“Blood Brother,” the documentary made by Pittsburghers about a friend named Rocky Braat who moved to India to work with children who have HIV or AIDS, won the Humanitas Award at the International Documentary Association Awards Friday night in Los Angeles.
Here’s part of the statement on the movie’s Facebook page:
“We would like to thank the IDA for this tremendous honor as well as the rest of our incredible team. And of course we would like to thank Rocky and the kids, this is their award.
“Through many difficult experiences, Rocky has been changed into something truly different. He's no longer American and yet he’s not Indian. He’s peculiar, not only to audiences but even to his closet friends and family. He's a loose cannon who defies simplistic classification. He’s someone living on the fringe, trying to figure out life not only for himself, but for a group of kids who themselves live on the fringe; children with HIV that no one knows what to do with.
“What is certain is that no matter Rocky's flaws or mistakes or quirks or misunderstandings, he’s demonstrated love and relentless passion for children who have been marginalized in a way that’s difficult to comprehend here in the West. His story has served to unite diverse audiences, and has challenged them to love better, to live better, and for this we are proud.”
“Blood Brother,” which took two top prizes at the Sundance Film Festival in January of this year, is playing at the Regent Square Theater. Look for it at 3 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 8) and at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Crew behind "Blood Brother" include Steve Hoover as director and Danny Yourd as producer.
If you were planning to spend Christmas Day or New Year’s with Meryl Streep and her co-stars in “August: Osage County,” you will have to pick another movie.
The Weinstein Co. announced today that it will open on Friday, Jan. 10, same day as “Her” starring Joaquin Phoenix.
“August: Osage County” is directed by CMU grad John Wells and stars Streep as the matriarch of one dysfunctional family. The ensemble also includes Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Ewan McGregor, Benedit Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper and Sam Shepard.
It’s based on Tracy Letts’ prize-winning play but it’s not exactly the sort of feel-good or lighter movie people gravitate toward at Christmas.