Brother to Brother (film)
|Brother to Brother|
Promotional movie poster for the film
|Directed by||Rodney Evans|
|Produced by||Rodney Evans
|Written by||Rodney Evans|
|Music by||Barney McAll
Marc Anthony Thompson
|Edited by||Sabine Hoffmann|
|Distributed by||Wolfe Releasing|
|Release date(s)||January 17, 2004|
|Running time||94 minutes|
Brother to Brother is a film written and directed by Rodney Evans and released in 2004. The film debuted at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival before playing the gay and lesbian film festival circuit, with a limited theatrical release in late 2004.
Art student Perry (Anthony Mackie) befriends an elderly homeless man named Bruce Nugent (Roger Robinson), who turns out to have been an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Through recalling his friendships with other important Harlem Renaissance figures Langston Hughes (Daniel Sunjata), Aaron Douglas, Wallace Thurman and Zora Neale Hurston, Bruce chronicles some of the challenges he faced as a young, black, gay writer in the 1920s. Perry discovers that the challenges of homophobia and racism he faces in the early 21st century closely parallel Bruce's.
Awards and nominations
- Gotham Awards Breakthrough Award: Anthony Mackie - nominated; Breakthrough Director Award: Rodney Evans - nominated (2004)
- Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Jury Award best Fiction Feature - winner (2004)
- New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Vanguard Award - winner (2004)
- Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Jury Award for Best Feature Film - winner (2004)
- Outfest Grand Jury Award, Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film: Roger Robinson - winner; Outstanding American Narrative Feature - winner (2004)
- San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award Best Feature - winner (2004)
- Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, Dramatic - winner; Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic - nominated (2004)
- GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Film Limited Release - nominated (2005)
- Glitter Awards Best Feature Indie Gay Film - winner (2005)
- Independent Spirit Awards Best Debut Performance: Anthony Mackie - nominated; Best Supporting Male: Rodney Evans - nominated; Best First Screenplay: Rodney Evans - nominated; Best First Feature - nominated (2005)
Brother to Brother was released on Region 1 DVD on June 14, 2004.
- Padva, Gilad (2014). Black Nostalgia: Poetry, Ethnicity, and Homoeroticism in Looking for Langston and Brother to Brother. In Padva, Gilad, Queer Nostalgia in Cinema and Pop Culture, pp. 199–226. Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-1-137-26633-0.
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