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The Brothers Brothers

Two brothers, one a small town pastor in a marriage crisis and the other a flashy doctor with questionable morals, come home to help their overbearing mother in the aftermath of their father's unexpected death.

*WINNER - Best Mississippi Narrative Short - Oxford Film Festival 2020

  • Kyle Taubken
    Soul Man, Patrick, The Butcher
  • Scott Ray
    Harley Got Hurt, So Brief Was His Torso
  • Kyle Taubken
    Soul Man, Patrick, The Butcher
  • Kyle Taubken
    Soul Man, Patrick, The Butcher
  • Andrew Trent Fleming
  • Gregory Gray
  • Noah Glenn
  • Drew Smith
    Key Cast
    "David Brothers"
    Being Awesome, Bad Bad Men, Henry
  • Pat Prentiss
    Key Cast
    "Thomas Brothers"
    Soul Man, Wayward Son
  • Mimmye Goode
    Key Cast
    "Debbie Brothers"
    40 Shades Of Blue, The Client
  • Oliver Moates
    Key Cast
    The Butcher
  • Andrew Trent Fleming
    Director of Photography
    Soul Man, Travelling Soldier, Muddy Water
  • David Moates
    Boom Operator/Location Sound Mixer
    Soul Man, Patrick, The Butcher
  • Peyton Pilgrim
    B Camera Operator/First Assistant Camera
    Soul Man
  • Vicki Taubken
    Set Decorator/Craft Service
  • Emily Taubken
    Stills Photographer
    Patrick, The Butcher
  • Kyle Taubken
    Soul Man, Patrick, The Butcher
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  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Oxford Film Festival
    Oxford, MS
    United States
    March 21, 2020
    Mississippi Premiere
    WINNER - Best Mississippi Narrative Short
  • Indie Memphis Film Festival
    Memphis, TN
    United States
    November 3, 2019
    Hometown Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Nashville Film Festival
    Nashville, TN
    United States
    October 5, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Knoxville Film Festival
    Knoxville, TN
    United States
    September 13, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selction - TN10 Competition
Director Biography - Kyle Taubken

Kyle Taubken is a filmmaker from Memphis, TN who has made a number of award-winning short films that have played at festivals including Indie Memphis, Portland Film Festival, Bushwick Film Festival, and Nashville Film Festival, among others. His recent short film, Soul Man, was the runner-up in the Fall 2019 Hammer to Nail Short Film Contest and won Best Hometowner Narrative Short at the 2019 Indie Memphis Film Festival. Kyle is currently developing his first feature.

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Director Statement

Originally made for the TN10 Filmmaking Competition hosted by the Knoxville Film Festival, this short has quickly become one of my personal favorites out of all my work to date. The entire cast and crew had so much fun making this goofy but heartfelt tale of two brothers over the course of a couple of days at my parents' house in northern Mississippi. This film is built on the idea that we all revert to our childhood selves in ways large and small when we re-enter those family dynamics for any length of time. It doesn't take David and Thomas long to start bickering, rough-housing, and wreaking general havoc on their mother, all the while avoiding the real reason they are back home to begin with. This production was quick and instinctual, resulting in a short that feels alive and spontaneous and embraces its rough edges. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope it moves you in some way. - Kyle T.