David John Matthews (born January 9 1967) is a South African, now naturalized American, Grammy-winning lead vocalist and guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band. He has also worked as a solo artist and with other musicians such as Josh Groban, most often with Tim Reynolds. An occasional actor, he has appeared in three feature films.
Dave is the third of four children born to John and Val Matthews. His siblings are an older brother, Peter, an older sister, Anne and a younger sister, Jane. When Dave was two years old, his family migrated to Yorktown Heights in Westchester County, New York, where his father, a physicist, went to work for IBM. In the early 1970s the family again moved, to Cambridge, England, before returning to New York — where his father died in 1977. The family moved back to South Africa in 1980.
Dave was encouraged to take piano lessons as a child before he picked up the guitar at age nine. Upon his graduation from St Stithians College high school, he faced a...
Because of Winn-Dixie is a best selling children's novel by Kate DiCamillo published in 2000 and winner of a Newbery Honor distinction the following year. It also won the 2000 Josette Frank Award. It has been adapted as a 2005 family film, directed by Wayne Wang, produced by Walden Media and Twentieth Century Fox.
India Opal Buloni is a lonely 10-year-old who has just moved to the small town of Naomi, Florida with her father. They have to move because he is a preacher. They live in a trailer park. The move has resulted in her losing all her friends, especially the ones on her old baseball team, and she now has to make new ones.
While in the Winn-Dixie supermarket, she encounters a scruffy dog that is wreaking havoc. She claims that it is hers, and names it Winn-Dixie. She discovers that Winn-Dixie becomes friends with everyone he encounters, and she makes some new friends as a result. Opal quickly establishes a rapport with her adult friends, and gradually learns that they have... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317132
Where the Red Fern Grows is an inspirational 1961 family adventure novel by American author Wilson Rawls about a boy who acquires and trains two coonhound hunting dogs. It was made into a popular 1974 film starring Stewart Petersen, James Whitmore and Beverly Garland. The film was remade in 2003 and starred Joseph Ashton, Dabney Coleman, Ned Beatty and Dave Matthews.
In the opening scene of the novel, the main character, Billy Coleman, a middle-aged man, is leaving work for the day. On his way home, he sees a dogfight - all the town dogs are attacking an obviously out-of-place redbone coonhound, who is fighting back valiantly. He steps in, scaring away the attackers, and coaxes the hound out. He sees that the hound is starving and dirty, and takes him home to feed and wash him. The dog leaves for his destination the next day, and Billy knows better than to stop him. Seeing a coonhound again makes Billy recall having two coonhounds as a boy. The remainder of the story is a flashback... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072402