveals the personal stories and sacrifices of individuals who shaped American history. 
  • It aims to make history come alive and inspire viewers to have hope for the future. 
  • The movie is a love letter to American history and a reminder of the values that built the nation. 

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