Conner DeMita (left), Elliot Fletcher (right)

Conner DeMita (left), Elliot Fletcher (right)

I came back to Los Angeles for the first time after going to college and learned that I no longer had a sister. My sibling, who I had regarded as a sister his whole life, had adopted new pronouns and the name Elliot. Ever since we were kids, Elliot had been very particular about how he presented himself to everyone, including me. He always favored the masculine, and as we got into the years where our genders began to be more pronounced, this became increasingly hard for him. Elliot required more attention from our parents and the results of his experience manifested in intense anxiety or outbursts of emotion. I generally tried to keep myself separate, and this fed my own development as someone who kept their growing pains to themselves. While Elliot demanded help, in one way or another, I refused it. But at the same time I resented my sibling and anyone else who I perceived as presumptuous enough to ask for assistance.

When I returned from college, my tolerance was tested, and I failed. I refused to change the pronouns I used or the way I behaved around my sibling, because I felt a need to let Elliot know that the world would not change for him, and that, outside of our family, no one would go out of their way to make him comfortable. To put it simply, I was wrong. But I wasn’t wrong about my assertion that the harshness of real life would not adapt to Elliot, I was wrong in my understanding of Elliot’s identity. Elliot always knew who he was, and the person I perceived him to be for the majority of my life was not exactly him. That identity was an assumed name, it was who Elliot had to be while he was understanding himself and gaining the courage to share that with all of us. By changing the way I behaved around Elliot, I was not adapting to some alternate reality to conform to his preference; I was correcting the misconception that I held for so much of my life, which was no small task. Things about the way I think and make judgments became clear to me throughout this process, and this reflected onto every aspect of my life. A big part of the reason I found it so difficult to be understanding with my brother was that I struggled to understand and accept the dissonances in myself. This is what “Brother X” is about.

 
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BROTHER X is an independent short film. It's the story of a young man in suburban Los Angeles who must learn how to cope with his sibling's gender transition. While he cannot bring himself to understand his new brother's experience, he himself spends his nights clubbing in Hollywood dressed as a woman.

When Julian's difficulties with his family over his brother's identity escalate, he escapes the situation in his favorite way: by going out for the night and pretending to be someone else. He spends the night traversing Los Angeles, dancing in nightclubs and conversing with his best friend and confidant. When it becomes clear that his conflicts at home are integral to the nature of his escapism, Julian is forced to violently confront his feelings and attempt to make sense of them. 

This semi autobiographical film explores the depths of scrutiny, self conflict, and harsh judgment. It focuses on identity and the experience of cognitive dissonance.

 
 

Julian · Zack Radvansky

Zack Radvansky

Zack Radvanskyis a Los Angeles based actor who’s television credits include Criminal Minds and Training Day (CBS), Game Shakers (Nickelodeon), and the upcoming American Woman on Paramount Network. He has appeared in several national commercials and various web series. He studies at Clay Banks Studio International and is repped by Metric Talent Management. Zack is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and an avid ice hockey player.


Scout · Scout Dixon

Scout Dixon

Scout Dixon is multi-medium artist living in Los Angeles. Having originally moved to LA to pursue acting, she has since shifted her focus to music and visual arts.


Avery · Elliot Fletcher

Elliot Fletcher

Elliot Fletcher is an actor, musician and a transgender man and advocate. He has been featured on MTV’s show “Faking It," Freeform’s “The Fosters," and Showtime's "Shameless." He also tries to spread positivity within the transgender community using his social media platforms. Elliot is Conner's brother and his passion for this film comes from his understanding of just how personal the story is for them. Elliot can be found on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.


Mother · Kitty Swink

Kitty Swink

Kitty Swink is a well-known and much respected actress who has made her career in New York and Los Angeles. She has appeared on television on such shows as: The Fosters, Leverage, Law and Order: LA, NYPD Blue, Judging Amy, Harry’s Law, she was a recurring character on South of Nowhere and For the People, among others. Star Trek fans know her as Luaran the Vorta and Rozahn the Bajoran Minister of State on Deep Space Nine. She has appeared in many films, including Patty Hearst, Diani and Devine Meet the Apocalypse, Hello My Name Is Frank and Penumbra.

She was a recurring on the web series Nikki and Nora, and Fumbling Thru the Pieces, for which she won an Independent Series Award in 2014. This summer she will start work as a recurring character on the new Tello series, Sec’s & Execs. Her second love is theatre and she has appeared all over the United States.

Recently nominated for a Broadway World Award for her performance in Picnic at her theatre home, The Antaeus Company, where she is Associate Artistic Director along with her first love, husband Armin Shimerman. Please follow her on Twitter @kitswink

Bartender · Marcelo Tubert

Born in Cordoba, Argentina Tubert's recurring and guest-starring appearances include such shows as Prison Break, NCIS, Jane the Virgin, New Girl CSI:Miami,Supah Ninjas, Without a Trace, ER, The War At Home, Monk, George Lopez, JAG, Frasier, Seinfeld, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Tubert's numerous film roles include parts in the films Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, Tremors 2: Aftershocks, Postcards from the Edge, and the Roger Corman directed remake of The Masque of the Red Death.

Among his most notable voice roles, was as Laurent in the English version of Toys in the Attic. Other roles include in the animated series Pinky and the Brain, Batman: The Animated Series, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest and King of the Hill He has also contributed additional voices to, Kung Fu Panda 2 Madagascar 2, Over The Hedge, Shrek II, Shark Tale, Apocalypto, and Passion of the Christ.


Drunk Man · Matt McKenzie

Matt McKenzie debuted on Broadway in "Monday After the Miracle" with Jane Alexander, directed by Arthur Penn. He's played leading roles at major theatres across the country. In the Academy Award winning film “Gods and Monsters”, he played Colin Clive opposite Sir Ian McKellan. Television appearances include recurring roles on; “24”, “Veronica Mars”, and “Mad Men”. His voice-over performances in feature films include; “Final Fantasy”, “Princess Mononoke”, and “Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust”. Matt is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Advanced Actor Training Program at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre.

 
 

Writer/Director · Conner DeMita

Conner DeMita

Conner DeMita is a Los Angeles and New York based filmmaker and recent graduate of NYU's Tisch School of The Arts. During his time at NYU, Conner wrote and directed several music videos and experimental films. The story of "Brother X," which is very close to his personal experience, has offered him an opportunity to explore the reality of his life with the surrealism of experimental film.


Producer · Oliver Finley

Oliver Finley

Oliver Finley is a New York based filmmaker. Having honed his skills as a producer at New York University’s Tisch school for the arts, Oliver has gone on to produce branded content and commercials for clients like Burrow to Macy's He has developed a reputation for producing highly theatrical content on a scale unprecedented in micro budget filmmaking.


Producer · Aaron Daniel Jacob

Elliot Fletcher

Aaron Daniel Jacob is a producer and writer of narrative film, as well as a seasoned session singer and voice actor. A Los Angeles native, his voice credit appears on several Disney Channel shows, such as Phineas and Ferb, Sofia the First, and the upcoming Milo Murphy's Law. He's also lent vocal performances to live action feature films, including Cold in July (2014) and a handful of others in various stages of development and production.

He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he is in the process of developing several projects for feature film, short film, and other transmedia properties. He is an avid collaborator, with personal and professional ties on both coasts.

Aaron is passionate about the LGBTQ+ community, which drew him to work on this powerful piece with likeminded colleagues and friends. He couldn't be more excited to see it all the way through.


Julia Fletcher · Producer

Julia Fletcher began her career as a stage actor and director. For the last 20 years, while based in Los Angeles, she has been a busy voice actor for films, television, videogames, and audiobooks, and a theater producer. With Brother X, she has moved into film production.


Liz Holland · Assistant Director

Liz Holland

Liz Holland is a Los Angeles native and filmmaker entering into her third year at Loyola Marymount University’s Film Production School. Along with the production degree, Liz is working towards a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Cinema Studies. She has directed and written four short films at LMU, been the assistant director on three Graduate-level and four Undergraduate-level student films, as well as produced four short films. She is interested in avant-garde and surreal filmmaking and is passionate about helping directors achieve their full vision on screen and under-budget.


Cody Powers · Cinematographer

Elliot Fletcher

Cody Powers is a freelance cinematographer and photographer based in New York City. Cody seeks to use his eye for expression and detail to align the film's esthetic elements with its overall voice and message. Cody has worked as a director of photography in New York and Southern California on a variety of short films and commercials. He is excited to once again explore L.A.'s unique and captivating landscape.


Production Designer · Letícia Bianco

Letícia Bianco

Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Leticia moved to NYC to pursue a BFA in Film & TV Production at Tisch School of the Arts. Her passion for production design is a result of her own storytelling background and interest in character development. Having worked on many student projects and 6 thesis films, Leticia’s art direction experience also expands into stop motion fabrication and special effects makeup.

Conner DeMita’s stylized and innovative vision as well as his complicated and idiosyncratic characters have long been the reason Leticia continues to work with him. She believes the richness of Brother X both in content and in visuals will be the culmination of all their previous collaborations.

 

Concept Art

References

Julian's Home

The Streets

 

Development

Development for BROTHER X began in May of 2015. Since then, the script has gone through several revisions, Cody Powers, our director of photography, and Letícia Bianco, our Production Designer have joined the team. An incredible amount of research and planning has gone into the financing plan and the logistics of bringing this ambitious film to life. 

Pre-production

With the launch of our IndieGoGo campaign on May 26th, we will officially be in full pre-production. As we continue to acquire funding, we will be casting, securing locations and crew in Los Angeles. Our IndieGoGo will conclude on July 4th and it will be time to bring the film to life. 

Once all of the roles are cast and a full crew is assembled, Conner will begin rehearsing with the cast and technical scouts of our locations will allow for lighting and art direction plans to be assembled. Finally, equipment and transportation rentals will be booked, permits will be acquired, and props, set dressing, and wardrobe will be curated. This will be an extremely hectic time as what was once only on paper becomes a reality.  

Principle Photography

Principle photography will consist of seven shooting days, beginning on July 11th and concluding on July 17th

Post-production

Post-production will begin immediately after wrap. At least a month will be dedicated to each phase of post production. The first phase will be picture editing. The second phase will including sound editing, additional recording, scoring, and mixing. The final phase will be color correction, graphic and title design, and mastering. By the end of the third phase, we will have a digital cinema package (DCP) ready for film festivals. 

Distribution: December 

Finally, the film will be ready for the world. After a few private test screenings for those who helped bring the film to life, we will begin submitting to film festivals. 

 

Bringing a film from concept to screen is always a costly endeavor, even when most the cast and crew is working for free. Our greatest costs are Camera, G&E, Sound and location fees. The locations featured in the film will help our portrayal of Los Angeles feel authentic and unique. More than half of the film is comprised of night exteriors and using proper lighting equipment is crucial. We will also be hiring a professional steadicam operator for four of our seven shootings days.

Our hope is to reduce this figure even further through in-kind donations. 

 

Personal Donations

Please consider helping bring BROTHER X to life. To make a contribution, click on the link below.

Look out for our IndieGoGo campaign launching May 26th! 

Tax-Deductible Donations

BROTHER X is partnered with Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. This program allows donors to receive a tax deduction on both monetary and in-kind donations. Tax-deductable donations can be made through Fractured Atlas' website. 6% of all donations will be contributed to Fractured Atlas. If you would like to make a tax-deductable donation, please click here.  

 

 

In-Kind Donations

Another way to support BROTHER X is through in-kind donations. The production of a short film requires several resources, from transportation and food, to props and equipment. Finding these items at a discount or for free goes a long way in helping reduce our costs. 

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