Private Project

Boots of My Brother

The year: 1869. The Civil War is over. The Union has won. The South was badly beaten due to lack of arms, ammunition, food, and clothing for their soldiers. Many Confederate soldiers had no boots. They walked home barefoot. The stagecoach bound for Santa Fe holds four passengers: a Mexican Woman and her young son, who had been scalped by a Navajo Indian, a Confederate Lt. suffering from PTSD, and a Yankee Colonel arrogantly flaunting his shiny black cavalry boots to his fellow travelers. The wounds of the war are still fresh and raw. They have yet to be forgotten or forgiven.

  • Melissa Ash-Brownell
    Director
    Reflections Over Coffee
  • Melissa Ash-Brownell
    Writer
    Reflections Over Coffee
  • Executive Producer Frederic H. Brownell
    Producer
  • Executive Producer Lawrence R. Brownell
    Producer
  • Melissa Ash-Brownell
    Producer
    Reflections Over Coffee
  • D.C. Casillas
    Producer
  • Reinhard Lorenz
    Producer
  • Gentry Hahn
    Key Cast
    "Confederate Lt. "
  • Raymond Scott
    Key Cast
    "Yankee Colonel "
  • Mari Spinelli
    Key Cast
    "Mexican Woman "
  • Cy Sanez
    Key Cast
    "Mexican Boy "
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 27, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • /laurels/NewMexicoFilmmakersShowcase
    Albuquerque
    United States
    May 10, 2019
  • NewMexicoFilmFoundationPresents/JeanCocteau 2019
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    United States
    October 8, 2019
    Official Selection
  • NORTH EAST MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL
    Dillard, Georgia
    United States
    June 14, 2019
    Finalist
  • INDIE SHORTS AWARDS
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    August 8, 2019
    Bronze Award : Best Acting duo
  • LA Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    August 8, 2019
    Bronze Award: Best Script
  • INTERNATIONAL SHORTS
    South Bank, Victoria 3006
    Australia
    December 2, 2019
    Finalist/ Official Selection
  • WEST EUROPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    Brussels
    Belgium
    August 19, 2019
    Finalist/Official Selection
Director Biography - Melissa Ash-Brownell

A published author and screenplay writer Melissa has written and produced and directed two short films "Reflections Over Coffee" a story of the difficulties regarding abortion choices from the viewpoint of the child, and now "Boots" of My Brother" resulting in the aftermath of the Civil War set in Glorieta, New Mexico.

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Director Statement

As a girl, I lived in the South where to many Southerners the Civil War was still fresh in their minds and their souls as if it had happened only yesterday. They have not forgotten the terrible defeat. My belief has always been that the battles ended at the edge of the Mississippi River. When I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico I was shocked to learn that one of the deciding battles of the war was only minutes from my doorstep. To this day the scars of that battle are visible. "Boots" recounts only a small account of the Civil War's western history. My goal is to explore and share many similar stories. Memories of the struggles for a more perfect union.