Brothers Hypnotic

Brothers Hypnotic

  • USA, Netherlands
  • 80
  • 14A
    Director:
  • Reuben Atlas
    Credits:
  • Sam Pollard (Producer)
  • Dan Fridman (Cinematographer)
  • Sean Porter (Cinematographer)
  • Ari Issler (Cinematographer)
  • Reuben Atlas (Cinematographer)
  • Keiko Deguchi (Editor)
  • Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (Music)
  • Phil Cohran (Music)
  • MAIA MAIA (Music)
  • Aquilla Sadalla (Music)
  • John Mathie (Sound)
  • Daniel Brooks (Sound)

For those unfamiliar with the soulful and downright bombastic sound of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, prepare to be musically electrified. The brass horn band is remarkable not only for its raucous street performances, but also because all eight members are from the same legendary family. Sons of anti-establishment Sun-Ra trumpeter Phil Cohran, they were raised on Chicago’s South Side as part of their father’s utopian experiment. Wearing homemade clothes, eating vegan and getting up for family band practice every morning at 5:00, their music was meant to uplift the African-American community. They keep tight control over their talent, distributing their music directly to the masses on the streets. But as their star starts to rise, collaborations with Mos Def and concerts with Prince lead to entertaining the labels they long eschewed. At a crossroads, they must decide whether their father’s principles are really their own. Myrocia Watamaniuk

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