Bringing it Home
$5,000 - 2017
Type of Film
Texan history students, including many Mexican-Americans and US vets, embark on a 1,000 mile field trip from the Alamo to the Military Museum in Springfield, Illinois in a wild bid to repatriate the wooden leg of Mexico’s infamous President Santa Anna. The plot is an epic road trip; the film's real story examines what we bring home from war - as individuals and nations - and how history can unexpectedly be healing.
About the Director(s)
Ellen Brodsky (Director and Producer) began filmmaking in 2001 after a fifteen-year career in education and public health. In 2015, Ellen released her award-winning directing premiere, “The Year We Thought About Love" which follows the previously LEF funded LGBTQ youth theater troupe, True Colors. The film is playing festivals around the world and has educational distribution with New Day Films. Brodsky worked eight years as co-producer for LEF funded, “At Home in Utopia,” about radical Jewish Communists in the Bronx, which was broadcast on the award-winning PBS series, Independent Lens, in 2009. She has directed two award-winning shorts: “Only One Boss,” and “Dental Farmer” (with co-director, Dunya Alwan), which have played festivals on all seven continents, including Black Maria Film Festival and Aspen Shortsfest. In addition, Brodsky produced two teacher-training videos for the Welcoming Schools project of Human Rights Campaign: “What do you know? Six to twelve year olds talk about gays and lesbians” and “What Can We Do? Bias, Bullying, and Bystanders.” Brodsky has a Masters in Management from the Heller School, Brandeis University and a BA in Religion from Haverford College.