Brush Strokes

Sometimes, your last chance can be a second chance ...

Ten-year-old Teke is not doing well ... and the easiest target for his anger is his mama. When the boy's estranged father fails once again to show up as promised, Teke explodes and his mother's last and only option is to let the child's grandfather handle him for the day. Neither fellow is comfortable with the other, but what starts out as an uneasy meeting soon grows into an opportunity to learn what it means to be a man ... for both of them.

  • Don McGraw
  • Don McGraw
  • Don McGraw
  • Mitchell Brinkley III
    Key Cast
  • Whitney A. Cochran
    Key Cast
  • Eric Elijah Rogers
    Key Cast
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    22 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 25, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Don McGraw

Don McGraw came to the world of filmmaking late – very late. He spent more than twenty years as a high school drama and English teacher (and more than thirty years as an actor, writer, and director for the stage) before appearing in his first film, Robert Zemeckis’ Flight, at the age of forty-five. He is best known, though, as a one-armed, zombie-slaying General Stonewall Jackson in the Asylum’s Abraham Lincoln Versus Zombies – a credit which will no doubt end up carved on his tombstone one day! Since then, he has moved behind the camera as the writer, director, and producer of several short films and music videos, Including Seven Card Stud, Fuber Love, and Grace Road. With the narrative short Brush Strokes, he is taking his first tentative steps into the film festival circuit.

A native of Chicago, Mr. McGraw has spent most of his life in central Georgia. He is married to the former Denise White and is the father of one adult son, the stepfather of four grown stepsons, and the “doggie daddy” of four chihuahuas and a pug.

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Director Statement

I wish I had the ego to wax philosophic here, but frankly I don't. All I can say is that it's important for all of us to tell stories, and especially to tell stories that we feel we NEED to tell. For me, that means exploring what it is to be a father, a son, and sometimes a link between the two - and maybe to show some appreciation for all the fathers out there who stepped up and did the job of a dad without being given the title ... like Papa George in Brush Strokes.