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Meet the 2013 Rooftop Filmmakers #5: Reuben Atlas Explores Jazz and Familial Ties in 'Brothers Hypnotic'

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire June 11, 2013 at 3:47PM

Reuben Atlas previously worked at Legal Aid, a maximum security prison, and as an entertainment lawyer before he started making films. This year he brings "Brothers Hypnotic" to the festival.
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Reuben Atlas
Reuben Atlas
Reuben Atlas previously worked at Legal Aid, a maximum security prison, and as an entertainment lawyer before he started making films. This year he brings "Brothers Hypnotic" to the festival.

What it's about:

Eight brothers, extraordinary musicians from Chicago’s roughest neighborhood, seek to uphold the legacy of their anti-establishment, jazz legend father in the face of worldwide success.

On the challenges: "Balancing the number of characters. Telling a story about eight brothers is tough enough, but adding to the mix their father, whose history is the history of Chicago music, and their super-dynamic mothers, was a big challenge. When celebrities like Prince, Mos Def, Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), and Sun Ra showed up in the story, we had to make them footnotes!"

What's next: "I'm directing with Sam Pollard a Sundance Institute and IDA supported documentary about the community-organizing group, ACORN, and finishing a short documentary about Karim Noack, who was my friend and dance teacher, before she passed away after a 16-year cancer battle. I’m also writing a fiction film about Rockaway Beach, NY, where my family is from."

Indiewire invited
Rooftop Films 2013 Summer Series directors to tell us about their films, including the challenges they faced and what they're doing next. Go HERE for all the profiles.


This article is related to: Rooftop Films Summer Series, Meet the 2013 Rooftop Film Festival Filmmakers