Brother to Brother

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The feature-film debut of filmmaker Rodney Evans, who wrote and produced in addition to taking on directing duties, Brother to Brother explores the life and struggles of black, gay artists in the present and past. Anthony Mackie stars as Perry Williams, a young man dealing with the strife involved with being both African-American and a homosexual in contemporary New York. He is shunned by his father for his sexual identity and wary of being viewed as a sell-out by black peers when his work gains a white audience....
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The feature-film debut of filmmaker Rodney Evans, who wrote and produced in addition to taking on directing duties, Brother to Brother explores the life and struggles of black, gay artists in the present and past. Anthony Mackie stars as Perry Williams, a young man dealing with the strife involved with being both African-American and a homosexual in contemporary New York. He is shunned by his father for his sexual identity and wary of being viewed as a sell-out by black peers when his work gains a white audience. When Williams meets an aging poet who was involved in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1930s, he suddenly finds himself transported back in time and cavorting with the likes of Langston Hughes Daniel Sunjata and Zora Neale Hurston Aunjanue Ellis. Among such legends, Williams is able to gain perspective about his own life. Also starring Roger Robinson and Larry Gilliard Jr., Brother to Brother screened in competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentaries: director Rodney Evans, star Anthony Mackie; Filmmaker interview; Theatrical trailer; Deleted scenes; Chapter stops; Closed captioned; Letterbox 1.85:1; Dolby 2.0 Stereo
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2005
  • UPC: 754703762450
  • Original Release: 2004
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  • Source: Wolfe Video
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Mackie Perry Williams
Roger Robinson Bruce Nugent
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. Marcus
Aunjanue Ellis Zora Neale Hurston
Duane Boutté Young Bruce Nugent
Daniel Sunjata Langston Hughes
Earle Hyman
Alex Burns Jim
Ray Ford Wallace Thurman
Bradley Cole MacAllister
Chad Coleman El
Billöah Greene Rahsan
Kevin Jackson Isaiah
Oni Faida Lampley Evelyn
Jimmy Martinez Julio
Reid Mihalko Harold
Lance Reddick James
Michael Mosley White Man #1 on subway platform
Technical Credits
Rodney Evans Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Tom Alberg Casting
Joshua Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
Sarah Beers Costumes/Costume Designer
Harlan Bosmajian Cinematographer
Seth D. Carmichael Co-producer
Bill Coleman Musical Direction/Supervision
Claire Falkenberg Art Director
Sabine Hoffman Editor
Mark Johnson Co-producer
Vince Liebhart Casting
Ricki G. Maslar Casting
Jim McKay Producer
Michael Moffa Asst. Director
Yoruba Richen Associate Producer
Isen Robbins Producer
Aimee Schoof Producer
Ernesto Solo Production Designer
Marc Anthony Thompson Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Scene 1 [7:20]
2. Scene 2 [7:13]
3. Scene 3 [12:02]
4. Scene 4 [8:08]
5. Scene 5 [15:52]
6. Scene 6 [11:17]
7. Scene 7 [8:39]
8. Scene 8 [7:28]
9. Scene 9 [12:07]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Filmmaker Interview
      Commentary
         Commentary: Director Rodney Evans - On
         Commentary: Director Rodney Evans - Off
         Commentary: Star Anthony Mackie - On
         Commentary: Star Anthony Mackie - Off
         Closed Captioning: On
         Closed Captioning: Off
      Deleted Scenes
      Closed Captioning
         Commentary: Director Rodney Evans - On
         Commentary: Director Rodney Evans - Off
         Commentary: Star Anthony Mackie - On
         Commentary: Star Anthony Mackie - Off
         Closed Captioning: On
         Closed Captioning: Off
      Free! Digital Promotions
   Scene Selections
   More From Wolfe
      On-Line
      Showboy
      Friends & Family
      Laughing Matters
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TRULY MOVING, MEMORABLE, & HEARTFELT

    I had the pleasure of viewing this film on PBS, as part of their “Independent Lens” series, and I truly can say is that it is moving beyond words. It is superbly written, directed and acted. Rich in heart, thought, and wit, Rodney Evans’s fictional work undoubtedly does justice to the art, intellectual ancestry and the strength of perseverance in the face of social injustice. Both an artistic and political achievement, “Brother to Brother” offers a rare glimpse of what it means to be a black, gay artist today as well as during the Harlem Renaissance, and marks Evans as a brave and unique voice in American cinema. Perry Williams is a talented young artist working and studying in New York. Art world success is knocking at his door, but Perry is afraid of selling out to a white privileged world. At the same time, community and family support is elusive as he endures homophobic barbs from his black classmates, rejection by his father, and a disappointing shallow relationship with his handsome white lover. Then Perry meets Richard Bruce Nugent, a living relic, who was a poet and painter of the Harlem Renaissance, along with Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and Wallace Thurman. Surreal narrative turns land him in the middle of scandalous parties and dinners in 1930s Harlem, and Perry learns that his struggle is not new and what is most important is a strong self-image and a commitment to preserve truth and nurture his artistic spirit. Thank you, Mr. Evans, for your strength of character and undeniable power to give voice to such a profound blend of Fact and Fiction.

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