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Crawford, a 2014 Monroe graduate of Butler Tech’s media productions program, told Journal-News he was stunned by the national spotlight on him and the film company he created.

“I was quite surprised. It was crazy, ”he said.

Growing up in Monroe, “we never had money to buy cameras and I only got to play with this (electronic) stuff if a friend had it.”

“I always knew I was going to be an entrepreneur. When I was 12, I officiated football matches in the park in front of my house.

Forbes wrote of Crawford: “Crawford was 20 in 2017 when he founded Four by Three, an independent film studio, using the severance pay money he received after being made redundant. .

“The studio has since produced or distributed more than a dozen projects, including documentaries, dramas and TV episodes that are broadcast by around 2 million people a year on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, ABC and Comcast, according to Crawford. . Four by Three generated $ 194,000 in revenue in 2020 and $ 263,000 from January to October 2021. ”

Since 2017, Crawford has produced more than a dozen films, including “River Road”, winner of 2 Leo Awards (British Columbian Academy Awards), “How We Lookin ‘?: The Immortal Words of Marty Brennaman”, “The Last Christmas “by IMDb TV Party” and “The Clearing”, winner of the best science fiction feature film at the London Independent Film Festival.

Looking back, one motto struck a chord with Crawford as a teenager and helped him refine his work ethic.

“Someone once said to me, ‘People can be born rich. And people can be born famous. But no one was born a hard worker.

“It’s a variable between all of us,” he said.

“Something about it hit me and I thought I could go out there and work out every day and it’s like track and field – I try to leave everything on the pitch.”

Crawford described Butler Tech’s media production courses as “a real springboard for my career.”

Next up for the dad of three – who married his sweetheart from Monroe High School – is a trip in January to the annual Sundance Film Festival in Utah, where his company won’t show a movie but instead will seek a movie. to buy.

“We hope to buy a film for distribution,” he said.

“I’m so very lucky and pinch myself every morning,” he said of his booming career. “Everything worked, one way or another.”