Before there was a West Memphis 3, there was The Ward Brothers.
Filmwax & 92YTribeca are pleased to present a 20th Anniversary screening of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's seminal documentary, Brother's Keeper. A heartwarming story of alleged fratricide, this much-acclaimed classic tells the story of Delbert, Bill, Lyman and Roscoe Ward—illiterate bachelor brothers who never ventured beyond their 99 acre dairy farm in central New York State. Known by the neighbors as "The Ward Boys", they've shared a two-room shack with no running water or indoor toilet for as long as anyone could remember. Their quiet life was shattered on June 6, 1990, when Bill was found dead in the bed he shared with Delbert, and Delbert was accused of his murder. The village's fervent belief in Delbert's innocence and the national media attention visited upon a sleepy rural community, make Brother's Keeper a real-life murder mystery that has mesmerized viewers long after they leave the theater. The film provides a fascinating portrait of The Ward Brothers' eccentric and time-warped existence as it clashes with the modern criminal justice system—from pre-trial courtroom drama to lively village fundraisers; from the initial media feeding frenzy to the explosive trial itself. Upon its theatrical release, Vincent Canby of The New York Times said, "Like fine fiction, Brother's Keeper haunts the mind."
Brother's Keeper, a Sundance Film Festival winner, was not only groundbreaking in terms of its critical and popular success but it went on to influence a generation of documentary filmmakers. Now you will have the very rare opportunity to see this documentary on a pristine 35mm print followed by a Q&A with both Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky in person.
Directors: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. 104 min. 1992. 35mm.
Brother's Keeper is being presented with the co-operation of IFC Films.
Ticket Price: $12, Film Club Member: $8.
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