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By Ondi Timoner | October 24, 2013

Blood Brother, the Sundance award-winning documentary about an Indian orphanage for children with AIDS and the work of American Rocky Braat, is shared on BYOD with director Steve Hoover. Featuring the trailer, clips and the emotional stories behind the powerful subject matter, this is an in-depth look at Rocky Braat and the joy and struggle of children living with AIDS…

Watch new episodes of BYOD live each week on Tuesdays at noon on TheLip.TV, or tune in for the archived replay starting here on the following Thursday.

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.

BLOOD BROTHER – a documentary feature directed by Rocky’s longtime friend Steve Hoover traces Rocky’s story of working in the village of Tamil Nadu, India since five years to present. The film illustrates his commitment to the children and their families who face life and death situations on a daily basis.

All Filmmaker Proceeds Are Donated to the Children Seen in the Film and to HIV/AIDS Initiatives.


00:01 Welcome to BYOD.
00:18 Introducing Steve Hoover and the story of Rocky Braat.
01:50 Response to Blood Brother, editing, and shooting in India.
03:53 Blood Brother, Trailer.
06:10 Going into the villages and finding the joy under unlikely circumstances.
07:46 Meeting Rocky Braat and the game changer of India.
11:13 Rocky’s family life and background, and his connection with the children.
14:00 Blood Brother, clip. With the children.
14:47 The stigma of HIV/AIDS and coming face to face with the disease.
17:00 Seeing the disease take hold.
19:12 Blood Brother, clip: Rocky at the home.
20:52 The community and the orphanage relationship.
23:22 Children coming to the orphanage and introduction of medication.
26:24 Tragic stories and happy endings in the states.
27:25 Working towards helping the cause with the film and book.
29:36 Blood Brother, clip: Rocky and his friend.
30:40 Seeing the film.
33:13 An update on Rocky Braat.
34:30 Festivals and celebrations and teaching children photography.
35:33 Contributing money to help, and engaging with people.
36:53 Starting a new project in Ukraine.
38:57 Animation and voice-over in the documentary.
42:30 The difficulty of filming children that were close to death.
45:52 Thanks and Goodbye.

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