Introducing Brian Broome
Introducing Brian Broome is a documentary by filmmaker Chris Ivey featuring Brian Broome, winner of the 2021 Kirkus Prize for nonfiction for Punch Me Up to the Gods. The film records intimate and raw conversations with fellow Black Pittsburgh writers as they all simultaneously reach fame. At times heartfelt, haunting, and often hilarious, Introducing Brian Broome brings together artistic writing greats all living in the same town, mostly all friends. It examines what it means to be a Black writer living in the rust belt today. What it means to suddenly be on the literary map, a map for which you’ve drawn the boundaries.
Featuring: Deesha Philyaw (National Book Award Finalist and Pen/Faulkner Award winner for The Secret Lives of Church Ladies) in conversation with Brian Broome about relationships and sex, Damon Young (Co-founder of Very Smart Brothas and acclaimed author of What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker, winner of the Thurber Prize for American humor) in conversation with Brian Broome about masculinity and the villianization of homosexuality, and Citizen Artist Vanessa German (winner of the Don Tyson Prize) in a heartfelt and haunting conversation with Broome about an encounter with the police while taking photos in their blighted community. These stories and more make Introducing Brian Broome a poignant and engaging film for the 21st century. A true indie film experience about one of America’s newest writing greats!
Intended for mature audiences
Directed by Chris Ivey