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The Brothers Texas follows the lives of teenager Houston and his 2 older brothers, Dallas and Austin after their mother abandons them.
The Brothers Texas follows the lives of teenager Houston and his 2 older brothers, Dallas and Austin after their mother abandons them.
88 backers pledged $10,000 to help bring this project to life.

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What's this film about?

"Every family has a secret."

The Brothers Texas follows brothers Houston, Dallas and Austin after their mother tragically abandons them. Austin is the oldest and sloppiest at 29, Dallas is gay and head of household at 24, and Houston keeps everything organized and together at 13. The themes of brotherhood, identity and acceptance intersect as the brothers discover the importance of family.

Every family has its own story to tell, and The Brothers Texas explores the emotional, physical and psychological effects of secretly living without a parent. Through their struggles, Austin, Dallas and Houston will come to understand the meaning of brotherhood, family values, and that love transcends all.

How can I help?

Whether you support by pledging $1.00 or $10,000--or simply spreading the word--you become a crucial member of our family; and without family, The Brothers Texas would be just another screenplay. You make it possible for The Brothers Texas to come to life off the page.

Where will the funds go?

All funds raised will go directly into the production/post-production costs associated with the making of The Brothers Texas. Any additional funds will be used for promotion and film festival submissions. Every dollar counts, and no amount is too big or too small.

Some film production items include:

  • ARRIFLEX 416/Lenses Rental
  • Film/Development
  • Lighting/Sound Equipment
  • Cast/Crew fees (Meals, Transportation)
  • Costumes/Props
  • Locations/Permits
  • Set Dressing
  • Post-Production

Equipment
Equipment

What will I get for pledging?

The Brothers Texas cast/crew welcome you to our family and are extremely thankful you decided to join us in support. Besides our gratitude, there are some really cool rewards like a stay at the fabulous Aloft Harlem Hotel; some awesome TBT sunglasses; a really cute TBT tote bag; or a DVD of the finished film.

1 or 2 night stay at the sassy Aloft Harlem Hotel
1 or 2 night stay at the sassy Aloft Harlem Hotel

Where will you shoot? 

The film is set in the historic neighborhood of Harlem, which is considered to be the soul of New York City. The Brothers Texas will shoot in November 2013.

Change all around their neighborhood except for them.
Change all around their neighborhood except for them.
Manhattanville Houses
Manhattanville Houses
Possibly the coldest winter ever.
Possibly the coldest winter ever.
Some call it a project, they call it home.
Some call it a project, they call it home.

How will the film look?

Aesthetically, The Brothers Texas will aim to maintain the realism that defines, shapes, and colors Houston, Dallas and Austin's lives. There will be long, uninterrupted shots that change in perspective and signal where the attention and emotions are. The goal is to make viewers forget they are watching a film and are living alongside the brothers. Without embellishment, The Brothers Texas will capture the authentic grit and texture of on-location shooting in Harlem, a less stylized lighting using mostly natural light, and an invisible style of editing. 

Some scenes take place in almost darkness
Some scenes take place in almost darkness
Very dark, cool, and saturated look in the tragic climatic scene.
Very dark, cool, and saturated look in the tragic climatic scene.

What happens when you're done shooting?

The Brothers Texas will go through a vigorous post-production process which includes editing, color correction, and sound mixing. All of this and more takes place until TBT is a masterpiece!

Once complete, The Brothers Texas will be submitted to Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, South by Southwest, Tribeca, New York Film Festival, ABFF, OUTFest,  Frameline, and many others.

The Brothers Texas is expected to be completed by Spring 2014.

Why are you making this film?

Being raised by a single mom wasn't the easiest, but having my brothers made the journey a better one. My mom worked so much to support our home that at times it felt like she wasn't there at all, and I was left to do the cooking, cleaning and homework help. I wouldn't trade my experience for the world, as it molded me into the man that I am. 

I wanted to explore the idea of a mother being so overwhelmed with her situation that she ultimately leaves and never comes home; and how a group of brothers band together to make it through.

"Some say being a big brother is better than being a superhero," I believe this to be true!

This film is dedicated to my family for all their support, care and love.

The Real Brothers Texas
The Real Brothers Texas

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JOIN OUR FAMILY BY PLEDGING YOUR SUPPORT!

Risks and challenges

Filmmaking is the most collaborative art form there is. It will take a massive family to bring The Brothers Texas to life. Every single member--from the Director to the Production Assistant--is fully committed to the success of this film.

Shooting a film comes with many challenges, but being surrounded by a dedicated and talented team ensures that The Brothers Texas will jump any hurdle put in it's way to reach the finish line. No film worth making is ever made without blood, sweat and tears.

Film production is an expensive endeavor, and we need help to secure cast, camera equipment, film permits, locations, music, post-production, promotion, and festival submissions. With the help of YOU and the Kickstarter community, The Brothers Texas will become a reality.

THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS! WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!

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    DISTANT COUSIN
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    -Be a featured extra in The Brothers Texas
    -First Look at TBT Trailer
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    -First Look at TBT Trailer
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    -Be a featured extra in The Brothers Texas
    -First Look at TBT Trailer
    -Digital Copy of The Brothers Texas
    -DVD of The Brothers Texas
    -Signed copy of TBT Script
    -Signed TBT Poster
    -Access to Behind The Scene Photos/Videos
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    -Thank You in credits
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    -TBT Limited Edition Sunglasses
    -TBT Tote Bag
    -TBT T-Shirt
    -Be a featured extra in The Brothers Texas
    -First Look at TBT Trailer
    -Digital Copy of The Brothers Texas
    -DVD of The Brothers Texas
    -Signed copy of TBT Script
    -Signed TBT Poster
    -Access to Behind The Scene Photos/Videos
    -Prescreening of The Brothers Texas
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    -TBT Limited Edition Sunglasses
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    -First Look at TBT Trailer
    -Digital Copy of The Brothers Texas
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    -Signed copy of TBT Script
    -Signed TBT Poster
    -Access to Behind The Scene Photos/Videos
    -Prescreening of The Brothers Texas
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    -Prescreening of The Brothers Texas
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    -Prescreening of The Brothers Texas
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    -Digital Copy of The Brothers Texas
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    -Signed copy of TBT Script
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    -Signed TBT Poster
    -Prescreening of The Brothers Texas
    -(4) days on the set of TBT in NYC (November 2013)
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    -First Look at TBT Trailer
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    -Signed copy of TBT Script
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    -Access to Behind The Scene Photos/Videos
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    -Prescreening of The Brothers Texas
    -TBT Limited Edition Painting by Charly Dominguez
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