Reuben Atlas is an award-winning filmmaker and non-practicing lawyer. His first feature documentary, Brothers Hypnotic, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2013. A co-production with ITVS and NTR, the film was broadcast internationally and on PBS’ Independent Lens. He is currently making a Sundance Institute and IDA-supported film about the controversial community group, ACORN, and a film about the esoteric world of fine wine. Previously, he worked at a maximum-security prison, a music law firm, and Legal Aid.
Brothers Hypnotic: 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 the brothers try to make it—while playing in the streets of New York, collaborating with Mos Def, or wowing at a jazz festival—they find the values their father bred into them tested.
February 08, 2015: Winder Cultural Arts Center, Winder, GA
February 10, 2015: Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
February 11, 2015: Clemson University, Clemson, SC
February 12, 2015: Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, AL