by Kate Gellene
March 25th, 2014

After an electrifying screening & performance at Rooftop Films last summer, and following an award winning festival run, Brothers Hypnotic has returned for its theatrical premiere in NYC! This week, from May 24th-30th, the film will be screening at Maysles Cinema. Last May, over 200 people came out to our screening at Metrotech Commons, followed by an amazing performing by the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

“A family of 24 living on Chicago’s South Side, the “brothers” of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble were raised by their father and three mothers on a strict diet of jazz, funk and Black Consciousness. In this award-winning film from the festivals including SXSW, Urbanworld and HotDocs, the band works with artists including Mos Def, Blur and Prince, while struggling to maintain their own identity and bring their distinctive blend of jazz, hip-hop, and funk from the halls from Europe to the streets of New York City.”

“Brothers Hypnotic will restore your faith in humanity, bring a tear to your eye, a heavy stomp to your right foot and, possibly, make you curse your parents for not forcing you to wake up at the crack of dawn for tuba practice.” —CBS

“Lively, funny… philosophical… an intriguing microcosm of the tensions between the hip-hop generation and its civil-rights-era forebears.” —Variety

The film will have a week of screenings at Maysles Cinema in Harlem, with director Reuben Atlas and The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble in person for a Q&A on Friday and Saturday.

Brothers Hypnotic at Maysles Cinema
343 Malcolm X Boulevard
March 24th – 30th
Q&A with Reuben Atlas & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble March 28th & 29th
Film Begins at 7:30 PM
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