Cast members from the short film, “My Brother’s Keeper” presented the trailer to the Long County Chamber of Commerce during it Business After Hours at Coastal Manor Adult Daycare Center.
The film’s two main actors Luke Osteen, who plays Addison Leverette, and Austin Martin, who plays Winston, a slave.
Stephanie Osteen, Luke’s mother, told the group the film is based on the relationship between two boys prior to and after the Civil War. Addison Leverette, is the child of slave owners who raise cotton, and Winston, is one of their slaves. The story focuses on the boys’ relationship as Addison begins to teach his best friend how to read by using the Bible.
Osteen said that the majority of the film was produced in Liberty County, using local actors. She said that even though it is a Christian film, the story is one that will appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Osteen said the film will be presented at the Cannes Film Festival in France May 11-19. She said that while at the festival the hope is that the film will draw the attention of distributers, so that financing can then be obtained to make it into a full-length feature. Osteen said that the primary way to obtain the attention of a distributer is by showing that the film could have a large audience.
She said that the best way to show that the film has a following is on social media. Osteen said that she is encouraging people to go to the film’s Facebook page, like it and share it with others. She said the film is also being entered in several different competitions in an effort to have it qualify for Academy of Motion Picture’s Oscar Award consideration.
Osteen said she and the actors are currently telling people about the film by giving presentations such as the one that the Chamber received, but that in June the film will also be shown at the Liberty County Performing Arts Center.
For more information on the short film go to its Facebook page. To see more pictures of the cast at the Business After Hours go to www.community.coastalcourier.com.