Brother to Brother: Chris Evans Tale of Two Black Gay Men, Starring Anthony Mackie

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Brother to Brother is a quintessential indie film, written and directed by Rodney Evans, announcing the arrival of a new talented black actor, Anthony Mackie.

The film debuted at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival before playing the gay and lesbian film festival circuit, with a limited theatrical release.

Brother to Brother
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Promotional movie poster for the film

Mackie plays art student Perry, a youngster thrown out by his parents for his homosexuality. He is further disturbed by a potential romantic entanglement with a white boy in his class.

Perry’s life changes when he befriends an elderly homeless man, Bruce Nugent (Roger Robinson), who was an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

Bruce recalls his friendships with other Harlem Renaissance figures, such as Langston Hughes (Daniel Sunjata), Aaron Douglas (Leith M. Burke), Wallace Thurman (Ray Ford) and Zora Neale Hurston (Aunjanue Ellis).

He chronicles some of the challenges he faced as a young, black, gay writer in the 1920s, while Perry realizes that the challenges of homophobia and racism in the early 21st century too closely parallel those of Bruce’s.

Cast
Anthony Mackie as Perry
Roger Robinson as Bruce
Alex Burns as Jim
Kevin Jackson as Isaiah – College Professor
Billoah Greene as Rahsan
Brad Bailey as Subway Grifter (billed as Brad Baily)
Brian Everett Chandler as Mr. Williams

Credits:

Directed by Rodney Evans
Produced by Rodney Evans, Jim McKay, Isen Robbins, Aimee Schoof
Written by Rodney Evans
Music by Barney McAll
Marc Anthony Thompson
Dave Warrin
Cinematography Harlan Bosmajian
Edited by Sabine Hoffmann
Distributed by Wolfe Releasing

Release date: January 17, 2004

Running time: 94 minutes