Brother To Brother
Coming Soon Online
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Written and directed by Rodney Evans
A feature-length drama which invokes the glory days of the Harlem Renaissance through the memories of Bruce Nugent, who co-founded the revolutionary literary journal FIRE!! with Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and Wallace Thurman. As an elderly man, Nugent meets a young black gay artist struggling to find his voice and together they embark on a surreal narrative journey through his inspiring past.
The film premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize in Drama for Passion of Subject. It was the film debut of Anthony Mackie who went on to star in the Academy Award-winning feature film THE HURT LOCKER. Writer/Director Rodney Evans discovered Mackie in his graduating showcase at Julliard in 2001.
BROTHER TO BROTHER was nominated for 4 Independent Spirit Awards including Best First Film, Best First Screenplay, Best Debut Performance for Anthony Mackie and Best Supporting Actor for Roger Robinson. Mr. Robinson went on to win the Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for his performance in JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE in 2009. Several other featured actors including Larry Gilliard Jr., Lance Reddick and Chad Coleman went on to star in the acclaimed HBO series THE WIRE.
BROTHER TO BROTHER had its international premiere at The Berlin International Film Festival and won 15 film festival awards including The Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award and Best Actor for Roger Robinson at OUTFEST along with Grand Jury Prizes at the Miami and Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals. Other awards include the Audience Award at Frameline’s San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, IFP’s Gordon Parks Award for Screenwriting and HBO’s Director To Watch Award at the 2004 Black Movie Awards. The film aired nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens in June 2005 and writer/director Rodney Evans has screened the film at over 30 colleges and universities throughout the world including Harvard, Brown, Wesleyan, UCLA, University of Nebraska and the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Evans was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009.