CALL ME BROTHER is a feature-length, dark comedy written by and starring Christina Parrish. The films follows Lisa and Tony, a sister and brother growing up separately because of their divorced parents. Without a strong unit of love in their lives, Lisa and Tony are forced to learn about love on their own. The film follows Lisa and Tony reunited for one weekend, growing closer than they ever had before. Yeah… this movie is about a brother and sister falling in love. We hope to convey that this movie is about young people seeking the love they think they deserve.
Writer's Note: I like movies that bend my perspective. Some of my favorite movies of all time, 'Dogtooth' and 'Mysterious Skin', touch on themes of confinement, trust and vulnerability in a way that is beautifully raw but actually…pretty funny. I think humor is a great coat on something uncomfortable, I’d say it’s a big reason why I think some of my work resonates with people and also, why conversations with my Walgreens pharmacist have ended with blank stares after me saying “I like your look!”. That’s what I tried for with this movie.
In Call Me Brother, my idea was to dive into something so taboo by painting a world so perverse that the thing you root for most is incest. And...you feel so good doing it.
Movies are expensive! We aren't going to sugar coat it like how Lisa sugar coats her feelings by eating candy all the time. The idea of "no-budget filmmaking" is only possible when the people making it pay for everything out of pocket. We are a team of content creators, constantly self funding our sketches, films, shows and projects. We are self funding a whole lot of this movie too but with more pages in a script comes more expenses on set. We see Kickstarter as an opportunity to spread the word about our film while alleviating some of our financial burden we are taking on.
Your donation will contribute to the production of our film in a variety of ways:
- Equipment Rentals! A movie needs great sound and fluid movement to watchable! Camera and audio equipment will be essential in making this look pretty.
- Art, Wardrobe, and Props! A movie has to look good! We would love to give this movie the style it deserves.
- Marketing! We want people to see this movie and they can't if they don't know about it!
- Food and Water! Our cast and crew are generously donating their time for this wacky movie and we want to keep them fed and happy!
Christina Parrish (“Lisa”) is an actress and comedian soaked in dog kisses in Austin TX. She has performed at Hell Yes Fest and FunFunFun Fest; her video work has been featured on Funny or Die's front page and screened at Austin Shorts Fest, LA Shorts Festival and Seattle Sketchfest. Most recently, Christina wrote and starred in a pilot that was featured as an IndieWIRE Project of the Day.
Andrew Dismukes (“Tony”) is a young comedian from Austin TX having recently received 1st runner up in the Funniest Person in Austin competition. He has performed at the Moontower Comedy Festival, Out of Bounds, FunFunFest, and opened for David Koechner. Dismukes co-hosts Chortle Portal every Saturday and was described by The Austin Chronicle as “Extremely fucking funny”
Danu Uribe (“Doris”) has performed coast to coast on stage and screen from The Kennedy Center to CONAN, from Broadway to Burbank; but, she calls Austin TX "home." Emmy-nominated Uribe's voice can also be heard around the nation in video games, commercials, films and educational software products. Check out her website!
David Howe (Director) is a filmmaker, actor, and comedian living in Austin TX. David pushes boundaries with his films such asUNIPSYCHO: A Documentary and THE WOO. He has acted in several productions including the remake of True Grit and a recent stage production of Into the Woods. He is active in the Austin comedy scene and runs a weekly comedy show called GOOD FIGHT, and has performed at FunFunFun, Del Close Marathon, and Hell Yes Fest.
Justin Howe (Director of Photography) was raised in Dallas TX before moving to Chicago IL to pursue a career in film and music. He loves working with the image and rhythm of film, specifically through cinematography, editing, and color grading. Justin can be found on set as DP, in the editing bay cutting films and commercial work, working in the darkness of his apartment-midday-color grading, or playing some jazz saxophone, flute, or piano in the local doom funk band.
Shannon Cloud (Producer) is a creative producer dedicated to supporting unique voices experimenting with comedy and cinema. Shannon has spearheaded over fifty comedy shows, managed a 12-city tour, and produced dozens of shorts, many of which showcase Austin comedians.
Schyuler Hupp (Sound) studied photography and electronic music at East Texas State University, and after graduating from UT Austin with a degree in Radio Television & Film, found work repairing radios, mixing live sound, and in educational AV production. His latest film projects include Michael Musselman’s WHISKEY AND A WATER and David Howe’s THE WOO.
Kelsey Rogers (DIT/Production Assistant) is a filmmaker and comedian who writes, directs, and produces sketch and video in Austin, TX. She plans to attend medical school whenever she gets tired of following her dreams or if/when a major weather event reduces the need for entertainment media.
Kent Juliff (Art Design) is a filmmaker and comic in town with a special eye for beauty and good people.
Aly Dixon (Social Media) is a comedian, writer and actor based in Austin TX. She has appeared in Austin Sketch Fest and Out of Bounds Comedy Fest and performs regularly at ColdTowne theater. She is a writer and host of Hitplay, a weekly series Presented by Whipclip. Her mom is really proud of her!
David and I have been collaborating for 3 + years now, and have created several shorts and projects together. One of these, “Love Hurts” was featured on the front page of Funny or Die while also playing at a few festivals. I’d say David is the needle to my thread, the only way my words from the page can come together is when he orchestrates them onscreen. I trust him immensely and the feeling is mutual. That’s why coming together to make our first feature length film just makes sense. Call Me Brother will showcase all those years of hard work into a refined and well crafted bundle of dirty candy. I believe it’s important we make this film not only because of the wonderfully talented folks putting their time into this project but, also because we truly believe you will dig this movie and if you don’t….there’s always ‘No Strings Attached’.
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