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Directed by Reuben Atlas

United States 2013 86 mins. In English

For the eight young men in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, “brotherhood” is literal: they’re all sons of anti-establishment jazz legend Phil Cohran. Cohran and their mothers raised them together on Chicago’s South Side on a strict diet of jazz, funk, and black consciousness. Family band practice began at 6 AM. Now grown, as they raise eight brass horns to the sky—while playing in the streets of New York City, collaborating with Mos Def, or wowing a jazz festival—they find the values their father bred into them constantly tested and must decide whether his principles really are their own. BROTHERS HYPNOTIC is a coming-of-age story, for eight brothers and for an ideal.

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: Reel Music Festival 31