Brother to Brother
Middle 40-60% of all time (see others with this rank)
2004 (click here to see all competition films from this year)
Anthony Mackie, Roger Robinson, Larry Gilliard Jr., Aunjanue Ellis, Duane Boutte, Daniel Sunjata
Rodney Evans, Jim McKay, Aimee Schoof, Isen Robbins, Marc Johnson, Seth Carmichael, Harlan Bosmajian, Sabine Hoffman, Marc Anthony Thompson
Rich in heart and intelligence, Rodney Evans�s first feature pays homage to art, intellectual ancestry, and the strength to persevere 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 an 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 disappointingly fetishistic relationship with his handsome white lover. Then Perry meets Bruce Nagent, 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.
Shari Frilot (see other films reviewed by the same reviewer)