Brothers Hypnotic is the documentary about the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a family of incredible musicians from Chicago that highlights family and creativity. Film director Reuben Atlas shows the film to us and explains the experience beyond the screen of the family that is way too real for America’s Got Talent.
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BYOD is hosted by Ondi Timoner, director of “DIG!,” “JOIN US” and “WE LIVE IN PUBLIC,” and has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance twice. Each week the show explores a different documentary filmmaker or aspect of filmmaking, with special guests and a live Q&A– diving deep into creative process and the business realities of producing and distributing films. Ondi shares her insider views, opinions, and personal stories, welcoming audience participation. BYOD aims to entertain, inform, and elevate documentaries in general by bringing attention to films and film makers that deserve exposure.
Reuben Atlas is a New York based producer, director, and entertainment lawyer. He directed videos for many artists including Pyeng Threadgill, Luthea Salom, Jon Skerik, Peter Afelbaum, Eric Deutsch, the SF Jazz Collective, and Charles Burnham.
Brothers Hypnotic is his first feature length documentary. The film premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and has been screening all over the world including Hot Docs and LA Film Festival.
The film has received support for the film from ITVS, the Jerome Foundation, the National Black Programming Consortium, the New York State Council on the Arts, and NPS Dutch TV. The project was also selected to participate in the IFP Independent Film Week 2009 “Spotlight on Documentaries.”
In addition to filmmaking, Reuben has worked in counseling at a maximum-security prison, taught English in Costa Rica, and lived and worked in Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles.
EPISODE BREAKDOWN:00:01 Welcome to BYOD .
00:19 Introducing Reuben Atlas of Brothers Hypnotic.
02:05 Following the family of the Hypnotic Brass Band.
04:58 The mystique behind the father.
09:09 Putting the brothers into Chicago music and social context.
15:00 Time spent shooting and editing.
17:16 Seba and focusing in on the music.
20:35 The bravery in raising a family in a non-traditional way.
23:05 BROTHERS HYPNOTIC, footage.