Missing in Brooks County
Friday, September 24th
Hickory Community Theatre
Directed by Lisa Molomot & Jeff Bemiss
Two families search for their loved ones who went missing in the vast ranch lands of Brooks County, Texas, the site of more migrant deaths than anywhere else in the country. On their journey, they meet vigilante ranchers, humanitarian activists, Border Patrol search and rescue teams, and others locked in a proxy version of the national immigration debate.
Lisa Molomot is a documentary filmmaker living in Tucson, Arizona. She has been working in film for over 20 years, directing, filming and editing documentaries. Her award-winning feature THE HILL tells the story of an immigrant neighborhood in New haven, CT and aired on America Reframed in 2015. Her award-winning shorts SCHOOL’S OUT and TEACHING IN ARIZONA have had hundreds of screenings and been featured on Slate.com, in The Atlantic, and on NPR. In the spring of 2019, Lisa was a Fulbright scholar at The International Migration Research Centre at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Ontario, Canada where she worked on SAFE HAVEN, a feature documentary about U.S. war resisters (deserters, draft dodgers) who seek asylum in Canada, and SOLEDAD, a short documentary mixing live action and animation about an asylum case. Lisa has taught filmmaking at Yale University and Wesleyan University; she currently teaches film at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.
Jeff Bemiss is an Oscar-shortlisted writer/director who has worked in shorts, features and documentaries. Jeff recently directed the dramatic web series pilot, DREAM HOUSE, based on a screenplay by David Lally. He wrote and directed THE BOOK AND THE ROSE, which won 27 festival awards internationally and was one of ten semi-finalists for the Academy Award for Best Short Film. The film aired on PBS and plays annually on network television. Jeff shot and directed the award-winning short documentary COACHING COLBURN about a young man with Fragile-X Syndrome, which premiered at the prestigious Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. He also produced and edited the short documentary RECOVERING LIVES and produced the feature film RITES OF WINTER. Originally trained in scripted filmmaking, he also co-wrote the feature screenplay A LONG TOMORROW, a time travel drama based on a story by literary sci-fi author Jack Finney. Jeff is a graduate of USC film school and the L.A. Sanford Meisner Academy. He has taught film at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.