Missing in Brooks County
Jeff Bemiss & Lisa Molomot
Jeff Bemiss, Lisa Molomot, and Jacob Bricca
$5,000 - 2017
Type of Film
MISSING IN BROOKS COUNTY portrays a small town in South Texas at the epicenter of a growing refugee crisis. As undocumented Latin Americans fleeing violence attempt a 30-mile trek around a federal checkpoint in Falfurrias, TX, scores are dying on vast, private ranches. Thousands have been buried anonymously on American soil and forgotten. But three female forensic scientists are exhuming them, on a mission to name every missing migrant in Brooks County.
About the Director(s)
, Co-Producer / Co-Director
After receiving an M.F.A. in Film Editing from the American Film Institute, Lisa Molomot began working as an editor and director on documentary films. She has edited six feature documentaries, which have aired on Independent Lens, and documentaries for Discovery Channel, A&E, and ESPN. Her work has been seen at film festivals across the globe including SXSW, Sundance, and Mill Valley and at New Directors/New Films at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Lisa's film THE HILL premiered on the PBS series America Reframed and won Best Documentary Feature at the Greenpoint Film Festival and Honorable Mention for the Paul Robeson Award at the Newark Black Film Festival. Her short SCHOOL'S OUT premiered on the PBS series Natural Heroes and won Best Short at the Prescott Film Festival and the Colorado Environmental Film Festival.
Lisa has taught film at Wesleyan University, Trinity College, the University of Arizona, and Yale University, where she occupied the Visiting post recently held by Laura Poitras and D.A. Pennebaker. Lisa is one of nine Arizona artists who received a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts in 2016.
, Co-Producer / Co-Director
Jeff is an award winning writer/director who has worked in short films, features and documentaries. He wrote and directed the 30-minute love story, THE BOOK AND THE ROSE, which played in 55 film festivals internationally, winning first place awards at half of them, was a semi-finalist for the Oscar for best short film, and airs annually on network television.
Jeff produced and edited the feature film RITES OF WINTER, a coming-of-age drama distributed by Stranger Than Fiction Film, and recently shot and directed the award winning short documentary COACHING COLBURN, about a young man with Fragile-X Syndrome, which premiered at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.
Jeff also freelances for disability and social activist clients including The United Way, The Kate Foundation, The Rett Syndrome Research Trust, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, for whom he has had the pleasure of interviewing world renowned research scientists and legendary civil rights leaders.
Jeff is a graduate of the University of Southern California film school and the L.A. Sanford Meisner Academy, and teaches film at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.