Glimpsing the hidden sides

April 12, 2013, 12:00 AM   |   posted by Lara Klaber in Filmmakers

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Ever since he can remember, Cincinnati native Brandon Harris has wanted to be a filmmaker. What better way to make his directorial debut than to make a film about boys from Cincinnati?

And that is what he did.

“Redlegs” is a spirited portrait of three friends who reunite in Cincinnati after a fourth friend’s unfortunate death.

Though dark and heavy, Harris considers “Redlegs” a comedy brimming with grief and laughter, heartache and getting high.

Harris hopes to render a unique experience for the viewer, something opposite of the “hangovers and bromances,” as he calls them. He wants to showcase middleclass Midwest America in a close-to-home-yet-universal way.

“‘Redlegs’ is about a different kind of American boyhood,” Harris says. “I don’t think about it as a coming of age story but as a different way to look at how young men deal with or don’t deal with grief.”

These men are of different ethnicities, mourning the loss of their African American friend. “They enter into the rituals of death in their dead friend’s African American world,” Harris says. “That experience forces them to come to grips with things they didn’t know about their friend or about themselves.”

“We all have a set of assumptions about each other,” he continues. “For the characters, those [assumptions] are called into question by the time they have to spend together over the long weekend.”

“Redlegs” will make us question our own assumptions about our friendships and relationships. How well do we really know our closest friends?

“It’s a very emotional film and I think that there’s something that everyone can relate to,” Harris says.

He is extremely proud to present his film to Cleveland Film Festival audiences and is excited to see people’s reactions. Harris reveals one of his favorite aspects about attending the festivals: “There’s nothing better than watching people enjoy the film.”

--Molly Drake

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