The Film

Coming to theaters March 27, 2015, BROTHER’S KEEPER takes moviegoers on an incredible journey through rural Georgia in the 1950s: from Main Street to the State Penitentiary… from young love to a heinous crime of passion… from counterfeit justice to forgiveness forged through pain… from God’s mercy to the ultimate sacrifice.

The first feature film from Desert Winds Films, BROTHER’S KEEPER is co-directed by Josh Mills and TJ Amato and stars real life twins Alex and Graham Miller as Pete and Andy. The cast also includes Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), MacKenzie Mauzy (Into the Woods), Daniel Samonas (Wizards of Waverly Place), W. Earl Brown (Chicago Fire), Ray Wise (Mad Men), Robyn Lively (Letters to God), Noell Coet and award-winning country music singer Travis Tritt.

What Others are Saying

“Brother’s Keeper has changed me. I am not the same person that I was just 2 hours ago. I have found true peace that only God can provide.”

“Brother’s Keeper has literally has rocked my world.”

“This is a MUST SEE movie. No one can watch this movie and not be affected to think, reflect, and respond to it.”

-Boaz High School Student Leaders 2013 – Zeb Walker, Riley Young, Madison Boudin and Wesley Burns

“Brother’s Keeper is a powerful story of both grace and forgiveness. This movie that has the potential to bring great Revival to the teens and adults of Boaz, Alabama.”

– Dr. Mark Isley – Superintendent Boaz High School – Boaz, Alabama

I recommend BROTHER’S KEEPER to you as a church resource or community outreach tool for three reasons: first, I am impressed with the message of the film on CHRIST’S LOVE AND FORGIVENESS; secondly, I am impressed with the quality of the film – the cinematography and the acting of this film is outstanding and this makes me proud as a Christian to share it; and thirdly, I am impressed with the people behind the film. I know that the film’s producers really want to honor Christ and to proclaim the message of FORGIVENESS. I think it’s time for us all to let go of the hurt. It’s time for all of us to think about an ongoing forgiveness ministry in our churches that begins with Brother’s Keeper.

- Pastor Mike Ragan – First Christian Church – Aurora, IL

“WOW. We took 52 football players on a retreat in which we incorporated your movie Brother’s Keeper. After the movie was over I said a few words and then left an open microphone to any player that wanted to come up and share on who they would like to forgive or ask for forgiveness. Many young men stood up in front of the whole team and shared their heartaches of their lost fathers, and of other terrible incidents in their lives. Each of them forgave whoever it was who had hurt them. Many referenced Brother’s Keeper and how it impacted them into standing up and seeking forgiveness. Thanks for making an impact on so many as it is extremely hard to give or accept forgiveness.”

- Don Beebe – Member of the Super Bowl XXXI Champion Green Bay Packers – Head Football Coach Aurora Christian High School

Cast

Alex-Miller

Alex Miller as Peter Goodwynn

Alex Miller makes his feature film debut playing Pete Goodwynn in BROTHER’S KEEPER. Born in Chicago, Alex began his acting career early, appearing in stage productions of Oliver and Mame. He studied in London, earning his degree at Mountview Academy of the Arts. While in London, he appeared in productions of Assassins, Nine, and West Side Story. Upon graduation, Alex moved to Los Angeles, where he has appeared on a number of television programs, including “Desperate Housewives,” “Las Vegas,” “Killer Instinct,” “Scare Tactics,” and his favorite “Pushing Daisies.” A resident of Los Angeles, he has also been in numerous plays and musicals at the Falcon Theater and South Coast Repertory.
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Graham Miller as Andy Goodwynn

BROTHER’S KEEPER marks Graham Miller’s feature film debut.  He has appeared with his brother Alex on numerous TV shows including “Killer Instinct,” “Las Vegas,” “Scare Tactics,” and “Pushing Daisies.” He has also guest starred on “Nip/Tuck,” “Just Legal,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “The OC,” and “Bones.” Graham started his career on stage and trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. He has been seen at many regional Los Angeles theaters including the Laguna Playhouse, Santa Barbara Ensemble Theater, and the Mark Taper Forum, and performs in church choirs throughout Los Angeles. His next project is The Comedy Of Errors alongside brother Alex at the Freefall Theatre in St. Petersburg, Florida.  In addition to Mountview, he is also a graduate of the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Michael-Rooker

Michael Rooker as Chief Carver

Michael Rooker was born in 1955 in Jasper, Alabama. His parents divorced when he was 13 and he went with his mother to live in Chicago. He caught the acting bug while attending college, and began appearing in local stage productions. Early in his career, his intensity was highlighted to chilling effect as the title character in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, filmed in 1986 but, due to its controversial nature, not released until 1990. Since that widely noticed and highly praised performance, much of his career has been spent playing brutes, villains, and psychopaths. His occasional turns as a “good guy”, however, are always well acted and a welcome change for a talented actor.
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Ray Wise as Herbert Leemaster

Ray Wise is a veteran of television, film, and the stage. After his breakthrough role in the television series “Twin Peaks,” Ray’s recurring TV roles have included “24” (as Vice President Hal Gardner) and “Reaper.” He has also guest starred on “Mad Men,” “Psych,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Chuck,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Bones,” “CSI,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “The West Wing,” “Knots Landing,” and “Dallas” to name a few. Ray also starred in the Matt Damon and Ben Affleck made-for-TV-movie, “The Battle of Shaker Heights.” Ray has also appeared in more than 30 feature films, including starring roles in 10. One of his favorite roles was Sol Gann in Disney’s classic family drama The Journey of Natty Gann. More recently, Wise starred in the hit films The Flock (with Richard Gere and Claire Danes), One Missed Call (with Edward Burns), Stuntmen (with Brandon Routh). Ray has also starred in over 80 stage productions. He lives in Southern California with his wife and children.
Travis-Tritt

Travis Tritt as Eddie Waters

Travis Tritt, who plays the role of Eddie Waters in BROTHER’S KEEPER, is known primarily as a country music singer. He’s had a string of platinum albums and Top Ten singles, including three number one hits. He fell in love with music as a child, teaching himself how to play guitar when he was eight and beginning to write songs when he was 14. His albums include his debut Country ClubIt’s All About to ChangeT-r-o-u-b-l-eTen Feet Tall & BulletproofRestless KindNo More Looking Over My Shoulder; Down the Road I Go,  Live in Concert, and The Storm. He is currently traveling the country on his solo-acoustic tour and giving audiences an intimate experience playing his songs, and telling stories.
Daniel-Samonas

Daniel Samonas as Gordon Leemaster

Daniel Samonas, who plays Gordon Leemaster in BROTHER’S KEEPER was born in Toronto, Daniel Samonas began his acting career at age 5. After moving to Florida when he was 11, he began modeling, which led to acting in commercials, student films, and short films. Daniel and his family eventually moved to Los Angeles so that he could continue expanding his career. He has appeared on numerous television programs, including a recurring role on “Wizards of Waverly Place,” and guest-starring roles on “Entourage,” “Hannah Montana,” “CSI: New York,” “Without a Trace,” “iCarly,” and “Zoey 101.” He is also the voice of Teo in “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”
MacKenzie-Mauzy

MacKenzie Mauzy as Maggie Maloye

An experienced actress with credits in movies, television, and on stage, MacKenzie Mauzy plays Maggie Maloye in BROTHER’S KEEPER. She starred as Phoebe Forrester for three years on “The Bold and the Beautiful.”MacKenzie has also been seen on “CSI: Las Vegas,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “Cold Case,” “Law and Order,” and “CSI: NY.” She has appeared on Broadway in “Next to Normal”as Natalie, and originated the role of the Seamstress in the musical “A Tale of Two Cities.” She is currently working on White Noise, a new musical produced by Whoopi Goldberg, and the upcoming release Construction.
Noell-Coet

Noell Coet as Ginny Wonders

A Texas native now living in Los Angeles, Noell Coet spent much of her childhood performing in local theater productions, including playing Glinda in “The Wizard of Oz.”. Noell’s go-getter spirit and effortless charisma served her well in booking both commercial and film projects in the Dallas and Los Angeles.  After appearing in the rock biopic Who Do You LoveNoell was cast as the title character in the animated short Luna. In addition to BROTHER’S KEEPER, other recent projects include Five Time Champion and Cowgirls n’ Angelsa family film set in the world of rodeo.
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W. Earl Brown as Turner Monroe

Born in Golden Pond, Kentucky, W. Earl Brown comes from a long line of bootleggers and used car dealers–the perfect lineage for becoming a writer and actor. Earl received his MFA from DePaul University’s Theatre School in 1989. After graduation, he performed in numerous plays around Chicago, but it was his performance in “A View From The Bridge” at the Steppenwolf Theatre that catapulted his career into television and film. Among his feature film roles:BackdraftRookie of the YearScreamThere’s Something About MaryBeing John Malkovich, andThe Alamo. His television guest appearances include “X-Files,” “Cold Case,” and “Seinfeld.” In addition to acting, Earl is also a writer and producer.
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Robyn Lively as Macaire Leemaster

Georgia native Robyn Lively began her career at the age of three doing print work and commercials. She quickly moved on to film and television, co-starring in a critically acclaimed TV movie, “Summer of My German Soldier” when she was just five years old. After her family moved to California, Robyn appeared in The Best of TimesWildcats, andKarate Kid III. At 19, she earned an Emmy nomination for “The Less than Perfect Daughter.” Among her recent roles: “Who Is Simon Miller,” “30 Rock,” “Psych,” “The Mentalist,” “CSI,” and a recurring role on “Saving Grace.” Robyn also appeared in “Twin Peaks,” “George & Leo,” “Chicago Hope,” and “Savannah.” Robyn and her husband, actor Bart Johnson, have three children.
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Peter Boulware as Nicholas

After graduating from Florida State University in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems, Peter Boulware was selected by the Baltimore Ravens as the fourth overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft. A collegiate All-America, his nine-year professional career included being named NFL Rookie of the Year, selected to four Pro Bowls, winning Super Bowl XXXV, and, upon retirement, induction into the Ravens Ring of Honor. Active in causes in both Maryland and Florida, he founded the Peter Boulware Charitable Foundation, which provides mentoring for underprivileged children in inner-city schools. He is a member of the Florida State University Athletics Committee and was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to the Florida State Board of Education. Peter lives in Tallahassee and is married with five children.
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Camryn Molnar as Madlyn Leemaster

Fourteen-year-old Camryn Molnar has actively worked in the entertainment industry since she was 9. She started off in theater and has been in various plays. Discovered by John Casablanca’s Modeling and Acting School, Camryn soon knew she wanted to be a model and actress. She has been seen in Pictureka, BrainSurge, Say Uncle, and the short film The Ultimate Conquest. In addition to BROTHER’S KEEPER, Camryn will be seen in Brutal. Camryn is currently attending Orange County High School of the Arts as a G.A.T.E. student and is majoring in the Film and TV conservatory. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, yoga, traveling, and volunteering at charity events.
Shaun-Clay

Shaun Clay as Ray Burnside

A native to Georgia now living in Los Angeles, Ca. Reginald Lashaun Clay was raised a southern gentlemen. He got his start as a professional actor after college upon moving to Atlanta. Here he trained under Emmy award winner GregAlan Williams who thought him to pursue his goals with a tireless work ethic. He booked a number of short film productions before being cast in the role of Ray Burnside in the feature film Brothers Keeper. His most recent work includes BET’s The Game, VH1’s TLC Biopic where he portrays Sean” Puffy” Combs, and the Eli Roth production The Sacrament.
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Bad Horse

BADHORSE, New Music Weekly Magazine “2010 Best New Country Duo/Group”, has become a powerhouse in Country Music. BADHORSE has over the past several years collaborated and composed scores of songs, largely relating to their personal life experiences. Their single C…D release “Mississippi Rain” recently climbed to #29 on the Music Row Magazine charts and their newly released single “My Little Man” continues to climb the charts to number 28 on Music Row. Their passion for music in high spirited stage performances, blending country rock with southern roll, has been enjoyed by thousands of country music fans in venues ranging from small local establishments to country music festivals, where they opened for nationally acclaimed artists such as Zac Brown Band, Randy Houser, Randy Travis, Trace Adkins, Jason Michael Carroll and Shenandoah, to name a few.

Crew

Desert Wind Faith Films

Directors

Josh Mills (co-Director)

Co-Chairman Desert Wind Faith Films

Josh Mills, the grandson of the legendary Texas Television Pioneer Frank Mills, was literally born to work in the entertainment business. He studied broadcast journalism at Texas A&M and now has over a decade of production and finance experience in both film and television. He has served as director, producer, casting director and production manager. Mills is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of America, American Federation of Radio and Television Artists and the Lone Star Film Society. In 2007 he partnered with T.J. Amato to form Desert Wind Films.

T.J. Amato (co-Director)

President of Production, Desert Wind Faith Films

After attending the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, Amato moved to LA to begin his career in film production.  His exceptional eye for artistic detail, combined with a solid business education, drew the attention of many within the industry.  Amato has worked on the creative side of the business as a director and creative executive and on the business side overseeing studio production and distribution. In 2007, he was recruited by Josh Mills to serve as President of Desert Wind Films, overseeing physical production and project development of the company.

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Steven Camp, Executive Producer

Co-Chairman of Desert Wind Studios

Steven – who currently serves as Co-Chairman of Desert Wind Studios – joined DWS as the Chief Financial Officer in the Summer of 2008. Since joining, Camp has played an integral role both in securing private and institutional equity investors, and as serving as the company’s spokesman. His success in raising funds for films such as “Brother’s Keeper” has enabled Desert Wind to cast top-quality talent in conjunction with production standards at the highest cinematic quality into it’s projects. In addition to raising the funding for “Brother’s Keeper”, Steven also had an integral role in securing the rights to the original short story “The Gift & Giver” and in the development of the film itself.

Steven is ultimately responsible for managing the strategic direction and administration of investment, funding, as well as overseeing all budgeting of DWS projects. Steven brings his ability as a public speaker, and his expertise in financial transactions to the film industry. He travels throughout the country serving as spokesman for both the company, and for projects produced by DWS. On the journey of “Brother’s Keeper”, Camp has spoken publicly at more than 50 Churches and major events – each time spreading the vision of crossover faith-based films, and expounding on the movie’s core values of love, sacrifice and forgiveness.

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Scott Peck, Director of Photography

Having worked in short and long format film and television projects for nearly a decade Scott has proven his strength as a leading cinematographer and creative storyteller. From feature films and network television to commercials, Scott Peck has the experience and depth few young cinematographers can match. Scott’s most recent narrative credits include the indie psychological thriller “IN/SIGHT” and the period family drama Brother’s Keeper.