Two Pittsburgh filmmakers win awards at Sundance

February 4, 2013 by  

‘Blood Brother’, a film by two Pittsburgh-area filmmakers, has won two major awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

The awards in question are the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Documentaries. Director Steve Hoover and producer Danny Yourd were pleasantly surprised by both honors.

The film is about Ricky Braat, who operates an orphanage for children with AIDS and HIV in India. All proceeds from the film will go to support the orphanage, along with proceeds from the sale of a companion book.

The film does not have distribution deal yet, so is not available for viewing by the general public yet. It will next be shown at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which began on January 24.

Winning this award should bring much needed attention to the work that Braat (also known as Rocky Anna to the children he serves) does, as well as very welcome funds so he can continue his work. The filmmakers might decide to work with Pittsburgh printing companies to advertise the film and bring it more attention. For example, they could design and create a postcard that can be sent out to those in the city who might be interested in supporting Braat and the orphanage. The postcard can have a still from the film on the front with the film and contact information on the back. People can then either save the card or pass it onto a friend who they know would be interested in seeing the film.